Round 8 Roundup

This weekend saw the 1st xi fall to a heavy defeat at Wem, the 2nd xi come out on top in a close encounter vs Montgomery and the 3rd xi hold on for a losing draw at Prees.


In the 1st xi game, Wem won the toss and invited BHCC to bat first. An up and down batting display including 2 run outs left the 1st xi only able to make 167 for 7 from their 50 overs. Ian Gillespie (24) and Dave Langton (22) both got starts but the standout performer was vice-captain Todd Cornehls coming in at number 8 and the score on 70 for 6, making 50 not out from 59 balls to give the bowlers something to bowl at. Martyn Davies was the top bowler for Wem taking 2 for 34, James Astley with 2 for 51 and overseas player Tim Hutchison 1 for 26 from 11 very tight overs.


With a low total to defend, early wickets were a priority but weren’t forthcoming as Josh Gough and Hutchison put on 71 for the first wicket before Gough was out to Cornehls for 31. However, this was the only wicket the 1st xi managed to take as Hutchison carried his bat to complete the win for Wem with a well-constructed 81 not out, Russell Mellings helping him there with 39 not out.


After 2 close games in previous weeks with Wroxeter and Worfield, the 1st xi’s game was a very one-sided affair thanks in large to Wem overseas player Tim Hutchison. A poor batting display not helped by 2 run outs despite Todd Cornehls’ 1st team best score was never going to be a defendable score without early wickets. Hutchison, the team captain in Australia of our own 2010 overseas player Dale Quain, was the main reason for Wem’s one-sided victory. Hopefully after 2 successive defeats we can make a comeback in next weekend’s local derby with last seasons Shropshire Premier League winners Reman Services.


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


The 2nd xi came through a hard fought game at home to Montgomery 2nd xi with a win in the final over. Inviting Montgomery to bat first after a lot of hard work and effort had been put in to get the game on at all, the 2nd xi immediately amongst the wickets to leave Montgomery on 60 for 6. Andy Oliver continued his good form taking 4 for 16 (jug avoidance) from 12 economical overs including a phenomenal ball to get rid of the dangerous David Mason for 13. Harry Wilkinson (21) and Tom Wilkinson (29*) led a revival of sorts to lead Montgomery to 110 for 7 from their 40 overs.


Set 111 to win, the 2nd xi couldn’t have got off to a worse start, finding themselves on 2 for 3 with Darren Nudds, Harry Bolland and Matthew Hall all out for ducks. Matthew Jones Jnr combined with vice-captain Mike Barlow to set the comeback going, Barlow succumbing for 20 allowing Paul Bolland to come in. Jones Jnr & Bolland set about putting the bad balls away and running quick singles putting the pressure on the fielders, taking the 2nd xi to the brink of the win when Jones Jnr chipped a return catch to Michael Williams (3 for 15) for another jug-avoiding 48. Bolland stood firm despite another wicket at the other end as the winning runs came courtesy of a wide for the second time in 2 weeks with 4 balls remaining.


Scoreacard of Bomere Heath 2nd xi vs Montgomery 2nd xi


The 3rd xi inserted top of the table Prees on their ground after winning the toss. Prees were indebted to Andy Darlington for his 78 not out as they racked up 139 for 8 from their 40 overs, the next highest score being Peter Richards 17. Jonathon Hughes took 3 for 45 and Mark Smout taking 3 for 19.


Another shaky start saw the 3rd xi 3 wickets down with not many on the board before Martin James (24) and Tony Pritchard (12) led a small recovery. However, more wickets falling meant that the 3rd xi were left clinging on for the draw at the end of their 40 overs on 98 for 9. Chief tormentor for the 3rd xi was John Groom with 6 for 24, fellow opening bowler Peter Richards claiming 2 for 45.


Scorecard of Prees vs Bomere Heath 1st xi

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