Bapchild Cricket Club

Rain wins again


Rain once again dominated on Saturday.

The 1st XI travelled to Blackheath in London and were put into bat on a damp and green wicket.   At 6 for 3 it looked like it would be an early finish but Callum Leary (88) and Simon Cosstick (28) batted sensibly reaching 33 before a down pour took the teams off for 2 hours.  On the restart they continued to build a good platform reaching 81 at 30 overs without further loss.  Callum was then able to step a gear ably supported by James Sutton (24), Lee Taylor (27) Chris Knope (12) and Owen Harrison (12) allowing skipper Ricky Dale to declare with one ball left and the score on 212 for 9.

With the 2 hour lost earlier Bapchild had approximately 30 overs to bowl the home team out.  Owen got the team off to  flying start picking up a wicket with the first ball of the innings.  Blackheath shut up shop immediately but Owen and Tyler Wassell (1 for 11) picked up a further wicket a piece.  Pseudo overseas player My Joshua Hunt (1 for 8)  joined the attack for the first time this year and with Ricky Dale (1 for 9) at the other end two more wickets fell.  Owen returned to attack and with some fine bowling picked up his third 5 wicket haul of the season (5 for 19).  Unfortunately there weren’t enough overs and the match was incomplete with Blackheath on 68 for 6.

Blackheath - the storm 2017

Blackheath – the storm 2017


Blackheath - After the storm 2017

Blackheath – After the storm 2017

The 2nd XI entertained Ashford who elected to field.  Early wickets looked like another early finish but after a break for rain Nathan Glazier (40)  and Adam Watson (19) also built a solid platform and it allowed Lincoln Bryden (53 no) and Joe Mills (23 no) were well in control before a “monsoon” struck ending any chance of further play with the tea on 158 for 6 in the 43rd over.


The 3rd XI unfortunately had to concede as they were unable to field a team


The Sunday XI were at home to title challengers Harbledown.  Steve Roberts (15) and Thomas Carey (35) got the team off to a good start but some quick wickets put on the pressure.  Nick Page (29), Owen Harrison (25) and Ethan Collier (23 no) got the team through to 161 for 9 off the allotted overs.

Harbledown got off to a good start but Owen Harrison (2 for 38) and Ricky Dale (3 for 36) had the visitor 50 for 4.   Harbledown knuckled down and reached the target in the 37th overs for the loss of only one further wicket.





The first team set a very attacking field against Blackheath at the weekend however James Sutton decided the slip cordon was not attacking enough and moved himself forward cutting the difference in half.  Feeling a little exposed (and a touch too close) he decided to wear a helmet making it probably the first time a second slip has worn a helmet in the history of the game !!!


1st Team - Attacking field against Blackheath 3rd XI - August 2017

1st Team – Attacking field against Blackheath 3rd XI – August 2017



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