Monthly Archives: August 2011

End of August Report

Hi Everyone,

Well this report will actually mean I am back up to date, so here goes!

Saturday 20th August
BCEW League
As already mentioned in the last update South Wales Dragons conceded their game on this date v Sussex Sharks.

Sunday 21st August
BCEW League
Hampshire VICC v Metro
Rob Whittle and Lawrence Graham were again unavailable for Hampshire, David Knott made his first appearance for a few weeks and Chris Smith kept his place in the side. Metro had an unusual side with just 10 players, 5 partials, 2 low partials and 3 b1s. Joel Robinson played for the second time this season and Adam Benjamin for the first. Matt Dean and Bryn Reynolds missed the game and Abdul Sattar kept wicket.

Metro won the toss and chose to bowl first. Heindrich Swanepoel left the home side in immediate trouble as he started the match by bowling Andy Powers and Danny Miles in a double wicket maiden. Joel Robinson quickly got in on the party bowling Aaron Fowler for 5 to make it 9/3 with Ryan West and Ian Morris at the wicket. Whilst Morris dug in at one end West concentrated on uping the score as he hit 32 from 26 balls. West’s wicket left the score 53/4 when he was caught behind from a Rory Field delivery. Matt Page joined Ian Morris to continue to build up the Hampshire innings and at 80/4 the game was still in the balance.

Unfortunately for Hampshire Heindrich Swanepoel then dismantled the remains of the batting order, Andy Law got the first break through bowling Ian Morris for 12 after a 58 ball vidual. Swanepoel bowled Matt Page for 18 and Mark Oliphant for 0 as 3 wickets fell without a run being added. The same happened again 7 runs later as Joel Robinson claimed his second wicket and Heindrich Swanepoel his fifth and sixth (all bowled) to leave the home side 87 All Out. Swanepoel finished with a staggering 7.4 overs, 4 maidens, 6 wickets for 4 runs. Also it’s notable that 9 of the 10 wickets fell bowled, with one catch and no LBW’s or run outs.

Rory Field’s normal opening partner for Metro, Matt Dean, wasn’t playing so Abdul Sattar stepped up to the plate and actually out performed his more experienced captain at the top of the order. Sattar raced to 47 not out where as Field was caught in the deep by Matt Page from Danny Miles’s bowling with the scores level for 24. Obviously Metro got the extra run required to finish off their 9 wicket win and in doing so they gave themselves a chance of a top three finish in this season’s league.

Yorkshire VICC v Northants Steelbacks
The home side were again without Taf Naqvi, Northants were missing Alastair Provan and Matt Ringland but did include Shah Miah and Tom Willis. Northants only fielded 9 players but that was with 7 partials and 2 b1s.

Yorkshire won the toss and sent their visitors in to bat, a decision which paid off almost immediately as Shah Miah was caught behind off Alex Towers’s bowling in the first over. The next few overs were an unusual stalemate, Dave Keeling and Dave Gavrilovic batted solidly together but were unable to advance the score due to excellent accurate bowling, virtually no extras and superb fielding. Keeling was eventually removed in the 9th over caught by Peter Blueitt from Elliot Conway’s bowling with the score now 8/2. Gavrilovic and Ian Goodearl continued to play the ball well but fail to beat the field. Gavrilovic eventually played on early in the 13th over to spark a collapse. Arif Malik followed Gavrilovic’s wicket by bowling Mark Horbatowski next ball and although the hattrick ball was off target he did claim 3 wickets in 4 balls with Chris Norman the third victim of the over, again bowled to leave the score 18/5.

Ian Goodearl and Charles Ronayne fought back brilliantly and as the Yorkshire bowlers and fielders began to tire on a hot day they started finding gaps and accelerating the score. Steelbacks had reached the 15 over drinks break on just 26/5 but thanks to Goodearl and Ronayne the 30 over break saw the score on 126/5. Alex Towers came back on to bowl and Mark Betts moved fielding position and suddenly in the space of 5 balls the two had combined to remove both Goodearl for 49 and Ronayne for 35. The partnership had been worth 109, a Northants 6th wicket record. The last wicket fell in the next over to leave Northants 130 All Out, with Arif Malik 3-16 and Alex Towers 3-35 doing most of the damage.

