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The domestic season so far - May 2015

3rd June 2015

With May behind us we are already a month into the 2015 blind cricket season, so what better time to reflect on what’s happened so far...

British Blind Sport Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup

First Round

Lancashire Lions and Northants Steelbacks both saw off development league opponents to progress in the 37th edition of this historic competition. Arslan Sabir (3-7) as well as batters Usman Afridi (51) and Amanda Large (47 not out) played a key role in Lancashire’s 10-wicket win over Durham. Jon Hawkins battled hard, batting the whole of Durham’s innings for 32 not out but Lancashire had little difficulty reaching their target of 112.

Northants' victory was based on a superb batting performance from Gav Griffiths who scored 90 to set a new club record score for a total batsman. Griffiths shared partnerships of 138 with Dave Keeling (34) and 64 with Mark Horbatowski (41) for the opening two wickets. Gloucestershire batted solidly in reply but their 163 all out fell 94 runs short of their target with Elyse Bezuidenhout top scoring with 29.

Lancashire will now host Sussex in the quarter finals whilst Northants take on Metro at the County Ground in Northampton.

BCEW National League

Justin Hollingsworth starred for Warwickshire as they opened the season with a 142-run win over Lancashire, who gave four players debuts in the game. Hollingsworth’s 90 and Luke Sugg’s 53 helped the Bears to 241/5 before Justin also claimed 4-11 to help dismiss the Lions 17 balls short of a draw. Riebar Hussain scored 46 for Lancashire on debut.

Somerset saw off Yorkshire by 95 runs in a low scoring affair the following day. Somerset were all out for 183 despite reaching 130/0 with 89 from Ed Hossell and 42 from Michael Church. The collapse was sparked by 3-25 from Alex Towers and Qas Nazir playing under shades as a total for the first time taking 3-36. In reply, Towers showed great concentration with an 80-ball vidual that almost saved a draw for his side but Yorkshire like Lancashire fell 17 balls short of survival after Rory Hossell starred with the ball by taking 3-10. Yorkshire were later deducted the batting point they earned in this game due to accidentally not batting a third total/low partial until number 10.

Northants had been forced to cancel their first league game versus Metro due to lack of players (this may be rearranged), so it was a relief for all when they were able to field a team versus Somerset in early May. Steelbacks gave a debut to 11-year-old David Howells and Somerset were without the Hossell brothers. Dave Gavrilovic (3-31) took the first three wickets as Somerset slipped to 72/5 but a superb partnership from Rob Crisp (76) and Mikey Kontreras (37 not out) helped the Cidermen reach 192/7 declared after 36 overs. Northants looked to be batting out the overs comfortably but with less than four overs to go Gavrilovic’s dismissal was quickly followed by three more including Gav Griffiths for 48, but David Howells and Hugh Spence batted out the last 14 balls to secure a draw.

In the roses match Lancashire batted first and, after 32 overs, declared on 214/4 thanks to 46 from Riebar Hussain, and the efforts of 13-year-old cousins Usman Afridi (59) and Wasim Afridi (51 not out). Arif Malik led Yorkshire’s reply and despite some excellent bowling from Mohammed Janaid they reached 165/6 as the game ended as a draw.

The most recent game saw a massive shock as last year’s league winners were thrashed by the side who finished 2014 at the foot of the table. A much under-strength London Metro were dismissed for just 73 away to Yorkshire with Arif Malik taking 3-10 as the Londoners' nine men, including two debutants, weren’t able to set a challenging target. Metro did claim an early wicket but 36 not out from Taf Naqvi quickly saw Yorkshire to an eight-wicket win. Whilst it was a strange looking Metro side this was still a fantastic performance from Yorkshire for their first league win since 2013.

Warwickshire v Sussex is being rescheduled due to an England event.

Development League North and East

Lancashire and Yorkshire’s second XI’s got the season under way with a really close game in which six players made their blind cricket debuts. In tough batting conditions, Yorkshire reached 120/5 which despite 3-10 from Usman Zahid they fell three balls short of defending as Amelia Robertson and Amanda Large helped edge Lions to a five-wicket win.

