Here we feature match reports from last Saturday’s games in the Bristol Somerset Division and the Bristol and North Somerset Division of the West of England Premier League – as well as some exciting 2nd and 3rd XI matches elsewhere.
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Old Bristolians v Frome
Frome were bowled out cheaply for the second consecutive week and slumped to a six wicket defeat at Old Bristolians in this WEPL Bristol Somerset Division match last Saturday.
After early rain the match was reduced to 37 overs per side, Old Bristolians won the toss and had no hesitation in asking Frome to bat.
Usual openers Paul Sanger and David Dredge took the score to 18 despite some early inconsistent bounce, before both fell cheaply to leave Frome 24-2. Bleakley and Smith then steadied the ship with some strong running and the occasional boundary and took the score past 50. At this point the run rate was around five an over and both looked to be positive. However the wicket was becoming more and more difficult even at this early stage and the run rate slowed.
With the score on 76 Smith was bowled for 10, but Frome were still left with a decent platform. Drinks were taken at 80-3, but the innings was soon is disarray as three quick wickets saw Frome’s middle order blown away, including Bleakley for 41.
The visitors lower order were now having to content with balls regularly spitting past their face from a good length, and were unable to come up with answers to this as they were bowled out for 111 in the 31st over.
Frome knew they were still in with a chance given the wicket was regularly producing unplayable deliveries. Neal and Wheeler went past the edge with little luck in the early stages, before Neal had Durrans caught at short leg for 17. Old Bristolians were finding conditions tough but battled hard, and reached 50 and beyond with no further loss.
The introduction of the spin of Mark Sanger and then Hamblin couldn’t force a further breakthrough, with the usually reliable spin proving less effective on this surface. Neal picked up a second wicket when he bowled Swetman ((20) before two quick wickets for Bleakley reduced the home side to 97-4.
However with drizzle now falling again, a few lusty blows saw Old Bristolians over the line to give the, a four-wicket victory.
Next weekend Frome return to home action against Lansdown.
Scorecard: Old Bristolians v Frome – http://frome.play-cricket.com/website/results/2300913
Brislington v Lansdown – by Jeremy Blackmore
Lansdown tied away to second-place Brislington in a thrilling encounter in Ironmould Lane.
Batting first, Brislington made 178 before they were dismissed at the end of the 45th over. Several players got starts, but no batsman went onto make a big score, as skipper Thomas Hankins took 3-26 in nine overs. Tabish Khan was the highest scorer with 25.
In reply, Lansdown were 53-4 before a stand of 55 between Reece Croker (33) and Darren Barnes (36) put them back on track. However once both Croker and Barnes were out, they lost wickets regularly, despite Sam Athey making 26. They were eventually dismissed for 178 off the second ball of the 45th over. Parag Khanapurkar finished with figures of 3-28.
The result means Brislington are nine points behind leaders Bedminster, who won their match last Saturday against Bishopton.
Scorecard: Brislington v Lansdown – http://lansdown.play-cricket.com/website/results/2300859
Bristol and North Somerset Division
Chew Magna v Congresbury
MAGNA CARTA – by Shaun ‘Chew Elvis’ Hosier of Chew Magna CC
So, it’s 12.15 on a Sunday afternoon. It’s match report time. And after what seems like 800 years of hurt, we’ve finally gone and did it. We went and won a game of cricket! There were champagne corks a popping, people putting bunting out, even Vile’s dad turned up again (2 visits to Chew Court, 2 wins, by the way…). Me? Well I just opened a can of apple-based drink – no runny mead in our house – and pondered upon our victory and the way I was going to write it up. You see my little pumpkin patch of readers, since our match reports have been going up, our website now gets 14,001 hits a week as people read about our glorious defeats, our drunken antics after, and maybe – just maybe – the odd snippet of cricket.
After criticism from certain quarters (not everyone likes Shakespeare, but I digress) we’ve decided to keep doing exactly the same and stick to our magic formula. So here’s this week’s instalment from Chew Court.
On. Off. On. Off. The bloody dog is jumping on the sofa and the TV remote is stuck under the cushion. Am I bothered? No I’m not, as the skipper has consulted the barons and I’m off early after getting the text on Wednesday telling me I’m in for the visit of Congresbury to Chew. Vice skipper Charlie had been down to the capital of Somerset to watch the cricket on Friday night but assured us he wasn’t drinking. So it was an unchanged side that needed warming up. All eyes were on the toss – with it being a wet, grey morning the pitch looked a tad green from the covers, so whoever wins the toss is going to bowl first. Aren’t they…?
