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    Under 11s : WIN ONE, LOSE ONE!
    17 Jun 2015

    The Under 11’s marched forwarded with a decisive win against Thatcham Town last week.

    Thatcham batted first and put on a respectable score of 128 for 4 wickets, 3 of their batsmen retiring. Despite a slow start to their innings West Ilsley got into the swing of things. There were excellent batting scores in particular from Noah Teague (27 retired), Matthew Fowler (28 retired) and Jonty Sugden (25 retired – including 1 six!). Two of your younger Year 5 players also batted well.  Colin Sinclair and Josh Willson hit a couple of boundaries each and were 8 and 10 not out respectively. We beat them in the 15th over in the end with 131 for 3 wickets.

    The match against Division 1 League leaders Peppard & Stoke Row wasn’t quite so successful though!

    Good bowling and tight fielding by the opposition meant that we were unable to score runs quickly and after the 20 overs were on 105 for 3. There were again good batting scores from Noah, Matthew and Jonty who are having an excellent season with the Under 11’s. Peppard & Stoke Row came in for their innings and despite some steady bowling from Chris Martin, Ethan Hill, Ben Dray, Josh Willson and Hallam Kelly, managed to reach their target by the 14th over.

    We now move to 4th in the League with our next match against Reading on the 24th June.

    Under 9s : V SULHAMSTEAD & UFTON
    07 Jun 2015

    The U9s lost against Sulhamstead & Ufton at home in their second game of the season.

    Winning the toss, captain Adam elected to put Sulhamstead & Ufton into bat. West Ilsley bowled well and fielded even better, managing to achieve 5 run outs in the innings to restrict the visitors to 241 for 6 wickets during their allotted 15 overs. Adam bowled a maiden over, and George Wilson displayed his quick reactions as wicketkeeper in stumping one of Sulhamstead & Ufton's batters.

    In response, some exceptionally tight and accurate bowling from Sulhamstead & Ufton kept West Ilsley from scoring many runs, both through the regular capturing of wickets and preventing runs from the bat. George Wilson and Sam's partnership of a net 11 runs was the highest scoring of our innings (with James and John also scoring well), and Sam hit the shot of the day with a lovely, lofted 4 over mid-wicket on his last ball. Sulhamstead & Ufton's fielding was excellent, with one of their players taking a brilliant diving catch at cover to dismiss Tim and save a certain 4 runs. West Ilsley was still in with a chance of victory with one over left (and needing 14 runs), but it was too difficult a target to chase in the end as we finished with 223 for the loss of 11 wickets.

    It was a good match, though, played in lovely sunshine and fantastic spirit. The team sits at second equal in the league table after three games (our game against Falkland was cancelled as they have withdrawn from the league).

    24 May 2015

    ...on Sunday 24th and as reigning champions of the BYCL competition! West Ilsley hosted the U12 girls incrediball cricket festival. Unfortunately of the six teams allocated in Group B only Pangbourne and West Ilsley managed to put teams together.

    Despite the disappointment the show went on, and the girls played back to back matches against Pangbourne. Although Pangbourne put up a spirited fight the home team of Erin, Rachel, Betty, Ameila, Katie and Lottie won through, winning the first game by 51 runs and the second by 17.

    24 May 2015

    Our midweek fixture saw the West Ilsley Under 11’s host Bradfield in what turned out to be a thrilling game to watch.

    Good strong batting by Jonty Sugden and Ollie Gregory saw them both retire on 26 with Jonty scoring four 4s and a 6 and Ollie five 4s.  Other notable batting performance included a steady 8 runs from Peter Aird in his first game for the Under 11’s.  The innings score being 124 for 8 wickets.

    West Ilsley put a up a tight fielding game which didn’t allow the opposition many boundaries and along with another good bowling performace resulted in Bradfield scoring 101 for 5 in their 20 overs.

    Wickets this week were taken by Jonty, Ethan, Mark and Noah who bowled a great 3 overs, taking 2 wickets for 8 runs (He also bowled a double wicket maiden.) Josh Willson bowled well as did Charlie Cramp again.

    We remain 3rd in the League table.

    20 May 2015

    Please be advised West Ilsley Cricket Club will be holding a BBQ this Friday, 22nd May from 6.45pm and would like to cordially invite it’s club members and friends. A dry warm evening is forecast, so there’s no excuse not to miss out on the weekly village summer social night!

    • All Hot Dogs £2.00 each
    • All Burgers £2.50p each
    The bar is well stocked with eveyone’s favourite tipples and will be open from 6.00pm. We look forward to seeing as many of you there on the night.

    Under 9s : V MORTIMER WEST END
    17 May 2015

    The U9s recorded a win against Mortimer West End at home in their first game of the season.

