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Copley CC Under 15 Reports

6 July  Copley Under 15s (125 for 6) beat Warley Under 15s (124 for 3)

This was a good result in the end, after a relatively poor bowling performance.   Warley batted first in damp conditions, which did not make bowling easy for the Copley team. Notwithstanding the difficult conditions, however, Copley, as a team, did not bowl as well they could - and conceded too many "4 balls." The top order Warley batsmen dominated from the off and only in the last quarter did Copley slow the run rate. Oliver Thorpe (1 for 13) was the pick of the bowlers and special mention should go to Under 13, Toby Cowell, who on his debut bowled very well - returning figures of 1 for 12 in his 3 overs.   Chasing 124, the whole Copley team approached the challenge positively, which was excellent to see. Oliver Thorpe (31 retired), Jake Allingan (15) and Kai Hallwood (30 retired) provided good early runs, with Kai particularly dominant. With overs running down and runs still to get, the middle order also approached their task with purpose and a late partnership of 20 between Karl Hanson and Alex Conway proving particularly important. It was a good performance to chase down 124 - with 2 overs to spare.

29 June Copley Under 15s (115 for 5) beat Thornton Under 15s (103 for 8)

This was a relatively close call in the end with a match-winning bowling performance from Prahalad Nadella (4 for 19) providing the difference in the closing stages. Copley batted first and compiled a reasonably good total of 115, with Oliver Thorpe (31 retired), Alex Lea (31 retired) and Henry Hoyle (25 not out) being the major run-scorers.

  In response, Thornton started very strongly reaching 94 for 2 - and it looked as though they had the game won. However, within a few overs near the end Thornton lost 6 wickets for 5 runs with Kai Hallwood (2 wickets) and Harry Pollard (1 wickets) supporting Prahalad's exploits (4 wickets in 2 overs) in an exciting finish.

22 June Low Moor Under 15s (134 for 6) beat Copley Under 15s (129 for 4)

This was a disappointing result - as we contrived to lose the game from a pretty strong position. All credit to Low Moor, however, who batted well throughout their innings, causing the Copley team to panic a bit and lose focus in the field.

Copley batted first and Oliver Thorpe and Jake Allingan (who both retired on 31) got the innings off to an excellent start. After they had both retired we continued to score runs reasonably steadily, but we were also losing wickets. Coming in at number 6, it was the innings of Henry Hoyle that really made the difference in the last few overs - taking the score to a very healthy 129 for 4. Henry retired on 31 from his 18 balls faced.

In response Low Moor lost 3 early wickets, but their middle order looked impressive and 5 of their batsmen reached double figures, with two retiring on 30. All the bowlers proved a little expensive and as Low Moor got nearer their target, the Copley team seemed to lose a little direction and focus in the field, struggling to adapt their thinking to changing events. In the end, all outcomes were possible with two balls to go and the last pair at the wicket. It was an exciting finish, but the Copley players will feel that they let this one slip away. Neverheless, they should learn from this and come back stronger next time.

15 June SBCI Under 15s (80 for 2) beat Copley Under 15s (79 for 8)

This was always going to be one of the toughest games of the season against a team that has been one of our main adversaries in recent years. Over the last few seasons this SBCI team has won the Cup three times (as it has advanced through the different age sections) and each time they have beaten us along the way. In the end we put up a very good fight, but they were just a little too strong on the day.

Copley batted first, and although Oliver Thorpe retired on 30, we lost 3 quick wickets at the other end to the SBCI opening bowlers. Although our middle order steadied the ship, and kept the scoreboard moving, they were always facing good, accurate bowling and it was difficult to score boundaries. A few wickets were lost in the chase for quick singles, but in the end, we were always around 20 runs short. Alex Lea (11) and Chandler Hallwood (10) were the others to reach double figures.

In response, the Copley team bowled and fielded well throughout - always keen to try and press for wickets and the restriction of runs. However, SBCI's openers always seemed to have something in reserve and took the score passed 50 before the loss of the first wicket. Copley battled well to the very end, but on the day, lost to the better side.