Derbyshire’s batsmen helped them claim a winning draw against Durham in a high scoring encounter. Vinod Mistry and Nadeem Khan (Derbyshire) and John Hawkins (Durham) all passed 50 as just nine wickets fell in 48 overs. A score of 33 from 82-year-old Don Solway also deserves a mention.

A second 50 of the season from low partial Nadeem Khan guided Derbyshire to a seven-wicket win against Yorkshire Vikings in the league’s most recent match. It was another low scoring affair with Tahir Mahmood’s 31 the biggest contribution to Yorkshire’s 135/7 which Derbyshire overhauled with 16 balls to spare.

Rain shortened Durham versus Yorkshire by four overs but that wasn’t enough to stop the Vikings claiming an eight-wicket victory. Chris Ashburn (52), Jake Ternant, Nadeem Mughal and Helen Robinson all batted well but their side’s 144/5 wasn’t enough as Martin Wilson (50) led Yorkshire’s batsmen to their target.

Both fixtures between Lancashire and Derbyshire were postponed due to rain and unfortunately Nottinghamshire Knights were unable to fulfil their fixtures against Durham and Lancashire.

Development League South and West

Hampshire gained a winning draw over Berkshire as just four wickets fell in 48 overs with half centuries for Ryan West and Dave Allen (both Hampshire) as well as for Ian Whitehurst (Berkshire).

Surrey picked up a big win in their first competitive match as they dismissed Dorset for 116 despite 53 from Tim Mackenzie. Lois Turner, Amit Amin and Stuart Ralph saw the newcomers home with nine wickets to spare.

Gloucestershire edged out Metro Devils with seven balls to spare in a big game for female and low partial players. Brenda Cassell and Elyse Bezuidenhout both reached 50 with Terry Richards and Chris Lewis also scoring well.

RNC Hereford Bulldogs opened their season with an early May away double header. Dan Sergent’s half century and 42 on debut from their new captain Tom Rogers allowed the students to set a sizeable target which Metro Devils fell just 24 runs short of as the game ended as a winning draw for RNC. The following day a brutal batting performance saw Bulldogs overhaul Berkshire’s 192, which included a 50 from Ian Whitehurst, in just 18 overs as Alec Hocking and Tom Rogers dominated the innings.

John Gribben and Marc Gulwell led an almost equally quick chase as Gloucestershire passed Dorset’s 168/7 with six overs to spare. Tim Mackenzie (50) and Steve Bailey (37) batted well and Bob Henderson (3-24) starred with the ball. 83-year-old Jean Sparrowhawk debuted for Dorset in this match as described in the Bournemouth Echo – click here to read that story.

The next weekend RNC hosted another double header. Kent managed 120 all out in their first game of the season and briefly had RNC 0/2 before Alec Hocking and Tom Rogers led Bulldogs to a six-wicket win. The Sunday saw an even more impressive performance as RNC smashed 231/1 in just 20 overs thanks to Alec Hocking, Tom Rogers and Alex Ditchburn. Dorset battled hard with the bat but weren’t able to bat out their overs which meant RNC became the first team to win batting first under the new development league rules.

Surrey put in another strong bowling and fielding performance to dismiss Berkshire for 145 despite 67 from Ian Whitehurst. Stuart Ralph and Lois Turner starred with the bat again to lead their side to a nine-wicket success.

The following Saturday, Surrey’s 100 per cent record was ended as Kent Spitfires claimed their first ever competitive win. Lois Turner’s half century guided Surrey to 158/5. A brilliant third wicket partnership from Tom Barton and Jonathan Lewis (51 and 52) took Kent to the brink of victory and despite three quick wickets as they approached the finishing line the Spitfires won by five wickets with seven overs to spare.

Gloucestershire will end May second in the S/W league after a third successive win. Eight man Hampshire could only reach 152/6 thanks largely to 80 not out from Ryan West. In reply Mike Tasker top scored with 28 as the Growlers reached their target with 26 balls and six wickets remaining despite three wickets from Ian Morris.

For detailed results, fixtures and league tables please see the domestic section of this site for National level matches and the development section for the development leagues.