Actonians Cricket Club


Actonians Cricket Club Under 13's Girls v Harrow on Sun 17 Jul 2022 at 10.00am
Actonians Cricket Club Lost by 102 runs

Match report Actonians Girls U13 vs Harrow – 17th July
The view from the boundary by Al Ebdon

For Sunday’s game we got up early to take the trip to South Africa. Or is least it felt a bit like that as the temperature soared through the morning air. Chances were that it’d be a tough gig in the field and a good track to bat on.

Toss completed and Actonians would field first. Up stepped Valeria and Leah to open things up in the bowling department. Right from the off it was clear that the Harrow top order could bat a bit. Actonians bowled with decent lines and a good amount of fire, but some classy shots meant runs came at a decent pace from the Harrow team. The batters did help a bit as the non-striker was hit on the foot/ankle by a tasty straight drive, leading to her having to retire hurt for treatment. Thankfully she was ok as was to return to the crease later on.
The Freya/Freja combination came on to change the bowling and confuse the visiting scorer, but the rhythm of the game remained the same – some good batting and running between the wickets meaning runs coming quickly. It was hot in the field but nevertheless Actonians were guilty of letting a few too many get away from them. Some greater urgency is needed to build pressure on good batters. Special mention however to Eydie, whose sliding stops in the deep showed a real commitment to the fielding effort.

In the 6th over we came close to the first wicket – a sharp run out chance engineered by Valeria at square leg. A tough chance for a catch came and went in the 8th – a real skyer that would have tested the hands of many a fielder. But in the 9th Actonians at last claimed their first wicket. As the batting side ran on an overthrow, Valeria’s demon arm and aim shattered the stumps with a direct hit from square leg. Nice.
Unfortunately the quality of batting from the Harrow side continued and Actonians were made to toil in the heat. A gorgeous delivery from Freya C cleaned up the stumps to take the second wicket, then a great yorker from Leah took the third. The rest of the attack all bowled with good effort and decent lines. But a fast outfield and good batting meant Harow finished their 20 overs on 203 for 3. This would be a difficult chase.

The Actonians opening partnership of Valeria and Leah strode to the middle to get things going. Everything was looking good. Some great running for ones and twos. Good defence on straight ones. Valeria pulling square for fours and a lovely lofted on drive to the boundary; Leah with a great pull for four. Some good shots being played but a real need to keep accelerating the scoring rate if we were to challenge the total.

And perhaps this need to over-commit was what led to the first wicket – Valeria bowled attempting another big shot. A clutch of wickets followed to bring Abbie and Molly together in the middle. Some good calling and understanding between the pair allowed runs to build. Molly hit a late cut for four (absolutely intentional, honest!); Abbie hit possibly shot of the day with a glorious on drive. But two wickets followed in two balls and the end was nigh unfortunately. A final run out brought he Actonians innings to an end a fair way short of the total required.

Overall, it was more evenly matched than the scoreline suggests. Tough to field first in the heat and then have to chase a big total.

But next Sunday brings a chance for retribution as we play the same side again (away this time)! And some lessons can definitely be learned from this game. Fielding absolutely needs to be sharper and more committed. Everyone needs to expect the ball to be coming their way and run to intercept the ball when it does. We could have had so many more run out chances with a sharper fielding effort and restricted the batting side to fewer runs, which builds pressure on them. And please…no stopping the ball with your foot! Easy route to a broken ankle! Long barriers on show next time please. And first person to stop the ball on the boundary with a full-on dive wins a prize (NB exact prize tbc…Pringles perhaps?)

In terms of batting, we need to stay switched on to calling for runs, and then run that first run quickly. A quick first run can often lead to the opportunity for a second. Other than that, defend the good balls, strike the bad ones.

It’ll be warm again on Sunday. And while they say revenge is a dish best served cold, they also say that some like it hot. Or something like that.

Harrow Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
10nb 54w 9b 3lb 
for 3 wickets
203 (20.0 overs)
Anira ct  Valeria off Molly 38
Rebecca b  Leah 19
Aakriti b  Freya 34
Jasmin Not Out  25
Alisha Not Out  11

Actonians Cricket Club Under 13's Girls Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Valeria Barrocas La Femina4.004900.0012.25
Leah Basu Roy4.0036136.009.00
Freya Cornish4.0031131.007.75
Freja Davies-Baker3.002300.007.67
Molly Ebdon3.0028128.009.33
Eydie Field2.002300.0011.50

Actonians Cricket Club Under 13's Girls Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
2nb 31w 6b  
for 7 wickets
Leah Basu Roy b  Rania 15
Valeria Barrocas La Femina b  Alisha 16 1
Freja Davies-Baker b  Jasmin 6
Molly Ebdon b  Alisha 9
Freya Cornish b  Anira 1
Abbie Winter Not Out  10
Emily Hartman b  Alisha 0
Eydie Field run out  (Alisha) 3
Selected member not found  
Selected member not found  
Selected member not found  

Harrow Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

  • Umpire :
    Vivek Singh
  • Scorer :
    Karina Lo Dico