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Mens match reports from last weekend

Wanstead 1st XI

The 1st XI had a successful weekend, with wins against Chingford in the league on Saturday, and Belhus in the league cup on Sunday.

Wanstead 2nd XI v Epping

Saturday 18th May

The Super 2s continued their superb form, winning the toss and bowling first on a sticky wicket at The Overton. A top class opening set from Hamza & Marley along with some unwise shot choices and Epping were 63 for 5. In the past couple of seasons the 2s could be prone to letting a tail wag, however today was different - Hamza, Finlay and Abhay cleaned up the last 5 wickets for 28, leaving Epping 91 all out, with Hamza leading the walk off with 5 for 29.

Knowing the ball was going to nip around and stick in the pitch, Wanstead’s openers took a more cautious approach, however with a mix of impatience and misfortune, Wanstead found themselves in a similar position of 42 for 5. A steadying of the collapse took us to 70 for 6 as Rod crossed 30. Another flurry of wickets occurred and suddenly at 79 for 8, the total of 91 looked a distance away! Some calm, clutch batting from Hamza (9 not out) and Jay (7 not out) took us all the way home. A hard earned win for the 2’s left us sitting joint top of the table with 40 points from 2 games.

Wanstead 3rd XI v Woodford Wells

Saturday 18th May

On the minefield of Nutter Lane, we set to battle with the Wells. Losing the toss proved costly, as a few pitch explosions shattered our top order, leaving us at a potentially fragile 22 for 3. However, the wall of Wanstead (Shoab Iqbal) showed his experience and metal as he dropped the anchor and ground out a solidly smart 46 in a partnership of 76 with Paul Richardson (43), who began to dust off the cobwebs with the bat and show his authority with a few fine strokes. At 98 for 4, the cracks could have become wider but Pranav Nair, like a young Luke Skywalker, took out his lightsaber and sliced the attack to pieces scoring a fearless 48 to save face of what could have become a very tragic scorecard. At 175 all out we had a chance, but it would call upon some very disciplined bowing. Did we have it in us?

A wayward start with the ball sent a few cries for help, however we soon began to turn the screw as Abdur Barry found his form from last week clutching two wickets for 34 in his 9 overs. 55 for 2 could have been 60 for 4, but we were left gasping at two dropped catches. Despite a minor set back we managed to keep the momentum with another double act of heroics from Paul Richardson (2 for 22) and Pavan Sunkara (2 for 32), tensely balancing the game on a knife edge at 116 for 6. A frustrating partnership guided the Wells closer at 148 for 6, however a flurry of two wickets from Tariq Zaman and Neil Patel began to peel the smiles off the Wells faces. At 154 for 8, we should have driven it home, but a cluster of heart-breaking strikes from the Wells lower order left us with a loss. In the end Woodford Wells finished on 178 for 8 in 42.4 overs with extras (36) being their second highest total.

On Saturday we face an away trip to Harold Wood. Whilst we have many things to continue to learn and build upon in our next game we can be proud of our fight in the field and the sparks of quality shown with the bat and ball. Come on the 3s!

Wanstead 4th XI v Old Brentwoods 3rd XI

Saturday 18th May

4th XI (209-9) lost to Old Brentwoods 3rd XI (212-4) by 6 wickets

The 4s finally began their season having been unexpectedly rained off last week, travelling away to face Old Brentwoods who have been on the rise over the last few years. After losing the toss and being put in, Dan and Jay opened the batting and scored fairly freely until a parried catch between the keeper and slip saw Jay depart. There were a couple of little wobbles and a steady fall of wickets, but this was a genuine team batting performance with 9 out of 11 batters making double figures. Special mention must go to Rich Davies who stepped up to play after a late dropout and scored a delightful 24 off 20 balls: without him we would have been all out for 169, but an unbroken 10th wicket partnership of 40 with Amaan got us two extra bonus points and saw out the overs.

Knowing our 209 was defendable, the skipper and young George Davies bowled a tight opening spell followed by continuing economy from Nikhil and Aaryan. Though only one wicket had fallen before drinks, the opposition needed to up their run rate if they were going to chase the score. Sadly, that is exactly what happened, as their number 3 went on to score a quick hundred and the score was chased with 9 overs to spare.

