Wellesbourne Cricket Club CHL Saturday 2nd XI v Catherine de Barnes on Sat 20 Jul 2019 at 1.30pm
Wellesbourne Cricket Club Lost by 2 runs

Match report Agonisingly pipped at the post would pretty well sum up Wellesbourne IIs recent home defeat to Catherine de Barnes in the Cotswold Hills League, and by the narrowest of margins too. Having won the toss, Wellesbourne skipper Chris Evans put the visitors into bat, which immediately came up trumps, as with the very first ball of the match, Evans dismissed the rival captain, Adam Prince, who’d attempted a flick off his pads, only to be caught smartly by keeper Matty Boyle. Evans then had the no.3 Ali Khan in all kinds of trouble, with the hapless batsman surviving no less than four good shouts for lbw, in just two overs. Coming into a strong breeze from the pavilion end, young Ed Smith immediately trapped the other opener Zaid Ali plum in front of middle and leg, for a duck. However, incoming batsman Jalli Singh (74) started a blistering counterattack, until he was well caught at long on by Jack Myatt to give Evans his second wicket, as part of an excellent 37-4. Spinner Neil Abbott enticed Khan to edge behind to Boyle for 9, although with an economy rate of more than 6 per over his spell was brought to a premature halt after just half his allocation. Bourne veteran Phil Rothwell showed he still had more than a few tricks still up his sleeve, taking 4-31, to tear through the middle and lower orders. He had Abbott to thank for his first scalp, when the mid-off fielder contorted his body anticlockwise to take a brilliant catch, with the low flat drive almost beyond him when it was secured. Rothwell’s remaining three victims was a copy and paste job for the scorers, as they were all clean bowled for ducks. A crucial tenth wicket partnership saw Ravi Singh hit a quick fire, undefeated 44, which saw Catherine de Barnes eventually post a reasonably competitive 153, despite their six ducks.

After the tea interval, Wellesbourne openers Jamie Vadasz (1) and Matty Boyle (4) were bot cleaned up inside the first few overs, by Ali Khan and Adam Prince respectively, to give the home side the worst possible start. In at three, James Wilson (45) added some meat to the bare bones, batting sensibly and methodically, until both he and skipper Evans (1) were both run out one after the other, following two terrible mix ups. Jack Myatt contributed a useful 24 before being caught off Haider Ali, and youngster Ben Blakemore’s valiant and responsible 15 came to an end when he was trapped lbw by Prince. When Rothwell went in exactly the same manner as Blakemore for just 4, things were hanging in the balance. Tenth man Ollie Isted’s dozen runs and calm head saw Bourne edge closer and closer, in a desperate last wicket stand with Ed Smith, but with the home side just 3 runs from victory, Smith was bowled by Sodha, to end a gallant chase.

Catherine de Barnes Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
153 (33.2 overs)

Wellesbourne Cricket Club CHL Saturday 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Chris Evans10.023749.253.70
Ed Smith7.0034134.004.86
Neil Abbott5.0131131.006.20
Ben Blakemore4.002000.005.00
Phil Rothwell7.223147.754.23

Wellesbourne Cricket Club CHL Saturday 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 10 wickets

(48.3 overs)
Matt Boyle Bowled  4
Jamie Vadasz Bowled  1
James Wilson Run out  45
Jack Myatt Caught  24
Chris Evans Run out  1
Ben Blakemore Lbw  15
Neil Abbott Bowled  3
James Blakemore Caught  13
Phil Rothwell Lbw  4
Ollie Isted Not Out  12
Ed Smith Bowled  1

Catherine de Barnes Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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