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Hampset progressed to the final with a comeback victory over Death Row. Having been put into bat they had a dreadful start, and at 33 for 4 looked in danger of being skittled out. However, a great last wicket partnership between Sam Marquiss (30 n.o.) and Dave Marquiss (21 n.o.) helped them set a target of 93 for 4. In their reply, Death Row pushed Hampset all the way, but four overs of very tight leg spin from Ollie Duguid (2 for 2) and Matt Hill (1 for 6) left the Row 20 runs short.
In the second semi-final, The Star eased into the final with a four wicket victory over The Venturers. Asked to bat, The Venturers were gifted 30 extras by some unusually poor bowling and Matt Roberts top-scored with 25 not out, as a target of 87 for 3 was set. A good opening partnership from Alex Woodward (11) and Jeremy Boreham (26 n. o.) established a firm foundation. Rapid knocks from the remaining players took them to a winning score by the end of the eighth over.
The Star then went on to gain their first ever League and Cup double. Having asked Hampset to bat, they gifted a further 42 extras. The openers Matt Hill (30) and Sam Marquiss (26 n.o.) gave the batting side a good start. Adrian Boreham took 2 for 26 as a challenging target of 111 for 4 was set. In response, an opening partnership of 100, from Alex Woodward (25 n.o.) and Jasper Marlow (26 n.o.), with the addition of 54 extras, allowed victory to be reached with an over to spare.
Five-man Bath Spa were put into bat and started well, hitting the back wall regularly. Ben Allen top-scored with 26, as they finished 81 all out. There were notable bowling performances from Harjeet Singh (0 for 10) and Alex Woodward (2 for 9). The Star’s Jeremy Boreham, promoted up the order, batting well for his 12, and Alex Woodward (25) set a solid platform. This allowed The Star to reach their target with six balls to spare.
Pigeons batted with great power and finesse to set a commanding total 117 for 3. Sam Martin demolished the final over by hitting four sixes and a four, to finish on 57 not out. Ben Saunder had previously retired on 27. Death Row chased the total by being gifted with 59 extras. Andy Steady was 41 not out, as they reached the target with a ball to spare.
The Venturers reached their second semi-final in a row, by defeating Bath Pedigree in a tense final over. Batting first, The Venturers scored 103 for 4 with some very committed batting. The target was achieved with Jack Stansfield on 18 not out, Matt Roberts on 18 and with the help of 43 extras. In reply, Pedigree started well with Dave Hirst 19 and Richard Hall 36 keeping them just above the required run-rate. However, Hall’s retirement and some tight bowling from Venturers resulted in them losing ground. A flurry of wickets brought Richard Hall back to the crease and needing to score four from the last ball. Unfortunately he was comprehensively bowled.
Man of the match, Adrian Boreham, dominated with bat (25 n.o.) and ball (1 for 2), as The Star restricted Hinton Charterhouse to 79 all out. James Purchase top-scored with 25. With a relatively easy target, the reply coasted to victory in the eighth over.
In the second match, from the very first ball Death Row were determined to restrict the flow of runs from Blue Storm. Quick reactions in the field, by Geoff Parkhurst (1 for 8) kept the score to a very manageable 60 all out. Adam Clarke scored 20 and Dave Willis took 2 for 12. Death Row’s openers, Andy Steady (27 n.o.) and Chris Sowton (18 n.o.) saw them home in the seventh over, without loss of any wickets.
Old Hinton, down to four players, performed well to give The Venturers a competitive game. Being allowed to bat first, Hinton made a creditable 69 all out, with Richard Paige top-scoring with 27. In reply, The Venturers started slowly, until they realised they could take quick singles against the depleted opposition. Jack Stansfield scored 30 not out as they romped home in six and a half overs.
Bath Spa were the best losers, and have won passage to the Quarter Finals.
Bear Flat Dads batted first and managed to reach 91 for 5. Nick Papuca was the notable scorer with 29 not out. Ian Bleakley took 3 for 12 and Jamie Mitchell took three good catches, all off the wall. Combe Down reached a winning total in the penultimate over, with Jamie Mitchell on 40 not out.
Bath Pedigree won the toss and opted to bat. They made a strong start, with both openers: Dave Hirst (26) and Mark Gunning (25) retiring and not needing to return. Extras amounted to 45 as they set a target of 133 for 1. Bathampton Sloths managed 80 for 5, as Richard Hall took 2 for 7, Barry Crowley 2 for 11 and Mike Sherring 0 for 9.