Yorkshire’s innings was a brief affair with Mark Betts destroying the Northants attack. Whether the ball was bowled short, far too full or just right it crashed off the middle of Betts’s bat and within 6 overs the match was over. Betts finished 94 not out from 23 balls and Peter Blueitt also batted well ending up 24 not out from 16 balls. This means in Betts last 3 innings he’s only been out once and has scored 338 runs from 107 balls in total, INCREDIBLE!!!

Other Result
It has now been confirmed that the Metro v Dragons game, rained off earlier in the season, can’t be rearranged and therefore is a draw with both teams receiving 8 points.

Remaining Fixtures
BCEW League
Sat 3 Sep: Hampshire VICC v Warwickshire Bears
Sat 3 Sep: South Wales Dragons v Yorkshire VICC (in Beaston, near Nottingham)

BCEW Development Cup
Sat/Sun 10/11 Sep: at Leicester University

BCEW Bill Frindall Memorial Twenty20 Cup
Sat 24 Sep: Finals Day at Leamington Spa CC

By Dave Gavrilovic

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Warwickshire and Sussex Celebrate!

Hi Everyone,

Well I still haven’t fully caught up, but hear are the games from August 13th.

Saturday August 13th
BBS Primary Club National Knockout Cup Final
South Wales Dragons v Warwickshire Bears
The only big name missing from either side was Toby Warren who missed the final for Dragons. Damion Corrigan and Keryn Seal (South Wales) as well as Dave and Paul Powers (Warwickshire) made rare appearances.

South Wales lost the toss and went in to bat, they struggled early on and at the end of the fifth over Mark Turnham had Keryn Seal trapped LBW for 4 to make the score 15/1. Mike Harrison batted calmly as Damion Corrigan began to attack at the other end but some tight bowling, especially from Justin Hollingsworth (6 overs 0-21), meant after 16 overs the score was only 67/1. This was the point when Dragons scoring rate increased, as they added 38 in 3 overs despite Luke Sugg dismissing Harrison caught behind for 16 after a 58 ball innings. Corrigan began to dominate the strike as wickets fell rapidly at the other end, a Mark Turnham catch saw off Kurt Butler, a superb direct hit run out from Ryan Leighton was the end of Howard Greenhill and Adrian Snelgrove was bowled by Luke Sugg. This left the score at 145/5 when Dave Wood came to the crease. Wood batted well for 12 not out but it was a brilliant historic 109 not out from Damion Corrigan (the first
century in cup final history) that was key to Dragons reaching 182/5 at the end of their 30 overs.

Warwickshire’s response started with a fluent opening partnership between Justin Hollingsworth and Luke Sugg that paid 15 runs from the first 2 overs before Hollingsworth was bowled by Howard Greenhill for 4. Mark Turnham batted well with Sugg reaching 8 as the score rose to 50/1 before a dramatic over turned the game on it’s head. Karl Phillips had Turnham caught behind from the first ball, Nathan Foy then smashed a boundary, before running 2 from a dropped catch and then getting bowled for 12 from the final ball as the score slipped to 63/3.

Luke Sugg continued to accumulate runs when Paul Powers joined him as the score passed 100. Powers suffered an injury and had to bat with a runner which slowed his progress and he was eventually caught by Howard Greenhill off Keryn Seal’s bowling for 16. Greenhill’s second catch, this time from Damion Corrigan’s bowling, removed Ryan Leighton for 5 and left Bears needing another 61 to win with wickets running out. Despite Dragons continuing to fight the game was taken away from them very quickly by a fine partnership from Luke Sugg (77 not out) and Dave Powers (25 not out) as neither batsman gave the Welshmen time to take another wicket. The game was over with 5 wickets and 6 overs to spare as Warwickshire won the cup for the first time.

Gloucestershire CCC wicketkeeper Jonathon Batty presented the trophies and Luke Sugg was partially sighted man of the match with Mark Turnham B1 man of the match.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to the Primary Club for their incredible support of our competition and everyone at Gloucestershire CCC whose efforts contributed to an enjoyable and successful day.

