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End of August Report

30th August 2011

Hi Everyone,

Well this report will actually mean I am back up to date, so here goes!

Saturday 20th August
BCEW League
As already mentioned in the last update South Wales Dragons conceded their game on this date v Sussex Sharks.

Sunday 21st August
BCEW League
Hampshire VICC v Metro
Rob Whittle and Lawrence Graham were again unavailable for Hampshire, David Knott made his first appearance for a few weeks and Chris Smith kept his place in the side. Metro had an unusual side with just 10 players, 5 partials, 2 low partials and 3 b1s. Joel Robinson played for the second time this season and Adam Benjamin for the first. Matt Dean and Bryn Reynolds missed the game and Abdul Sattar kept wicket.

Metro won the toss and chose to bowl first. Heindrich Swanepoel left the home side in immediate trouble as he started the match by bowling Andy Powers and Danny Miles in a double wicket maiden. Joel Robinson quickly got in on the party bowling Aaron Fowler for 5 to make it 9/3 with Ryan West and Ian Morris at the wicket. Whilst Morris dug in at one end West concentrated on uping the score as he hit 32 from 26 balls. West’s wicket left the score 53/4 when he was caught behind from a Rory Field delivery. Matt Page joined Ian Morris to continue to build up the Hampshire innings and at 80/4 the game was still in the balance.

Unfortunately for Hampshire Heindrich Swanepoel then dismantled the remains of the batting order, Andy Law got the first break through bowling Ian Morris for 12 after a 58 ball vidual. Swanepoel bowled Matt Page for 18 and Mark Oliphant for 0 as 3 wickets fell without a run being added. The same happened again 7 runs later as Joel Robinson claimed his second wicket and Heindrich Swanepoel his fifth and sixth (all bowled) to leave the home side 87 All Out. Swanepoel finished with a staggering 7.4 overs, 4 maidens, 6 wickets for 4 runs. Also it’s notable that 9 of the 10 wickets fell bowled, with one catch and no LBW’s or run outs.

Rory Field’s normal opening partner for Metro, Matt Dean, wasn’t playing so Abdul Sattar stepped up to the plate and actually out performed his more experienced captain at the top of the order. Sattar raced to 47 not out where as Field was caught in the deep by Matt Page from Danny Miles’s bowling with the scores level for 24. Obviously Metro got the extra run required to finish off their 9 wicket win and in doing so they gave themselves a chance of a top three finish in this season’s league.

Yorkshire VICC v Northants Steelbacks
The home side were again without Taf Naqvi, Northants were missing Alastair Provan and Matt Ringland but did include Shah Miah and Tom Willis. Northants only fielded 9 players but that was with 7 partials and 2 b1s.

Yorkshire won the toss and sent their visitors in to bat, a decision which paid off almost immediately as Shah Miah was caught behind off Alex Towers’s bowling in the first over. The next few overs were an unusual stalemate, Dave Keeling and Dave Gavrilovic batted solidly together but were unable to advance the score due to excellent accurate bowling, virtually no extras and superb fielding. Keeling was eventually removed in the 9th over caught by Peter Blueitt from Elliot Conway’s bowling with the score now 8/2. Gavrilovic and Ian Goodearl continued to play the ball well but fail to beat the field. Gavrilovic eventually played on early in the 13th over to spark a collapse. Arif Malik followed Gavrilovic’s wicket by bowling Mark Horbatowski next ball and although the hattrick ball was off target he did claim 3 wickets in 4 balls with Chris Norman the third victim of the over, again bowled to leave the score 18/5.

Ian Goodearl and Charles Ronayne fought back brilliantly and as the Yorkshire bowlers and fielders began to tire on a hot day they started finding gaps and accelerating the score. Steelbacks had reached the 15 over drinks break on just 26/5 but thanks to Goodearl and Ronayne the 30 over break saw the score on 126/5. Alex Towers came back on to bowl and Mark Betts moved fielding position and suddenly in the space of 5 balls the two had combined to remove both Goodearl for 49 and Ronayne for 35. The partnership had been worth 109, a Northants 6th wicket record. The last wicket fell in the next over to leave Northants 130 All Out, with Arif Malik 3-16 and Alex Towers 3-35 doing most of the damage.

Yorkshire’s innings was a brief affair with Mark Betts destroying the Northants attack. Whether the ball was bowled short, far too full or just right it crashed off the middle of Betts’s bat and within 6 overs the match was over. Betts finished 94 not out from 23 balls and Peter Blueitt also batted well ending up 24 not out from 16 balls. This means in Betts last 3 innings he’s only been out once and has scored 338 runs from 107 balls in total, INCREDIBLE!!!

Other Result
It has now been confirmed that the Metro v Dragons game, rained off earlier in the season, can’t be rearranged and therefore is a draw with both teams receiving 8 points.

Remaining Fixtures
BCEW League
Sat 3 Sep: Hampshire VICC v Warwickshire Bears
Sat 3 Sep: South Wales Dragons v Yorkshire VICC (in Beaston, near Nottingham)

BCEW Development Cup
Sat/Sun 10/11 Sep: at Leicester University

BCEW Bill Frindall Memorial Twenty20 Cup
Sat 24 Sep: Finals Day at Leamington Spa CC