Round 7 Roundup

Round 7 of the 2012 season saw the 1st xi at home to Worfield looking to continue their good start to the season, the 2nd xi away at Knockin & Kinnerley 2nd xi and the 3rd xi, after their week off, at home to bottom of the league Coton Hall.

After the previous week’s nail-biting victory over Wroxeter, the 1st xi were at home to a slow-starting Worfield.

1st xi beat Bomere Heath 1st xi by 2 wickets.

Worfield won the toss and elected to field first in dull overcast conditions which soon paid dividends with 2 quick wickets for opener James Carter. Ian Gillespie and Charlie Wigley steadied the innings, combining to put on 66 for the third wicket, before Wigley became Parker’s third wicket for a typical workmanlike 28. Gillespie continued along with good partnerships with Andy Flann (17) and Sam Bloor (carrying on from last week’s great score for 44 not out), eventually falling for a top-score of 79. The 1st xi ended up on 211 for 5 from their 50 overs, chief tormentor James Carter ending up with 3 for 32.

Worfield got off to a fantastic start with William Cook and Tom Matthews putting on 103 for the first wicket before Cook became the first of Dave Langton’s 2 victims for 48. Matthews continued on with overseas player Manny Singh to top-score with 74, the first of Todd Cornehls’ victims. At 155 for 2, especially with the influential Singh still at the crease, Worfield were odds-on favourites to continue to the winning mark easily. However, Todd Cornehls had other ideas and bowled fantastically to rip through Worfield’s middle order eventually taking a BHCC best-bowling-equalling 6 for 37. Despite his efforts and Dave Langton’s 2 for 47, a number of missed chances towards the end of the innings cost BHCC dearly as Manny Singh won the game for the visitors with his 40 not out.

After last week’s nail-biting victory over Wroxeter, the 1st xi found themselves in another close game, this time coming out just on the wrong side of the encounter and giving Worfield their first victory of the 2012 season and underlining the point that any team can beat anyone else on any day. The 1st xi have a host of difficult games in the next few weeks against strong teams and look to bounce straight back next weekend when we visit Wem.

Scorecard of Bomere Heath 1st xi vs Worfield 1st xi

The 2nd xi travelled to The Nursery Ground at Knockin to take on Knockin & Kinnerley 2nd xi looking for their first win of 2012.

Ian Day called correctly and inserted Knockin in a match reduced to 40 overs due to the inclement weather conditions around. Andrew Oliver bowled very consistently including 6 maidens in his 2 for 17, Harry Bolland continued to show his potential in his spell worth 1 for 21 taking the big wicket of the experienced Bluey Thomas, Ian Humphreys cleaned up the tail with 2 for 14 but skipper Ian day finished with the best bowling figures of 3 for 25. Knockin were all out for 127 in the 37th over, giving the 2nd xi 43 overs to overhaul their target.

After a splendid tea, Stuart Simpson and Matthew Hall opened for the 2nd xi and made hay with a century stand in very good time. Simpson fell for 32, chipping a return catch to Marcus Williams to give Knockin their only wicket, but Hall continued on to carry his bat and see the 2nd xi through to their target with 64 not out, giving the team their first victory of 2012 by 9 wickets.

Scorecard of Knockin & Kinnerley 2nd xi vs Bomere Heath 2nd xi

The 3rd xi were in the unfortunate position of playing their home game 24 hours later when the weather had taken a turn for the worse. Despite efforts to get the game to go ahead, no play was possible. The 3rd xi still haven’t played a home game this season, so hopefully that will get put right as soon as possible.

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