BCEW League
Metro v Sussex Sharks
Metro included Bryn Reynolds, Joel Robinson played for the first time in 2011 and Eamon Sheering played his second ever match. Sussex had Robin Williams in their team for the first time in two years and Reishon Richards made his second appearance for the club, the only major absentee was Miles Northwood.

Metro’s decision to bowl first paid early dividence when Heindrich Swanepoel bowled Si Ledwith for 0. Joe Harrison was joined at the crease by Kelvin Duncan and they batted well together with Duncan facing 32 balls for 14 before he was caught by Steve Humphreys from Amit Amin’s bowling. Harrison was joined by Dan Field and they set about dismantling the London side’s attack. Harrison was eventually out with the score on about 200 as he just missed out on a second century in as many weeks. Eventually he was caught by Matt Dean off Joel Robinson’s bowling for 96. Dan Field reached 74 not out and Toby Collins finished on 16 not out as Sharks declared on 243/3 after 30 overs.

Metro’s response started in termoil as they lost 4 wickets in the first 6 overs including 2 catches for Joe Harrison and Steve Humphreys facing just one ball before being run out. Then Bryn Reynolds and Joel Robinson rescued the innings batting together for nearly 20 overs. With the draw in sight Robinson was finally bowled by Andy Dalby-Welsh scoring 13 from 50 balls. Shakir Iqbal was rapidly dismissed caught behind from Gav Griffiths’s bowling. Reynolds stood firm at one end but he could do nothing to stop an extraordinary bowling spell from Joe Harrison at the other end that saw him claim 4 wickets for 3 runs. Metro’s last 5 batsmen faced just 12 balls between them and Harrison’s exceptional effort saw Sharks claim the final wicket with just 8 balls to spare. After a 75 ball vidual Reynolds was stranded on 14 not out and will surely have felt unlucky to have played such a terrific innings and still have ended up on the losing side.

This result left Sharks on the verge of their first league title, more on that below.

Saturday August 20th
Sussex Sharks v South Wales Dragons
Dragons were unable to field a team and therefore conceded the match. This means Sussex get the full 22 points where as Dragons are deducted 5 points.

Sussex Sharks are BCEW National League Champions for 2011
This is Sussex’s first league title triumph and there second trophy after winning the BBS Cup in 2010. Sussex also got the maximum 154 points from their 7 league games. Congratulations to the Sharks!

By Dave Gavrilovic

August 6th and 7th Results and Reports

Hi Everyone,

Right here is the report for the first weekend of August as I continue to play catch up. If you’ve missed the report on the last matches of July just look lower on this page.

Saturday 6th August
South Wales Dragons v Metro Devils (BCEW Twenty20 Cup QF)
This game was one step too far for Devils, they couldn’t field a team so conceded the match.

This means we now know the teams for BCEW Bill Frindall Memorial Twenty20 Cup Finals Day, they are: Metro, Northants Steelbacks, South Wales Dragons and Yorkshir VICC.

Yorkshire VICC v Warwickshire Bears (BCEW League)
For Yorkshire Arif Malik played his first match since serving a two match ban and Dominic Conway played for the first time in 2011, but Taf Naqvi was still absent as was the club’s top wicket taker Alex Towers. Warwickshire fielded a strong team but were without Paul Powers and Roy Turnham.

Justin Hollingsworth (46) and Luke Sugg (103) shared 129 for the opening wicket as Bears got off to a flying start. Sugg’s 63 ball innings ended with the score at 180 and Nathan Foy quickly followed for 16. The score was 232/4 when Mark Turnham was dismissed for 16 from 48 balls and from then on wickets fell at regular intervals. Ryan Leighton smashed 36 from 23 balls and both Mohammed Janaid (7) and Shoaib Raffique (9 not out) got career best scores as Warwickshire were eventually bowled out for 297 after 34 overs. Atif Rafiq finished with 3-89 and as usual Yorkshire’s b1s contributed in the field, this time sharing 4 catches.

Yorkshire’s reply started rapidly with Mark Betts and Peter Blueitt opening the innings. Blueitt was dismissed by Shoaib Raffique for 22 from 13 balls leaving the score 78/1. Mark Betts continued to hammer the ball to all parts of the ground and he had already reached his first career century when Mohammed Janaid struck to remove Elliot Conway for 39 making the score 222/2. Nathan Foy claimed his third catch of the innings as he removed Arif Malik caught and bowled but at 255/3 with Betts still going strong the game was slipping away from Bears. With 7 wickets and 3.4 overs remaining Betts hit the winning boundary to finish on 182 not out from just 65 balls to complete what may well be the highest run chase in BCEW League history.