In the most exciting match of the evening, Hampset fought back from near certain defeat, to pull off a miraculous win against Bath Spa. Spa won the toss and elected to bat. Steve Aust (2 for 9) bowled superbly, supported Connor McDonald (1 for 7). However poor bowling form the others resulted in Bath Spa setting 97 for 5. Nafees Khan top-scored with 30 not out. Hampset started slowly and so they required 38 off the last two overs. With aggressive running from Steve Aust and Ollie Duguid Hampset crept home, with a four off the very last ball.
After losing the toss and being put into bat, Bath Spa had a slow start, with tight bowling from Death Row captain, Andy Steady (1 for 5). However, they went on to set a defendable total of 83 for 5. In the reply, Bath Spa responded with equally economic bowling, with Nafees Khan (2 for 19), James McGee (1 for 9) and Josh Tregaskes (1 for 13, including a maiden over). Death Row steadily lost wickets, but Andy Steady continued to bat solidly. However, he was out as the last batsman, with 42 runs, when his partner was run out, to leave the Row 3 runs short, and one ball to spare.
A five-man Bathampton Sloths team batted first against Bear Flat Dads. A number of dropped chances and a generous sprinkling of 66 extras allow them to reach 117 for 4. Johnny Lewis scored a streaky 38. Bath Flat Dads made a very quick start, with 25 runs off the first over. The run rate dried up and wickets fell leaving Eric Hawes, the league chairman, as a gallant, injured, last man standing. They were subsequently all out for 66 at the end of the eighth over. Jon Lodge took 2 for 23 and Russell Franks had a wicket maiden.
With The Venturers only fielding five players, Old Hinton’s top three scored heavily. Richard Paige scored 24, with Bill Vallis and Graham Tanner both retiring on 25, as a total of 134 for 2 was set. Venturer's Roger Peabody (25 n.o.) and Simon Shaw (17 n.o.) helped take them to 90 for 2 in their ten overs.
The Super Sixers won their final game of the season by six wickets. Blue Storm won the toss and chose to bat. A combination of early wickets and good fielding restricted them to 69 for 4, with Tom Measures 30 not out and Owen Knight taking 2 for 12. The Sixers reached their target with 11 balls to spare, assisted by 36 extras.
The title-deciding game between Bath Pedigree and The Star was a nail-biting affair with both teams using similar “hit and run” tactics. The Star won the toss and elected to field. A great start for Pedigree from Mark Gunning (29 n.o.) backed-up by Barry Crowley (21) saw them set a target of 109 for 4. The Star’s chase began with Alex Woodward (23) and Jasper Marlow (25 n.o.). Later sensible batting took them over the line with one ball to spare.
Combe Down won the toss and batted. Two retirees: Jamie Mitchell (26 n.o.) and Tom Hulbert (29) set a high scoring rate, so that even with the loss of five wickets a target of 110 for 5 was set. In reply, Hinton Charterhouse lost wickets regularly, and could only struggle to 79 for 5, leaving James Purchase on 35. Peter Lee-Wright bowled a wicket maiden to give himself figures of 1 for 5.
Hampset earned a hard-fought victory over The Pigeons. Having been put in to bat, they scored 104 for 4, with contributions from the whole team. In reply, the momentum swung in both sides favour, before Matt Hill took 3 for 13 securing the victory by taking the two remaining wickets in the ninth over. Josh Tucker top-scored with 21.
Blue Storm blew away Bear Flat Dads with a comfortable 5 wicket win. This was set up by an all-round performance with the ball. Afkar Ansa took 2 for 8, Tom White was extremely economical with 3 for 0 off his two overs, and, on his debut, Tom Measures (1 for 11) bowled a wicket maiden. Chasing just 61 for 4, Storm reached their target in the seventh over.
In another thrilling game, The Super Sixers opted to field and removed The Venturers’ first three batsmen cheaply. Ian Corrick retrieved the situation a little by top-scoring with 22, to set a target of 73 all out. Neil Hucker took 2 for 10 and Russ King 1 for 8. During the reply, The Venturers bowled with economy, forcing the Sixers to bat to the last over. Dave Hewitt led the way with 20 not out.
