These reports are written by the winning captains.
They are augmented with statistics, by Heather and Colin. Over twenty runs scored and two wickets taken are always celebrated.
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The Star progressed to the final with a convincing bowling display. Having inserted Combe Down, they were reduced to 69 for 4 in their ten overs. The damage was done by captain, Alex Woodward, who took 3 for 10, and Dave Willis, 0 for 8 with a maiden over. In the reply, openers, Andy Steady (25 not out) and Jeremy Boreham (10 not out) eased their team to victory in the seventh over, without any loss of wickets.
In the other Semi-final, Blue Storm won the toss and asked Hinton Charterhouse to bat. John Newport was 27 not out and Scott Woolley scored 24, as a target of 93 for 4 was set. Henry Smith took 2 for 2, in his two overs. He then top-scored with 47 not out, but gradually lost partners, so the innings finished four runs short. Hinton’s captain, Hugh Brooker took 3 for 8.
The Star finished the season in style when being asked to bat, everyone contributed to a total of 125 for 1. Andy Steady (29 not out), Jeremy Boreham (26 not out) and Adrian Boreham (25 not out) were the major contributors. Hinton Charterhouse were shocked to lose two wickets in the first over and never recovered. Adrian Boreham completed a team performance, when he took the last wicket in the eighth over, taking 3 for 3, as Hinton slumped to 53.
Back row: Dave Willis, Dave Brown, Alex Woodward (c), Adrian Boreham.
Front row: Andy Steady, Jeremy Boreham.
Harjeet Singh replaced Alex Woodward in the final, with Adrian being captain.
A great bowling performance from The Star resulted in Bath Pedigree slumping to 41 all out in nine overs. Andy Steady took 3 for 9, Adrian Boreham 2 for 10 and Dave Brown 1 for 10 (as well as two catches, one one-handed off the side wall). The Star easily chased this score, as Andy Steady (25) hit a six to win the game on the first ball of the fifth over.
Warminster won their game with Bath Spa by five wickets, reaching 84 in the ninth over. This was put together by Dan Watling (21) and Alex Adlam (20 not out), with the addition of 37 extras. This was after asking the Spa to bat and gifting them 52 extras. Rory Cullinan countered this with 2 for 14.
Old Hinton won the toss and put The Venturers into bat. For the second time of the evening a score of 81 for 2 was set. The two wickets went to wicketkeeper, Richard Paige (for 20 runs), who relinquished his gloves to substitute for an injured fielder. Matt Roberts scored 26 not out. Old Hinton lost their opening batman on the second ball, but reached the target in seven and half overs, assisted by Richard Paige’s 25 not out.
Bathampton Sloths are the best losers, and win passage to the next round.
Hinton Charterhouse eased into the Quarter Finals with a comfortable win over Bear Flat Dads. The Dads, who won the toss and elected to bat, were restricted to 57 for 4 in their ten overs. James Purchase took 2 for 7. He then went on to score 16 not out, as Chris Antrobus (21 not out) concluded the innings by hitting three consecutive sixes in the fourth over.
Blue Storm lost the toss for the first time this season and were asked to bat. However, a cool 103 for 3 was set, despite captain, Harry Brown, being run out without facing a ball. Fortunately, Danny Firth went on scored 39 and Henry Smith 25. In Bathampton Sloths’ reply, the bowling started well, but an expensive last over caused the captain some palpitations, as Johnny Lewis (20) and Russell Franks (19) both hit sixes to leave the final score on 90 for 5.
In the third game, Hampset conceded to Death Row, as they only had four players.
Combe Down batted first, having been inserted. Jamie Mitchell (36 not out) and 32 extras enabled a target of 88 for 5 to be achieved. James Saunders (2 for 28) had two batsmen caught at point both without scoring, in two balls. In reply, Bath Spa were never in the game after losing two wickets in the fourth over, finishing on 59 all out, with five balls to spare. Clive Hulbert took 2 for 17 and Mike Riley 1 for 8.
