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Match Report

Sat 11 May: KBCC 1st XI v Cropredy 2

14/05/19

An excellent start to the season with a good win in a close game. JJ Smith scores an impressive 92 and nearly carried his bat.

KBCC 1st XI
Cropredy 2nd XI

Kingston Bagpuize Cricket Club
11/05/19
12:30

On a fairish day, Captain Toby Ricks won the toss and elected to bat. JJ Smith and Toby Ricks opened the batting and set off at a good rate, with Toby pulling aggressively and playing one extraordinary cut shot, falling over, but he was bowled in the 11th over for 30 off 36 balls with 5 fours.  53 for 1 off 11. Marco Cecchini was in at 3 and looked comfortable before being bowled by an excellent ball. Mark Tracey, showing great club spirit in agreeing to step up to the Ist XI at short notice, came in at 4 but was also bowled by a good one from the same bowler. Kendal Robertson, in at 5, had made even greater efforts to support the club and be available to play, having been working all night, but sadly soon departed adjudged LBW, assaying a big swing. Arthur Verdin, another who had made sacrifices to be available, was settling in when bowled by the same bowler who had accounted for Marco and Mark. A middle order collapse - perhaps not surprisingly from batsmen who had hardly touched a bat since last season - 96 for 5 off 20.  Jonny Warner was in at 7, low for him, and he and JJ batted steadily to rebuild the innings putting on 51 together before Jonny was caught at mid-on for 16 off a mistimed drive. 147 for 6 off 38 and it felt that Kingston weren't going to post a big enough score. However, Colin Allen, at 8, helped accelerate the rate, with JJ and he running well between the wickets (not always the case !) before he fell caught at mid-off for 20 off 29 balls, going for it. 182 for 7 off 45 with JJ on 71 , having batted extremely well, keeping his head despite the crashing timber at the other end, and beginning to accelerate. Was there time for him to reach his hundred and secure maximum batting points for Kingston ?  Matthew Watts was promoted to support JJ and run fast between the wickets and he did precisely that, taking singles to put JJ on strike. Barely allowing a dot ball they put on 23 in the next 19 balls - with JJ scoring 21 of them - before with 10 balls left and everyone willing him on, very sadly, JJ was out nicking one behind, 8 short of what would have been a well-deserved maiden league hundred, pushing on for the team rather than himself. He'd scored 92 off 146 balls with 7 fours and had nearly carried his bat. Wise old David Warner and young Matthew added 16 in the remaining 10 balls to secure maximum batting points and see the innings close on 221. A good effort considering the middle order collapse but it didn't feel quite enough.

Jonny Warner opened the bowling with 5 wides, and although his next 3 overs went for 5 only, his 5th over set records - he sent down 12 deliveries in total, 6 of them wide ! Garry Dineen was taking off with his aeroplane wings signal !  Fortunately Matthew Watts at the other end was bit tighter and bowled batsman 2 in his 3rd over and batsman 3 in his 6th. 44 for 2 after 12. Colin Allen had replaced Jonny and restored some order from the road end. He bowled his 10 overs through, snaring 2 wickets one well caught by the genuinely sleep-deprived Kendal Robertson behind the stumps and another safely pouched by the often-gives- the-impression-of -being -sleep-deprived Jonny Warner at mid-on falling backwards. Colin finished with 2 for 35. Matthew had bowled his allocation through as well, ending up with 2 for 38. Stuart Bullen had replaced Matthew at the development end and in his second over in what might have been a crucial moment was unlucky to have Matthew drop the dangerous looking batsman 5 at long on, running in so far the ball bounced over his head inside the boundary rope.  109 for 3 at drinks (25 overs) and Cropredy looking in control. But with batsman 5 removed by Colin courtesy of Jonny's catch, Stuart and Colin exerted their customary stranglehold on the run rate and pressure began to build.  Stuart trapped the Cropredy skipper with a caught & bowled and looked with hope as batsman 8 lofted one straight to long off where Matthew Watts was posted. Surely this time...but showing his customary great capacity for learning from previous mistakes Matthew ran in too far once more, adding the refinement on this occasion of tipping the ball over for 6. Stuart shook his head in disbelief, thinking  'he'd driven miles for this !'. This could have been a crucial miss as number 8 looked a big hitter but Matthew was off the hook when Stuart himself took a good diving catch at short midwicket to remove him off the bowling of Arthur Verdin who had replaced Colin at the road end. 166 for 7 off 39; 56 needed off 11.  Jonny Warner came back and got another handy-looking batsman out courtesy of a goodish catch at point by Matthew, proving he can catch after all. 181 for 8 off 41; 40 needed off 9 but perhaps the momentum with Kingston. JJ Smith, having replaced Arthur, picked up a wicket through an excellent diving catch by Toby Ricks at short mid-on to give him figures of 1 for 5 off 2 to cap off his man-of-the-match afternoon. After another over heavy with wides from the off-radar Jonny, Captain Toby brought back Arthur who trapped the dangerous number 9 LBW first ball of the over to finish with 2 for 30 and secure the victory for Kingston by 23 runs (with 35 balls to go).

An exciting first game and a good win. We just need more players to keep their Saturdays free to play !

Full scorecard here: http://kingstonbagpuize.play-cricket.com/website/results/3846960

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1

May 1 KBCC T20 v Newbury

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May 1 Kingston Bagpuize (105-105-93) Newbury (104-104-120)

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May 11 KBCC 1st XI v Cropredy 2nd XI

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16

May 16 KBCC T20 v Bampton

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May 18 Cumnor 2nd XI v KBCC 1st XI

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May 22 Kingston Bagpuize v Steventon

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May 25 KBCC 1st XI v Dinton 2nd XI

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May 29 Kingston Bagpuize v Vodafone

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