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Match Report: Badshot Lea (A)

Lea Thankful for Shades of Gray,

But Pyestock Battle Back!


Badshot Lea CC Vs Pyestock CC

Sunday 22nd July 2012

Weather Conditions: Warm and Sunny.

Pitch Conditions: Wicket: Uneven, dry. Outfield: Green, soft.


Pyestock looked to bounce back to winning ways after last week’s agonising defeat to Godalming, and were surprised to see a more experienced and recognisable Badshot Lea side as opponents after last season’s record breaking demolition of the hosts 2nd XI.

Winning the toss and electing to field, it was opening bowler Chris Heath who controlled the opening stages removing Goody, Acres and S.Bull in quick succession. At this point it seemed that Badshot Lea’s total would not be as challenging as they had hoped, though Pyestock knew much experience was to come and therefore could not relax.

Old stalwart Chris Minassian stopped the rot with T.Bull the other end providing some lusty blows, and although providing plenty of chances was looking dangerous.

It came to Pyestock’s relief then, that straight after a streaky edge for 4, Bull misjudged a quicker delivery from Billy Leader, losing his off stump in the process.

This brought the well known Tim Gray to the crease and he immediately took to the bowling as the hosts looked to amend the poor start. Along with Minassian the score rate started to increase and the boundaries were starting to be utilised more often.

Pyestock claimed another breakthrough soon after though with Billy Leader repeating his previous trick and bowling Minassian and bringing to the crease Dan Addison, who after a frustrating few seasons with injury was included in a Badshot Lea side facing Pyestock for the first time since September 2007.

Addison and Gray continued with the improvement in the host’s innings, with the latter still continuing to find the boundaries thankful of the support of his fellow senior batsmen. Unfortunately for him though, as with the wicket before, just as things were settling down, the wicket fell, Addison flicking a loose ball from Dan to fine leg and into the grateful hands of Jack Bromley.

Jack himself took the next wicket, removing Jennings for a golden duck before also taking Haris, after a frustrating period of edges and missed chances, as he was caught by Billy Leader for 16.

With the score limping over the 100 mark, Pyestock were confident with only 2 wickets remaining to claim and really should have turned the screw, especially when the returning Neil Butler claimed number 10 Amir LBW for a duck, however Tim Gray remained, patiently at the other end, and showed true composure by blocking good balls from Dan and Jack, whilst punishing anything wide with devastating force.

Pyestock tried hard to claim the final wicket, with Nabil at the other end frustratingly managing to get something and anything on deliveries to give Gray the strike, who would then manipulate the bowling and the strike well.

With increased frustration Pyestock suddenly became very scrappy and sloppy, gifting extras and overthrows almost every over as the scoreboard started to move, Tim Gray passed 50 without breaking sweat and despite looking dangerous for most of the afternoon, Pyestocks bowling attack suddenly looked toothless and friendly.

The score passed 150 and still no change, Nabil would secure an early single and Gray sees off the rest of the over. Pyestock had no answers and despite being on top for 30 of the 40 over innings, failed to bowl out Badshot Lea who finished on 203 for 9. Tim Gray undoubtedly the star with 94 not out.

Suddenly Pyestock had to bat well to win the game and got off to an average start with John Ford and Glenn Taylor starting well before a flurry of wickets threw the match straight back into the mixing pot. Dan Addison, looking fast and dangerous removed both openers, while Haris claimed Billy Leader to take 3 of Pyestock’s most valuable wickets in the space of 4 overs and reduce the score to 45 for 3.

Jack Bromley and Dan Heath were now at the crease and the latter can arguably count himself very fortunate to survive an early but huge LBW appeal when not playing a shot to a full ball from Addison that rapped the batsmen on the foot. Fortunate? Very possibly, but this made Dan crack on and make the most of his continued presence at the crease and put on a healthy partnership of 79 with Jack before the latter was caught from the bowling of Amir for 48.

Dan was now joined by captain Neil Butler who looked to bring the game to its conclusion. Having scored a club record 165 not out 12 months earlier at this ground, Neil had every reason to feel confident while walking out to bat, but this situation was different as any more wickets at this stage could sway the match back in Badshot lea’s favour.

5 overs later, the wicket did fall, Dan flicked at a wide ball from S.Bull and was caught, reducing the score to 155 for 5 and 49 still needed from the final 11 overs.

Vaughan Newcombe appeared at the crease and despite a slow start batted well given the situation, by not panicking and scoring runs at the rate required to win the match. He and Neil provided the killer blow with a partnership of 41 bring the match to a result but Badshot Lea provided the final twist with Tim Gray bowling Neil for 37.

Vaughan however finished the match with 6 over mid off to bring Pyestock their 7th win in 8 games and set the team into good spirits going into next week’s match with Hartley Witney.

Badshot Lea CC 203 for 9 (T.Gray 94*)

Pyestock CC 209 for 6

Pyestock CC win by 4 wkts (Limited overs match)

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