In the final league fixture The Star won to finish the season unbeaten. Bath Pedigree were put into bat with Mark Gunning (25) and Dave Hirst (28) setting a good foundation, so they reached 85 without loss in eight overs. A disastrous tenth over, when Adrian Boreham took 2 for 24, resulted in the fall of four wickets so they ended on 109 for 5. The Star’s Andy Steady (27 not out), Alex Woodward (21) and Adrian Boreham (21 not out) gave a master class on running between the wickets. They attained the target with an over to spare, and the loss of two batsmen.
“Youth” overcame Old Hinton, as Hinton Charterhouse posted 106 for 3. James Purchase (30 not out) and John Newport (26 not out) were the top-scorers. Three run outs accounted for the wickets. Old Hinton’s Glenn Perry (46, including 6 sixes) kept them in the hunt, as they were well ahead of the run rate. However, a steady loss of wickets, and a catch off the back wall, saw them out for 92, with two and a half overs to go.
In Bath Pedigree’s re-arranged match with Hampset, the later chose to bat. Pedigree’s tight bowling, with Shreyas Malhorta 2 for 7 and Richard Hall 1 for 9, restricted five-man Hampset to 76 all out. Despite losing a wicket in the first over, Pedigree batted solidly to reach 78 for 4 in the ninth over. Steve Aust took 1 for 8.
After messing up the Blue Storm team selection, thus having seven players, the captain sat the game out, governing from the balcony. An excellent bowling performance from Tom White (2 for 9), Shreyas Malhorta (0 for 3) and Henry Smith (0 for 7) restricted Bear Flat Dads to 49 for 4 off their ten overs. These runs were easily knocked off in 5.1 overs, with the lost of just one wicket.
Overall a very solid fielding display by Bath Spa 2’s, with every bowler producing a consistent line and length, reduced Bathampton Sloths to 50 for 4. These were Danny Franklin (1 for 7), Laurence Fletcher (1 for 10) Sam Williams (0 for 8), James McGee (0 for 10) and James Saunders (1 for 13). Danny Franklin (26 not out) and George Davies (12 not out) batted very well to see Spa home in 4.1 overs.
Death Row recorded their second victory of the season with a decisive 5-wicket win, having won the toss. Being asked to bat, Warminster started very well. However, after Mike Selmes (33) retired wickets tumbled. Youngster Sam Willis bowled two tight overs (0 for 14) and executed a spectacular direct hit run out from about eight metres. Row’s captain, Ian Shanahan took 3 for 3, all “hit roof”, to finish the innings in the eighth over, with the score on 79 for 6. A 64-run partnership from Nigel Cammann (14 not out) and Jerry Fry (13 not out) together with 51 extras, achieved the victory in the eighth over.
In the top of the table clash, The Star walked away with the spoils. John Newport (42 not out) and Star extras saw Hinton Charterhouse total 105 for 5. Alex Woodward took 2 for 24. Then Alex Woodward (26 not out) and Andy Steady (15) made a great start with Adrian Boreham (25 not out) continuing the good work. In the last over Jeremy Boreham calmly stroked The Star to level the scores and Alex hit the winning run.
Hampset won the toss and inserted Bath Spa 1’s. All the Hampset bowlers stuck to their task with Luke McDonald the stand-out with 2 for 11. For Bath Spa, Archie Thompson held the innings together with a well crafted 24 not out, as they finished on 92 for 5. Hampset’s reply was built around a father and son combination, Ollie and Winston Duigud, who closed on 32 not out and 31 not out respectively, as the target was reached with an over to spare.
Bath Spa bounced back in their second game of the evening, with a terrific bowling performance. Having won the toss and asked Combe Down to bat, the bowling was so accurate the batting side were reduced to 45 all out, after 8 and half overs. A brilliant performance by Danny Franklin (25 not out and 2 for 9) and Lawrence Fletcher (15 not out and 1 for 9) saw them home in 5 overs. This win hopefully secures Bath Spa’s place in Division A for next season. All in all this was a super performance under pressure.
The game between Bath Pedigree and Hampset has been re-scheduled for the 12th February at 7.00 p.m.
