Monthly Archives: July 2011

Cricket this Weekend

With no fixtures last weekend I thought this week I’d give you a look ahead at this weekend’s fixtures.

Firstly though, it’s worth mentioning that Sunday was the first England development training day, 12 to 14 players took part in this including a number of junior players and a number of female players. The day was a big success so well done to John Garbett for organising it and thanks to Mark and Amy Allen for coaching. The next such day is planned for late August and more details will follow soon.

This Weekend
Sunday is the third Twenty20 Cup Quarter final with Hampshire hosting Yorkshire as they both attempt to join Metro and Northants at Finals Day.

BCEW League
Metro v Northants
Metro will be aiming to take advantage of South Wales and Sussex’s weekend off by winning their game in hand. A Metro win would leave them just 15 points behind Sharks and 13 behind Dragons with all three sides having 3 games still to play. If Northants could avoid defeat they will still have a chance of moving up a place or two in the table from their current seventh.

Hampshire v Yorkshire
On Saturday Hampshire also play their game in hand, they only trail Metro by 4 points and a win could make it a four horse title race. For Yorkshire a good result would leave them in with a good chance of a top half finish but they are too far behind to mount a title challenge.

Warwickshire v Metro Devils
Warwickshire will see this as a must win game. A win for Bears would leave them comfortably in mid table and would keep their hopes of finishing in the top half alive, anything other than a win though and they’d be fairly certain to finish sixth. As for Devils, this is their final league game and in their first season completing all seven fixtures is an achievement in itself. If Devils could pull off a shock win they might just avoid the wooden spoon too as Northants are not completely out of their reach yet.

For a full picture of who is where in the league please see this site’s league table page.

Finally one correction from last week’s report, in the Yorkshire v Metro Devils report I wrongly stated that Ryan Jones was third out, in fact he was seventh and last out and batted well holding the innings together. I apologize for this error.

By Dave Gavrilovic


New League Leaders and A LOT OF RAIN!

For the umpteenth time this season the rain played a big part in the weekend’s cricket.

Metro v South Wales was the main victim with the game rained off on Saturday morning. Due to heavy rain on the south coast the Sussex v Northants double header was reversed with the league game moving to the Sunday and the T20 quarter final moving forward 24 hours.

Sussex Sharks v Northants Steelbacks (Twenty20 Cup)
At 2pm the umpires declared that no play would be possible until at least 5pm, with rain still pouring down and a dreadful forecast for the rest of the afternoon it was decided that the only way to get a result was a bowl out. Under T20 rules this meant one shot per bowler for 5 bowlers in the same fashion as a football penalty shoot out.

With rain still falling Northants won the toss and shot first. Eddy Claridge, Charles Ronayne, Dave Gavrilovic, Tom Willis and Matt Ringland all missed for Northants as did Joe Harrison, Andy Dalby-Welsh, Gav Griffiths, Dan Field and Rob Comber for Sussex.

This sent it to sudden death, Eddy Claridge again missed for Northants and Joe Harrison was unable to take advantage. Charles Ronayne’s second attempt was Northants’s 7th shot and when the ball clattered into the leg stump it put the pressure on Sharks. Andy Dalby-Welsh took his time but failed to hit the stumps to hand Northants a 1-0 win.

This means Northants qualify for finals day for the second consecutive year, where as Sussex miss out for the first time since the competition officially started in 2009.

Yorkshire v Metro Devils (League)
These two teams started the day as the bottom two on the league table. Yorkshire handed a competitive debut to the best new player winner at the 2010 BCEW development tournament, Wynston Stafford. Colin Baxter made his first start of the season but Taf Naqvi, Alex Towers and Jason Adams were absent. Metro Devils were missing their injured captain Dave Samuels as well as Hassan Khan and Roy Smith and were only able to field 8 players for this match.

