Sat 19
2nd XI
Win
League
Astwood Bank CC - 4th XI
111/4
110
Comfortable win for 2nds

Comfortable win for 2nds

By Jonathan Tovey
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Astwood Bank 4th 110 all out, 5WOE 2nd XI 111-4


Match Report from Ian Garrett

Saturday saw the Seconds extend their winning run without really extending themselves. Once the Astwood opening partnership was broken, the rest of their batting folded with relatively easily, with only young opener Archie Davies putting up prolonged resistance. Ways then galloped to the target in the 21st over.

Sabir and Anthony Jones opened the bowling and kept things quiet, although Williams pulled powerfully when given the opportunity and Davies played well off his legs, Extras also kept the score ticking over, and the opening bowlers were seen off, although with a scoring rate than rarely pushed above 2 ½ an over. The extra pace of Hamzah Sarwar at first change opened the breach, bowling Williams to make Astwood Bank 47-1. From this point, the AB innings declined sharply. Hamzah, who battered young Davies around the gloves and thighs, bowled his seven over spell for just ten runs and was unlucky not to pick up more wickets. It was Hannah Murray who cashed in after the 20 over drink / sanitisation break with the score 52-1, taking advantage of young batters reluctant to get in line. Hannah hit Smith’s off stump, bowled Hanks off his pads, then had Doodey chip a simple catch to Glenn Richardson at cover on the way to fine figures of 3-20. In between, Davies, whose determination with the bat was not equalled by his judgement of a run, left his partner with absolutely no chance of making a single into the covers, and Sabir completed the run out from Zoheeb’s lobbed throw. Astwood Bank had slumped to 64-5, a position from which there was little chance of recovery. Skipper Jonathan Tovey picked up a couple of wickets, including Davies, perhaps unlucky to be given out LBW, and salt being rubbed into the wound by the fact that he was on 49. AB skipper Ward struck a couple of powerful blows to take the Bank total past 100, but Anthony Jones, cheered on by his own raucous group of supporters, finished the innings with a fine throw from midwicket to effect a second Davies induced run out, then a sharp caught and bowled to dismiss Ward, then a bail trimmer to dismiss last man Gibbs, and Ways were set a mediocre target of 111 to chase for victory.

Ian Garrett and Zoheeb Ahmed opened and made a brisk start, rattling up 37 in half a dozen overs, with Ian pulling a brace of boundaries from Doodey and Zoheeb striking the ball through the off side off the back foot, and extras contributing helpfully, until Ian tried to pull Doodey again, got it too high on the bat, and couldn’t clear midwicket. Glenn Richardson also played some fine pull shots until chopping on to spinner Gibbs, comfortably the most effective Bank bowler, who also dismissed Zoheeb for 27, bowled behind his legs moving across his stumps trying to pull. From this point, Khizar Khan accelerated Ways towards victory, launching the full ball from the slow bowlers over square leg, and putting the shorter ball over the fence for six. The second of Khizar’s sixes was a truly enormous blow that literally knocked the branches off the top of the tree it struck. Ways lost Laura Hill, middling a full toss but picking out Ward at midwicket, just before the target was reached, but four wides down the legside saw victory attained the following over.

A straightforward win by soon after 5 o’clock that keeps Ways right at the top of the division with some key games to come. Meanwhile on the Astro a rather closer contest was unfolding…

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Match details

Match date

Sat 19, Jun 2021

Kickoff

12:30

Meet time

11:45

Instructions

11:45 meet at Masshouse for set up & warm up.

Competition

Division Eight (East)

League position

2
Five Ways Old Edwardians CC - 2nd XI
7
Astwood Bank CC - 4th XI