Second XI News

Debutants shine nearly as brightly as last year's stars.


Winchcombe 2nds travelled away to Broadway and came home victorious. Captain Paul Orzel started well by winning the toss and electing to bat. Lewis and Hillyard McPherson opened up the innings. Hilliard McPherson fell cheaply playing an extravagant shot. New player Liam Beames came to the wicket and settled into an assured first innings for the club. Lewis succumbed to a shooting pea roller on 22. Peck joined Beames at the wicket and the pair put on over a 100 runs before Peck was run out for 51. Beames went on to make an unbeaten 92 supported ably by Herepath, less ably by O'Sullivan and Captain Orzell, and for 1 ball only by Major. Winchcombe's innings closed on 235 for 7.

Tea was taken between innings. Finely cut sandwiches and a surfeit of cakes, scones and snacks. Cups and saucers with strong tea. For those interested in cricket tea etiquette there was thankfully no repeat of last seasons bakewell grabbing antics from Adam Andrews.

Some in the cricketing world were surprised when Captain Orzel gave the new ball to new boy Paul Godfrey. However, this was nothing compared to the shocked intakes of breath when Orzel brought himself on to open at the other end.

Perhaps Orzel was dreaming of replicating the legendary bowling figures of Jon Lewis and Owen VonSeckendorf when they bowled Broadway out for 13 in the corresponding fixture last season. But it was not to be Orzel's day with the ball although he took a couple of lucky wickets. However, he did take a fantastic one handed catch at first slip and was mobbed by his adoring team.  At the other end The Chingford Express settled into his spell. Changing to come around the wicket made him nearly unplayable and he finished with 5 for 15 from 10 overs and looked like he could bowl on all afternoon.

Andrews and Major came on to bowl. Both looked dangerous and turned the ball on the deteriorating pitch. They finished off Broadway who were all out for 45. The result secured a 24 point haul and puts Winchcombe 2nd team top of Cotswold Hills division 6.

This coming Saturday the 2nd team entertain Warwickshire County Council Staff 2nd team at the Corndean Astrodome (admission free for fans). It will be interesting to see what team Winchcombe put out with both Beames and Godfrey surely assured of starting after such fine debuts.


Match Report v Leamington IV (Home) 12-7-2014

posted 17 Jul 2014, 10:23 by Lee Ashton

Winch welcomed the league 5 leaders to the Corndean Astrodome on Saturday and very nearly pulled off a win which would have opened up the title race. 

Leamington batted first and were bowled out for 143 in 39.4 overs. In reply Winch were only able to amass 131 before being dismissed. This narrow defeat by sees Winch fall to 6th place in the table and leaves Leamington looking secure in the top spot.

Players and scores.

Hillyard McPherson.  Looked assured and secure as new opening bat. Caught in the deep when trying to open up a little too early.  7

Orzel.  Quality keeping as always. Opened innings solidly.  7

Walker.  Only occasional pie and some semi-pie when bowling this week. Harshly given out LBW for the 2nd week running.  7

Lewis.  Loosening pie sensation. (3.4 overs 4 wickets for 5 runs). Removed Mongoose wielding idiot first ball. Shot selection nearly as bad as last week when failing yet again with the bat.  7

VonSeckendorff (Snr)  Opening spell of 6 overs 1 wicket for 12 runs was magnificent. Teflon gloves still worn when fielding in slips. Victim of, what looked like, a rather unthoughtful umpiring decision. Showed great honesty and integrity when giving out his own son in tight run out decision.  8

Hillyard.  Now considered a stalwart of the middle order. Scored another 34 runs this week. Trophy cabinet may need dusting if this form continues. No cake incidents at tea.  8

Clayton.  Unlucky not to take wicket in spell up the hill. Batted in fine attacking style to score 39 and nearly take team to victory.  Finding form with both bat and ball at present.  8

Andrews.  Fine spell of spin as first change bowler. Appeared somewhat unhappy to be given out LBW. Bakewells not available at tea this week. Left early after game, possibly to feed bakewell addiction.  7

VonSeckendorff (Jnr)  Brought into team as a late replacement and acquitted himself well. Fielded and batted with enthusiasm.  7

The Herepath.  Hat removal of the utmost quality. Fielding excellent as well. Left stranded 0 not out at end of game.  8

Moore.  Bowled better when upset by opposition. Took 3 wickets but should have had more.  7

Winch travel away to Stratford Bards for their next game. With many players returning, from other dodgy commitments, selection will be difficult for the skipper.

