Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club

Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club - Juniors Cricket Reports - 2024

Junior match reports - week ending 19th May

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).

West 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.


Junior match reports - week ending 12th May
Wanstead U13 girls v Orsett
Wednesday 8th May
The Wanstead U13 girls travelled to Orsett in the opener for the hardball league. After a few false starts the season finally got under way. A long drive for all and as always the effort to get the girls to the venue is greatly appreciated. Wanstead lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a very green wicket (ok it was Astro). A very big change in the team from last season and huge shoes to fill. Kiah and Saanvi opened the batting and set a solid base in the first few overs. The second wicket stand then really kicked on with Lucinda joining Kiah in middle and accelerating the run rate. Kiah retired with her first ever 50 with a ball left in the innings. Lucinda hit 37 not out with some big shots in between the quick singles. Wanstead closed the innings for 138-1 of 16 overs.
By the time the Wanstead girls had come out to bowl temperatures had dropped and the crowd was looking cold. But the girls didn’t blink. Tight bowling from Emily and Sienna to start and contributions from all the girls resulted in Orsett making 44 for 5 off their 16 overs. Wickets for Violet (2), Sienna, Saanvi and Kiah. Fielding was also excellent with all the girls backing up well and attacking the ball and great stops from behind the stumps.
The one thing that hasn’t changed from last season is the volume and support the girls bring both supporting the batters from the side and each other on the field. Win or lose you know the Wanstead girls are about. So a great start to the season. Well done to all the girls and again a huge thanks to all the parents for getting the girls to the match.
Wanstead U15 girls v Frenford
Thursday 9th May
On a sunny evening at Overton, the U15’s Girls got the season underway against a formidable Frenford side. After losing the toss unsurprisingly we found ourselves in the field as the opposition opening partnership racked up a healthy 59 runs. Containment was the order of the day and the younger members namely Sienna, Kia, Emily & Aggie all delivered economical spells, ably assisted by an excellent fielding performance.
Frenford ended up posting 94 for 3 in their allotted 16 overs. With a softer ball, a softish wicket and a lush outfield this was always going to a big ask. After losing a wicket in the first over of our reply, Deetya & Clementine batted with gusto to put on a partnership of 35. Keya then found an ally in Sienna (partnership 39) but with some canny pace off bowling the run rate kept creeping up. With a couple of boundaries in the penultimate over, an unlikely victory was suddenly possible. Alas though after a crazy final over comprising of three run outs, Wanstead fell 4 runs short and 90 all out. All said and done though this was a terrifically exciting game, fun for both players and spectators alike.

Wanstead U13a v Aztecs
A good win for Wanstead's U13a team against a potentially dangerous Aztecs side. We bowled them out for 68 in 16 overs, with 2 wickets apiece for Joseph & Jack and some excellent fielding resulting in 5 run outs! We knocked off the target in 10 overs for the loss of 1 wicket, with Anay scoring 23.

Wanstead U13G v Woodford Wells
Sunday 12th May
The Wanstead U13G hosted our friends at Woodford Wells for a friendly at Nutter Lane. Absolutely gorgeous morning for a match. Wanstead batted first. Nice to see some new and old faces stepping up into key roles. Openers Kiah (21 retired) and Elsie (19 retired) gave a great start. All other girls contributed through the innings with a nice 10 retired from Sienna as well, taking Wanstead to a total of 107 for 4 off the 20 overs.
Matches with Wells have historically always gone to the wire and today was no different. They batted well and kept pace with the run rate. Wanstead managed to pick up key wickets at important times. Violet started by removing one of the openers. Other wickets for Anushka and Arya (welcome to the group). All the girls contributed so a proper team effort. As always the drama came in the last over. Wells needed 3 to win or 2 to draw. Step up Elsie - 4 dot balls then a single. So last ball 2 to win and 1 to draw. Great ball, Wells run out going for the run.
A perfect way to end a great game and a few cookies to enjoy in the sun. Well done to all the girls and again a huge thanks to Chris for the warm up and umpiring and all the parents in supporting the girls.
Wanstead U13B v Frenford U13A
The U13Bs had a tough start to their Len Stentiford campaign this morning. Playing away to Frenford A, who have 4-5 county or district players and likely to be group winners, we lost the toss and were asked to field. Despite some decent bowling at times there were also quite a few wide deliveries, and the opposition batters were also in form, posting 190 for 4 off their 20 overs.

Our innings got off to a shaky start with a wicket off the first ball and another by the end of the first over. Soon after we were 10 for 4 but then commenced a very resilient and determined rearguard action, led by Shaurya (12) and Hari (30 retired), the latter making a very promising debut. The baton was then picked up by Sebastian, Oliver and Heath as we made Frenford work for their victory, finishing on a valiant and creditable 91 for 7.
It was this group’s first time playing together as a team and they showed some promising signs, not least with an excellent attitude in adversity. I look forward to seeing them develop in the remaining games.
Wanstead U10s v Newham
An interesting morning out in Newham for the U10s in the HD Cup. In their first match this year, we bowled first but unfortunately we had left our radar at home. Newham scored 120 for 3 in their 16 overs, however, only 28 of these came off the bat, with Hammad bowling the best with 2-11.
We then batted and were all out for 72, however, we scored 58 off the bat, with Josephine and Arnav both getting 14 and Sid coming in at 6 hitting 20 off 21 balls. Next week we will be bowling straighter!