Monthly Archives: May 2011

Update from May 21st matches

This Saturday saw all 8 BCEW league teams in action.

South Wales v Hampshire (League)
Both teams were under strength for a game played in windy conditions with Damion Corrigan, Howard Greenhill, Andy Powers, Lawrence Graham and Matt Page all absent. Dragons batted first and a fluent Toby Warren hit an excellent 99 before a sharp catch by Ryan West saw him miss out on a century. Mike Harrison, Aidy Snelgrove, Dave Wood and Dave Ellingham all contributed and the Welshmen declared at 229/3 after 27 overs.

Ryan West and Rob Whittle put up some early fight and David Knott batted very well lower down, but the story was a career best 7 wicket haul from Dave Ellingham. His wickets were a mixture of catches including from Keryn Seal, Dave Wood and Mike Harrison, a hit wicket and a couple of bowled’s. Dragons 114 run victory sends them top of the table where as Hampshire slip a place to third. Dave Ellingham is also clear at the top of the wicket takers list with 11 in just 2 games.

Northants Steelbacks v Metro Devils (League)
This game was also played in windy conditions. Northants won the toss and asked the Devils to bat. Despite an early wicket the Londoners reached 40/1 after around 11 overs thanks to some solid batting from Ryan Jones and Hassan Khan. 2 quick wickets from Charles Ronayne and a chaotic run out saw the Devils slip to 50/4 at the drinks break and the fifth wicket followed soon after. Dave Samuels and Theresa Robberts produced a superb fight back with a partnership that lasted about 14 overs adding 61. Northants finally broke through when Charles Ronayne produced an edge from Samuels and Dave Gavrilovic took a sharp catch to remove the Devils skipper for 39. Ronayne struck again in the same over to secure a double wicket maiden and completed new club record bowling figures of 5-31 with an LBW in the 36th over. Theresa was unluckily run out for 22 in the next over and Dave Gavrilovic finished with figures of 3-57 after taking the last wicket at the start of the 40th over.

This left Northants 20 overs to score 153. Ian Goodearl (28) and Matt Ringland (37) got Steelbacks off to a flying start before Goodearl and Dave Gavrilovic were dismissed in the 8th over by Roy Smith. Theresa Robberts took a good catch from Hassan Khan’s bowling to remove Ringland but Mark Horbatowski (22 not out) and Dave Keeling (30 not out) saw Steelbacks to a 7 wicket win that sent them second in the table.

Sussex Sharks v Yorkshire VICC (League)
This game was both side’s first match of the season and was played in calm conditions. Yorkshire won the toss and put the Sharks in and with John Garbett striking early to remove Joe Harrison for 5 it looked a good decision. Si Ledwith (21) and Miles Northwood (24) advanced the innings but they were both gone by the time the score reached 69/3. Dan Field then took complete control with a brutal 90 from 46 balls, including 10 fours and 3 sixes, to rapidly push Sussex past 200. Gav Griffiths (20) provided solid support and the south coast side declared on 211/6 after 28 overs, John Garbett taking 3-65.

Yorkshire’s reply started with an early wicket with Dan Field catching Jason Adams off Andy Dalby-Welsh’s bowling from the fourth ball of the innings. Arif Malik played the anchor role in a 76 run partnership in which he only added 8 with Mark Betts smashing 56 from just 20 balls at the other end. When the second wicket did fall it triggered an astonishing collapse with Malik, Betts and Peter Blueitt all dismissed with the score on 76. Four more wickets followed in quick succession with the score limping to 101/8 as Dan Field and Toby Collins each took 2 wickets, Field not conceding a single run off the bat in any of his four overs. Atif Rafiq and John Garbett showed some fight batting together for about 11 overs, but in the end Yorkshire fell 3.2 overs short of earning a draw at 130 All Out.

BCEW Bill Frindall memorial Twenty20 Cup
Quarter Final

Metro v Warwickshire Bears
This game saw a repeat of the 2010 T20 cup final. Metro batted first and yet another brilliant performance from England captain Matt Dean with a superb 118 set the London side up for a big score. Half centuries from Rory Field and Steve Humphreys helped set a new competition record score of 298/3.

Warwickshire batted well in response but never looked like chasing down their monster target. A second consecutive score of 79 not out from Justin Hollingsworth was the main stay of the Bears 192/3. Metro’s 106 run win means a new team will get their hands on the trophy this year as Warwickshire were victorious in the first two editions of the competition in 2009 and 2010.

This weekend is England training so the next competitive fixtures are five games on June 4th and 5th including all 4 BBS Primary Club national knockout cup quarter finals.

* Please note the league table and results section will be updated soon.

By Dave Gavrilovic


First Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup

Following last weekend’s World Blind Cricket Council AGM it has been announced that the first ever blind cricket Twenty20 World Cup will take place in India next year.

The tournament will be staged in Bangalore in December 2012 and the next WBCC AGM will take place at the same location and time as the tournament.

May 14 and 15 Update

This weekend saw two games in BCEW and the BBS Cup first round.

