Round 6 Roundup


Round 6 saw a glorious day of sunshine and wall-t0-wall blue sky; finally the cricket season saw some proper cricket weather! The 1st xi travelled to Wroxeter whilst the 2nd xi finally got their home games under way in 2012 with a visit of Wellington 4th xi.

The 1st xi were involved in a fantastic game at Wroxeter.

After winning the toss, Wroxeter’s Nick Bevan invited BHCC to bat first on a glorious afternoon. Ian Gillespie and Matthew Hall put on 52 for the first wicket, followed by the loss of 3 further quick wickets. Gillespie continued on to make runs as others around him fell then combined with Sam Bloor in a brilliant partnership worth 95. Gillespie eventually fell for a well constructed 78 off 112 balls including 9 4’s but Bloor continued to carry his bat top-scoring with 86 from 86 balls including 6 4’s and 2 6’s, one off the last ball of the innings. Chris Stevens made a quick-fire 24 off 18 balls to end the innings and help the 1st xi get up to 241 for 6 from their 50 overs. Simon Jones plugged away for Wroxeter to take 2 for 54 with Duncan Bowett taking 2 for 31 before having to stop bowling due to an unfortunate injury.

Wroxeter set about getting to the the target of 242 and looked good getting through to 129 for 1 needing around 6 an over. A change of bowling as Dave Langton came on changed the innings taking 3 wickets in his first 3 overs, all of which were maidens, including the big wicket of the well-set Bryan Jones excellently caught low-down at mid-on by David Bailey for 67. Chris Stevens returned at the other end and took another big wicket of the in-form Dave Street as Wroxeter found themselves reduced to 146 for 6 now needing up to 8 an over. Duncan Bowett and Chris Owen then came together to put on 73 for the 7th wicket, playing well and having a bit of luck with some dropped catches before Bowett was out for a well-made 42 off 32 balls bowled by his former Shropshire colleague Ian Gillespie in a short spell of 2 for 20. Wroxeter continued to make hay and got the required rate down below 1-a-ball going on to 233 for 7. Gillespie snared the second of his wickets in his last over, the 49th, but Wroexter needed 9 to win off the final over. Jonathon Elford, fighting an injury sustained earlier in the innings was given the task of the final over and took the vital wicket of Owen for 36 second ball. Still needing 9 to win from 4 balls, Simon Owen at number 11 came in and got a single, followed by a big straight 4 from Phil Pateman. Now only needing 4 to win off the final 2 balls, Elford held his nerve to take Pateman’s off stump and cue the celebrations of a hard-fought victory for the 1st xi.

Wayne Phillips continued his great early season form bowling 15 overs straight through in the sunshine and with a little more luck would have taken a hat full of wickets. 15 overs straight through for only 58 is a great return though. Chris Stevens ended up with 2 for 70 but again, with a little more luck and catches being taken, he would have had a much better return. Ian Gillespie, after batting very well earlier in the day, and Jonathon Elford bowled well at the end of the innings but the stand out performer was Sam Bloor’s batting performance. Despite having made higher scores in previous innings, this was definitely the best innings I have personally seen Sam construct, combining his natural power game with touch shots and fantastic placement to keep the scoreboard ticking over. However, these individual performances combined with a great team performance in the field to stick at the job in hand on a long day in the sunshine were the reason the 1st xi came out on top in this thrilling encounter.

Scorecard of Wroxeter vs Bomere Heath

The 2nd xi found themselves on the wrong of the result against a strong Wellington 4th xi.

After being invited to bat first, the 2nd xi found runs hard to come by, losing wickets at regular intervals and struggling against a strong bowling lineup. Vice-captain Michael Barlow was the only 2nd xi batsman to get into double figures with 27 in a team total of 80 for 9 in their allocated 45 overs. Alex Harris was the chief tormentor snaring 4 for 11 from 10 tight overs with other notable contributions from Jordan Hyne (2 for 13) and Lewis Gough (2 for 26).

Such a low score was always going to be difficult to defend on the fast BCG outfield and Wellington got past the winning post for the loss of only 3 wickets in the 20th over. Jamie Dean continued to fulfil his potential taking 2 for 10 with the other wicket taker being captain Ian Day with 1 for 12. Opener Michael Debenham carried his bat for Wellington making 39*.

Scorecard of Bomere Heath 2nd xi vs Wellington 4th xi

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