A fantastic team performance after a very shaky start with the bat, gave Bath Spa a deserved win. Nafees Khan’s score of 33 and 45 bowling extras allowed them to set a challenging 108 all out. When Old Hinton batted, their ever reliable Richard Paige lost his wicket early, leaving Bill Vallis (21) to develop some momentum. However, wickets continued to fall with Tom Webb taking 3 for 9 and Dan Cooper 2 for 19. Old Hinton survived until the last over to finish 16 runs short, with 5 balls unused.
Bathampton Sloths won their first match of the season. A superb 43 not out from Johnny Lewis propelled them to 93 for 4. Ajay Bhatt took 2 for 20. During the Death Row innings, a tidy fielding performance, with wickets shared by all the bowlers, restricted the score to 69 all out, in the last over. Kevin Humphries took 2 for 16.
Pigeons won the toss and elected to bat. Some below par bowling allowed a score of 133 for 5 to be set, with Josh Tucker 32 not out and Ben Saunder 30, while Barry Crowley took 3 for 17. A thrilling chase was given by Bath Pedigree. Mark Gunning scored 42 and Barry Crowley 23, but they lost their last wicket, with three balls to spare losing by 3 runs.
Fantastic running by Hinton Charterhouse openers, John Newport (23) and Matt Brierley (28) gave them a flying start. However, The Star struck back with good bowling and fielding to take three wickets in the last over. Thus, The Star were left to chase 112 for 5. Scoring from Jasper Marlow (25 n.o.) and Alex Woodward (15) maintained a good run-rate. Acceleration at the end saw victory achieved in the ninth over.
Hampset won the toss and batted first. Generous bowling and slack fielding, coupled with good batting from Matt Hill (29) and Sam Marquiss (17), laid a good foundation. However, a devastating over from Simon Elliman (2 for 11, on a hat-trick) kept the target down to 106 for 5. In reply, Jamie Mitchell (27 n.o.) and Tom Hulbert (26 n.o.) helped Combe Down to victory in the last over, scoring 107 for 3.
Blue Storm batted first, relying on Dan Wright’s 51 not out to reach 82 for 4. Old Hinton’s James Oborne, returning after an eighteen month absence, took 3 for 9. He was assisted by Bill White’s economy of 7 from his 2 overs. Old Hinton’s batting was steadied by Richard Paige’s 23 and Bill Vallis’ 20 not out. Rob Nichs bowling the penultimate over, took 3 for 2, making the finish tense. However, Bill Vallis hit a six next ball to win the game with five balls to spare.
In a good game, Bath Spa came out on top attaining Bear Flat Dad’s target without loss of a wicket. Dan Cooper retired on 25, with a win achieved with ten balls to spare. The Dad’s had set a target of 74 for 4, restricted by Alex Clewlow taking 2 for 26 and James McGee only conceding 9 runs off his two overs.
The Super Sixers had another close win, this time over Bathampton Sloths. Put into bat Johnny Lewis hit an unbeaten 33, while the team slumped to 76 for 5. Owen Knight took 2 for 9. Matt Thorpe hit the winning run with one ball to spare. Johnny Lewis’ 3 for 12 was worth nothing, as Russ King hit 25 not out.
The Venturers secured a narrow victory over Death Row, thanks to an excellent final over from Ian Corrick (1 for 5), who gave away only one run, whilst taking a wicket with the last ball. Batting first, Venturers managed 96 for 3, against some tight bowling, with Roger Peabody (25 n.o.) leading the way. In reply, Death Row began with Andy Steady (25 n.o.) and Dave Willis (20 n.o.) bringing them close, before Corrick’s final over heroics.
The Super Sixers took a narrow victory, against Bear Flat Dads, thanks to a dropped catch that would have given the Dads a share of the points. The Dads elected to bat and scored 75 for 3, with Matt Bryant taking 2 for 19. In the response, The Sixers were gifted 49 extras as they gained victory with three balls to spare. Nick Papuca took 2 for 17.
A tight bowling performance by Chris Sowton, on his debut (2 for 7), Crispin Shingler (2 for 13) and Andy Steady (2 for 15) led to an under-strength Blue Storm only setting 58 all out. Death Row reached the target in 6.5 overs, only losing one wicket. Andy Steady top-scored with 28 not out.
Bath Spa’s James McGee took two early wickets against The Venturers, who had opted to bat. With further wickets falling regularly the final score was limited to 73 for 5. With strong batting performances from Ben Allen and Josh Tregaskes both retiring on 25, a win was secured in the eighth over.
