NORTH ENFIELD CRICKET CLUB
North Enfield Cricket Club | U17s
North Enfield U17s took on local rivals Holtwhites Trinibus in the Middlesex Cup on Friday, with North Enfield coming out victorious with a 42 run win. North Enfield batted first getting to 112 from their allotted 20 overs. HT reply finished on 69 from 20 overs.
It was also the first use of our new sponsored kit so thanks to metaswitch for their generous donation.
Sunday 7th July brought the Tauranga Boys College (a touring New Zealand school team) to NE for a fixture against our U17s. The opposition proved to be too strong with them coming out comfortable winners (TBC 256/9, NE 102 ao), but the match and subsequent BBQ proved a huge success and was a great experience for all the players who participated. I have included the Colleges tour report below.
UK Cricket Tour – 2019
Tauranga Boys’ College cricket completed its most ambitious tour ever in 2019 with a 10 match tour of the United Kingdom which also included the chance to follow the progress of the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup.
The team departed the weekend before school finished in Term 2 flying Emirates via Dubai straight to Newcastle in the north east of England. After an eventful flight it was on our coach for the short drive through to Durham where we were booked to stay 2 nights at Durham School which was founded in 1414. The boys were straight into the cricket participating in an 8 team T 20 competition over the next 2 days.
The competition began against St Peters School, York and the boys started strongly with TBC posting 189 for 3. Niven Dovey completed an unbeaten century by scoring 21 runs in the twentieth over while Taylor Bettelheim began the tour with an impressive 60. Tight bowling and an impressive fielding effort from TBC saw St Peters dismissed for 80 with Harrison Leach, Isaac White and Cameron O’Dea all picking up 2 wickets.
The afternoon match saw TBC batting first again and this time it was Cameron Templer who batted through the innings to complete an unbeaten 74 in a total of 172. Durham School’s reply began strongly however with key wickets taken through the middle the chase faltered at 138/7. Jassi Singh and Joe Smythe took 2 wickets each while there were also 2 run outs.
Playing for a place in the final TBC took on the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle batting first again. Skipper Taylor Bettelheim led from the front scoring 56 not out with support from Joe Smythe (38) & Chris Mascall (26) in a total of 165/5. RGS struggled in reply and were dismissed for 65.
The final was played at the delightful Durham School’s home ground against Woodhouse Grove and TBC began strongly again with Isaac White taking 2 wickets in his first 2 overs. Rob Ward also claimed 2 wickets and sharp fielding led to 3 run outs and the opposition was dismissed for 81. TBC won comfortably scoring the winning runs in the 9th over, 1 wicket down with Taylor Bettelheim making his third half century, this time 58 not out. The win meant TBC were winners of the Ron Boothe Shield which was celebrated with TV3 cameras on the sideline.
Day four in the United Kingdom and we were taking the train from Newcastle to Chester-le-Street’s Riverside ground to watch the Black Caps play England in their last pool match of the Cricket World Cup tournament. For England defeat would mean they were out of their own tournament while NZ could still qualify for the play-offs with a loss. England batted first and in pleasant conditions posted an imposing 305 for 8 in their 50 overs with Jonny Bairstow most impressive with a run a ball 106. A poor start again hampered the New Zealand reply and only Tom Latham with 57 provided much resistance in the Black Cap total of 186 which gave our boys their biggest loss of the tournament.
Next destination was Liverpool and for our boys the unusual 6 p.m. start time for a T20 match against the Northern Club in the leafy suburb of Crosby. The opposition was a composite group from their 3 best sides and in batting first TBC compiled a useful 165/9 with Cam Templer top scoring with 61 & Chris Mascall adding 32. Very good batting from the locals saw TBC suffer its first loss of the tour by 9 wickets in the penultimate over. Our 6th game in 5 days was against Merchants Taylor School where our boys were billeted for the first time on tour. In a superb setting TBC were given the option and chose to bat first in this 40 over fixture. Captain Taylor Bettelheim continued his excellent form with the top score of 70 and alongside Cam Templer (41) had a big score likely with 138/2 after 20 overs but the opposition came back and restricted us to 237/9. Merchant Taylors were on the back foot with Tommaso Pini & Harrison Leach striking with the new ball to have them 30/4. Pini finished with 3/35 and with Niven Dovey wrapping up the tail with 4/14, the opposition was bowled out for 114.