Devils batted first and got off to a disastrous start as Mark Cummings was bowled by Elliot Conway from the first ball of the match. Conway also bowled Liam O’Carrol (2) and Mark Betts caught Theresa Robberts (4) from John Garbett’s bowling to leave the London side wobbling at 23/3.

Ryan Jones (17 from 29 balls) and Rob Mackenzie (2 from 17 balls) shared the longest partnership of the innings before Mark Betts took two more catches to dismiss them both from the bowling of Atif Rafiq and Wynston Stafford respectively.

The London side’s innings came to a rapid end with John Garbett bowling Sarah Clare and Wynston Stafford (2-19) claiming his second career wicket as he bowled Vassana Snyotha. Hasmukh Mehta finished 0 not out as his side were all out for 62.

Yorkshire chased down the target in a new BCEW record of just 10 legal deliveries, Peter Blueitt hit 5 boundaries with 42 from 9 balls and Mark Betts scored 14. This saw Yorkshire claim a 10 wicket win which moved them up to sixth in the league table.

Sussex Sharks v Northants Steelbacks (League)
Sussex fielded a strong team, Miles Northwood being their only high profile absentee. Northants were without a number of senior players including Alastair Provan, Dave Keeling, Ian Goodearl, Matt Ringland and Shah Miah. Sophie Aston made her Steelbacks debut and Tom Willis, Ben Stingmore and Rob Fenton played their first matches of the season.

In very windy conditions Northants batted first with Charles Ronayne and Mark Horbatowski getting their side off to a decent start. With the score on 17 Joe Harrison ripped a hole in the Northants batting line up.

Mark Horbatowski was first out as he drove the ball straight to the safe hands of Dan Field. Chris Norman fell next ball clean bowled before Kelvin Duncan took an excellent close catch to dismiss Eddy Claridge and secure Harrison’s hattrick. Dave Gavrilovic did survive long enough to deny Harrison a 4th successive wicket and even shared the highest partnership of the innings before playing no shot to a delivery drowned out by the wind and being bowled. This was Gav Griffiths’s first wicket of the innings and in his next over he had a second as Charles Ronayne’s 37 ball innings was ended for 17 by Kelvin Duncan’s 4th catch of the season.

Tom Willis and Ben Stingmore took the score past 50 before Griffiths finished his spell with two further wickets, Willis was sharply stumped by Si Ledwith from the first ball of the over before Rob Fenton was beaten for pace by the final ball of the over with the ball flying off the top edge into Ledwith’s waiting hands.

Rob Comber claimed the final two wickets, Elliot Stonhill played a poor shot with Dan Field taking the catch before Ben Stingmore was caught by Toby Collins as he attempted to add a few late runs. Sophie Aston finished 0 not out as Steelbacks were out for just 65. Gav Griffiths’s 4-17 took him up to 9 wickets as top b1 wicket taker and Joe Harrison’s 3-9 made him just the second bowler to reach double figures this season with 11 wickets (still 8 behind Dave Ellingham).

Sussex’s reply got off to a rapid start with Si Ledwith hitting 3 boundaries in the first over. Ledwith and Joe Harrison continued to pile on the runs before Ledwith who had looked in excellent form tried one too many attacking shots and was bowled by a terrific Charles Ronayne delivery for 23. Harrison took on the role of the more attacking batsman chipping the ball over the in field and watching it race across the fast outfield to the boundary. Harrison was almost caught by Sophie Aston but that was the last alarm for Sharks as Harrison finished 26 not out with Gav Griffiths ending 2 not out.

The 9 wicket win takes Sharks top of the table by 2 points over South Wales Dragons, both teams have won all 4 of their league games but Dragons dropped 2 batting points against Northants.

Their have been 4 recent cancellations in the league, 3 of which were due to rain. Metro v Sussex will now take place on Saturday 13th August with Hampshire v Warwickshire now on 3rd September. No dates have yet been confirmed for South Wales v Yorkshire and Metro v South Wales.