Having lost their first two batsmen to “hit roof’s", Bear Flat Dads managed to accumulate 109 for 3, having been gifted 55 extras. Death Row were just about on target when a spell of 3 for 11, from Nick Papuca, turned the game Bear Flat’s way. A direct hit from Colin Dyer ended the innings, with the Row 92 all out in the tenth over. Chris Sowton top-scored with 20.
Warminster won the toss and elected to bat, to post 98 all out. Opener, Dave Bateman retired, but returned to be run out on the last ball with a score of 48. This included 5 sixes. Antony Howard took 3 for 6. Bathampton Sloths found scoring difficult, but were gifted 58 extras. They reached only 89 for 5, as Alex MacDonald took 2 for 9. This was Warminster’s first win of the season.
Bath Spa 2’s won the toss and chose to bat. They made a reasonable start with the occasional lost of a wicket. Nafees Khan (27 not out) and James McGee (21) were the top-scorers, as the team finished on 116 for 4. However, The Venturers were slow to score, with Roger Peabody top-scoring with 29, but continually losing partners. They were all out for 85 in the ninth over.
Being asked to bat, a great fielding display from The Star saw an under-strength Hampset reduced to 50 all out. Andy Steady took the big wicket of Matt Hill finishing with 2 for 1 in his one over. The Star’s openers, Andy Steady (19 not out) and Jeremy Boreham (11 not out) reached the target in the fourth over, with the score on 51 for 0.
Bath Spa lost the toss and were invited to bat. A good start was made by Will Andrews (27 not out) and Danny Franklin (25 not out). On their retirement the scoring rate slowed with a loss of wickets. However, they did manage to set a very defendable score of 107 for 3. Mark Gunning opened the batting as usual and made 26 not out ensuring a good start. Shreyas Malhorta (22 not out) then steered Bath Pedigree home to victory with four balls to spare.
Old Hinton achieved a surprising win over Combe Down, who won the toss and decided to bat. Clive Hulbert (24) and Ian Bleakley (22) fought to set a challenging score, with other wickets falling cheaply. They were finally all out on the last ball of the ten overs with the score on 94. Glenn Perry took 3 for 10 and Graham Tanner 2 for 16, as Richard Paige was at his best, to take three stumpings and a catch. In their reply, Old Hinton wobbled slightly, when Richard Paige was out early, but Glenn Perry (24) steadied the innings to allow all the other batsmen to contribute to achieve a win in the last over.
The Venturers secured a victory over a battling five-man Warminster, without losing a wicket. They won the toss and asked Warminster to bat. On his debut, Paul Gilbert retired on 26 as a target of 82 for 3 was set. Simon Shaw (1 for 13) and Matt Roberts (1 for 14) helped to restrict the total. Sensible batting from Matt Roberts (26 not out) and Jack Stansfield (9 not out) saw The Venturers home with the aid of 48 extras. The new Warminster players struggled with the indoor conditions.
Bear Flat Dads gained their second win of the season against Bathampton Sloths. Having won the toss and electing to bat, they reached a target of 131 for 3 being gifted 43 extras. Mike Colbeck scored 30 not out and Mike Paddock was 28 not out. The Sloths bravely fought to chase this challenging total, with Russell Franks (21 not out) playing a captain’s innings to reach 88 for 5. Mike Paddock was very economic in his two over with 0 for 10.
Five-man Hampset won the toss and elected to bat. Sam Marquiss retired on exactly 25, as a target of 97 for 3 was set. In their reply, Combe Down reached this total with four balls to spare. Jamie Mitchell was 27 not out, Peter Lee-Wright was 22 and Clive Hulbert (12) calmly hit the winning runs.
A good batting display saw The Star reach 117 for 3. There were notable performances from Alex Woodward (36 not out) and Adrian Boreham (27 not out). Bill Vallis took a good catch off the back wall from his own bowling. Old Hinton lost early wickets from run outs so as to make any major scoring difficult. There were two excellent catches from Dave Brown and Alex Woodward (one handed off the back wall, off his own bowling), as Old Hinton slumped to 62 for 5.