Report by J Lewis (Captain)

Match Report v Broadway (Away) 5-7-2014

posted 11 Jul 2014, 03:28 by Lee Ashton

Comfortable victory even with occasional full and semi pie.

What a difference a week can make. Winch travelled the short distance to Broadway on Saturday (apologies to the Broadway residents who were witness to some choice navigational language when some if the team got lost despite having played at Broadway countless times). No complaints about the weather or rulebook this week.

Lewis won the toss and inserted the home team on a damp and rapidly drying wicket. Broadway amassed 172 for 7 from their 45 overs. In reply Winch never looked in any trouble and won the game easily, with 10 overs to spare, scoring 176 for 4. 

Players and marks out of ten.

Platfoot.  Majestic opening batsman. Comfortable and assured score of 80 was the backbone of the Winch innings.  9

Wardlaw.  Looked out of sorts without the support of regular opening partner Orzel. Away at tree hugging festival next week. Time would be better spent on umpiring course.  6

Parker.  Mr Consistent with the bat. 59 not out this week. Already making space in trophy cabinet for batting award.  9

Walker.  Obsession with Peter Andre had a negative impact on performance. Guilty of occasional pie and much semi-pie when bowling.  Victim of shocking LBW decision from Wardlaw.  6

Lewis.  Won toss thanks to pink socks. Bowled a thankfully short spell of semi-pie. Out playing worst shot seen this year.  5

Hillyard.  Rose like Harvey (sorry) Michael Jordan to claim potential catch of the season. Solid knock of 12 not out to see team home. Caught trying to leave pitch early to assess cake situation at tea. Gave his all for "the collective " in score box after tea.   8

Dear.  Excellent opening and closing spells. No pie at all. Finished with figures of 7 overs 1 for 24. Away next  week watching musical Rock of Ages.  8

VonSeckendorff.  A bowler whose name is never associated with even the occasional semi-pie. Appeared to be wearing Teflon coated gloves in the slips.  7

Andrews.  Absence of pie when he was bowling this afternoon. Also absence of wickets. However figures of 10 overs 0 for 22 tell a story of tight and accurate bowling. Noted that he took 2 bakewells at tea for the second week running.  8

Major.  No complaints at being first change bowler this week. Unlucky not to take more than the solitary wicket he got.    8

Orzel.  Appeared less vocal and more thoughtful during the game. Still kept impeccably as ever.   8

Winch welcome league leaders Leamington to the Corndean Astrodome next Saturday. A home victory would blow the title race wide open.

Report by J Lewis (Captain)

Match Report v Broadway 28-6-2014

posted 3 Jul 2014, 00:47 by Lee Ashton   [ updated 7 Jul 2014, 13:32 ]

Weather and Rule book too much for Winch.

At times cricket can be the most wonderful of games, having room for individual excellence while encompassing all that is great and good about team sport and collectivism. But there are times when no matter what individuals or the team try you will be beaten by weather and rules. Saturday was one of these occasions as Winch welcomed Broadway to the Corndean Astrodome. Winch were put into bat after losing the toss (pink socks letting Lewis down).

Winch amassed a total of 159 all out using up all but one of their 45 overs. Considering that; Winch got off to their traditionally slow start, then came off for 45 minutes due to heavy rain and then had tea early to facilitate completing any game at all; it was not a great total but one that was made all the easier for the opposition to achieve by the application of the Cotswold Hills Cricket League rules. The rules applied meant that Broadway only needed to score 114 to win off 33 overs. They did this easily for the loss of only 3 wickets.