This leaves Yorkshire with a chance of a second place finish where as Warwickshire are unlikely to reach the top half from here.
Sunday 7th August
Hampshire VICC v Sussex Sharks (BCEW League)
Hampshire were without a stack of experienced players including Andy Powers, Lawrence Graham and David Knott and youngsters Jemma Brown, Chris Smith, Pat Dunne and Dermuid Ware all played. Sussex were without Andy Dalby-Welsh and Matt Short made his first appearance of the season.

Hampshire’s decision to field first back fired spectacularly as their inexperienced bowling attack and low sighted field were brilliantly dismantled by Sussex’s openers. Si Ledwith (120 not out) and Joe Harrison (127 not out) notched the second and third century in Sussex’s club history. This was Ledwith’s second career century (his first for Sharks and his overall top score) and was Harrison’s first career century. It showed Sussex’s utter dominance that they were able to declare on 288/0 after just 22 overs.

After slipping to 19/2 Ian Morris (2) and Thom Norton (11) shared the longest partnership of Hampshire’s innings as their side progressed to 35/2. When Morris was dismissed Hampshire suffered a staggering collapse plummeting to 39/7 as five wickets fell for four runs. Dan Field took four of those five wickets and finished the day with 4-8. Chris Smith (2), Mark Oliphant (2) and Matt Cooper (0 not out from 23 balls) were helped by a few extras as they edged the score past 50 to earn their side a point. Matt Short took his first wicket of the season and Si Ledwith took his fifth catch of the match as the last wicket fell, leaving Hampshire 51 All Out. Sussex won by 237 runs with 15.5 overs to spare.

This took Sussex further clear at the top of the table and left them knowing that a win against Metro on August 13th would leave them on the verge of winning the league title for the first time.

By Dave Gavrilovic

July 30th and 31st Results and Reports

Hi Everyone,

I apologize for the extreme lateness of recent updates to this blog, this has been due to the cup final and a number of other cricket matters that have taken a lot of my time this month. In the next couple of days I am hoping to do at least two blogs, hopefully three, to get everything back up to date.

Saturday 30th July
Metro v Northants Steelbacks (BCEW League)
Metro fielded a very strong side despite Haq Ismail having to give up on reaching the match due to rail chaos. Northants were without Alastair Provan and Elliot Stonhill as Sean Farrow made his first appearance of the season and Brad Fisher his first appearance for two seasons.

Northants were sent in to bat and made a steady start, after 7 overs they were 39/2 with Ian Goodearl and Simon Hill the men out. Dave Keeling who had opened the innings batted solidly and hit some confident shots as two further wickets fell in the next 7 overs with Charles Ronayne caught by Simon Butler and Mark Horbatowski (14) dismissed. Keeling was then joined by Dave Gavrilovic and the pair batted together for the next ten overs. Keeling was eventually out in the 25th over for 51 as he notched up his second career fifty. Gavrilovic finally fell two overs later but the tail showed plenty of fight with Matt Ringland (18), Brad Fisher (3), Sean Farrow (6 not out) and Eddy Claridge (10 not out) batting out Northants 40 overs, ending on 153/8. Despite 12 overs each for Heindrich Swanepoel (2-25) and Rory Field (1-29) it was Andy Law (3-28) who finished with the best figures.

Metro started relatively slowly with just 20 overs to chase the score but from the third over onwards Rory Field and Matt Dean went on the attack and were soon well ahead of the run rate. Northants task was hindered by two injured partials not being able to field properly, but the bowlers pitched it too short and Field and Dean despatched the loose deliveries expertly. Field was dismissed by Dave Gavrilovic for 48 and Brad Fisher removed Steve Humphreys caught behind for 2, but a brutal 87 not out from Matt Dean saw Metro home with 7 overs and 8 wickets to spare.

This game proved tougher than expected for Metro and they did drop a bowling point, but the win put them back in the running for the league title.