Put into bat, Old Hinton scored regularly at 10 per over. Richard Paige (28 n.o.), Jon Fry (21) and Bill Vallis (18) all scoring well, led to a total of 109 for 5. Bathampton Sloth’s opener, Jonny Lewis (37 n.o.) retired and returned to no avail. Bathampton were always close but Graham Tanner’s 1 for 5 from his overs left the Sloths 19 runs short.
A fantastic bowling and fielding display by The Star set up a comfortable victory. Bowling by Harjeet Singh (2 for 14), Adrian Boreham (2 for 19), Dave Brown and Alex Woodward (both 1 for 10) reduced Hampset to 80 all out, despite Matt Hill top-scoring with 39. In reply, solid batting from Adrian Boreham (23 n.o.) and Alex Woodward (22) saw The Star home with ten balls to spare.
Pigeons, put in to bat, made a good start, even though they lost early wickets. Josh Tucker (36 n.o.) carried his bat, to post a target of 106 for 5. With Jamie Mitchell’s early injury, Combe Down struggled to achieve the required run-rate. They fell 31 runs short, losing their last wicket on the very last ball, with Robbie Fourrell taking 2 for 17.
Bath Pedigree won the toss and elected to field. Tidy bowling restricted Hinton Charterhouse to 93 all out, with Scott Woolley (Hinton’s player of the season) scoring 47. Barry Crowley took 2 for 26. Sensible batting from Pedigree, with Mark Gunning retiring on 25, and being gifted 48 extras, enabled an easy win for the loss of just two wickets.
In the rearranged Division B game, Old Hinton were asked to bat. Richard Paige (28 n.o.) and James Purchase (35 n.o.) helped them to a challenging 126 for 4. Matt Crawford took 2 for 17. After reaching 30 for 1, off three overs, The Super Sixers could not maintain the run-rate and finished on 72 for 5. James Purchase took 2 for 5.
After an early loss Richard Paige (15 n.o.) and Bill White (25 n.o.) helped Old Hinton to an impressive 127 for 2. Set this target, Death Row lost wickets regularly and were all out for 52 at the end of sixth over. Chris Howard took 2 for 8 off one over and Jon Fry 2 for 17.
Matt Roberts and Richard Guy gave The Venturers a great start. After retirement, Matt carried on to keep the innings together with a composed 34 not out. The innings eventually petered out, but with 48 extras, a total of 105 for 5 was set. Giles White took 2 for 18. Bear Flat Dads began their reply brightly with some good running between the wickets. With the first run out others soon followed, as the pressure to score took its toll. They finished at 79 all out in the seventh over.
Blue Storm dominated Bathampton Sloths, with a 19 run win. They posted a score of 103 all out, thanks to 28 from Gordon Leaks and Dave Hickey’s 26, both on their debuts. Russell Franks took 3 for 12. This was easily defended as Tom Fordyce took 2 for 24, while Maddy Bond took 1 for 16 and Phillipa Skelton-Hook was 0 for 11. The Sloths finished on 84 all out.
The Super Sixers won their second game with a three wicket victory over Bath Spa, who were unfortunately only able to field five players. Spa started well with Ben Allen (13) and James Magee (8) putting together a 31 run opening partnership. However, there was then a sudden collapse to 40 all out, with Matt Crawford taking 2 for 8, on his debut. The Sixers had a scare, in their reply, losing three quick wickets, all bowled, before Rob Brown and captain, Laurie Jones, steadied the proceedings to achieve the win in 4.5 overs. James Magee took 2 for 16.
A great all round performance from The Star saw Combe Down restricted to 78 all out. A caught behind, a run out and the important low slick catch of Jamie Mitchell (44), by Dave Brown all contributed. In response, Alex Woodward (25 n.o.) established a good foundation, so they reached their target with ten balls to spare.
Hinton Charterhouse’s squad rotation meant starts for Matt Brierley (31 n.o.), James Purchase (32 n.o.) and Chris Antrobus (25), resulting in a daunting 148 for 4 being set. In reply, five-man Pigeon’s Josh Tucker top-scored with 29, as they were bowled out for 115 at the end of the ninth over. Chris Antrobus took 2 for 27 and John Newport 2 for 32.
What a great game of cricket! Played in good spirit, the last match went deep into the last over. Hampset won the toss and elected to field. Bath Pedigree made 98 for 4, with 36 extras being the top scorer. Mark Gunning made a solid 25 not out and Dave Hirst also scored 25. Connor McDonald took 2 for 11, including a caught and bowled off the back wall. On his debut, Hampset’s Mike Bogg scored 23, as they were all out for 92, with one ball to spare. All of Pedigree’s bowlers took one wicket.