Perhaps the League need to revisit their rules and make some amendments. It seems totally unfair that the majority of teams in the leagues got 5 points each for an abandoned game and Winch only got 4 points. No reward at all for making every effort to get them game played. Perhaps the League should rule that all teams need to have proper pitch covers. Indeed Broadway's Captain commented that if this was at their pitch the game would have been abandoned as they only have plastic sheets and not full strip covers. The game was completed by 7.30 p.m. and the light was excellent until 8.45 p.m., could not the two Captains have made a much fairer contest by mutual agreement? Lots of questions to be put at next league A.G.M.

Teams and ratings (self scored)

Paul Orzel. Looked nervous opening innings. Kept cleanly and used gloves much more than last week. 6

Jon Lewis. Looked confident opening until edging ball to keeper. Could replace Wardlaw at number 2 spot. Bowled some dross. 6

Anthony Parker. Once again looked confident and in control at the crease before falling for 29. 6

Callum Hillyard McPherson. A victim of the weather while batting. Excellent fielding as always. 6

Kevin Keylock. Great to welcome back K.K. to league cricket. Worked hard for his 18 runs. 6

Phil Hillyard. Biffed his way to an excellent 34 not out. Too many bakewells at tea. 9

Adam Andrews. Much more confident back as first change bowler. 8 overs 3 for 24. Also too many bakewells at tea. 7

Edward Major. Bowled with good pace and rhythm in unlucky opening spell. 7

Matt Orzel. In as a late replacement. Unable to make impression with bat. Gave his all in the field. 6

Alan The Herepath. Unlucky to be run out for 0. Excellent hat removal in field. 5

Tom Moore. No score with bat. No good with ball. Not his day. 4

Winchcombe travel to play in the return fixture at Broadway this coming Saturday and hope to extract some swift revenge (weather and rules permitting)

Report by J Lewis (Captain)

Match Report v Earlswood III (Away) 22-6-2014

posted 27 Jun 2014, 04:55 by Lee Ashton

Winch travelled away on Saturday and were involved in a close game that ended up in a tie.

Earlswood batted first and amassed 195 for 5. In reply Winch were 195 for 8. 

A tied game is somewhat of a rarity in cricket and many players returned home with a feeling of emptiness/anticlimax after a long hard day in the baking sun. With the benefit of hindsight (the pub critics best friend) many changes would have been made and the result no doubt different.

Players and marks out of ten.

Paul Orzel. (Wicketkeeper) Put his body (gloves optional) on the line for the club as always. Opened innings solidly. 8

Callam Wardlaw. Looked good early on. Slowed down when all night partying caught up with him after tea. On football tour next week. 7

Tom Foster. Impeccable timing in innings of 69. Textbook strokes. Back in first team on this form. 9

Anthony Parker. Mr. Consistent. Scored 51. No jug avoidance this week. 8

Jon Lewis. (Captain) Won toss. Did little else of value. Nice pink socks. 5

Phil Hillyard. Treated all to fantastic mathematical displays. Sacrificed own wicket for team. 7

Robbie VonSeckendorff. Miserly bowling. 7 overs for only 15. Underused. Mud running next week. 8

Chris Dear. Worked hard with the ball as always. On brewery tour next week (with Hugo the Nile Crocodile). 8

Adam Andrews. Full of energy this week. Unlucky with the ball. Even more unlucky with the bat. Not best used as 3rd change bowler. 7

Dan Clayton. Worked hard in the field to dive over the ball as often as possible. Bowled decent spell. Mud running next week. 7

Adam Ballinger. Bowling better every week. Sharp spell of 7 overs 1 for 16. Grumpy and sleepy after tea. 8

Winchcombe welcome Broadway to the Corndean Astrodome next weekend. With many players unavailable it gives a chance for others to shine. Does anyone have Dave Coker's telephone number????