Hinton Charterhouse racked up an impressive 143 for 1. Chris Antrobus (30 not out), John Newport (27 not out), Peter Borton (20 not out) and Hugh Brooker (22 not out) showed that the youth policy has been working for a long time. Generous bowling and comical wicket keeping allowed Bath Pedigree to reach 93 all out, with two balls left. Mark Gunning hit 27 before being out “hit roof”, as Chris Antrobus took 2 for 15.
Hugh Brooker says “Happy Christmas to all. Heather’s mince pies are the best!”
(And her Rocky Roads!)
The Venturers won the toss and asked Bear Flat Dads to bat. They managed to restrict the Dads’ scoring, except in the case of Charlie Pestridge, who on his debut, was 47 not out, including five sixes. Ian Corrick took 2 for 5, as a target of 79 for 5 was set. In reply, The Venturers, steadily accumulated runs but also lost wickets. However, Sam Thomas, another debutant, managed to hit the winning runs with a ball to spare.
Tight bowling from Blue Storm, with Danny Firth (8 for 0) limited five-man Warminster in the early stages. As wickets fell the batting side could only set a target of 86 all out. Tom Davie (32) and Matt Greatley (22) scored most of the runs, while Ali Carey took 2 for 16. The chase started rapidly, with Danny Firth retiring on 25, but, being gifted 39 extras Blue Storm strolled to victory in the eight over.
Bath Spa won the toss and elected to bowl. They took a wicket on the second ball of Death Row’s innings and it was only captain, Ian Shanahan’s (31) valiant last-wicket stand that took their score to 107 all out, with 53 extras. In response, Bath Spa found scoring difficult and were way behind the run rate, but, not losing wickets, managed to reach 110 for 2 with ten balls to spare. Danny Franklin (26 not out) and Nafees Khan (23 not out) were the main contributors.
A fourth game, between the two university sides, was played to facilitate the Christmas vacation, beginning next week.
Blue Storm won the toss and inserted Bath Spa. Danny Franklin (24) gave a magnificent performance as the team collapsed to 53 all out. Danny Firth took 2 for 3 and Tom White bowled an astounding wicket maiden. Bath Spa responded with a blistering bowling attack, with Nafees Khan taking 2 for 7 and Danny Franklin taking 2 for 9, while Henry Smith (25) was only batman to reach double figures. However, despite some good fielding and an unbelievable catch from Danny Franklin, Blue Storm managed a win, with 55 for 5, in the ninth over.
A great platform from Bath Pedigree’s batsmen, Mark Gunning (47 not out) and Dave Hirst (26 not out), proved sufficient for a substantial total of 129 for 3. Graham Tanner, captain of five-man Old Hinton, took 2 for 12. Tight bowling from Jay Morris (4 for 0) and Shreyas Malhorta (6 for 1) helped to limit Old Hinton to 82 for 3, with Richard Paige being their star performer on 45 not out.
Hinton Charterhouse posted 115 all out, thanks to 58 extras from Combe Down’s bowlers. John Newport (28) and James Purchase (24) were the main scorers, as Mike Riley took 2 for 19. Combe Down never kept up with the required run-rate and only managed 89 for 4 in their ten overs.
The Star gave the league fledgling team a master class on indoor cricket. They batted first and openers Alex Woodward (39 not out) and Andy Steady (27 not out) gave them a flying start. This allowed a target of 127 for 3 to be set. In reply, economic bowling from Dave Brown (8 for 1) and Alex Woodward (1 for 1 in one over) reduced Bath Spa to 47 all out in the eighth over.
A better bowling performance from Blue Storm saw them reducing Bathampton Sloths to 75 all out. Richard Jenkins took 2 for 12 and Danny Firth 2 for 13. Despite Rob Nicholls managing to run himself out without facing a ball, Storm reached their target, for the loss of three wickets, in six and a half overs. Captain, Harry Brown, top-scored with 17. Dan O'Healinhy took 1 for 4 in his single over.