The Venturers, being asked to bat, started steadily and were able to maintain a decent scoring rate throughout their innings. Matt Roberts top-scored with a composed 26 not out. They set a target of 124 for 4. In the reply, Ian Corrick bowled a very tight first over (2 for 0), which put pressure on the Bathampton Sloths. They found scoring difficult and steadily lost wickets, so that they fell 72 runs short, at the end of their ten overs. Roger Peabody took 2 for 7.
Blue Storm won the toss and opted to bat. They scored 105, one less than last time, but were all out. Tom Webb (2 for 21) and Will Dunning (2 for 29) took wickets. On his debut, Storm’s Chris Martin scored 20 and later, took 4 wickets for 6 and inflicted two very slick run outs, as Bath Spa could only achieve 79 all out, at the end of the ninth over.
The Super Sixers, having asked Death Row to bat, restricted them to 70 for 5 in their allotted overs. Russ King took 1 for 7 and Matt Thorpe 1 for 10. The Sixers were able to maintain a high run-rate in their chase, but lost wickets. Dave Willis bowled a superb spell of 2 for 4, including a wicket maiden, but could not stop The Super Sixers winning with 10 balls to spare.
Bear Flat Dads won the toss and elected to bat. Giles White was 34 not out, and, with 33 extras, reached a score of 100 for 4. Chris Howard took 2 for 18 and Bill White’s 0 for 9 was very economic. Old Hinton scored quickly, with Bill Vallis retiring on 25, as they coasted home at the end of the ninth over.
In this opening Division A game, “The Chums” (Bath Pedigree) restricted Combe Down to a very competitive 80 for 4. Simon Elliman topped-scored with 21 not out. This was achieved, in the main, by good bowling from Dave Hirst (2 for 11) and Barry Crowley (1 for 12). In reply, Dave Hirst (21) and Mark Gunning (20) put on 50 for the first wicket. This allowed Pedigree to reach their target with ten balls to spare.
Hampset held on to win their first game in Division A. After being asked to bat, they scored 144 for 4, assisted by Matt Hill’s 29 not out and 48 extras. Chris Howard took 2 for 19. Extras continued to dominate the game as Hampset bowled poorly at the start of Hinton Charterhouse’s innings. Opener, Hugh Brooker, hit 24, but the loss of his wicket and a brilliant catch by Connor McDonald, on his debut, signalled a batting collapse, to let Hampset win by 14 runs.
In the final game of the evening, last year’s Division A Champions, Pigeons, with only five men, were shell shocked after Adrian Boreham bowled a maiden first over. With Harjeet Singh taking 2 for 17, they never recovered. Sam Martin made 25 not out, as a target of 92 for 2 was set. The two debutants, Jasper Marlow (17) and Orlando Prestidge (3 not out and 0 for 25) showed much promise. The Star managed their win in the eighth over.
In the first game of a new season, newcomers to the league, Bath Spa (Uni) were asked to bat by the Bathampton Sloths. This was a great game played in good spirit, with batting performances from Ben Allen (41), Nafees Khan (29* and later 2 for 9) and Josh Tregaskes (26*) to set a score of 141 for 4. Stephen Dalley-Smith, having to bowl, as the sixth member of the team was taken ill, took 3 for 27. The Spa’s fielding and bowling severely limited the efforts of the Sloth’s batsmen to 70 all out in the ninth over.
The Star’s new second team, “Death Row”, asked to field, took wickets regularly to restrict Bear Flat Dads to 54 all out, despite sixes from Keith Grimes, Mike Paddock and Eric Hawes. Geoff Parkhurst took 3 for 11. In reply, Death Row found scoring difficult. However, they reached their target in the ninth over, only losing two wickets.
Last season’s Knockout Cup winners, Blue Storm (Bath Uni) made a good start, by winning with a 21 run margin, against The Venturers (Bath Uni Staff team). With “Storm” choosing to bat, Harry Williams, on his debut, top-scored with 23, leading the way to a total of 106 all out. Jack Stansfield took 2 for 20. In the second innings Blue Storm, bowling as a unit, restricted Venturers to “off the wall” singles. However 44 extra allowed The Venturers to reach 85 for 5. Captain, Rob Nichols, took 2 for 12 off his two overs.
The fourth game of the evening, between Old Hinton and The Super Sixers, did not take place, due to an error on the part of the league.