So just like King John, our skipper chooses to bat, making me the Archbishop of Canterbury and keeping our precious show pony batsmen-barons happy. But you know chickens, the crazy cat was right! We post 272, with Watto finding some form and Dash and Charlie both also batting well. But like a ride on a fast roller coaster, you want it to end but the minute it’s over you want to get back on…. That’s our batsmen to a tee and what a tea it was. I don’t know why I worry about being dropped if my wife keeps turning teas out like that: I’m safe (but tubby).
So we bowl and it’s warm and overcast. Perfect bowling conditions. Young Mr Coombes takes full advantage getting two early wickets both caught by Mr Safe Hands. We’re all over them, Charlie getting a few and even I chip in. So an early finish, surely??? Nope – we finally get them all out in the 48th over for 208. But it’s a win and we’re happy.
Now at 1 o’clock Saturday, if you would have told me that wicket would have played the way it did, with nearly 500 runs scored on it, I’d have laughed out loud. But it did play well – it was true and it goes to show that we aren’t far away from being a decent team, in my honest opinion. Just a little bit of self-belief, maybe a change to our warm-up music, and the chairman accepting limits on his own power (except when he’s wielding the vacuum cleaner**).
Somerset cup game Thursday night: home versus Bridgwater 2nds. 6.15 start, and maybe a curry after if you’re all good. xx
** For those who claim they didn’t know the club owned a vacuum cleaner, it’s stored in the ladies’ loo.
Scorecard: Chew Magna v Congresbury – http://chewmagna.play-cricket.com/website/results/2300682
Bridgwater 2nd XI v Frocester 2nd XI – by Todd Barrett of Bridgwater CC
Bridgwater’s batsmen were left to rue simple unforced errors at home to Frocester on Saturday, narrowly losing out by 7 runs.
After electing to bowl first, openers Dan Rossiter (0-30) and Tim Hill (0-19) looked threating but were unlucky not to make a breakthrough as Frocester built their inning steadily.
However, the introduction of Ed Habberfield (2-37) did the trick for Bridgwater as he removed Whincup who was caught behind the wicket by Stu Standerwick.
Callum Gegg (58) continued to bat carefully but Bridgwater’s bowlers did well to restrict the visitors’ scoring rate as the Frocester innings moved into the middle stages.
Habberfield, Scott Clapp (2-37) and Todd Barrett (2-38) made regular breakthroughs throughout the middle and latter stages of the innings but some poor bowling from the home side, combined with some good hitting from the Frocester lower middle order, meant that the visitors posted a competitive 208 in their allotted overs.
Bridgwater lost Ben Coombes early in their reply as he was bowled by Dan Cave for just three but Barrett and Hill set about chasing down Frocester’s target before Hill (12) was also bowled by Cave with the score at 39-2.
Barrett (29) and Witts (49) built a good partnership to take Bridgwater into a strong position at the drinks break, however, when the former was caught on the deep midwicket boundary, Bridgwater suffered a middle order collapse, losing three wickets for just 21 runs.
Ben Whitemore (21) and Ed Habberfield (33) moved Bridgwater closer to the target as the game entered the latter stages and it looked as if Bridgwater may just get across the line until more wickets put the brakes on the chase.
Bridgwater entered the last over needing a further nine runs for victory but both Habberfield and Standerwick fell to the off-spin of Jonathan Dow, as Bridgwater disappointingly came up 7 runs short in a close game.
Scorecard: Bridgwater 2nd XI v Frocester 2nd XI – http://bridgwater.play-cricket.com/website/results/2300332
Frome 2nd XI v Ilminster 2nd XI
2nd’s dealt a narrow defeat by Ilminster – by Nick Larder of Frome CC
In a performance which withholds plenty of positives for Frome 2nd XI, their losing run continued as Ilminster chased down their total of 219.
Frome were inserted by Ilminster at the toss, and the hosts lost their captain Josh Cantrell early on, when he was caught for 14 (23 balls, 2 fours). Mark Watts and Joe Smart added 63 for the second wicket however, before the former was caught and bowled for 35 (50 balls, with 5 fours).
