Bapchild Cricket Club

A successful weekend


It was three wins and a high point scoring incomplete match  for the Club at the weekend.

The 1st XI travelled to Littlebourne and put the home team into bat.  Wickets began to fall straight away with Tyler Wassell (3 for 43) and Harry Mantle (3 for 16) taking the top order apart.  The team was in a commanding position with the opposition on 82 for 9 when the rain came.   After an rain delayed interval of over 2 hours Littlebourne blocked up and held out until the 35th over when they finally succumbed with the score on 117.

Due to the delay Bapchild was left with only 14 overs to score the runs.  The team went for it with Owen Harrison (29), James Weller (16), Michael Willis (15) and Chris Knope (14) all chipping in but there was never enough overs and the game became incomplete with the score on 87.

The first XI remain top with two games to go by 22 pts but 2nd place has a game in hand

The 2nd XI entertained Cowdrey in a relegation must win match. Bapchild won the toss and elected to bat.  On losing an early wicket Nick Page joined captain James Sutton in the middle and they put on a 48 run partnership before James was caught for 27.  Joe Mills entered the fray and both he and Nick took the game to Cowdrey putting on a 141 partnership with Joe scoring 63 before being caught an bowled.  Nick batted through to the end falling just two runs short of his maiden ton but ensuring the team posted an excellent 232 for 5 off their 50 overs.

Cowdrey started well before Jake Mitchell (1 for 17) made the breakthrough.  Cowdrey continued to score but an outstanding 7 for 32 from Joe Mills saw Cowdrey collapse from 81 for 1 to all out for 131 in the 41st over with Adam Rayner picking up a brace for 17 in support.   Joe’s performance with bat and ball was topped off in the evening as winner of the Lewis and Rayner Beer Pong trophy at the club’s annual event

The 2nd XI are 16pts above the relegation spot with two games to play


The 3s travelled to Egerton for their last game of the season and were put into bat.  Simon Cosstick (24) started well before Steve Botting, retiree for 14 years and playing to ensure the 3s could field a team, came to the centre.  A well controlled but big hitting 52 showed that Steve still has the game in him even if his body particular his hamstring says otherwise.  Steve was bowled at the end of the 20th over and after a short break for rain it was turn for Jacob Carter to take over playing a very mature innings but unfortunately being caught on the boundary on 45 and missing out on his maiden 50 for the club.  Sam Clark took over the reins scoring an excellent 34 before The Chairman (14)  run him out.  Two good fours from Tom Gunner before being bowled saw the team reach an impressive 228 all out in the 40th over.

Egerton’s chase started well with too many extras being given away as they reached 64 in just 6 overs. A change of bowling saw Tom Gunner (1 for 10) make the breakthrough and some tidy bowling from Ella Hadler and Archie Covey pulled the game back.    The Chairman (3 for 42) finally made the breakthrough with a good catch in the slips and picked up 2 further wickets short afterwards.  A good catch from Dan Gunner off Ella who bowled even better in her second spell followed by a excellent run out from Dan to remove the opener who was 89 left the home team requiring 15 off the last two overs.  Archie Covey was required to bowl the 2nd to last over and keeping his head went for just two runs.  Dan Gunner bowled the final over with pinpoint accuracy (1 for 18) to leave Egerton 6 runs short.  An excellent effort from all the team.

The 3rd XI ended the season in 6th place


The Sunday Xi travelled down to the borders of East Sussex to Play Brooklands and were put into bat. James Weller (39) got the team off to a good start but wickets fell regularly. Tom Carey was 32 not out at the end with Ella Hadler (13), Anthony Burbury (11) and Rob Kennett (11) also reaching double figures as the team was all out for 161 in the 38th over.  Ella Hadler (3 for 33) removed the top order supported by Toby Heather (1 for 30), Ben Gunner (1 for 18), James Weller (1 for 16) and Glenn Kennett (1 for 7).  Anthony Burbury picked up 3 for 12 and took the final wicket on the first ball of the 40th over with Brooklands needing 6 runs to win.

The Sunday Xi remain 2nd with one game to play.



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