Round 21 Roundup

With 2 games to go in the 2012 season, the 1st xi entertained league leaders Quatt to the BCG looking to put the cat amongst the pigeons in the title race with Wem.


After being asked to bowl first on a scorchingly hot Indian summer’s day, all of the bowlers found it tough going against a strong Quatt batting lineup. Openers Ian Gregory and Tom Whitney made 73 and 66 respectively before Whitney became one of former 1st team captain Ian Day’s 3 victims. Dave Langton plugged away at the other end eventually taking 1 for 74 from 15 overs straight through with Andy Oliver, making his 1st 1st team appearance of the season, taking 1 for 55. Andy could have had another scalp to his name but failed to cling on to a return catch after the ball had hit him in the chest! Quatt’s strong lineup continued to prosper and eventually declared on 275 for 5 from 45 overs, Alex Biddle making 46 and captain Adrian Evans 53.


With 55 overs to bat, the 1st team set about their target and despite the loss of Dave Langton for 18, looked well set for a push to the total with Ian Gillespie and Ryan Davies going well. However, a suicidal 2nd run left Davies run out for 28 after effectively running 3. Matthew Hall failed to trouble the scorers for long before Sam Bloor (18), Chris Edenborough (14) and Stuart Simpson (11) all got starts before losing their wickets, pushing for the 80% draw total of 220 (this was proved later to be wrong and actually 269 was needed to take the draw points away from Quatt). Gillespie continued on his way to make his second century vs Quatt this season eventually out bowled by overseas player Jonny Lash for a superb 102. With his wicket, all hope of the win faded away and the 1st xi were left to bat out the final overs on 218 for 7.


Taking points off the league leaders meant that the title race between Quatt and Wem will go down to the final round of matches next weekend.


Scorecard of 1st xi vs Quatt


The 2nd xi made the long trip over the border into Wales with a somewhat depleted side having had a number of inevitable end of season selection and availability issues. Details are still somewhat sketchy as not all of the information has been passed on at the current time, however, Newtown bowled out the 2nd xi for a lot less than they scored in the 1st innings so, unfortunately, it appears that the 2nd xi may be relegated to the Shropshire Cricket League Reserve Division 3; hard to take when the team has been so unlucky having half of the season written off due to cancellations and abandonments.


3rd placed 3rd xi took on 2nd placed Ludlow at the BCG on Sunday and spirits were high at the start knowing that plenty of runs were scored on the same track on the previous day. Asked to bat first, the 3rd xi were unlucky with some of the decisions as they reached 178 for 8 from their 40 overs with Matt Jones Jnr (45), Chris Scott (42) and Fran Hick (33) the main contributors.


The 3rd xi looked well-placed after removing the first 3 Ludlow batsmen for small scores, but were then to come up against a player who’s once-in-a-lifetime innings came off. William Wood’s knock of 132 included 10 4’s and 9 6’s in one of the most ferocious periods of clean-hitting and ball-striking ever to be seen at the BCG. He eventually fell to David Bailey but the damage had already been done. Ludlow’s 179 for 4 came off just 29 overs, and after Wood’s 132, the next highest score was over 100 less; John Webb making 17.


Having started the season so promisingly, the form has just tailed off for the 3rd xi but they will look to finish with a flourish at home to Knockin on Sunday when all members of the club are invited to attend for an end-of-season social.


Scorecard of 3rd xi vs Ludlow 3rd xi

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