Sport round up
RAF Halton/High Wycombe Cricket
RAF Cup v RAF Marham – RAF Halton/High Wycombe beat RAF Marham by 3 wickets to progress to the next round of the RAF Cup. In what proved to be a keenly contested encounter there were some standout performances. Paul Knowler and Rob Menarry started well with the new ball and made some early inroads and then the rest of the bowlers backed them up brilliantly despite some hard hitting from the Marham middle order. Special mention to Si Dawes who took 3-24 which would have been 4-23 had he not overstepped at the wrong time! Marham were restricted to 89 all out, which was a competitive total given the pace of the outfield.
H/HW started strongly with Jim Henderson keeping the scoreboard ticking over whilst Stu Bradford practised his safety play. A flurry of wickets then went down which brought Andy Smailes to the crease to score some valuable runs. All the while at the other end Stu was still working on his forward defensive. The loss of Andy and then Rob Menarry came just before a rain delay. This delay brought a revised total which meant when the team came back out they needed 84 to win from 28 overs. Matt Bridge came in swinging and then went again whilst Stu continued at his Boycottesque pace. Eventually with 8 runs needed Stu was given out LBW and trudged back to the pavilion after hitting a very valuable and accumulative (slow?) 27. This bought James Halliwell to join Stu Smith at the crease. James proved to be the coolest man on a pretty cool field as him and Stu nurdled the ball around to knock off the necessary runs, James finishing it with a lovely square cut for 2 thus giving H/HW a deserved and hard fought victory.
RAF Cup ¼ Final v RAF Leeming – The team travelled to Grantham Cricket Club to play but it was somewhat depleted due to work and RAF Cricket managerial commitments, nevertheless the team of 10 were confident that the players available would be able to give a credible performance. The ground was in excellent condition and the weather was warm and sunny. HHW won the toss and Captain Stu Smith chose to put Leeming, who also had 10 players, in to bat.
Stu and Si Dawes opened the bowling and maintained good line and length to keep the Leeming team from scoring quickly, Stu taking 2 wickets for 37 from his 9 overs. This was backed up by Jim Halliwell who took 2 for 33 from 6 overs. Johnson who batted well for a score of 78, and Rob Mennary with 1 for 31 from 6. Paul Knowler and Andy Smailes tidied up the tail end and this coupled with some very good work in the field eventually led to Leeming achieving a score of 149 all out from 32 overs.
Si Dawes and Rob Mennary opened the batting for HHW starting well against a spirited Leeming attack. Si was somewhat unfortunate to be given lbw for 11 after looking comfortable and building a good partnership with Rob. This brought Paul Knowler to the crease who was to return to the clubhouse quite quickly after being caught for 1. This gave the Leeming attack some impetus and left the match hanging in the balance. Andy Smailes batted at four and managed to develop a good partnership with Rob who was now scoring freely, taking the score to 75 before being caught and bowled for 22. The tide appeared to be turning and when KD Dhanji came to the crease the Leeming players appeared to be less enthusiastic than they were earlier. This was compounded as KD quickly got his eye in and took the attack to Leeming along with Rob. They achieved the Leeming total without further loss, KD finishing on 37 not out and Rob with an outstanding score of 70 not out from 29 overs.
RAF Halton/High Wycombe Hockey
RAF Halton combined strengths with High Wycombe at the Inter Station Hockey Tournament 2012. Fiona Dowdeswell played excellently in defence stopping any of the opposition getting into the D, Lizzie Jaines and Ash Webb doing the leg work in midfield helping support the forwards to attack the goal. With some great play form Triv controlling the team from the back of the pitch and also making those deadly runs up front and scoring some brilliant goals. All in all, great play and team work form the Halton/High Wycombe players that worked hard during all 5 matches in the heat to come out 2nd over all.
RAF Halton Football
The RAF Veterans 7-a-side tournament took place at RAF Brize Norton. Halton won their respective group with some solid, workmanlike performances and without conceding a goal. This put them into the semi final to take on ICARUS. Despite dominating, the game ended goalless and went to penalties. Unfortunately Flt Lt Devlin and Sgt Batson failed with their kicks and we ended up losing. A very disappointing ending considering we had already beaten the eventual winners, Brize Norton, in the group stage.
There were 7 teams that entered the competition all fighting for the opportunity to become Basketball Champions. The ‘Round Robin’ format enabled all teams to play 6 tough games against each other to gain as many points as possible. All the games were competitively fought with only a few points separating most matches. As the competition progressed all teams had an even amount of wins, losses and draws which made each game even more competitive! After a long, hard fought afternoon of Basketball the final match had been played and the scores were counted. ACS took full points for this competition, winning all 6 of their games, making them Basketball Champions.
‘It’s a Knock Out’
The competition held at the Nuffield Pavilion saw 8 teams all fighting for the opportunity to become the It’s a Knock Out Champions. The competition consisted of 10 challenging games which all 8 teams had 5 minutes on each challenge to try and gain as many points as possible. All the games were competitively fought with RTS deciding to take their tops off to make them more aerodynamic on the Dive and Slide whilst ACS were not afraid to get stuck into the flour and jelly babies on the Bobbing Challenge! After a long, hard fought afternoon the final whistle was blown and the scores were counted. SMTW took full points for this competition as well as playing their joker giving them a big jump in the overall scoreboard.