Report By J Lewis (Captain)

Match Report v Fladbury (Home) 14-6-2014

posted 16 Jun 2014, 12:26 by Lee Ashton

Victory despite cake disaster.
Winchcombe welcomed visitors Fladbury to the Corndean Astrodome on Saturday afternoon. The weather conditions were good and the pitch and outfield were in excellent order.
Lewis won the toss (pink socks still on) and inserted the visitors. Winchcombe struggled to get a breakthrough but never let the visitors score freely. Fladbury reached 87 without loss after 20 overs despite the best efforts with the ball of Dear, Moore and Ballinger. Wickets finally fell when Clayton was introduced into the attack. He bowled a magnificent spell up the hill ending with figures of 3 for 36 off 10 overs (all 3 clean bowled). Andrews bowled down the hill and also claimed 3 victims in a fine spell (although at times he looked very tired). Dear came back on up the hill to take 2 wickets in his second spell of the afternoon. The undoubted highlight of the Fladbury innings was their Eddie Izzard lookalike who came out to bat having forgotten to put on his pads. Very Village!!
Winchcombe's normally excellent fielding was not up to scratch this afternoon. Wardlaw dropped a sitter at slip and it appeared at times as if fielders were running through treacle to get to the ball. Captain Lewis at one stage appeared to have laid down roots, such was his inability to move. Only Bray maintained his high standard being instrumental in a run out and Orzell (who took a sharp stumping off the bowling off the rapidly tiring Andrews) was yet again faultless behind the stumps.
The visitors slumped to 181 all out form 43.1 overs when a 250 total had looked possible.
Tea was taken. Disaster!!!! The 'Cake Lady' had gone on holiday!!!! Communication Breakdown!!!! No cakes at all!!!! Sandwich to cake ratio far to high!!!! Apologies made to opposition skipper and teams. Diplomatic incident averted. Plenty of fine fair available to fill stomachs anyway. Lemon drizzle, coffee, chocolate, moist apple only to be savoured in the memories this afternoon.
Perhaps the lack of cake upset Winchcombe's top order as Wardlaw fell for 0 in the second over, Orzell went for only 5, and soon afterwards Bray was dismissed for 7. With Foster and Parker now at the crease the innings started to look more secure. However, Foster was bowled for 20 with the score now on 51 for 4. Lewis joined Parker at the wicket and the pair settled down to business. Nothing flashy just dispatching the bad balls and defending the good ones. Parker was eventually out for 46, leaving Lewis to see the team home to victory with 80 not out (pinksockorama again). 
Winchcombe are now in 4th place in the league and travel away to Earlswood next Saturday. Another victory will see them moving towards a realistic promotion challenge. Perhaps more players in pink socks is the way forward?
 Report by J Lewis (Captain)

Match Report v Welford on Avon (Home) 31-5-2014

posted 3 Jun 2014, 08:20 by Lee Ashton

While Lancashire were welcoming back Flintoff, Winchcombe welcomed back Phil Hillyard and Anthony Parker. Winchcombe also gave a much anticipated (we've heard he can bat a bit) debut to Chris Bray. The 2nd team also welcomed the services of umpire Brian Morris (as the 1st team game had been called off) for the fixture and included father and son combination of Robbie and Owen VonSeckendorff. Captain Lewis reverted to fluorescent pink socks to appease the cricketing gods.

Captain Lewis won the toss (First time this season, pink socks working already) and inserted the visitors on a damp but drying wicket. Von Seckendorff (R) bowled with his customary accuracy down the hill while Parker opened up the hill with at times a little less accuracy. The run rate was restricted by both opening bowlers and some enthusiastic and talented fielding. Wickets did not fall. Welford reached 70 without loss. Bowlers were changed and Andrews claimed the first victim of the day during his spell down the hill that got better every over. Willemstein soon claimed another wicket during his excellent spell up the hill.

At this point Captain Lewis remembered the ECB fast bowlers directive that limits the amount of overs a young fast bowler can bowl in one spell and realised he had to replace Willemstein. He searched the field for willing and/or able volunteers to bowl up the hill. There are times when a Captain has to lead by example and this was one of those, although his first over of dross went for 10 runs. His next five were a medium pace swing bowling master-class and he finished with figures of 5 wickets for 19 runs from 6 overs. (Pinksockorama!!!!)

