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Englands World Cup game kicks off on Sunday at 1pm. The bar will be open from 12:30, as will the BBQ! There is cricket scheduled on the main pitch too!
The Saturday BBQ is back this week after cricket on the main pitch.
U11g Last night, after battling the traffic to get to Eversley, we had a great start by winning the toss and electing to bowl. Our team of 8 were ready to go….and yes we actually had 8! The first innings consisted of some steady bowling and great fielding across the board. I was very impressed with Evie, as captain, moving her field around when necessary. After eating 3 packets of biscuits we were ready to bat. This was the first time lots of the girls have faced bowlers that quick and it was a great learning curve, with no one shying away from the ball. We played some good shots but Eversley’s tight fielding kept our score down. The result didn’t go our way but I’m pleased to see we put into practice lots of things we have been working on in training. Looking forward to next weeks game against Yateley.
U11 B team played away to Yateley today. Disrupted warm up has having set it up there coach came over and said we where on pitch two. So we all had to pack up and move. We lost the toss and Yateley decided to bowl first. The key improvements we worked on today was taking more singles and not giving away too many wickets which cost us the match last time out. We managed to post a total against a strong Division 3 team of 289 (89 as you start with 200 ) and lost no wickets and there was some excellent running between the wickets. Everyone contributed with the bat and it was an excellent performance on a wicket where you did not know if it was going to stay low or climb on you. Archie Merrick won the batting award for the day, however other key contributors to the score where Matthew Harding, Alfie Mace and Harry Bond. Shot of the day went to Liam Browne who hit the opening bowling back over of his head. At the half way point we have achieved the batting improvements and enjoyed the half term cake which was very nice. Yateley were fairly confident given the number of A Team players in their squad. We had a plan, we would drop back to the boundary for the A Team players and come up for the rest. Our coaching points where to reduce the extra count and bowl at the stumps and in the field attack the ball. The plans worked; the A Team players for Yateley got frustrated hitting the ball to our boundary fielders, so much that they refused to take the single. We bowled straight and took wickets, with Harry Bond receiving the bowler of the day award for 2 wickets for 5 runs off 3 overs amazing and was only millimetres away from a Hat Trick. Our fielding was brilliant with all the boys attacking the ball and even if they missed it getting high praise. This applied the pressure to Yateley who needed six to win off the last over. But Alex was focused and ready and only went for 2 runs in the last over. At this level the focus is on improvement; the batting, bowling and fielding improved from the last game and the boys can be very proud of their achievements. Well done boys on a great performance with the added benefit of a win.
World Cup draw UPDATE: The team who finishes bottom of each group will win a free beer from the bar. thanks to Terry & Alan.
v Monday 7pm Serving Curry Rice & Naan From 6.30pm
The club will be open for every England World Cup game, starting with Monday night’s game! Drop in for a beer at a reasonable price, a choice of screens to watch on and a great atmosphere! Game starts at 7pm! Edit: We will also be showing all the games that are on, when the club is open as per normal opening times.
CCC World Cup Sweepstake Draws: There are 2 draws, each group winner receives £5 and the winners of the World Cup will receive £85 with the runners up receiving £35. If you have not paid Stuart yet, please do so ASAP.
NOTICE Clubhouse closed this Friday 15th June due to private hire. If you are on site with matches please use the side entrance to use the washroom facilities. Thank you.
Colts kitchen back open Monday 11th June. BBQ on. Sausage or burger in a bun with potato salad , salad or a carrot & cucumber sticks bag £1.50. Veggie option available
Alyward Cup, Tuesday 12th June start at 6pm, Cove away to Eversley.
BBQ open after cricket tonight! I will also be selling he final few spaces in our World Cup Sweepstake. £5/entry with £85 to the winner, £35 to the runner up and £5 to all 8 group winners. Get in early!
A big thank you to Daisy & Archie and Matt R who donated their hard earned £90 for Cancer Research. Joan Owen, Heb & Ellen Finney, Karen Raine & Natasha Marisa, completed the 5km Race for Life at Winchester last Sunday.
On Friday evening Cove U11g welcomed Basingstoke to the club for our 4th game of the season. We began with Bethany winning the toss and electing to bowl which was the start of a great game. The bowling performance was strong throughout, with Evie’s maiden to start the game setting us up for 7 wickets to come. A record for Cove under 11s this season! Cove were chasing 246 to win the game. The opening pair, Evie and Bethany, had a partnership of 46 runs. Niamh and Rachel (in her U11s debut) went 2nd and had a partnership of 36 runs. Finally Isobel and Beth finished of with a partnership of 47 runs. We lost 8 wickets, but due to the number of runs off of the bat still won comfortably with a score of 289. Not bad for a team of 6 hey! An amazing performance from everyone let’s keep this up for rest of the season!