Warwickshire Bears v Metro Devils (BCEW League)
Warwickshire were without Paul Powers and Roy Turnham where as the Devils missed Dave Samuels. The London side got off to a strong start as Warwickshire gave some of their less regular bowlers a go early. Liam O’Carrol scored 8 for his highest competitive score and was out with the score on 31. The other opener Ryan Jones partnered Alan Turnbull for the second wicket for a 35 run stand. Turnbull was second man out for 6 from 30 balls and Jones followed soon after for a career best 28 from 34 balls. The remaining wickets fell quite swiftly with the bowlers sharing it around, Mark Cummings showed some fight for 7 and Mohammed Janaid took his first career wicket. Aiden Reilly with 2-19 was the most impressive bowler as Devils were 95 All Out.

The Warwickshire run chase only took 6 overs with Mark Turnham and Luke Sugg opening the innings. Turnham hit 30 from 18 balls with 2 fours where as Sugg smashed a brutal 55 from 19 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes.

This means Metro Devils have completed all 7 of their league games and Ryan Jones and Theresa Robberts played every match. Well done to Devils and those two players inparticular.

Hampshire VICC v Yorkshire VICC (BCEW League)
This game was shortened to 45 overs as Yorkshire were delayed in travel meaning the game started an hour late. Hampshire were without Lawrence Graham, Rob Whittle and David Knott whilst Chris Smith played his first match of the season. Taf Naqvi and Elliot Conway missed the game for Yorkshire.

Yorkshire’s decision to bowl first paid off as Hampshire were quickly 6/2 with Alex Towers claiming both wickets caught by b1s. The big wicket followed with the score on 24 when John Garbett had Andy Powers caught for 12 by another b1. Garbett then bowled Ian Morris to leave Hampshire in trouble at 42/4. Ryan West and Matt Page attempted a fight back before Peter Blueitt, the only of Yorkshire’s 4 b1s not yet to take a catch, claimed both of their wickets for 41 and 13 respectively making the score 85/6. Hampshire’s tail battled away, Thom Norton (27), Chris Smith (7) and Mark Oliphant (2) all hit career best scores and Matt Cooper notched 4 from 20 balls as Hampshire were all out for 127 from 27.1 overs. Alex Towers finished with 3-34.

Yorkshire had just 17 overs to chase the target and with both openers gone by the time the score reached 18 (Mark Betts bowled by Andy Powers and Jason Adams retired hurt) the draw looked the most likely result. Peter Blueitt (Yorkshire) and Matt Page (Hampshire) both tried to swing the game in their side’s favour, but in the end Blueitt’s 72 not out from 43 balls out did Page’s 2 wickets and 2 catches as Yorkshire sealed an unlikely win with 7 balls and 6 wickets remaining.

Sunday 31st July
Hampshire VICC v Yorkshire VICC (BCEW Twenty20 Cup QF)
Both sides had one change from the day before, Elliot Conway returned for Yorkshire whilst Pat Dunne made his first appearance of the season in place of Andy Powers for Hampshire.

Yorkshire again won the toss and bowled first. Four batsmen got starts for Hampshire but couldn’t go on and make a big score and the scoring rate was kept in check by Yorkshire’s bowlers. The players who got starts were Matt Page (16), Ryan West (22), Aaron Fowler (20) and Thom Norton (19) with Alex Towers 2-16 and Elliot Conway 2-38 shining with the ball. This left Hampshire on 108/7 after their 20 overs.

Yorkshire openers Mark Betts and Peter Blueitt destroyed the target in rapid fashion, Betts only faced 19 balls before falling caught behind for a brutal 62 with the score 94/1. Chris Smith took his first career wicket dismissing John Garbett but Blueitt finished 24 not out as his side cruised home with 8 wickets and 13.4 overs to spare.

So Yorkshire continued to Twenty20 finals day and improved their chances of a top three finish in the league. Hampshire were left with just the prospect of battling Warwickshire for fifth in the table.

International Update
There will be no England development training in August.

On Saturday 27th August the England team management is inviting any B1 player to come along to England training. I believe this is in Derby, any b1 interested in going along should either contact me or contact the England management directly.

By Dave Gavrilovic