2018 Weekly Results Summaries
3rd XI Championship
Bedfordshire vs Essex played at Ickwell CC in Bedfordshire on the 17th May.
Essex won the toss and elected to bat.
Essex lost an early wicket from a needless run out but recovered with a 120 run partnership for the second wicket by Naomal Wijesooriya (75) and Vikash Amin (33). The score reached 177/4 after 30 overs and Essex ended on 235 for 9 in 45 overs; for Bedfordshire, Ian Willis had figures of 4 for 28 off 9 overs
Bedfordshire in reply posted an opening partnership of 90 runs in 18 overs, with Ian Wiilis scoring 69 of them.Mark Wheeler got 2 wickets in his fifth over, ending the opening partnership and accounting for the number 3 batsman in the 19th over..
From then on wickets fell regularly with Mark taking a wickets in each of his next 3 overs, ending with match winning figures of 5 for 41 in 9 overs.
Ian Willis went on to score 72 but was dismissed by Mark Wheeler with the score on 103/3 , in the 21st over; Bedfordshire were still up with the rate required at this stage.
There was a late flourish for the 7th and 8th wickets, producing 77 runs, with useful contributions from R Saltmarsh (32) and d Butterworth (29), but the regular loss of wickets before then, meant there was too much to do from 106/6.
Essex won by 31 runs bowling out Bedfordshire for 204 off the last ball.
Buckinghamshire 0ver 60s 3rd Xl v Sussex Over 60s 3rd Xl
After a crushing defeat to Kent 3rds in their first ever 3rd Xl fixture Buckinghamshire took on Sussex at the lovely Colesill CC ground in warm sunshine.
Sussex won the toss and put Bucks into bat.
John Moffit 13 and Bob Floyd 20 put on 22 for the first wicket and it was 45 when Floyd fell, both openers falling to M McNeill. After top scoring with 37 against Kent Steve Shore batted steadily and with Francis Braganza 38 took the score to 126 for 3. Shore was joined by Captain Ron Hedley and they took the score to 187 for 3 off 45 overs. Shore not out on a great 81 and Hedley 19 no.
Sussex 3rds started cautiously against the bowling of Latif Khan and lost wickets on 19, 24, 40 and 45 to put Bucks on top and Sussex behind the run rate. P Oxborrow 24, R Wells 15 R Fowler 13 kept Sussex ticking over but they never got up with the run rate as F Braganza struck twice and M Aktar once. J Josiah 33 no and T Stanley 17 no could never match the required run rate and Sussex 3rds finished on 147 for 7. Khan 3-12, Braganza 2-31 and Aktar 1-36.
A first ever win for Bucks 3rds.
Kent 3rds v Herts 3rds
Kent won the toss and batted at Gravesend. Peter Newman kept the score going whilst Graeme Moir(69) bedded in. The acceleration came when Chris Whitaker (41) joined Graeme and Kent went on to plunder 77 from the last 10 overs. A highlight was the running between the wickets especial after Peter Grant joined a now injured Graeme as his runner.
Herts struggled to can momentum against the Kent bowlers, who were well-supported in the field, and ended up 85 runs short. The wickets were evenly shared with Neil Richards being particularly economical.
Buckinghamshire decided to bat in their first 3rd XI championship game against Kent. Steve Simonini quickly dismissed the top order whist taking 3 for 13. Stephen Shore and skipper Ron Hedley then added 50 before a flurry of wickets led to Bucks being dismissed for 102. There were two wickets each for Martyn Pendergast, Pete Meyers and Howard Abbett. Kent openers Graeme Moir (53*) and Peter Newman (44*) knocked off the runs in 22.3 overs.
Sunshine, shade and shadows over Old Owens
This must have been one of the closest matches of the season with the result being in doubt until the last ball. Essex batted first and began very positively with the run rate soon exceeding 6 an over. Bhawa, Phillips, Carter and Anderson all batted well and it looked at one point as if the total might exceed 240. Herts fielded tightly and very good bowling towards the end of the innings, notably by Jagatia and Murphy restricted the total. A turning point of the innings was when Phillips, who was going well was run out by a direct hit from Baker.
In reply, Herts started slowly and uncertainly in the face of paceless bowling, a well set field and good stops both in the ring and on the boundary. The asking rate went up to over 7 an over and Dunnett, Hunter, Acillini and Murphy batted determinedly during this difficult period. Hunter was out to a stunning catch in the covers by the Essex captain. Towards the end, Murphy and Achillini batted superbly and Ricci eventually perished for a well made 38 in the chase.
Fifteen runs were required from the last 2 overs and all results were possible with the smart money being on a tie. However Murphy batted with great authority in the gathering gloom and got the win off the last ball with a firmly hit cover drive. He had been aided by swishing and scampering by tail ender, Jagatia.
It was a magnificent game of cricket, played in an excellent spirit and perhaps a tie would have been a fair result. Well played to both sides!
All three matches were lost to the wet weather.