8 June Copley Under 15s (33 for 0) beat Upper Hopton U15s (30 all out)

The weather proved to be the greatest challenge to the team this week - with threatening skies and the prospect of sharp showers hanging over the game from the start. The win came as a consequence of a relatively inexperienced Upper Hopton side that struggled to cope with the accurate bowling from the Copley team. 8 of the wickets were clean bowled and Upper Hopton were dismissed for 30 in 16 overs (Oliver Thorpe 2 for 8; Kai Hallwood 3 for 8; Toby Thorpe 2 for 2 and Alex Conway 1 for 10). In response Oliver Thorpe and Kai Hallwood reached the target in just 4 overs without the loss of a wicket - just beating the onset of the rain.

1 June Copley Under 15s (133 for 2) beat Outlane U15s (66 all out)

This was another good performance - with solid displays throughout the team with both bat and ball - and in the field. Copley batted first and Oliver Thorpe and Jake Allingan (both who retired on 30) getting the innings off to an excellent start. The impetus was maintained by Alex Lea (22) and Henry Hoyle (24 not out) and a total of 133 was reached for the loss of just 2 wickets. In response, Outlane never really got going - losing wickets on a regular basis. The wickets were shared between Prahalad Nadell (3 for 6), Oliver Pasek (2 for 13), Kai Hallwood (2 for 13), Oliver Thorpe (2 for 14) and Ihitisham Hussain (1 for 4). The fielding was again excellent (as it has been all season) with good catches being caught by Alex Conway, Karl Hanson, Josh Van Gestel and Oliver Thorpe. Well done to all and after 5 matches, and before we adjourn for the Cup matches, the team are at the top of the League.

25 May Copley Under 15s (128 for 4) beat Barkisland Under 15s (72 for 6)

Another professional performance against a slightly under-strength Barkisland side earned the team a convincing victory. Although there were useful minor contributions all the way down the batting order, it was Oliver Thorpe (31 retired) and Kai Hallwood (31 retired) who were the main run scorers. For Kai, this was a welcome return to form and he was striking the ball confidently throughout his innings – at one point nearly decapitating the square leg umpire (and writer of this piece) with a typically aggressive pull shot. The Barkisland batsmen generally struggled against accurate Copley bowling throughout their innings and by the “Oliver Thorpe Show” in the field. Oliver caught 5 good catches (including a couple of difficult, spectacular efforts) patrolling the short leg-side boundary as wickets fell on a regular basis. All bowlers did well with Ihitisham Hussain and Prahalad Nadella both taking 2 wickets. Well done to the team – another good performance and the team remain unbeaten in the current campaign.

11 May 2011 - Copley, 130 for 4 beat Southowram, 105 for 8

An excellent all round display by the Under 15s gave the team its second victory of the new season. In a game reduced to 18 overs a side, Copley batted first and compiled an excellent score of 130 for the loss 4 wickets (3 of which were in the last over). The innings started positively with Jake Allingan, although riding his luck at times, retiring on 30 after a commanding innings. His opening partner, Oliver Thorpe, was similarly impressive and also retired on 30. Kai Hallwood was out without scoring but Alex Lea and Henry Hoyle (at 4 and 5) kept the momentum of the innings going well and put on over 50 together. Alex, in his first innings for the club, was out in the last over for an impressive 29 and Henry was left undefeated on 26 not out, following an equally strong display.

Defending this strong total, Copley demonstrated excellent commitment and professionalism with good, keen fielding evident from everyone. Kai Hallwood and Karl Hanson both picked up excellent run outs from direct throws. With the strategy of a relatively "deep set" field, in order to restrict the boundaries, the Copley bowlers all performed well with Southowram, without ever really challenging, reaching 105 for 8. The wicket takers were Ihitisham Hussain (2 for 21), Prahalad Nadalla (1 for 8), Oliver Pasek (1 for 20), Oliver Thorpe (1 for 10) and Kai Hallwood (1 for 20). Although he didn't take a wicket, Copley's other bowler, Alex Conway, was also economical in his 3 overs.

This was a good display throughout with excellent team spirit evident.