Wardlaw bowled a short but interesting spell of off spin down the hill and claimed 2 wickets. Herepath's diving catch at square leg was the highlight of another quality fielding display. Welford all out for 126 in only 40 overs.

Tea was taken. Sandwiches, scones and cake (Orange citrus fantastic). Why do we let the Sunday team have one of the three cakes from the cake lady???? They would never know.

A disastrous start was made to Winchcombe's reply when Orzel (who had kept impeccably as ever) was bowled by a rip-snorter for 0 in the first over. Parker came in at 3 and steadied the ship. Runs were accumulated at a steady pace until Wardlaw was out leg before for 18 with the score now on 42. Bray made his batting debut and looked solid (we heard he could bat a bit) until he was caught for 13. By this time the game was Winchcombe's to lose. Parker eventually fell for 47 just short of a deserved half century. VonSeckendorff (R) 24 not out showed much appreciated form with the bat and Hillyard 8 not out showed exquisite timing to take Winchcombe to victory with 10 overs to spare.

Winchcombe 2nd's travel to Elmley Castle next week and Fladbury at home the week after. Back to back victories could see them at the top end of the league challenging for promotion. Pink socks washed and already back in the kit bag.

Report by J Lewis (Captain)

Match Report v Stonleigh (Home) 17-5-2014

posted 19 May 2014, 23:53 by Lee Ashton

A warm and sunny day welcomed the opposition to the Corndean Astrodome. A slight hint of sunscreen in the pavilion. Everything promised a fine days cricketing. But for whom?

The toss was won by the opposition and they elected to bat. Winchcombe bowled and fielded with a real energy and intensity.
Von Seckendorff, Moore, Ballinger (Minor), Clayton, Andrews and Walker all did excellent jobs with the ball in hand. Walkers opening over of loosening pie was a highlight as was the instinctive, reaction catch at slip by Andrews.
To everyone's surprise Ballinger (Senior) held on to a skyer in the deep that came down with snow on it. Hillyard McPherson was sharp as ever in the field and instrumental in another run out. Even Captain Lewis broke his normal fielding torpor to take a gravity assisted catch. Orzel took 4 catches behind the stumps to celebrate his 50th birthday. Stoneleigh were all out for 154.

Tea was taken. Lemon Drizzle Cake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shockingly a whole Coffee cake was found later in the fridge waiting for the Sunday fixture.

There is very little that can be said about what happened after tea. Perhaps they thought the win was in the bag? Perhaps the sense of occasion (Orzel's 50th birthday) got to them all? Too much Lemon Drizzle?

Orzel, Walker, Lewis, Hillyard McPherson, VonSeckendorff, Clayton and Andrews all failed to get to double figures and should be at training on Wednesday for extra batting practice. Ballinger (Minor) 11, Ballinger (Senior) 9 and Moore 17 n.o. at least showed some fight.

The continued excellent form of opener Wardlaw 30 was the highlight of the day. He alone showed the patience and positive shot selection needed on an afternoon when Winch should have won with relative ease. Instead Winch were all out for a miserable 114.

The fine tin is now looking too healthy. Perhaps the skipper will have to re-evaluate the performance related fine system introduced last year?

An away trip to Rowington awaits the team next Saturday. Better Batting Required!!!!

Report by J Lewis (Captain)

Match Report v Stratford Bards (Home) 10-5-2014

posted 12 May 2014, 04:49 by Lee Ashton

The 2nd Team welcomed Stratford Bards to the Corndean Astrodome on Saturday and came out on top in a close game.
Captain Lewis lost the toss (as is becoming customary) and the home side were put in to bat. Orzel and Wardlaw opened the innings with instructions to 'get on with it!' Orzel did just as he was told and was bowled for nought off the second ball of the game (a unplayable Yorker that kept low, shot off a length, swung and seamed wickedly all at the same time).

