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July 30th and 31st Results and Reports

18th August 2011

Hi Everyone,

I apologize for the extreme lateness of recent updates to this blog, this has been due to the cup final and a number of other cricket matters that have taken a lot of my time this month. In the next couple of days I am hoping to do at least two blogs, hopefully three, to get everything back up to date.

Saturday 30th July
Metro v Northants Steelbacks (BCEW League)
Metro fielded a very strong side despite Haq Ismail having to give up on reaching the match due to rail chaos. Northants were without Alastair Provan and Elliot Stonhill as Sean Farrow made his first appearance of the season and Brad Fisher his first appearance for two seasons.

Northants were sent in to bat and made a steady start, after 7 overs they were 39/2 with Ian Goodearl and Simon Hill the men out. Dave Keeling who had opened the innings batted solidly and hit some confident shots as two further wickets fell in the next 7 overs with Charles Ronayne caught by Simon Butler and Mark Horbatowski (14) dismissed. Keeling was then joined by Dave Gavrilovic and the pair batted together for the next ten overs. Keeling was eventually out in the 25th over for 51 as he notched up his second career fifty. Gavrilovic finally fell two overs later but the tail showed plenty of fight with Matt Ringland (18), Brad Fisher (3), Sean Farrow (6 not out) and Eddy Claridge (10 not out) batting out Northants 40 overs, ending on 153/8. Despite 12 overs each for Heindrich Swanepoel (2-25) and Rory Field (1-29) it was Andy Law (3-28) who finished with the best figures.

Metro started relatively slowly with just 20 overs to chase the score but from the third over onwards Rory Field and Matt Dean went on the attack and were soon well ahead of the run rate. Northants task was hindered by two injured partials not being able to field properly, but the bowlers pitched it too short and Field and Dean despatched the loose deliveries expertly. Field was dismissed by Dave Gavrilovic for 48 and Brad Fisher removed Steve Humphreys caught behind for 2, but a brutal 87 not out from Matt Dean saw Metro home with 7 overs and 8 wickets to spare.

This game proved tougher than expected for Metro and they did drop a bowling point, but the win put them back in the running for the league title.

Warwickshire Bears v Metro Devils (BCEW League)
Warwickshire were without Paul Powers and Roy Turnham where as the Devils missed Dave Samuels. The London side got off to a strong start as Warwickshire gave some of their less regular bowlers a go early. Liam O’Carrol scored 8 for his highest competitive score and was out with the score on 31. The other opener Ryan Jones partnered Alan Turnbull for the second wicket for a 35 run stand. Turnbull was second man out for 6 from 30 balls and Jones followed soon after for a career best 28 from 34 balls. The remaining wickets fell quite swiftly with the bowlers sharing it around, Mark Cummings showed some fight for 7 and Mohammed Janaid took his first career wicket. Aiden Reilly with 2-19 was the most impressive bowler as Devils were 95 All Out.

The Warwickshire run chase only took 6 overs with Mark Turnham and Luke Sugg opening the innings. Turnham hit 30 from 18 balls with 2 fours where as Sugg smashed a brutal 55 from 19 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes.

This means Metro Devils have completed all 7 of their league games and Ryan Jones and Theresa Robberts played every match. Well done to Devils and those two players inparticular.

Hampshire VICC v Yorkshire VICC (BCEW League)
This game was shortened to 45 overs as Yorkshire were delayed in travel meaning the game started an hour late. Hampshire were without Lawrence Graham, Rob Whittle and David Knott whilst Chris Smith played his first match of the season. Taf Naqvi and Elliot Conway missed the game for Yorkshire.

Yorkshire’s decision to bowl first paid off as Hampshire were quickly 6/2 with Alex Towers claiming both wickets caught by b1s. The big wicket followed with the score on 24 when John Garbett had Andy Powers caught for 12 by another b1. Garbett then bowled Ian Morris to leave Hampshire in trouble at 42/4. Ryan West and Matt Page attempted a fight back before Peter Blueitt, the only of Yorkshire’s 4 b1s not yet to take a catch, claimed both of their wickets for 41 and 13 respectively making the score 85/6. Hampshire’s tail battled away, Thom Norton (27), Chris Smith (7) and Mark Oliphant (2) all hit career best scores and Matt Cooper notched 4 from 20 balls as Hampshire were all out for 127 from 27.1 overs. Alex Towers finished with 3-34.

Yorkshire had just 17 overs to chase the target and with both openers gone by the time the score reached 18 (Mark Betts bowled by Andy Powers and Jason Adams retired hurt) the draw looked the most likely result. Peter Blueitt (Yorkshire) and Matt Page (Hampshire) both tried to swing the game in their side’s favour, but in the end Blueitt’s 72 not out from 43 balls out did Page’s 2 wickets and 2 catches as Yorkshire sealed an unlikely win with 7 balls and 6 wickets remaining.

Sunday 31st July
Hampshire VICC v Yorkshire VICC (BCEW Twenty20 Cup QF)
Both sides had one change from the day before, Elliot Conway returned for Yorkshire whilst Pat Dunne made his first appearance of the season in place of Andy Powers for Hampshire.

Yorkshire again won the toss and bowled first. Four batsmen got starts for Hampshire but couldn’t go on and make a big score and the scoring rate was kept in check by Yorkshire’s bowlers. The players who got starts were Matt Page (16), Ryan West (22), Aaron Fowler (20) and Thom Norton (19) with Alex Towers 2-16 and Elliot Conway 2-38 shining with the ball. This left Hampshire on 108/7 after their 20 overs.

Yorkshire openers Mark Betts and Peter Blueitt destroyed the target in rapid fashion, Betts only faced 19 balls before falling caught behind for a brutal 62 with the score 94/1. Chris Smith took his first career wicket dismissing John Garbett but Blueitt finished 24 not out as his side cruised home with 8 wickets and 13.4 overs to spare.

So Yorkshire continued to Twenty20 finals day and improved their chances of a top three finish in the league. Hampshire were left with just the prospect of battling Warwickshire for fifth in the table.

International Update
There will be no England development training in August.

On Saturday 27th August the England team management is inviting any B1 player to come along to England training. I believe this is in Derby, any b1 interested in going along should either contact me or contact the England management directly.