Overall, a good competitive game against a very pleasant opposition. We look forward to the return fixture.

Wanstead 5th XI v Walthamstow 5th XI

Saturday 18th May

5th XI (146 all out) lost to Walthamstow 5th XI (161 all out) by 15 runs.

After winning the toss we decided to bowl and had two quick wickets from Jayden. However there were two partnerships from the opposition in the middle, helped by a couple of dropped catches, but mainly by luck as the catches just missed the fielders or the ball just missed the stumps. We kept control apart from a short period when we gave away extras in trying to bring some less experienced bowlers into the game. Hardik then ran through the lower middle order with 4 wickets and Azmat with 2 wickets.

Our batting didn’t start well against accurate swing bowling, losing 4 quick wickets. Hardik (46) and Zaman (23) put on a strong partnership to get us to 100 for 5 after 20 overs. However after the drinks we had a collapse with 3 more run outs (4 in total) and despite some rear-guard action from Yuvraj Singh, we fell short by 15 runs.

Wanstead 6th XI v Belhus 4th XI

Saturday 18th May

The 6th XI continue to rebuild and went into the game against a Belhus 4th XI cautiously confident, with big game players Ram, Krishna and Has coming into the side. Winning the toss (again - take note Jeggsy), we batted first with a somewhat experimental line up. Important to mention here the track was challenging and the outfield very moist with a generous helping of grass cuttings encircling the square; all under grey skies overhead. A young Belhus attack did limited damage and so they brought on a wily old trundler who did the business for them, wiping out most of the middle order cheaply. Krishna with a late flurry got the team to 101 from 32 overs.

Returning to the field, sunshine now upon us, their opening bat did the damage before a great catch by Has off of Riyan’s bowling. Ram and Abdullah took further wickets but alas they knocked the runs off in 23 overs. We go again in a fortnight.


Junior match reports from last week

Wanstead U13G v Bancroft Lions U13G

Wednesday 15th May

The Wanstead U13G team travelled to Woodford to face Bancroft Lions in the Club T20. As the days get longer it was a lovely evening to kick off the tournament. Wanstead won the toss and chose to bat first and the plan was to ensure the girls batted the full 20. After another platform set by the top order, wickets did start falling relatively early on. The innings went from 26 without loss to 68 for 4, so a bit of a rebuild was necessary in the middle. And that’s exactly what happened with a great partnership between Agatha (23) and Lucinda (22) taking Wanstead past the 100 mark and then a last wicket flurry with Olive coming in to join Agi took the total to 127 all out off just over 18 overs. So we didn’t quite make the 20 overs but had put up a very respectable total.

Over to the bowlers. A really good start by the openers Emily and Saanvi with some early break throughs and keeping things tight. This took Lions to 10 for 2 with the two early wickets going to Saanvi. Then a bit of a rebuild for Lions and some good hitting by them started to gain some momentum. Enter the spin twins with the score now at 32 for 2. As Carl said as we left the match, it was unlucky that so many balls turned so much. But nonetheless from 32 for 2, Wanstead got through the remaining wickets with the opposition total on 54, Elsie picking up 3 of the 4 wickets and Kiah the other.

Kit Kats in the intermission and Jammy Dodgers post match provided the perfect recipe for the girls to get through to the next round. Great to see another all round team performance. Well done to all the girls and thanks to Romit for scoring and all the parents in supporting the girls.

Wanstead U12s v South Loughton U12s

Wanstead U12s took on South Loughton at Overton Drive in their first match of the Brian Taylor group stage. South Loughton won the toss and elected to field, presumably hoping to benefit from the morning dew. However, the Wanstead openers, Anay and Hayaan, were in no mood to let that affect them, putting on 67 for the first wicket. After Hayaan departed for 23, Anay was given able support by Rafer, before Bodhi came in to hit a quick-fire 37 off 22 balls. By this time Anay had moved into his 80s, but was struggling to get on strike as the overs ticked down. Thankfully he finally managed to get down the right end to earn the century he richly deserved, finishing on 113 not out as the team posted 225 for 5.