This weekend is England training and England development training so there is no competitive cricket. If anyone out there is interested in going to England development training it is on Sunday in Berkshire, for full details please either contact me or John Garbett.

By Dave Gavrilovic

July 9th Matches

Three games were scheduled for last weekend, South Wales v Yorkshire was called off after a Saturday morning down poor in Cardiff, leaving two league games.

BCEW League
Metro Devils v Sussex Sharks
Devils were near full strength for this match, Sussex were without Joe Harrison and Gav Griffiths as Steve Andrews played his first competitive game of the season.

Sussex won the toss and batted. Openers Si Ledwith (25) and Kelvin Duncan (48) got Sharks off to a solid start before both falling LBW. James Millard hit 26 batting at 3 before Dave Samuels bowled him for his first wicket of the season. At this stage the score was 117/3 but a brutal 70 from 33 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes by Dan Field saw an early declaration. Miles Northwood finished up 18 not out as his side declared on 211/3 after 20 overs.

In reply Devils lost early wickets, Andy Dalby-Welsh removed Hassan Khan with the score on just 6 to bring Ryan Jones and Mark Cummings together. It was Ryan’s wicket that saw a mini collapse as after he was caught by Kelvin Duncan for 5 Theresa Robberts was run out without facing to make it 19/3.

Alan Turnbull followed soon after before Dave Samuels joined Cummings at the crease. When Mark was run out by Marcus Kippling for 16 the score still hadn’t passed 50 and Devils were in danger of setting there lowest score of the season. Kelvin Duncan claimed his first 2 competitive wickets and Matt Greenhough also took his first wicket, Sarah Clare hit her top score (5) as three more wickets fell quickly to leave the London side 57/8.

Dave Samuels was still there and he was joined by Roy Smith for a 30 run partnership to push Devils towards three figures and a second batting point. Smith was bowled for 4 by Andy Dalby-Welsh with the score on 87 but Becky Sanbrook survived long enough for Samuels to push the score past a hundred. Devils were eventually 102 All Out with Dave Samuels finishing 34 not out from 33 balls. Although Sussex would probably have liked to finish off the innings a little quicker the south coast side still won by 109 runs with 18 overs to spare. Miles Northwood also deserves a mention as he took a catch and finished with the best bowling figures of the match with 2-12.

Warwickshire Bears v Metro
Congratulations to Warwickshire for just getting this match played. At 9am it was apparent that the ground booked for the match was unplayable due to rain, but they managed to find a school ground that was in a better state at incredibly short notice.

As for the teams, the game featured a remarkable 4 low partials which may well be a record. Warwickshire were without Roy Turnham, Ryan Leighton and Paul Powers and could only field 6 partials, 2 low partials and 2 b1’s. Metro were also short of partials with 3 b1’s, 2 low partials and 6 partials.

Warwickshire batted first and despite around 40 from Luke Sugg were in trouble at about 85/8 before a century partnership from Nathan Foy and Leon Hamilton got them back into the game. Foy finished on 102 when Hamilton was well caught by Shakir Iqbal to end the innings.

Metro’s top order performed well to chase down the score, Rory Field (approx 25), Matt Dean (approx 50), Steve Humphreys (74 not out) and Mark Bond (approx 40 not out) saw the Londoners home by 8 wickets with plenty of overs to spare.

So Sussex and Metro keep their title chances alive where as Warwickshire are now battling Hampshire and Yorkshire for a top half finish, although Hampshire aren’t actually out of the title race yet.

Dragons and Yorkshire are negotiating over the possibility of a re-arrangement.

As for this weekend’s fixtures, Hampshire v Warwickshire has been rescheduled to Saturday 3rd September.

Sussex host Northants twice this weekend for their league and T20 games, Yorkshire host Metro Devils and in a crucial top of the table clash Metro host South Wales Dragons.

