Bapchild Cricket Club

Two Close Games

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Bapchild played only two games at the weekend

The 1st XI entertained Bromley Town on a very wet pitched that resulted in the game being reduced to 35 overs with a delayed start. Bapchild won the toss and put the visitors in and getting off to a good start with opening pair Adam Rayner (2 for 24) and Josh Hunt (1 for 25) removing the top three. Bromley Town consolidated but Bapchild kept the pressure on leaving the visitors 129 for 8 off their allotted overs (Ricky Dale 3 for 39, Roche 2 for 38)

After tea wickets fell regularly and the firsts found themselves 61 for 7. A good knock Josh Hunt steadied the ship and Tyler Wassell (38no) looked like he would see us over the line but the team fell short by three runs ending up 9 wickets down for a losing draw.

The 2nd XI travelled to Holborough Anchorians and again on winning the toss put the opposition into bat on a damp and humid pitch. Openers Michael Neame (1 for 12) and Harry Mantle (1 for 28) bowled extremely well and then supported by Mark Forshaw (5 overs 13 runs) meant the home team found themselves 53 for 1 at the half way mark of 23 overs. Holborough picked up the pace after drinks but never got really away and they slowed again after a “sharp” stumping from James Sutton removed the their run maker. The home team reached 179 for three off their allotted overs on what turned out to be a fairly benign wicket.

The twos got off to a good start with Simon Cosstick (35) and James Sutton (19) but both holed out pushing on the score. Captain Nick Page (0) threw his wicket away (plumb LBW) trying to work the ball to leg on very straight ball (Sorry Nick couldn’t resist!!). Alex Ward joined Joe Cooper and both put on a good stand that looked like they would see the team home but Joe holed out leaving Alex and Mark Forshaw (22) to bring us into touching distance of a win. Funny enough Mark holed out shortly followed similarly by Alex who had just reached a fine 50. Harry Mantle tied the teams before you guessed it holing out !!! but Michael Neame and James Weller saw the twos home to win by 8 wickets in the second to last over.

The three conceded this week with over 35 players not being available

The Sunday XI game was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitched cause by the rain overnight and early morning.

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