Mark Harman, James Unwin and Nick Lemon all departed for scores of 10, 6 and 7 respectively and Frome were 125-5.
34 runs were added between Smart and Simon Edwards, but Smart was next to depart as he was caught for 44 (86 balls, 4 fours). Four runs later, Edwards was caught also, for a valuable 23 off of 31 deliveries, with a couple fours. Nick Larder was then caught in the covers with the score on 177 before Mat Bracher (28 off 31, 2 fours) and Aaron Woodruff (14 off 11, 2 fours) added 42 late runs for the ninth wicket with some good running.
This meant that Frome passed the 200 and concluded their innings on 219-8 off of their 45 over allocation. R Sims was the pick of the visitors’ attack- he claimed 3-37.
A positive start was made by Frome in the field as a wicket each for openers Watts and Woodruff saw Ilminster 16-2. It was the introduction of Bracher that saw the third wicket fall- leaving Ilminster 58-3. An impressive 124-run partnership for the fourth wicket, left the hosts somewhat shell-shocked.
Late in the innings, Frome came back into the match though, with Simon Edwards taking a catch at point off Bracher to get L Dobson out for 58 before Edwards had Ilminster captain A Sims caught for 67- and this left Frome bowling at two new batsmen. Although L Williams was bowled by the experienced spinner Mark Harman in the 43rd over, the visitors got over the line with an over to spare as R Sims (7) and D Dilling (5) finished not out to ensure a four-wicket win.
Next Saturday, Frome 2nd XI travel to play Lansdown 2nd XI.
Thanks to Mr Paul Cook (Zippy) for sponsoring this match.
Scorecard: Frome 2nd XI v Ilminster 2nd XI – http://frome.play-cricket.com/website/results/2300076
Frome CC – 3rd XI Vs West United CC Sunday 1st XI
3rd XI unbeaten run broken by West United – by Nick Larder of Frome CC
Some terrific stroke play and tight bowling from West United saw them inflict Frome 3rd’s first defeat of the year.
West United chose to bat after winning the toss, and even though they were 36-2, when Naveed Asim and Aaron Woodruff removed the openers- they amassed an imposing total.
Asim did keep things tight for Frome early on, bowling a couple maidens, but the attacking nature of the visitors’ batting payed off. The next wicket didn’t come until the score was 98, when Mark Watts (1-32) had Satya Sanikommu (52, with 6 fours and 2 sixes) caught by James Unwin in short extra cover.
A further 67 runs were added for the fourth wicket before overseas player Alex Bleakley (3-49) claimed the next three wickets. Firstly, Sivathas Balasingham was bowled for 42, which included 3 fours and 3 sixes. Next Ashish Shinde was caught by Watts for 65 (8 fours and a six) before a caught and bowled saw Sujeevan Jeyabalasundaram out for 36 (3 fours, 2 sixes).
By this stage the visitors were 230-6. A run out when Woodruff threw the ball to Joseph Quinn behind the stumps was the seventh wicket to fall, before Woodruff (3-34) claimed a couple more wickets which were caught by Watts and Ethan Cox. Some below-par fielding and some wayward bowling from Frome coupled with lots of superb batting meant West United concluded their 40 overs on 261-9, leaving Frome requiring 6.55 runs an over for victory after tea.
The hosts didn’t get off to an ideal start to the chase when Watts (4), Quinn (5) and Bleakley (17) were all out to the bowling of Rishiv Vij (3-24). Resistance came from Joe Smart and Unwin (37, 4 fours and a six) though, as they added 58 for the fourth wicket, only to lose the latter with the score on 91 when he was caught at gully. Asim (4) was bowled and Woodruff (3) was LBW, before Smart was bowled for a terrific 49 which included a four and 3 sixes, which were launched down the ground . This was a blow to Frome’s chances.
Then Arthur Harman (2), Shane Ford (1) and Dan Weston (2) were all victims to Sivathas Balasingham (6-27) to leave Frome all out on 143 after the third ball of the 32nd over. Ethan Cox was unbeaten on 3 for Frome. As a result, West United earned an impressive 118 run victory at Fromefield.
Next Sunday, Frome look to get back to winning ways when they travel to Easton Cowboys.
Scorecard: Frome CC – 3rd XI Vs West United CC Sunday 1st XI – http://frome.play-cricket.com/website/results/2406360