South Loughton’s batters tried manfully, but with the team on a deadline to finish before the 1st XI needed the pitch, Furqan stepped up to take 5 wickets for 11 runs and decimated the opposition top order. From there, Eshaan, Sebastian and Shaurya all chipped in with wickets to bowl South Loughton out for 46, with 45 minutes to spare.

It was a very dominant and mature performance by the whole team, who bat, bowl and field all the way from 1 to 11 and are capable of going all the way in this competition. We are very excited about the season ahead! Pictured below are the centurion and the leading wicket taker of the match.

Wanstead U15B v Bancroft Lions - Cox and Kings

Winning the toss, we put on 175 for 3 in 20 overs, with 30-odd retirements for Ayan, Yuvraj and Haaris with others chipping in. We were then able to bowl all 11 of our players, with wickets going to Haaris, Miten, Yuvraj and Hamza. Bancroft Lions finished on 91 for 8.

Wanstead U9 Lions v West Essex U9s

For the Don Coates league, Wanstead U9 Lions hosted West Essex at Overton Drive. After winning the toss, West Essex asked us to bat first. Our young players contributed considerably to our 126 for 3 total, especially superb batting from Prajin (28), Atharv (25), and Huddah (13).

est Essex began their innings with a wicket loss and finished on 70 for 10. All of our Lions bowled quite well, particularly Sebastian, who used his slow pace to take three wickets while conceding only eight runs. And well done to Atharv for causing opponents to lose two wickets with his brilliant stumping.

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If you're an existing member and you haven't yet renewed your membership for this season, we'd encourage you to do so as soon as possible by following the 'Registration 2024' link in the left hand menu.

If you are not currently a member but are interested in playing for one of our men's teams this year, please contact Martin Pluck (pluckmartin@gmail.com). We currently have 6 teams that play on weekends during the summer, and we train on Wednesdays at Overton Drive.

We are proactively encouraging women to play cricket and currently have two women's teams, so if you are interested in joining them, please contact Helen Quinlan (helencquinlan@gmail.com) or Nehal Dave (Nehaldave8@hotmail.com). Training takes place on Thursday evenings each week during the summer, and matches are normally played on a Sunday.

Our girls teams train on a Thursday evening and the boys on a Friday evening at Overton Drive, although Year 1 and 2 children train together on Fridays. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Jon Gritten (jongritten@gmail.com) regarding the boys teams and Helen Quinlan (helencquinlan@gmail.com) for more information on the girls teams. Matches are normally played on Sundays and some mid-week evenings. If you are a parent of a junior, you are welcome to join us at the matches and the training sessions, and we'd encourage you to take out a Social Membership too.

The bar is open from 4.30pm on Friday evenings, and anyone can take out a Social Membership (follow the 'Registration 2024' link in the left hand menu), which then gives you a discounted rate on drinks!

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Congratulations to the hardy herons who completed the notorious Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge - walking 24 miles in 12 hours and climbing the three highest peaks in Yorkshire – on Saturday 16th March. Big Shout-out to Jeggsy for organising the event.

So now you can do your bit by donating at https://www.gofundme.com/f/herons3peaks

The club is raising funds for our long-term charitable partner, “The Wanstead Charity”, a local charity providing for the homeless and those in need in the local community, as well as for club funds so we can continue our capital investment into our facilities.

Any support would be much appreciated.

Many thanks!

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I am delighted to announce that the club has entered into an agreement with Bradley & Co ( https://www.bradleyandco.uk/ ), whereby with effect from 1st January 2023, the West End and City based Human Resources strategy and Management Consultancy firm will take over from Keatons as the club’s principal sponsor.

Said Bradley & Co founder Paul Bradley; “For my professional life I have taken immense pride in nurturing, cultivating, and developing relationships and talent. My career technically began at Wanstead CC where I completed my school work experience in the early nineties. With lifelong roots in Wanstead, and a long-standing personal connection to the club, I am proud to be investing in grass roots cricket, and the Wanstead community”.

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 BU13sNewhamHome (Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club Overton Drive) 9.30
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 BU09sIlfordHome (Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club Overton Drive) 9.30
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