B. Walker came in at three and batted with energy and panache. Wardlaw's customary steady accumulation was replaced by seldom seen risk taking attack. Runs came quickly and by drinks Winch were 82 for 1. The next wicket fell in the 31st over when Wardlaw was bowled for 32 the score on 119. Walker looked set for the afternoon and then fell to lucky direct hit and was run out on 64.
Bards tightened up their bowling and restricted Winch to only 55 runs off the last 15 overs. A swashbuckling 27 from Hillyard McPherson and a single off the last ball by Ballinger Snr, to get the extra batting point, saw Winch finish on 175 for 8.

Tea was taken. Cake to Sandwich ratio excellent. No mustard in ham sandwiches much appreciated (thanks Angela). Sticky chocolate loaf a dream (compliments to the 'cake lady').

Winch took the field and opened with Von Seckendorff down the hill (as befits a senior player) and Dear up. Dear got the first wicket and then had to come off as he was suffering from a mystery ailment (much speculation on it's nature in the bar afterwards). Clayton replaced Dear up the hill and got 2 quick wickets, one being excellently caught by Hillyard McPherson.
Andrews came on down the hill and stifled the opposition with his flight and guile taking 2 for 28 off 10 overs. B. Walker took his body to the limit and bowled 8 overs up the hill into a roaring gale. One of his 2 victims was prey to the brilliance of wicket keeper Orzel. (Some would say he luckily defected the ball onto the stumps, others (myself among them) would say it was indicative of his instinctive and razor sharp reactions.)

A tight finish was now inevitable with Bards needing 30 runs off the last 10 overs. Dear came on up the hill again and playing through the pain bowled a faultless second spell. J Walker bowled down the hill and troubled the batsmen with his pace and bounce taking 2 wickets for 5 runs off 3 overs. The last wicket was a run out with Clayton fielding excellently to leave Bards all out 7 runs short of their target.

21 points in the bag. A great team performance. And great to see Mr. John Bellfield (with beard) at the Astrodome. The 2nd team are home again next Saturday. The visitors are Stoneleigh. Why not come along and watch?

Report by J Lewis (Captain)

Match Report v Leamington IV 3/5/2014

posted 4 May 2014, 12:54 by Lee Ashton

Winchcombe travelled away to Leamington for their first league game of the season. Warwick Castle's 1100 birthday and the associated traffic jams ensured a chaotic start to the game with late arrivals and vice captain Paul Orzel losing the toss, while skipper Lewis was running red lights in fruitless effort to get to the game on time (3 points and a fine expected from West Mercia Police).

Winchcombe were put in to bat and openers Orzel and Wardlaw took to the field. 30 runs were scored before a wicket fell (24 were extras). Wickets then continued to fall at regular intervals with very few runs being scored (Ballinger, Lewis, Clayton, Ballinger Snr, Herepath and Moore all failing to reach double figures).

Dear (45) and Andrews (27) were the only batsmen who appeared able or willing to apply themselves to the situation. Walker batting last showed some stickability. Winchcombe finished 139 all out.

Tea was taken. A good tea with excellent crisp selections but a low cake to sandwich ratio. 

The arrival of some Winchcombe supporters gave the team even more incentive to perform with the ball and after a team huddle (with no fist pumping) Winchcombe took the field looking to bowl themselves to victory.

Unfortunately Leamington had other ideas. The less said about most of the bowling the better. Some of the fielding was also very poor (Mr Moore). Leamington got the required runs after only 22 overs and lost no wickets.

On a more positive note, Winchcombe did get 2 points from the game which is 2 more than they amassed in the first game last season (but still 1 less than the skipper will have on his license if there are cameras on the lights at the top of Warwick high street). Dear and Andrews have assured themselves of a place in the squad next week while the rest will need to up their games as competition for places becomes fierce. Tea money was collected with minimal whinging and the fine tin is already looking very healthy.

Next week will see the arrival of Stratford Bards to the Corndean Astrodome. A much better team performance will be needed.

Report by J Lewis (Captain)

2nd XI Fixtures 2014

posted 6 Feb 2014, 01:41 by Lee Ashton

For all the club's fixtures and important dates please see our calendar.

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