Wellesbourne Cricket Club CHL Saturday 2nd XI v Temple Grafton on Sat 26 May 2012 at 13:30
Wellesbourne Cricket Club Won By 4 Wickets

Match report TGCC 161 ALL OUT

Grafton's inconsistent form with the bat cost them for the second time this season as they narrowly lost to Wellesbourne IIs on Saturday afternoon. However, despite setting just 161, Grafton bowled and fielded with skill & tenacity with Wellesbourne knocking off the winning runs 6 down with just 5 balls to spare.

On an absolutely smashing day for cricket skipper Tom Benjamin won his first toss of the season and promptly elected to bat. Opening himself with the inform Simon Kirk Grafton got off to a flying start before Kirk was caught in the deep with the score on 38 in the 7th over. Neil Powell soon followed, caught behind for 2 and when Benjamin went for 25 just after the 15 over drinks Grafton were wobbling on 54 for 3. This wobble turned into a vigorous shake as Harvey & Russell then followed, both out in the same over, for 2 & 0 respectively. Harvey’s unlucky dismissal – a pea roller – meant that he could retire to the changing rooms and concentrate on his world sighing record, disappointment emanating from every pore*. 57 for 5, Grafton in a fair bit of strife. Chairman Martin Ashfield then joined Mark Johnston at the crease and both playing against their attacking instincts rebuilt in an excellent partnership of 54. As the overs were ticking by both batsmen began to up the ante which led to Johntston’s downfall, caught on the boundary for 24. Ashfield continued, batting in a helmet for the first time in his life – sweat pouring off him in a manner reminiscent to the Amazon in flood – but was unfortunately stumped for 35 with the score on 149. The tail wagged briefly lifting Grafton to 161 but they were finally dismissed in the 45th over. Top scorer being extras. A score that, at tea, Grafton thought was at least 40-50 below par.

So to tea. A Premier League club, a premier league tea. Two different types of pizza were supplemented by a textbook array of sandwiches and savouries. Ham & cheese on the sandwiches, sausage rolls, pork pies, boiled eggs and a crescent of crisps on the savouries. This magnificent array of savouries was supplemented by millionaire’s shortbread and the biggest tub of biscuits I’ve ever seen. Superb.

After tea Grafton knew that they needed to make early inroads into the Wellesbourne batting order if they were to harbour any ambitions of recording their 3rd league victory of the season. And this they did with Anthony Holt picking up opener Spence and number three Wilson. Spence pouched expertly by Ashfield at slip, Wilson caught behind. In the absence of Rich James, Howard Benjamin took the new ball from the Boarded-up-football-clubhouse End and bowling well in tandem with Holt ensured that Wellesbourne struggled to maintain a decent run rate. As the overs ticked by the partnership of skipper Mole and the stubborn feisty Jarrett looked like it was going to ease the home team to victory, Grafton cursing the lack of runs on the board. But when Alex Hopkins was introduced Wellesbourne really struggled to keep up with the rate – Jarrett being particularly pedestrian. However, Grafton’s limited resources in the bowling department made it difficult to apply any pressure as despite Hopkins’ excellent spell (0 for 21 off 10) runs were bleeding at the other end. First Harvey (0 for 21) then Benjamin T (0 for 14). At the second drinks interval one throw of the dice was decided – Howard Benjamin finishing off his spell followed by the sweat laden Ashfield. This worked – H tightening the noose before Ashfield doing the same leading to a suicidal run attempted by Jarrett – Mole run out by a direct hit from Hopkins. It was an accomplished knock by the skipper but he rode his luck being miss stumped in Hopkins’ first over, dropped at backward point and what appeared to be caught behind off the back of his bat that wasn’t given. Ashfield picked up 2 quick wickets and when Johnston - introduced after Hopkins – picked up Rothwell Grafton were in with a real shout of victory. Wickets tumbling, overs running out. But with Jarrett still at the crease, and despite his go slow, Wellesbourne were still in the ascendancy. And this proved so as with a screaming yelp of joy that sounded like a trapped boy Jarrett lifted Ashfield over square leg for 6 off the first ball of the final over. Wellesbourne victorious by 4 wickets.

It was a tenacious display by Grafton in the field when under different circumstances they could have easily been rolled over. They missed the bowling resources of James (wedding) & Gould (wedding**) though and despite rotating the pack defending 161 was always going to prove difficult. Not enough runs on the board was the key to this defeat with no great contribution coming from the top 5 they were indebted to Johnston & Ashfield’s partnership that they had any total to defend at all. Ashfield’s all round display could’ve earned him the MOM award but it was eventually given to Anthony Holt for his 2 for 25. Ashfield’s contributions proving that he’s a very useful person to have around. Holt, Hopkins & Howard Benjamin were again all superb and (so called) part timers Johnston & Ashfield also made an impact. Last week it was the catching, this week it was the batting. One day Grafton will pull it all together and give someone an absolute shoeing. Let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later. Bring it on.

Temple Grafton Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
9nb 11w 8b 8lb 
for 10 wickets
161 (44.1 overs)
Krik Caught  16
T. Benjamin Caught  25
Powell Caught  2
Harvey Bowled  2
Russell Lbw  0
Johnston Caught  24
Ashfield Stumped  35
Hopkins Caught  10
Moore Caught  5
H. Benjamin Bowled  5
Holt Not Out  0

Wellesbourne Cricket Club CHL Saturday 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ben Griffin10.0225125.002.50
Phil Rothwell8.0134134.004.25
Jonny Spence9.2031310.333.32
David Jarrett7.0028214.004.00
Ricky Alford10.022638.672.60

Wellesbourne Cricket Club CHL Saturday 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
2w 1b 4lb 
for 6 wickets

(44.1 overs)
Darren Mole Run out  67 3 1
Jonny Spence Caught  4
James Wilson Caught  10
David Jarrett Not Out  56 2
Jonathan Smith Bowled  9
Ricky Alford Bowled  0
Phil Rothwell Bowled  0
Neil Abbott Not Out  11
Matt Woods   1
Ben Griffin  
Callum Macdonald  

Temple Grafton Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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