Bath Spa’s victory over debutants, Warminster, was a confidence boost for the team. Winning the toss, Spa put the hard-hitting Warminster into bat. However, with no “2 runs” being taken they were restricted to 72 for 4, with Richard Davie on 21. Nafees Khan took 2 for 4 and Laurence Fletcher 2 for 11. With Bath Spa losing early wickets scoring off the bat was slow, but, with bowling extras of 47, Spa reached a winning total of 74 for 3 in 7.5 overs.
Death Row edged a tight low-scoring match, after a nail-biting last two overs. The Venturers, batting first, gave a good performance, but did not have full value for their shots, as the Row bowled and fielded well, keeping them down to 65 all out. Dave Willis was the pick of the bowlers with 1 for 4 in his two overs. In Death Row’s reply, Jerry Fry scored 19 and Dave Willis was 17 not out. However, with the scores level, Simon Shaw bowled four dot balls in the last over, with Dave Willis taking a 3 off the next ball to win the match.
Bath Pedigree were inserted and totalled 89 for 4. On his debut, Shreyas Malhorta managed 19 not out and Dave Chapple 18 not out, but with two direct-hit run outs none of the other batsmen could give support. In reply, Combe Down struggled, due to tight bowling, until Jamie Mitchell (45 not out) came to the crease at number 4. He steered them home with six off the last ball, when the scores were level.
Hampset earnt their first victory of the season against Old Hinton. After being asked to bat, Hampset scored 105 for 5, with Matt Hill top-scoring on 34. On his debut, Glenn Perry took 2 for 10. Old Hinton struggled against good bowling, especially Dave Marquiss (2 for 6) who took his wickets in the first over. Old Hinton never recovered, despite Glenn Perry’s 23 and a valiant last wicket stand from Ed Tanner (9 not out), as they reached 81 for 5, 24 runs short.
Hinton Charterhouse showed their experience, guile and clever cricket to reduce Bath Spa 1’s, in their first ever game in Division A, to 84 all out, in their ten overs. Captain Josh Tregaskes scored 32, while Hugh Brooker took 2 for 10 and James Purchase 2 for 22. Then James top-scored with 29 as the target was attained in the ninth over.
The Venturers secured victory over a battling Bathampton Sloth. Batting first, two run outs via direct hits from Roger Peabody and Ian Corrick, in consecutive balls, stalled the Sloth’s progress. Together with Simon Shaw’s 2 for 1, they saw five-man Bathampton all out for 49. The Venturers reached their target for the lost of one wicket, as Matt Roberts (11 not out) batted sensibly to see the team home.
After giving away a ludicrous amount of extras (67), Blue Storm showed character to earn 19 runs in the first over and polishing off the 103 target, with nearly three overs to spare, in their match against Death Row. Rukshan Rajamanthri was 30 not out and captain, Harry Brown, 20 not out. Earlier, Death Row had reached their score with the help of Crispin Shindler’s top score of 15.
Last season’s holder of the wooden spoon, Bath Flat Dads, managed a comfortable victory over high flyers, Bath Spa 2, with two balls to spare. Having elected to bat, the Spa reached 122 for 4, with Nafees Khan scoring 32, while the Dad’s Mike Paddock took 2 for 16. Unfortunately, Nafees was injured while fielding, which limited Spa’s bowling attack. The Dad’s reached 123 for 2, with Mike Colbeck 28 not out.
Old Hinton could not raise a team, and so, conceded their game to Bath Spa 1’s.
Hinton Charterhouse overcame a resilient five-man Hampset. Having been put into bat, they posted 140 for 1 in their ten overs. Opener, James Purchase, was 28 not out and Hugh Brooker 24 not out, as they were gifted 61 extras. Hampset replied with 114 for 4, with Sam Marquiss scoring 31 not out. John Newport had a wicket maiden.
A fine bowling display restricted Combe Down to 75 for 3. Jamie Mitchell was 26 not out and Ian Bleakley 22 not out, while Dave Brown took 2 for 8 and Andy Steady gave only 9 runs away off his two overs. In reply, The Star cruised to victory, losing only one wicket, in eight overs. Andy Steady top-scored with 26 not out.