Holmwood win cricket tournament!

Cricket - U11 "6-a-side" Tournament at Orwell Park (A), Sunday 13 June 2010

Holmwood's first group game was against hosts Orwell Park.  Excellent bowling from all the bowlers, particularly Harrison Staines, restricted Orwell to 31 runs from their 5 overs.  An early scare for Holmwood, when Samuel Holland was run out, did not disrupt a comfortable opening game win. 

Barnardiston Hall was the second group game and on this occasion Holmwood batted first.  Samuel Holland made up for his previous game's dismissal and quickly retired on 15.  Some boundary hitting by James Parry and Jack Blackwell ensured that Holmwood made a respectable 45 from their 5 overs. Excellent bowling and catching, particularly from James Parry who took 2 catches at backward point from the bowling of Ben Allison, contained Barnardiston sufficiently to secure a 17 run win.

The final group game against St Joseph's saw Holmwood's bowlers reach their peak and St Joe's made only 12 runs.  Edmund O'Donnell and Benjamin Slaven saw Holmwood home without loss to ensure that Holmwood won their group and would play the runners-up from Group B in the semi-final.

The Abbey, who have been the only school side to beat Holmwood this year,  were Holmwood's opponents in the semi-final.  Batting first, 3 fours in the first over by Lloyd, got The Abbey off to a flying start.  However, tight bowling by Allison and Parry meant that The Abbey set Holmwood a total of 49 to reach the final - a tough task.

After 1 over, Holmwood had managed only 5.  In the second over Samuel Holland played 2 great shots and, with Harrison Staines also being very positive, accrued 15.  The third over decided the game.  Sam retired after another 4 runs and then Ben Allison hit consecutive fours plus 4 byes followed by 8 wides and Holmwood were nearly home!  A further wide off the first ball of the fourth over meant Holmwood had reached the final where they were to meet Alleyn Court.

Alleyn Court won Group B and, on batting first, scored 19 from their first 2 overs.  However, excellent bowling from Harrison Staines, Ben Allison and James Parry, meant that they only made a further 12 runs from 3 overs to set Holmwood 32 to win the tournament.  Samuel Holland scored 10 from the first over and, when the total was 20, he retired.  More positive batting from Harrison and Ben Allison meant, with 2 overs left, only 6 runs were required for victory. 

Harrison faced the penultimate over but managed only a single run from the last ball of the over.  5 runs were still required from the last over.  A single from the first ball meant that Ben Allison was facing with a 4 required.  Two dot balls increased the tension but, on the fourth ball, Ben moved down quickly and smashed the ball over the boundary for a 6 for victory! 

Samuel Holland's batting and all-round contribution were outstanding.  The other team members all made significant contributions to a brilliant day's cricket.  We hope to be invited back next year to defend our title!