BCEW League

On Saturday Justin Hollingsworth starred in an 8 wicket win for Warwickshire over Northants. The youngster took 3 early wickets as Northants limped to 90/7 despite a patient 21 from Dave Keeling. A club record 8th wicket stand of 81 from Charles Ronayne and Eddy Claridge helped the Steelbacks to post a respectable score of 171 before the innings was ended by a direct hit run out.

In response Northants struggled to cope in windy conditions allowing Hollingsworth and Aiden Reilly to get the Bears off to a solid start. Reilly was dismissed by Eddy Claridge thanks to a good catch from Matt Ringland and Alastair Provan removed Roy Turnham for around 20, but by this time the result was only going one way. Northants missed a couple of opportunities to get a bowling point and man of the match Justin Hollingsworth ended up about 79 not out.

In the other BCEW league match Hampshire were too strong for the inexperienced Metro Devils. The Devils batted for 26 overs despite Andy Powers’s brilliant bowling figures of 6-4-3-3 and Ian Morris claiming an impressive 5-0-17-3. Set a victory target of just 72 Hampshire’s openers Ryan West (43 not out) and Matt Page (18 not out) knocked off the runs in 9 overs for a 10 wicket victory.

Due to a lack of any b1 players Somerset had to concede the cup match. However Durham and Somerset did play a friendly which Somerset won. In the quarter finals Hampshire will host Durham.

All eight BCEW league sides are in action next weekend, so check the fixtures section for details.

PS: the league table on this site is now updated.

by Dave Gavrilovic

Welcome to BCEW 2011

Last weekend saw the opening fixture of the 2011 competitive season when newcomers, Metro Devils, hosted defending champions, South Wales Dragons, in the BCEW National League. Devils put on a strong showing, but it was the more experienced Dragons who prevailed. Welcome Devils! As this month progresses, we see the remaining six title challengers begin their campaigns for glory.

Much remains the same in the National League, but with a few tweaks here and there to improve the game. Pete Marshall, once again heads up the success of last season, the Umpires Panel. With a year’s experience under the belts of both clubs and umpires, I believe it can only go from strength to strength. Also, I can confirm that every competitive game this season has been allocated two umpires.’ Many thanks’, to all the umpires who have made themselves available.

The one major change that you may notice is the Scorers Panel. Similarly to the Umpires Panel, we are trying to ensure that every competitive fixture is covered with an ‘official’ scorer. I can tell you that we are very close to doing so, with just one, or two, fixtures outstanding. I can only say ‘thank you’, to the scorers who have volunteered to take this on.

Leamington Cricket Club once again hosts the ‘Presentations and Finals Day’ for the BCEW/Bill Frindall Memorial Trophy, the T20 knockout cup. In a similar fashion to Dragons dominating the National League, Warwickshire Bears have claimed this prize as their own. They have a tough task to make the ‘Finals Day’ on September 24th, with a quarter-final fixture with last season’s losing finalists, Metro.

As well as league fixtures this weekend, we see two more new clubs, Durham and Somerset, face each other in the opening round of the BBS/Primary Club Knockout Cup at Washington Cricket Club. The prize for the winners is a quarter-final tie against Hampshire. Of course, the ultimate prize is a Cup Final place, this year to be held at Bristol on August 13th. Sussex Sharks will be hoping to defend this crown.

BCEW Development Director, John Garbett, leads another season of an extensive development programme countrywide, culminating with the BCEW/Brian Johnston Memorial Trust Development Tournament. Leicester University hosts this year’s event over the weekend of 10th/11th September. There was a great turnout last year at York where Northants Steelbacks triumphed. This year’s event promises to be as good, if not better.

England do not have a competitive series this year, but there has been a successful recruitment drive in order to attract new players to the international version of the game. The reports I’ve had so far have been very positive. Training camps continue throughout the year, including a trip to La Manga in August. All part of the build up to the Ashes series next summer. For those players not making the main squad, and other new players, we are hastily trying to organise some development  sessions throughout the year.


Staying with the international ball, Bethan Evans at Cricket4Change continues to progress with training sessions for the women’s version of the game. Anyone interested should get in touch.

With regard to our website, we are currently in the process of securing funding in order for us to engage a professional company to re-vamp and update it. Once that is complete, they will take on the day-to-day running of the sit. I will keep you posted. In the meantime, Jemma Brown has created a temporary site for us to use. You will find it at . Well worth a visit. It will carry fixtures, results, league tables, etc.

At this point, I would like to thank our major benefactors, The Primary Club, the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust, and the ECB. It is vitally important that I thank my colleagues on the BCEW committee for their efforts throughout the close season to get this new season underway smoothly.

And finally, best wishes to all clubs, players, officials, and volunteers, for in your quest for a successful summer. Most of all, have fun playing cricket!

David Townley

BCEW Chairman.

Site Updates

Today the Fixture list has been updated along with the league table.

Also if you have any feedback on the accessibility of the site please leave a comment, quite a lot of the coding is out of our control but if there is something we can do to help you access the site more easily please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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We hope to eventually have the fixture list, league table and other content updated regularly whilst the new BCEW website is under construction.

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