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Cricket in Full Swing

27 May 22

If there’s one sure sign that summer is in full swing (or at least is trying to be, given the changeable weather lately!) it’s an explosion of cricket at School.  We’ve match reports for our Juniors (Years 7 and 8), Junior 1s girls, Junior 2s girls, Junior 4s girls, Junior U13E, U13B, U14B, U14  and U15A girls and our 1st XI teams who’ve been playing recently.  Our match reports include details of the teams, players, opponents and scores

Woodbridge U14 Girls vs Culford – Match Report From Matt Davis 

This was a thrilling competition to match lovely warm weather and beautiful green surroundings.  Culford batted first and set a good score of 129 for 7 off their 20 overs.  All the Woodbridge bowlers contributed something with Ella, Georgia, Lily and Tabitha all getting a wicket each and Nina bagging two.  From behind the stumps the ever-reliable Eve also chipped in with a run-out and Juno took two solid catches in the deep.  In the run-chase Woodbridge stayed up with the required rate thanks to some quick running between the wickets and some savage blows that went to the boundary.  Juno and Libby scored 21 and 27 respectively and we all knew we were heading for a tight finish.  25 needed off 24 balls, then 12 needed off 12; but Lara had done the maths and her excellent 42 NO saw Woodbridge over the line with just 1 ball to spare.  Well played to all the girls involved in such an exciting match.  Culford: 129 for 7 off 20 overs.  Woodbridge 130 for 3 off 19.5. Woodbridge win by 7 wickets. 

Woodbridge 1st XI vs Culford – Match Report From Ian Simpson 

Woodbridge batted first, James and Tom opening and setting about scoring quickly with both players pushing the runs and working hard following their record stand last week.  After 5 overs we had reached 38-0 when a slight mix up caused Tom to be run out.  James knuckled down and continued to work hard scoring at a run a ball and eventually being out for 29.  The last few overs saw a few wickets lost and a slight loss of momentum until in the last 3 overs Barny Anderson and Will Hodge ensured we ended up on 111 from our 20 overs.  In reply Culford Made a rapid start and reaching 57 for 2 off 10 overs and looking like they were cruising.  Some excellent middle order bowling and some good catching in the deep by Fazil  saw the game tighten quickly and the Culford run rate drop quickly, reducing Culford to 82-6.  The bowling continued to be tight and with five overs to go Culford reached 96-6.  With the last 2 overs approaching Culford were on 103 requiring 8 to win.  Culford then pushed their luck and forced a couple of fielding errors from the Woodbridge Fielders leaving Culford requiring 2  from the last over.  Whilst Woodbridge took the game to the last over, Culford scored the winning runs with 4 balls to spare.  The 1st XI worked hard and forced the game into the last over of the match, unfortunately in the end Culford were just too strong for the 1st XI, but great play from all. 

Woodbridge U14B Girls vs Culford – Match Report From Ian Simpson 

Another lovely afternoon of cricket was witnessed at Culford, where the U14B girls played a softball pairs games against Culford.  The Woodbridge girls reacted to a softball game extremely well with a few girls playing their first ever game of cricket and after gentle persuasion, even trying to bowl and having some great success.  Culford were restricted to 141 runs off 21 overs for the loss of 10 wickets, resulting in a total score of 91 runs (losing 5 runs per wicket).  The Woodbridge reply was solid, scoring runs at a slower pace than Culford, however losing less wickets than Culford.  Eventually scoring 129 runs off 21 overs for the loss of just 6 wickets, meaning a total score of 99.  This meant that Woodbridge won the fixture and a congratulations must be said to all girls who represented Woodbridge for the first time in cricket and had lots and lots of fun in the sun. 

Woodbridge U13B vs Framlingham – Match Report From Ian Simpson 

It can only be described as fun in the sun on Wednesday afternoon!! The U13B team ably led by Year 8’s Arlo who decided to bowl first against a very good Framlingham Side.  Framlingham batted extremely well, with all top three batsmen retiring on 25 and Woodbridge facing a huge score to chase, however some solid mid innings bowling from Year 8’s Arlo and Angus, as well as Year 7’s Liam and Ambrose meant that the Framlingham charge was halted.  This good bowling was aided by some solid fielding and catching, which eventually stopped Framlingham at 132 from 20 overs.  During the change over the Woodbridge boys were shocked at what they had to chase, however some positive encouraging words and some really positive words with each other the opening batsmen went about their task manfully with Angus having to retire on 25 leading the way.  However a couple of quick wickets put a little bit of doubt in the boys heads, however Arlo came to the wicket and started to play a few masterful strokes and the run rate crept up quickly, putting the Framlingham bowlers under more and more pressure.  With 3 overs to go Woodbridge needed 16 runs, a couple of 4s and some excellent running meant that Woodbridge reached the total with 7 balls to spare, with Arlo hitting the winning runs and getting to 25 with the winning shot.  An excellent game of cricket from both sides and a well-earned victory from The U13B team.  

