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Match Report v Tanworth & Camp Hill - 9th May (Away)

posted 12 May 2015, 12:10 by Lee Ashton   [ updated 12 May 2015, 12:19 ]

After suffering defeat last week the 1st XI set off on one of their many jaunts around the Cotswolds! Once again the ritual of visiting the garage to fill up on refreshments just after leaving the village meant that Ashy and Karsty were sitting in the oppositions pavilion constantly checking their timepieces. Note to all - there is a shop in Winchcombe which opens in the morning, please visit before 11am!

So... back to the match and the skipper lost the toss, and yes he did call this week so it was his fault. He even caused confusion claiming he'd won it and elected to bat! Jones was not available this week, so Mitchell was asked to open the batting and stepped up to the plate. Both he and Huggett were looking solid and then once they maintained that position, both began to take advantage of any loose balls, dispatching a number of efforts clean back over the bowlers head for 6! The two of them together put on a hundred partnership and in the 29th over Winchcombe were looking good at 123 for 0. Then it happened again! Mitchell (43) fell first, disappointed not to have gone on to make 50 and was very quickly followed by Huggett (70). Within the space of 4 overs Winchcombe then collapsed to 135 for 5. Foster (6 - off one ball) hit a low full toss straight to midwicket - although he might tell you otherwise! Holder (2) chipped up to Mid off and Yeates (0) missed a straight but low one.

Enter the skipper (22)who set about stabilising the innings, both with good running between the wickets and some good hitting. he was assisted by Casey (11 - he claims he was counting and it should have been 13) before he hit one straight mid wicket and then by Meikle (28) who pushed the score up to just over 200 with a maximum hit off the final ball of the innings.

Winchcombe finished on 201 for 6, a score which looked very competitive although from the position they were in should possibly have been more.

Tea was taken and the talk of the table was how much they like the chicken tikka sandwiches (Well Yeates was very taken with them)

And so now to set about defending the total. Ballinger returned to open the bowling and took the first over and was whipped out of the attack just as quick as both he and the captain agreed he was still a little ring rusty!
Ashton toiled from the other end while Casey replaced Ballinger. Both bowling tight lines which enabled Casey (3 for 15) to pick up wickets getting the batmen to play loose shots. What was rather remarkable was that the fielders were catching all that was coming to them (for now anyway). Meikle replaced Ashton and couldn't quite find the consistency he has had in previous seasons.

So the skipper turned to the tandem bowling of Mitchell from one end and Yeates from the other and together they tied the batsmen down with good line and length and then picked up wickets by applying pressure. Once again the catching was solid with Ashton taking a stunner at short mid wicket which the batsman had thought was possibly going for 4 after he had dispatched the long hop off Mitchell. Yeates finished with figures of 2 for 26 and Mitchell (3 for 32) was unlucky not have a 'fiver' as Ballinger did his best to show that we could drop the odd one or two!

Ashton (0 for 18) and Ballinger (1 for 10) returned to try and pick up the last couple of wickets but in the end Winchcombe fell 1 wicket short of what would have been a great return in the field. Tanworth Eventually completed their 45 overs scoring 129 for 9.

A much better day backing up the bowlers and signs of improvement with the bat, although the better teams in the league will take advantage of collapses and leave our lower order exposed.

Next week, we're off to the airport and Catherine de Barnes! Remember boys get your provisions beforehand.

Team

E.Huggett
A. Mitchell
T. Foster
D. Holder
C. Yeates
W. Major (Cpt)
L. Ashton
M. Casey
B. Meikle
K. Hale (WK)
J. Ballinger

TANWORTH & CAMP HILL v Winchcombe

Winchcombe 201-6 : Tanworth & Camp Hill 129-9

Winchcombe won by 72 runs

Points - Tanworth & Camp Hill 5 : Winchcombe 21

Match Report 1st XI v Elmley Castle - 2nd May (Home)

posted 10 May 2015, 08:52 by Lee Ashton   [ updated 12 May 2015, 14:44 ]

The opening day of the season looked to be a positive one as the 1st XI were able to field what was on paper a strong team. Having lost a couple of players from last seasons squad (Coleman- work commitments, Walker - Relocation,  and Platfoot - Missing in Action) the mood in the changing room was upbeat along with the tunes provided by Fozzie!

The skipper begun the season by failing to win the toss (still arguing that he can't lose it if he tosses the coin) and Winchcombe were inserted in to bat as any team would do on the first game.

The old guard of Huggett and Jones resumed their opening partnership both having looked as though they had wintered well. Jones (10) was first to fall being bowled after missing a straight one. Huggett (12) followed a few overs after having been adjudged LBW.

At the crease now were Mitchell and Foster, who were steadily building a solid partnership (even if the running between the wickets left a little to be desired). After 25 overs they had taken the score on to 103. This is when it began to falter. Mitchell (28) fell first being bowled just after playing a lovely clip off his legs. Holder (10), Foster (37) soon followed and then the collapse was in full flow. Major and Ashton just about faced an over between them - both failing to trouble the scorer. Casey (10) and Hale (13) added quick runs between them but were soon gone too. Meikle (12) was looking positive and solid and soon took his number of runs past the total number for last season! (Must be said he did have a lot of not required's in the book!) In the end the last wicket fell - Ballinger (0) and the innings came to a stuttering end after 41 overs with Winchcombe posting a total of 159

Tea was taken slightly earlier than otherwise should have been, although normal service was resumed with a fantastic tea being put together by Mrs Willemstein, although it has been reported that the infamous cake lady has vanished, so if anybody would like to offer to make cakes for home teas Ann would very much be grateful.


Back to the cricket and Winchcombe were in the field ready to show that their bowling capabilities which had won them many games last year would give them a chance of defending a low total and quite possibly it would have done if the fielding standards had lived up to those of which were set last year.

Ashton (1 for 32) saw 5 chances dropped of his efforts (2 in the same over by Jones who went on to drop another one) and a dolly of a drop by Huggett who was either asleep or had his eyes closed at the time. The other was by the normally dependable Holder who had already taken one but failed to hang on to a chance at cover.

Casey bowled steadily from the other end without much luck, while Ballinger and Meikle looked rusty in their spells although Meikle (1 for 32) managed to pick up another wicket.

Mitchell and Jones tried tempting the batsmen to play rash shots with some slower paced bowling but neither were successful although Jones was part of a running mix up as Holder threw down the stumps with batsman already in, they decided to take another run but Steve calmly picked up the ball and gently threw it to Karsten who was able to take off the bails.

The game eventually petered out and even the winning run was given as a wide. Elmley reached their target with almost 10 overs to spare and 7 wickets in hand.

All in all a disappointing day for the 1st XI who will look to bounce back as quickly as possible.

Team

E.Huggett
S. Jones
A. Mitchell
T. Foster
D. Holder
W. Major (Cpt)
L. Ashton
M. Casey
B. Meikle
K. Hale (WK)
J. Ballinger

WINCHCOMBE v Elmley Castle

Winchcombe 159 all out : Elmley Castle 160-3

Elmley Castle won by 7 wickets

Points - Winchcombe 4 : Elmley Castle 21

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