Hello! As some of you will know, I will be taking part in the 3 Peaks Challenge later this month. It would be amazing if you could sponsor me as I complete this challenge in support of Dementia UK. I will be posting any photos taken on this challenge on my Facebook or just giving page. Any support you can provide will be greatly appreciated! Many thanks, George Daniel Roylance
Having waited for four weeks for our first game, the second match arrived in three days, however we were down to 6 players so we won the toss and elected to bat first. Odiham had a strong team for this level which is always annoying as the league have clear rules. We did agreed two pairs could bat twice given our lack of numbers and the game got underway on another sunny evening. Mathew Harding and Rohit Suresh opened the batting and scored 30 runs off the bat between them, with Rohit scoring 21 but we lost 3 wickets. Alec and Archie were next up, some fine running between the wickets saw them score a total of 19 runs off the bat but we lost a further 2 wickets. Aiden and George came to the wicket and managed to score some runs and were unlucky to be out 4 times with a couple of freakish dismissals. We posted a total of 99 but with the deductions for lost wickets it was reduced to 64. I was very pleased we managed to nearly reach the 100 runs. The most pleasing thing was the running between the wickets and the calling it was AMAZING, not a mis judged run all evening! My coaching point to work on at training is shot selection. I know having seen a few of the Odiham players at District Winter Nets this was going to be hard to defend, as we only had 6 players, but the Odiham coach did allow us to let Thomas keep wicket and Liam Brown to field and bowl so we went up to 8. Mathew and George started the bowling and set a good tone for our attempt to restrict the runs, Mathew bowled impressively well going for just 15 runs off his 3 overs. Liam Brown and Alex Browne then entered the attack and Alex managed to take a wicket. By now the stronger Odiham batsman were hitting the ball around the ground. Rohit and Aiden again bowled a very tight spell in normal conditions going for 6.5 an over which is great and Rohit took a wicket. The pick of bowlers for Cove was Archie Merrick who took 2 wickets for 6 runs from 3 overs without a single wide or no ball. Odiham with deductions ended up posting a total of 112 runs, winning the game but another game played in good spirits. The important element for the coaching team in the U11s is improvement from the last game and once again the boys did very well. The running and calling between the wickets was excellent. We focused on our bowling with minimising the extras and we had a 10-run improvement from the previous game. In the field it was about focusing on staying in position and attacking the ball, another big improvement tonight. This team are developing well and I am very pleased, we just need more than 6 players to be available and work on shot selection.
U11B season got underway on Saturday morning in the bright sunshine away to Hartley Wintney Cricket Club at St Neots School. We had waited a month for this game as previous games had all fallen on the days when it choose to rain. We won the toss and our captain for the day Aiden O’Brien decided to field first. Many of the players on show were making their debut in hard ball cricket. In Division 3 of the U11 we play the Kwik Cricket Rules with a hard ball. So everyone gets to bat 4 overs and you just lose 5 runs for getting out and everyone bowls at least 2 overs. Liam and Humza opened the bowling with some consistent accuracy, Humza took two wickets in his first two overs. Ennis and Harry then entered the attack maintaining the accuracy and Harry also got his first wicket at this age group. Liam Gear and George managed to keep the runs down with their spell of bowling and then entered Euan and Aiden, with Euan taking two wickets. We did fantastically well in the field for an inexperienced team and kept HWCC to 64 runs in their 20 overs. Stand out performance with the ball, Humza and Alfie Mace on debut as wicket keeper looked like he had done the job for years, he was excellent. Batting is always at this stage in your development the harder element to master, But Liam Gear and Humza set us on our way with 24 runs off the first four overs. Enter Alfie and Liam who smashed a further 25 runs with an excellent 15 from Alfie although we did lose two wickets (-10). Ennis and George did really well batting against the strong bowling and did not lose a wicket adding 16 runs in total. Then enter Euan and Harry, with Euan smashing the ball around the field and scoring 19 runs in total and partnership of 29 runs although we lost two wickets (-10). Aiden with four separate partners managed to get us over the line, although the coach was on the edge as we had passed the score by 20 runs at the start of the last over. Then lost three wickets in the first four balls, with two balls to go the instruction was clear from the coach “ JUST BLOCK IT” but that was not the intention of the Cove batsman’s! As the fifth ball went high in the air however despite a great attempted by the fielder the ball hit the ground PHEW!!!! I did not waste my breath for the last ball reminding them what they needed to do; instead smiled as the bowler beat the bat and the ball ended in the wicket keepers gloves, despite the flamboyant shot the Cove batsman was trying to play! What a win, with 80% of the team playing their first hard ball match I could have not been prouder of the team. The development through the winter and into the summer on a Monday evening has been amazing. Paul
Reminder no Colts training tonight. Mon 4th June.
U11 boys A Team took on Basingstoke A in our next Division 1 outing. The objective with this young team whilst playing in a tough Division is to improve every week and our bowing and fielding was fantastic. With a number of players making their hard ball debut we kept a good Basingstoke team down to 117. Batting is the area we need to improve and Jacob Steele with a few more overs what have got us home, he batted brilliantly. We fell 28 runs short. Massive well done to all we lost but the result is not important.
The BBQ is open again tonight after cricket. Why not come down and watch the 1st team in action, catch the England v Nigeria game on the big screen and enjoy a cool one in the sun!
There is no colts training this evening as it’s Bank Holiday Monday.
The Saturday night BBQ is back tomorrow, after cricket!
To All As many of you will be aware, one of our most popular and long serving stalwarts, Reg Stratton sadly passed away on Monday 21st May 2018, aged 78. The Stratton family is synonymous with Cove Cricket Club and Reg played a major part in its success and history over the years. The service will take place at Aldershot Crematorium at 3.45pm on Monday 4 June and afterwards at Cove Cricket Club from 5pm onwards. The family’s preference is for no flowers but if you feel inclined to donate to the Alzheimer’s Society, that would be appreciated. https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/make-donation/give-in-memory. On more than one occasion, Reg stated that come the day he leaves us, he would not wish for the congregation to dress in black. Barbara, Tracey and Scott have also decided that there will not be any eulogies during the Service, as this was not Reg’s style. However, if people would like to share with a wider audience any off-the-cuff anecdotes over a Bacardi or two and in a more relaxed environment back at the Club, this feels more appropriate and becoming of the man himself. We look forward to sharing the celebration of a great person and a great life. Cove Cricket Club