Bapchild Cricket Club

2s beat top of league to keep promotion hopes alive

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The 2nd XI beat the top of the league Cobham at the weekend and still have an outside chance to achieve promotion.

With just two league games left the 2s had a must win game against Cobham at home. Cobham won th toss and elect to field. John Heatley (55) and Robert Kennett (24) got the team off to a good start with a 55 opening partnership.  Steve Pumfrett supported John and the second wicket fell at 94.  Unfortunately wickets fell regularly afterwards with only Ethan Collier (21) really contributing to the score as the team found themselves all out for 143 in the 44th over.

The visitors started strongly but Lincoln Bryden (1for 36) broke through.  Glenn Kennett (2 for 30) got the key wicket of the opener.  Tyler Wassell (4 for 29) returned to the attack picking up two wickets in two balls.  A small rally by the middle order was broken by Glenn and after some good bowling from Lee Cogger, Harry Mantle joined the attack picking up 3 wickets for 4 runs leaving Tyler to mop up the last wicket.  The team had bowled out the league leaders for 113 in the 37th over.

The 1s travelled to Bettshangar and was put into the field.  Owen Harrison (2 for 52) picked up an early wicket but the top order dug in and with the score on 147 for 2 with 16 overs remaining it looked like the team would be chasing 250+.  However after a good spell from Matt Lewis (1 for 32) and Ricky Dale (1 for 38) debutant for the 1s Ashley Bax was brought into the attack.  Taking a couple of overs to settle down Ash picked up his first wicket for the 1s.  He continued to pick up wickets and as he bowled the last over of the innings needed just one wicket for a 5 wicket haul.  He thought he had succeeded when the batsman drove the ball to Will Cosstick at mid on who had already picked up two catches in the match. Unfortunately Will was unable to hang on to it but it took just one ball to clean bowl the batsman and claim his 5th wicket.  The team had reduced the home team to 202 all out.

Betts hanger picked up an early wicket but a 104 run partnership from Ricky Dale (90 no) and Simon Cosstick (41) took the pressure off and with James Sutton (21), James Weller (12) and Matt Lewis (13 no) the team reached the target with 6 wickets and 2 overs to spare

The 3rd XI and Sunday XI did not have a game this week

AND FINALLY …….

Lincoln potential half century for the 2s was cut short by 50 runs as Ethan Collier drove the ball back past the bowler who managed to get a hand on it diverting it on to the stumps leaving Linc well short being in

Meanwhile down in Bettshangar the 1s are going out to bat and Will Cosstick is volunteered to do the scorebook.  On asking if his dad or Adam was number 1 was told it was “Builder”.  He then started to write Builder in the book rather than Larking

AND FINALLY FINALLY ……

Stitch up of the week goes to Eric Philips who volunteered early in the week to umpire the 1s game at Bettshangar.  He then rung the Chairman to say his son Chris was coming to visit at the weekend and would the Chairman umpire instead.  After a few calls and with Mark Collier standing in to umpire the 2s the Chairman travelled to Bettshanger allowing Eric to spend some quality time with his son.  Many at the club did not realise Eric had a second son and questioned whether he was just a fictitious character made up just so he didn’t have to travel to Bettshanger.  Amazingly enough it turns out that “Chris” couldn’t make in the end and Eric was able to watch the end of the 2s game from the boundary.  Eric not so much of the Phantom Menace as more the Phantom Chris !!  :)

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