Woodbridge Junior U13E vs Framlingham – Match Report From Ian Simpson 

An excellent  first game for the team, beating Framlingham College convincingly by 147-74 runs. The opening partnership of Zac and Henry were retired at 81 having won the game. The rest of the team each played two overs and added 67 between them to the score.  Seb took a lovely catch off a nick from Zac’s gloves, with Seb, Nathaniel and Frank all taking wickets.  Well done boys a great team effort.  Team comprised of Year 7’s Zac, Elijah, Edward, George, Seb and Frank, as well as Year 8’s Robert, Nathaniel, Mika, Oliver and Henry. 

Woodbridge Girls Junior 1s vs Framlingham – Match Report From Ian Simpson  

Woodbridge came up against a very good side at Fram.  Having been put into bat Year 7’s Amelie showed some patience and skill scoring 23 runs before getting bowled out.  Fram’s bowlers gave little opportunities to score until Year 7’ws Rosie  and Year 8’s Millie added some quick fire runs in the closing overs of the innings, Woodbridge finished with 77 runs.  Fram got off to a flyer and put on a 50 partnership for the first wicket.  A wicket for Year 8’s Aurelia and a fantastic direct hit for a run out from Amelie  were the highlights of the inning for Woodbridge.  Fram managed to chase our score; a great learning experience for all involved. 

Woodbridge Girls Junior 2s vs Framlingham – Match Report From Ian Simpson  

Woodbridge bowled first, doing well to contain Fram to 96 off their full 20 overs.   Accurate bowling meant it was hard to score quick runs but there was not enough to threaten batters into loose shots.  Year 7’s Rosa and Grace manufactured a run out each.  Fram bowled with pace and bounce, which caught the Woodbridge openers off guard.   Early wickets meant that it was going to be a tough ask.  Year 7’s Sophie steadied the ship, batting for the largest part of the innings, while Year 7’s Violet and Issy tried to score some quick runs but it was not enough as Woodbridge was bowled out in the 18th over 25 runs short of the target.  Issy was named player of the match by Fram, with good bowling figures and sensationally hitting the only six of the match. 

Woodbridge Girls Junior 4s vs Framlingham – Match Report From Ian Simpson  

Junior 4s played their first match of the summer in a pairs format.  They bowled first and although there were moments of brilliance, a few too many wides cost us vital runs.  Wickets came from a couple of well taken run outs and one player bowled.  When it was Woodbridge’s turn to bat, we started very strong and the run rate looked very promising.  But Fram then tightened up their bowling and gave away fewer extras which meant that by the end of the match, Woodbridge lost by a narrow 12 runs.  Overall a great experience for the girls and motivation for hard work to improve in vital areas. 

Woodbridge Junior 3s (Years 7 and 8) vs Framlingham Prep – Match Report From David Brous 

On a wet afternoon, Woodbridge Junior 3s went in to bat.  Andrew started off the innings superbly, scoring 24, Arthur continued where he left off, scoring 23 in the team’s total of 112 in the allotted 16 overs.  Bowling second, our bowlers bowled extremely tight, limiting the number of extras.  Importantly the team used the skills they had learnt about fielding such as walking in, backing up the wicket and general fielding skills, whether close or on the boundary to bowl the opposition out and win by 17 runs.  Bowlers of mention must be Arthur who took 3 for 11 off 3 overs, and Harry Tucker who took 2 for 6 off 2 overs.  Oliver  kept superbly behind the wicket and the team should be proud of how they approached the game; an excellent team effort.       

Woodbridge U15A Girls vs Culford– Match Report From David Brous 

In a cup match we arrived at Culford and quicky had to focus as we rushed onto the field and were asked to bat.  We started badly and found ourselves at 14 for 5 off 6 overs, however a great rescue job by Ella  and Charlotte – who both batted the rest of the match, Ella only going out the second last ball of the innings with a superb 39 and Charlotte with 18 not out – allowed the team to post a respectable 92 for 7 off 20 overs.  We started the bowling well and picked up 2 quick wickets, however Culford’s Norfolk player batted superbly, with 40 not out off 54 balls (and also taking 4 wickets for 3runs off 3 overs in her bowling), meant that Culford surpassed our total 3 wickets down to win the match.  Mention must be made to Amelie  who bowled superbly, taking 2 for 16 off her 3 overs.    

Woodbridge U15A Girls vs King’s Ely – Match Report From David Brous 

With no practice at all due to bank holidays and the start of term we boldly went off to King’s Ely to play.  We lost the toss and were put in to bat.  Rosie and Eloise  did exactly the opening job required of them, with Rosie batting the first 13 overs before going out.  Charlotte upped the run rate with 13 off 18 balls and Sophia backed that up with 9 not out off 11 balls and excellent running between the wickets.  With a team total of 135 for 7 off out 20 overs we were in a good position.  King’s Ely started well, but 2 excellent run outs changed the nature of the game.  However one of their batters batted superbly and put a little pressure on the outcome.  However, we took all our chances and fielded superbly, Charlotte taking an outstanding one-handed catch at cover, and the bowlers bowled an excellent line and length to eventually bowl Ely out for 109.  An excellent team effort, well done. 

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