    Mortimer West End batted first and scored a respectable 254 for 2 off their 15 overs. Team captain Dylan and Tim gave a perfect start for West Ilsley by opening the bowling with one maiden over each. Freddie got our first wicket in the 7th over, and Dylan captured the other in the final over. Everyone bowled very accurately, with no-one conceding more than 8 runs in their over. The fielding was very good, too, with the opposition being restricted to singles (and only scoring one four).

    In response, some accurate bowling from Mortimer West End saw West Ilsley's run chase restricted initially, although William scored a cracking 4 in the third over. Our run rate increased from the 9th over onwards: Freddie and George Wilson scored 25 runs in their partnership, and Tim and Adam contributed 32 runs in theirs (with Tim scoring four 4s, and Adam a 5!). This left Dylan and John to come in for the final partnership and ensure they lost no wickets - they batted very sensibly and Dylan celebrated the win by scoring a 4 off the last ball, for a final total of 271 for 5.

    So well done, boys, for an excellent team effort.

    17 May 2015

    Oh so close…

    Our second match in the League saw the West Ilsley Under 11’s narrowly defeated by Henley Leopards at their ground in Harpsden.

    Henley won the toss and elected to field.  West Ilsley lost a few early wickets before George Gardiner came in to bat, scoring 25 runs and was retired.  In total we scored 89 for 7.

    There were some excellent bowling performances this week supported by enthusiastic wicket keeping by Matthew Fowler.  Maiden overs were bowled by Ethan Hill and George Gardiner  - George also bowled a wicket maiden.  Ethan bowled 3 overs, taking one wicket for only 4 runs.  He also took an excellent catch. 

    Some of our younger Year 5’s also bowled well, including Charlie Cramp, Josh Willson and Mark Taylor. Charlie bowled 3 overs taking 1 wicket for 5 runs - excellent.

    Our tight bowling partly contributed to the match being tied at 89 runs at the start of the last over!!!  Unfortunately, their batsman hit the second ball in the over to the boundary and we lost by 4 runs! An extremely exciting and tense match for both the boys and parents!

    We currently sit 3rd in the League table.

    14 May 2015

    After Peter Carlisle’s prayers for rain were finally answered yesterday this is a reminder to all about the BBQ tonight at West Ilsley Cricket Club.

    This invitation is open to all the villagers & friends.

    With the weather set fair today after yesterday’s deluge it’s all systems go for tonight.

    Our highly experienced grill chefs and villagers Messrs Nigel Ryan & Roger Sinclair will be cooking various types of flavoured sausages and flipping the burgers from 6.30 pm tonight.

    • Hot Dogs £2.00 each
    • All Burgers £2.50p each

    More importantly the bar is well stocked with eveyone’s favourite tipples and will be open from 6.00pm.

    This is the best night of the week during the summer months in the village, paticularly when the sun is shining for catching up with one another.

    We look forward to seeing as many of you there on the night.

    West Ilsley CC

    Under 15 girls : WIN AGAINST HENLEY
    14 May 2015

    It was a great start to the season for the Under 15 Girls with a fantastic win against Henley on Wednesday evening.

    West Ilsley won the toss and chose to bat first. Opening batsman Juliet Banks and Lottie Aird provided us with a solid start, scoring a combined total of 41 runs. Hannah Blatchley, Suzie Beaumont, Katie Scriven and Nooree Patel continued to put on a very strong batting performance resulting in an impressive 110 runs for 4 wickets.

    Opening bowler Hannah Blatchley led the team, taking 2 wickets, ably supported by Lottie Aird, Suzie Beaumont and Katie Scriven, also all taking wickets. Juliet Banks was a great support to the team as wicket keeper, keeping the field energetic and the batsmen under pressure. West Ilsley presented a strong field, with Millie Knight & Bea Nutbrown putting into practice the skills they have learnt during training. All the girls showed great team work and communication and their team spirit and focus helped them to bowl out Henley for 51 runs in 8 overs, securing a solid win.

    A huge well done to the girls on such a fantastic game, demonstrating real team spirit and energy!

    Hannah Dray
    (Assistant Coach)

    14 May 2015

    It was a great start to the season for the Under 11's with a win against Kidmore End.

    West Ilsley won the toss and captain Matthew Fowler elected to bat. We put on a strong batting performance scoring 108 runs for only three wickets. George Gardiner retired on 25 not out and there were great scores from Noah Teague (21 not out), Matthew Fowler (19 not out) and Christopher Martin (16 runs).

    The result was close in the end with the home team scoring 100 runs for 8 wickets. Some of the highlights of West Ilsley's bowling were a maiden over from Ollie Gregory and a wicket maiden from Christopher Martin. Ben Dray took 3 wickets and Christopher Martin also took 2 wickets for 5 runs (both bowled 3 overs).

    Well done to the boys who showed great team spirit throughout.

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