Final Round of 2012

The 2012 season came to a close at the weekend with a win and two losses for BHCC in the final games.


The 1st xi travelled to Newport (well, when I say travelled, most of us did – some only had to go 2 minutes down the road Gilly) in a game played purely for pride as both teams had nothing riding on the outcome.


Ian Gillespie managed to call correctly for a change and inserted Newport on what looked like a slow, low, green, track, tailor-made for a certain Andy McIlroy who was back in the ranks of the 1st xi. Newport were soon in trouble with Paul Furniss and Craig Atherton back in the hutch without troubling the scorers, leaving them on 3 for 2 (without a run off the bat Mr Extras).

Current Shropshire CCC player Mark Downes set about rebuilding the innings with 32 before and absolute ‘pearler’ from Todd Cornehls knocked back his off stump, Newport finding themselves on 52 for 5. The chairman didn’t take too kindly to being put onto the roof of the pavilion (breaking a tile in the process), so it was inevitable that Jonathon Goodwin found himself adjudged LBW in the next few balls.

At 81 for 6, Newport were staring down the barrel a little, before a partnership of 96 between Ryan Jakeman (74*) and Jonathan Prince (40) meant they ended on 212 for 7 from their 50 overs. Todd Cornehls was the pick of the bowlers ending up with 2 for 27, Ian Gillespie picked up one at the start and one at the end (rabbit-hunting again) to take 2 for 50, Andy McIlroy ended with 2 for 43 from 15 miserly overs and there was a great opening spell from Andy Oliver who took 1 for 16 from his 8 at the start.


Ian Gillespie blazed a trail at the start of the BHCC innings while wickets fell around him, Dave Langton falling for 4 and Charlie Wigley for 3, before misjudging a straight ball from Mark Downes to fall for 36. Matthew Hall was the next to fall victim to Downes for 8, bringing to an end a 15 year stint at the club.

Stuart Simpson missed a big-turner from Jonathan Prince to fall for 3 before Todd Cornehls ran past one to be out for 6 going for a big one. Darren Nudds looked to be on a mission to score quickly and looked good before managing to pick out the fielder who had just been placed there for him the ball before to fall for 9, bringing together Andy Oliver and Andy McIlroy at the crease with the score on 80 for 7.

Together, they put on 67 for the 8th wicket firing the ball to all parts of the Newport Ground with some fantastic shots straight out of the textbook (not the MCC one the BHCC one). McIlroy fell for 15 giving Ian Day the responsibility of getting Andy Oliver through to his maiden 1st team and Premier League 50. He duly did before falling to a catch on the boundary for 5. Mike Barlow (who had been pencilled in to come in at 8 instead of Andy Oliver but found himself in the lavatory at the time), looked to keep his average of 22 in the 1st team but unfortunately fell for 4 leaving Andy Oliver on 58 not out at the other end for a nice little red-inker as BHCC were bowled out for 170, losing by 42 runs.


Scorecard of 1st xi vs Newport


The 2nd xi played their final game of 2012 at the BCG against Allscott, who must have liked the look of the track as they won the toss and batted first in a 40-overs a side contest.

At the time of writing the review, details are slightly sketchy, however, Allscott managed to make 168 for 9 from their 40 overs then proceeded to bowl the 2nd xi out for 119 with only 11 balls to spare.


Scorecard of 2nd xi vs Allscott


So with 2 losses on the Saturday, it was down to the high-flying 3rd xi to end the season on a high as they took on Knockin at the BCG on Sunday.

Captain Chris Scott was in a batting mood when he won the toss and elected to bat, soon wracking up a quick-fire 30 before being stumped. At the other end Fran Hick made a stately 14 and Matt Jones Jnr continued to show his talent as he carried his bat for 67 not out, Paul Bolland made a quick-fire 18 before some wickets were lost chasing big runs leaving the 3rd xi on 163 for 5 from their 35 overs.


Knockin got off to a good start in their chase as Michael Gray (51) and Shane Moses (23) made hay. The 3rd xi stuck at their task well in the field and were rewarded as wickets started to fall as Mark Smout and Rob Morris both ended with matching figures of 2 for 16.

Barrie Christopher tried to push the score along to a winning position but was left high and dry on 27 not out as the wickets tumbled at the other end as Steve Rumble returned from his opening spell to take 2 for 22 while the stand out performer was Martin James who snared 4 for 33, taking the final wicket and putting the final full-stop to a season filled with ups and downs for BHCC.

Knockin were bowled out for 152 with only 2 balls to spare in a fitting end to the 2012 season.


Scorecard of 3rd xi vs Knockin

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