1st XI Match Report 13th May


Match Report

Following 2 impressive opening victories, Bomere’s finest were faced with a home encounter against the newly promoted Welshpool. Chris Stevens wasted no time in confirming the vicious rumours that he is indeed a useless tosser, and the visiting skipper didn’t hesitate to put Bomere into bat.

A 3rd opening partnership in as many games took to the crease, as Charlie Wigley and Travis Keys went out to bat. Travis wasted no time at all, hitting a flurry of boundaries and knocking the opening bowlers off their lines, whilst Charlie dug in and took the shine off the new ball.

With the score on 29, Charlie got a straight ball that ‘apparently’ kept very low and was bowled. Sam Bloor finally overcame the curse of number 3, albeit he did manage to play down the wrong line for his first 5 balls. Sam played a run-a-ball supporting role as Travis continued to hit the bowling to all parts. Both were ably supported by some exceptionally village fielding, with Sam Smout – who seems to have found himself a new home (and haircut) in the valley’s – being particularly guilty. The run rate remained around 7 and one of the highlights was a short ball that Travis easily dispatched over the pavilion for a maximum.

Bloor was looking well set after last week’s ton, but was then on the receiving end of a superb piece of bowling as he top edged a juicy full toss straight down short third man’s throat. Credit to the fielder, who managed to cling on, even after running around the ball 7 times.

̶ Travis then decided to charge the spinner and was subsequently stumped, “bottling not one, but two hundreds” © Sam Bloor. Travis scored 75 off just 52 balls with ten 4’s and the aforementioned 6; however the innings was in danger of fizzing out after a strong start at 116-3 from 17 overs.

Wig was then tasked with his now familiar role of rebuilding the innings and was joined at the crease by Chris Edenborougurorurough (sorry but I’ve never been able to spell it). The 2 continued to apply pressure to the already ragged fielding unit and rotated the strike well with plenty of singles. With the partnership on 53, Wig fell for 23, unfortunately unable to complete a straight drive in his time at the crease.

Trell (the specialist batsmen) then decided to put his ‘neck’ on the line and came out at number 6 even whilst suffering the effects of a crippling injury. The brave young man (some would say hero) upped the ante with Eders and put Bomere in a position to dominate proceedings. Eders raised his bat for 50, his first knock since that famous ton of 2016 against our lovely friends at Wem. With the score on 235, Trell was bowled by one of the opening bowlers for a quick fire 35.

Wickets began to tumble at this point as Bomere chased some quick runs. Eders made 57, whilst Henry Dawson ensured the thanks for coming award wasn’t coming his way with 3. Yours truly then strolled out to the crease, nursing a terrible case of pad-rash having been padded up since the first over. 5 balls later and the declaration came, with Stevo being bowled and realising that Boycott, Preecey and Dodge were never really going to add many runs in the remaining 17 balls.

Chasing 246 in 47 overs for victory, Welshpool never looked particularly interested, aiming for the 50% (worst rule ever) that would ensure a losing draw. Stevo started where he left off the previous week and claimed 2 early scalps, leaving Welshpool in tatters on 4-2 – That’s 4 runs and 2 wickets Travis, I know you lot down under do it the wrong way around.

Welshpool dug in before their opening batsmen lost their head, saw a bit of width and skied a catch straight down Henry Dawson’s throat. 23-3.

Bloor finished his opening spell, ending up with figures of 7 overs for 16 runs. Jamie Dean came into the attack, knowing the thanks for coming award was still very much up for grabs. Luckily for Jamie, sh*t does indeed get wickets, and after a few tight overs, a short and wide longhop accounted for the Welshpool number 5 who fell for 10. I have been asked to ensure the absolute world class, gravity defying, ‘catch of the century’ by Henry ‘I have the yips’ Dawson isn’t forgotten in a hurry.

Henry Preece then came on and took a few balls to get his radar; pitching the ball in his own half more regularly than the batsmen’s in his first over. Drinks came and went with Welshpool 4 down, 2 set batsmen in and the draw looking the likely result.

Wig replaced Jamie Dean and managed to get the breakthrough as the set Welshpool batsmen again became frustrated, hitting the ball straight down Eders throat. For some unknown reason – even after the call of “EDERS” was made – Jamie leapt across him, almost concussing our star batsmen in the process of taking the catch. Dodge clearly didn’t learn from Shelton away last year. Wig finished his spell, conceding just 10 runs off his 5 overs.

Dawson reluctantly entered the fray and with the game petering out to a draw, Stevo became embroiled in an ever so slightly heated debate with a Welshpool batsman who offended with the criticism of his side’s (incredible dull) tactics. Next ball and the batsmen stupidly called yes Stevo at cover. Suffice to say the ball was then launched at Travis, who mopped up, making it all look very easy to claim the run out. 128-6 with 8 overs to go and Bomere were back in it.

Off came Henry Preece (who really should be writing this match report) after an 8 over spell which deserved at least 1 wicket (we’ll let Travis and Bloor off for their double drop) and on came a fired up Stevo. He couldn’t stay out of the game and produced a fine second spell, accounting for the next 3 wickets to fall, leaving Welshpool 9 down with just 2 overs remaining. The 3rd, the superb stumping of Sam Smout by Travis leaving the away side 9 down with 2 overs to negotiate.

The last over brought Stevo against his arch nemesis and sadly for us, the Welshpool man came out on top, surviving and giving Welshpool the losing draw. Handshakes were exchanged, before loud cheers were heard from the Welsh dressing room as they excitedly celebrated a losing draw and the 9 points that went along with it.

So 2 outright wins and a winning draw to start, with most players having contributed at least once so far. Condover at home awaits. Good luck to Welshpool CC for the rest of the season and thanks to Mrs Nudds, Dan Stevens and Mrs Edenborough for tea.

PS: Big shout-out to the run machine Rob Dean, who missed the game for a romantic day with his better half in the local prison. Who said romance is dead?

— with Chris Stevens and 12 others.

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