By Dave Gavrilovic

Cup Semi-Final Report

Hi Everyone,

Apologies for the delay in writing the reports for the Cup semi-finals, I have very little detail on the second game and was hoping to have more info before writing this.

Reports from July 9th’s games will be up in the next couple of days too.

BBS Primary Club national knockout Cup
Semi Finals
South Wales Dragons v Sussex Sharks
Dragons were aiming to reach their first final since 2007 and included Damion Corrigan, Howard Greenhill and Toby Warren in the same team for the first time this season. Sharks also fielded a strong side as they aimed to continue the defence of the trophy they won in 2010.

Sussex won the toss and elected to field first, which paid off early as just 10 minutes into the game Dragons were 14/2 with Mike Harrison and Adrian Snelgrove both out for ducks. Kelvin Duncan took an excellent catch to dismiss Harrison and Miles Northwood bowled Snelgrove.

Following Snelgrove’s dismissal two of the country’s best batsmen took command as Toby Warren (80) and Damion Corrigan (93 not out) shared a 145 run partnership. Warren was Andy Dalby-Welsh’s second wicket as Dan Field took the catch to end his 79 ball innings that included 13 fours. Corrigan continued to score well as a number of batsmen hit out from the other end as the overs ran out. Dragons finished up 213/7. Corrigan’s 93 not out was from 67 balls and included 10 fours and 2 sixes. An impressive feature of Sussex’s bowling was that they conceded just 27 extras from the 30 overs and Andy Dalby-Welsh finished with terrific bowling figures of 6-1-19-2.

Sussex’s reply started disastrously as they slipped to 17/3. Dave Ellingham claimed his 18th and 19th wicket of the season as he removed Si Ledwith and Miles Northwood. Joe Harrison fell to Damion Corrigan and Howard Greenhill took all 3 catches.

Dan Field batting at 4 for Sharks set about trying to rebuild the innings, but wickets continued to fall at the other end. Howard Greenhill followed his catches with some strong bowling to dismiss Gav Griffiths (2) and Toby Collins (10), before Mark Dodsworth trapped Kelvin Duncan LBW.

Andy Dalby-Welsh joined Field with the score 75/6 and it was clear that for Sussex to have a chance this pair needed to add at least 70 runs. Unfortunately for Sharks they only added 17 before Dan Field was caught behind off Karl Phillips’s bowling for 44 from 39 balls.

Dalby-Welsh batted out the innings for 17 not out and Mark Burchell bashed a quick 10 as Dragons B1 bowlers wrapped up the innings, Mark Dodsworth claiming his 8th wicket of the season and Aidy Snelgrove took his first 2 of the season. Dave Wood took a second catch behind the stumps for his 11th of the season and Howard Greenhill finished with a remarkable 5 catches in the innings.

Dragons eventually won by 89 runs and Sharks failed to bat the last 7.2 overs available to them.

Hampshire VICC v Warwickshire Bears
Hampshire were bidding to reach their first ever cup final and fielded a strong team with Rob Whittle the only major absentee. Warwickshire fielded their strongest side of the season as they tried to reach the final for just the second time, following their narrow defeat in 2008, Paul Powers made his first appearance of the season.

Warwickshire won the toss and asked Hampshire to bat first. The south coast side were all out for 152 in 26.2 overs. Justin Hollingsworth took 3-20 and Nathan Foy took 3-21. Andy Powers was out for 60, ending a sensational spell of form that saw him score about a thousand runs in competitive cricket without dismissal.

Warwickshire took just 16.4 overs to reach their target for the loss of 3 wickets. Luke Sugg dominated the innings with 77 not out and he found good support from Paul Powers who finished 33 not out. Lawrence Graham took 2-21 for the home side.

So South Wales Dragons will face Warwickshire Bears in the final at Bristol on Saturday 13th August.

The weekend of July 9th and 10th had 3 scheduled league games and as mentioned above I’ll report on those in the next few days.

By Dave Gavrilovic