Our only rain of the tour fell as we journeyed down the M6 & then M1 to Watford where we had a 2 night stay with a 35 over match at the picturesque North Enfield Cricket Club . The sight of a giant 400 year old oak tree on the field of play was something the boys will remember for a long time. Overnight showers had made for a difficult time for our batsmen early on but Niven Dovey (68) steadied the ship and the tail – Cam Templer (55), Ben Vyver (46) & Cam O’Dea (37*) – wagged to get us through to 256/9 in 35 overs. Cam O’Dea backed up his batting effort with 4 wickets and Jassi Singh chimed in by picking up 3 wickets in one over !! In the clubs first international match in its 133 year history the North Enfield Under 17s were dismissed for 102 to give TBC a comfortable win.
After the gruelling start to the tour we headed to the south coast and 3 nights in the seaside town of Brighton. A welcome distraction on the way was a brief stopover at Windsor where we happened upon the daily spectacular of the changing of the guard. In Brighton the boys were keen on some rest and relaxation and a significant amount of time was spent strolling along the beach and out on the pier where there were a large number of rides and also arcade games. One day we took the coach to near Battle where the Keeley Brothers bat factory was one of the highlights of the trip. A number of the World Cup players had orders in for bats and we got to see how bats are made, as well as a great display of cricket bats from through the years.
Our last matches of the tour were against the Skinners’ School in Tunbridge Wells where our players experienced contrasting results. We played 2 T20 matches on Day 1 and in both suffered narrow losses as we tried to give all of the squad opportunities that they may not have had earlier in the tour. In Game 1 we batted first in difficult conditions making 93/7 with Rob Ward top scoring with 26.Great bowling from Isaac White (2/3 off 3 overs) saw Skinners needing 10 off the last over to win which they achieved with 1 ball left. In Game 2 TBC fielded first and Skinners began strongly ending with 128 & Ward again to the fore with 3/12. We never really got ahead of the game and with 4 overs left new needed 32 and finally ended up 9 runs short. Our last match was the longest of the tour with teams agreeing to a 50 over contest. In beautiful conditions at Holmewood House Preparatory School TBC batted first and totalled a formidable 299/7 with this based around an excellent 88 by Niven Dovey and Taylor Bettelheim’s 62. With Tommaso Pini clean bowling one of the Skinners openers in the first over they were up against it and when Robert Ward returned the best bowling of the tour with 5/25 off 7.3 overs TBC were victors by 141 runs to end the tour on a high note.
With the cricket over we headed to London for a half day tour of the sights – Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament, Lambeth Palace, Piccadilly Circus & 10 Downing Street before settling into our hotel. Most then got out and did some shopping. Next day was Sunday and surprise finalists New Zealand came up against home favourites England at Lords in the World Cup final. Most of the team joined the throngs at the Trafalgar Square fan zone where there was a real buzz about the match. Harrison Leach & Joe Smythe were interviewed by TV1 about what it had been like to follow the tournament while on tour. It was fantastic to see the Black Caps do so well but disappointing that they were robbed of a famous victory !!!
The last leg of our journey began early with a 5.30 a.m. wake up call as we had an 8.31 a.m. Eurostar train to Paris to catch. A smooth, comfortable couple of hours later and we were in the heart of another of the world’s great cities. We began with a city tour again with our coach taking us to some of the major sights like the Eiffel Tower, l’Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysee, les Invalides, Sacre Couer and Moulin Rouge to name a few. A beautiful city with lovely wide tree lined avenues the result of a rebuild of the city from 1850 to 1870. Next day we took the Metro to take the trip to Stage 2 on the Eiffel Tower after which many of the boys were on Lime Scooters to explore further afield.
Our evening flight home meant some more exploring on our last morning before we were off to Charles de Gaulle airport for the flight home. The whole trip had been a fantastic experience which will be a highlight of school days for a very long time.
Touring team was … Taylor Bettelheim, Niven Dovey, Lachie Jeffery, Cameron O’Dea, Mankaran Singh, Cameron Templer, Tommaso Pini, Chris Mascall, Blake Pentecost, Jassi Singh, Matt James, Joe Smythe, Harrison Leach, Liam Collett, Robert Ward, Ben Vyver, Isaac White with Mr Charles Williams, Mr Tim Clarke & Mr Rob Leslie as Support Staff.