Bapchild Cricket Club

First Team move into 2nd Place

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The first team gained a winning draw against Rainham at the weekend moving above them in the chase for promotion.

On a very damp pitch the team jointly took the bold decision to bat first in an attempt to maximise their points.  Going  was tough as Rainham’s openers took full advantage picking up Adam Larking’s wicket on slow and popping wicket.   Joshua Hunt was joined by Ricky Dale who both dug in realising it was important to build a platform without losing wickets.    At 20 overs they were both still there with 50 on the board and started to press home the hard work they had put in. With some good hitting combined with excellent running between the wickets they put on 90 runs in the next 15 overs before Josh (51) edged one to slip ending a 136 run partnership.   Ricky continued to bat superbly supported by Dylan Lee before being bowled just 4 runs short of his century.  Dylan (39) and Lee Taylor (25) put on 50 in the next six overs and the team finished on 227 for 5 at the end of their allotted overs.

After tea it was important to get off to a good start which is exactly what openers Adam Rayner (3 for 17) and Joshua Hunt (2 for 26) did – picking up early wickets with Rainham finding themselves 5 for 34 off 15 overs.  Rainham facing a heavy defeat decided to shut-up-shop in order to stop Bapchild from gaining the full 20pts.  Matthew Roche (13 overs, 10 maidens, 2 for 8),  Tyler Wassell (7 overs for 28), Ricky Dale (8 overs for 23) all bowled superbly and despite captain Lee Cogger trying every option including himself Rainham managed to dig in and survived to the close losing only two more wickets and reaching 133 runs.

An excellent effort by the whole team with bat, ball and in the field means with just three games to go the first team are sitting in 2nd place just ahead Rainham.

The twos game was cancelled as opposition St. Margarets could not field a team.

The threes travelled to Minster and on winning the toss decided to bat.   Getting off to a good start (Tom Carey 28, Simon Cosstick 17, Jamie Blackbrow 14) and was backed up middle order Kevin Coles 37, James Elkin 36 not out and Steve Hogg 23 meant that Bapchild reached 191 for 6 of their allotted overs.  The team bowled well as a unit picking up three early wickets.   Minster’s middle order support their opening bat and moved the score on but some good bowling by Ben Cooper (12 overs 4 for 15), Jamie Blackbrow (2 for 32) wickets continued to fall.   Owen Harrison (4 for 32) returned to pick up two wickets meaning that the home team were bowled out requiring 6 runs with 3 balls remaining.

A great effort by all of the team to secure their first win of the season.  Unfortunately with no game on the Bank Holiday weekend and Belnor dropping out of the league the team only has one more game on the 6th September against Findsbury.

 

 

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