Under 15 League 

6th June 2016 Willington v Tudhoe

Willington won the toss and elected to bat on the Manor "ROAD". Openers Dan Gray and Jake Thompson each reached 50s as Willington posted 148 without loss.

In response Willington used all ten outfielders in the bowling attack, a few radar issues but overall a comfortable win as the visitors could only post 126-4.

 

31st May 2016 Willington v Stockton

 

School Holidays and a NEPL 40 over Cup Match against Stockton, reduced to 20 per side it was very very cold. I don’t have access to any of the scores so will keep this simple Stockton came first and we came second.

 

23rd May 2016 Brandon v Willington

Our under 15's traveled to Brandon with only eight players as exams wrecked availability.

Brandon won the toss and asked Willington to bat. Jake Thompson and Dan Grey got proceedings under way and set about forming a decent partnership until Dan was out for 12. Jake continued batting well and reached 50* without any trouble. A fine partnership of 27 in the last few overs between Hayden Payne (10no) and Sam Thompson (9) ensured the boys followed instruction and batted out the overs. Finishing on a respectable 106-5.

Our bowlers opened up proceedings with a wicket in the first over and the boys tails were up. Unfortunately Brandon's over opener scored a very assured 50. With the game seemingly lost the ball was thrown to Hayden Payne who struck with his first ball, a great away swinging delivery caught brilliantly by Dan Grey behind the stumps. It did not take long for Hayden to be in the action again clean bowling the next batsman. With figures of 2-6 from three overs the pressure began to mount. Taking the game into the final over Brandon managed to creep home with two balls to spare. Hayden finishing with 2-9 of 3.4 overs. 

An excellent performance from only eight men who all tried so hard. Special mention to James Platt, an under 11 who fielded incredibly for someone so young!

 

16th May 2016 Willington v Shildon Railway

Still no warmth but the saving grace is the cricket is being played. Willington won the toss and elected to bat.

It did not take long for Shildon to get in the wickets with both openers falling cheaply, Jake Dickinson and Ethan Thexton steadied the ship with a fine partnership but unfortunately quickly falling in quick succession for 44 and 22. The remainder of the batsman struggled to trouble the score and the homeside finished on 113-7. Given the quality of the pitch it was always felt it may not be enough.

Shildon never looked troubled in the chase with one batsman passing 50. Although the chase went into the 19th over the chase was far more comfortable than this suggests. The bowling was too short at times and Willington were punished for this. The pick of the bowlers Will Carrmichael with 2-22 from 4 overs.

Shildon winning by 6 wickets

 

Under 15 League Cup – Bob Pendlebury Cup

9th May 2016 Willington v Crook

The sun was shinning on a superb looking Manor Road Ground for the first local derby of the season.

Willington batted first and amassed a 100 opening partnership as Jake Thompson and Dan Grey set about the Crook bowling attack. Both batsman reached their half centuries making a very assured 115 run partnership before Jake was first retired. The replacing batsman Jake Dickinson and Kian Thexton  helping the total to a fine score of 138.

Bowling was spread across the team as Crook struggled to keep up the run rate finally posting a total of 99 in their 20 overs.

A comprehensive victory for the boys with fine performances by all, a great team effort!

 

6th May 2016 Evenwood V Willington 

What a difference a couple of weeks can make in Spring. Gone were the jumpers although sadly gone too was the sun. Much to the delight of Hayden's glowing face following a School National Cup Competition in yesterdays tropical conditions. Evenwood won the toss and asked Willington to bat first but the decision was quickly rescinded after they realised their wicket keeper was going to be late.

Willington took to the field and looked excited to be bowling on a bowler friendly wicket. Unfortunately the opening pair of Teesdale and Golnbry set a good foundation and batted sensibly against the opening bowlers. It was left to William Carmichael to finally find a breakthrough in the 13th over bowling Golnbry for 10. William bowled a fantastic spell of off spin in his 4 overs with figures of 1-16. Thomas Teesdale batted very well and made an assured 50 not out. Evenwood finishing with 95-2 from their 20 overs.

Willington's innings did not start well with Umpire Dickinson judging Jake run out for 3 after failing to ground his bat. Could have been an interesting ride home, a one percent lesson learned. Sadly the boys struggled to keep Daniel Grey company at the crease. Always behind the run chase the boys struggled to 58 all out despite a valiant effort from Daniel making 25 before being bowled.

A loss but lots of positives to take forward. During a conversation tonight the realisation, most of these children will have 3 - 4 years playing at this level, one player tonight has 6. Onwards and upwards for this young team with valuable development.

 

25th April 2016 Hunwick V Willington

This was probably the coldest cricket match I have ever watched, so uncomfortable that observers, umpires and scorers equally moaned of discomfort. It was a very brave display by both teams to beat the cold weather and play a very entertaining match.

Hunwick batted first and steadily moved the scoreboard along. B Thrower demonstrating some sound batting skills to reach an unbeaten 50. Once retired the Hunwick batsman struggled to keep up the intensity and some good bowling by all seven WCC bowlers restricted the home side to 97 in 20 overs. It was very difficult bowling conditions given the temperature and a great effort by the boys. The U15's is a young side this year and will have the chance to develop this season against some older players, they play very much as a team. Evident by the smiles together.

Willington's innings got off to a flying start with Jake Dickinson scoring freely in a very good innings of 39. Jake Thompson scoring 27no and Dan Grey 20no made light work of the remaining runs required to chase down the total in the sixteenth over. A talented display by the team rewarded by a fine victory.

I am sure it will take the kids a while to thaw out, in fact leaving Hunwick it was observed ice forming in flood water on the farmers field. Did I say it was very very cold.