Round 11 Roundup

Round 11 marked the half way point of the 2012 season with the 1st xi entertaining top-of-the-table Newport, the 2nd xi making the short trip to Allscott and the 3rd xi travelling to local rivals Knockin.


The 1st xi & 2nd xi’s games were both abandoned part way through the game with the only winner being the weather conditions.


Captain Ian Gillespie marked his 100th Shropshire Premier League appearance for BHCC by top-scoring with 33 (in 2 spells after having to retire hurt with a back injury) in a rain-affected first innings totalling 139 for 6 from 43 overs. Andy Flann made a patient 29 with Chris Edenborough hitting 21 with Jonathan Prince the pick of the Newport attack with 3 for 36.


Only 16 overs remained in the game due to the weather but Newport set about their target of 140 with great speed, eventually ending up on 114 for 4. Mark Downes (43) and Craig Atherton (38) looked well-set but Chris Stevens (2 for 34 & the crucial runout of Downes) continued his good form. However, a broken thumb sustained from a strong shot straight back at him means Chris will be out for a number of games.


Scorecard of 1st xi vs Newport


Unfortunately the 2nd xi suffered the same fate with their game at Allscott being abandoned after only 2 overs of the 2nd innings.


Harry Bolland continued to show his talent and promise with a fantastic return of 6 for 23 from 11 economical overs to help restrict Allscott to 112-9 from their 40 overs, Andy Oliver plugging away to take 2 for 31. Bradley Thornton held the innings together with 40 for Allscott with the next highest scorer being extras with 26. The 2nd xi were 6 for 0 from their 2 overs before no further play was possible, with 1 run coming from the bat of Darren Nudds.


Scorecard of 2nd xi vs Allscott


The 3rd xi made the short trip to Knockin looking to continue their unbeaten start to the 2012 season.


In a 35 overs-a-side match, the 3rd xi were indebted to Dave Langton (48) and Steve Rumble (47) as their main scorers in a total of 163 for 7, Matt Jones Jnr weighing in with 22. Mac Niddrie-Davies (3 for 61) and Zac Missen (2 for 40) were the pick of the Knockin attack.


Edward Nicholas (54) and Shane Moses (10) set about the target of 164 with great pace before being pegged back by Dave Langton’s probing off spin, eventually ending with 5 for 47. Nigel Leadbeater (22) continued to push the score along before captain David Smith (24*) looked to win the game with some big blows. However, with only 2 wickets remaining, Knockin decided to see out the final over with 13 still required for the draw, leaving the 3rd xi still unbeaten.


Scorecard of 3rd xi vs Knockin

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