2018 Weekly Results Summaries
60+ 1st XI Report – 22 May 2018
In the battle of the top two at Halstead, Essex chose to bowl first but could not manage their customary early stranglehold and they came up against David Robinson (85) and Simon Clements in imperious form as the pair put on 129 for the second wicket. Clements finished unbeaten on 103 as Hertfordshire closed on 244-5. The visitors then took regular wickets and, despite a hard-hitting 68 from Steven Adcock, closed the game out efficiently winning by 24 runs.
Hertfordshire 22pts – Essex 6pts
Cambridgeshire decided to take first knock at Old Buckenham and skipper Nick Andrews led the way with 60, aided by 41 not out from Pat Ringham. Trevor Shales took 2-20 from his nine overs as the visitors closed on 200-4. In reply Norfolk made a steady start with opener Peter Coote scoring 43 and they were steered home by Clive Bennett who was unbeaten on 53 as the hosts won by six wickets.
Norfolk 22pts – Cambridgeshire 6pts
Bedfordshire inserted their hosts at Woolpit and saw Suffolk run up 221-6 largely due to Kevin Dobson (63) and John Gallant (53). The visitors made steady progress with Kenny Davis making 41 and Frank Simpson 58 but once they lost two wickets in two balls their chase was up and Suffolk secured victory by 26 runs.
Suffolk 22pts – Bedfordshire 6pts
An excellent contest ensued at Dumbleton where Gloucestershire chose to bat and accumulated an impressive 262-6, largely due to a second wicket partnership of 127 between Keith Daniels (68) and John Evans (62) and Alec Robinson and Steve Pennington who struck 61 from the last 6 overs. In reply the Wiltshire innings was held together by Tiana Tallentire who smashed 111 from just 99 balls including four 6s and thirteen 4s. After his dismissal Tim Lerwill tried to marshal the tail but despite his unbeaten 38 the visitors finished 11 runs short, John Courtney taking 3-32.
Gloucestershire 22pts – Wiltshire 6pts
Devon elected to bat first at Hatherleigh where opener Robert Newing made a magnificent 154 from 146 balls including 25 boundaries (6 maximums). He put on 172 for the third wicket with Nick Rogers (59) as the hosts amassed 258-5. Somerset were never in the hunt, none of their batsmen passing 36, and they were bowled out for 162 in the 39th over leaving Devon winners by 96 runs.
Devon 22pts – Somerset 4pts
At Hursley Park the hosts were inserted and made slow progress against some tight seam bowling by the Welshmen. Hampshire were just 42-3 at the halfway point but a partnership of 124 between skipper Geoff Beale (82) and Jon Floyd (57) and a late flurry from Steve Mitchell saw them to 200-5. Wales also found scoring tough and it was left to Michael Lloyd, who scored a run-a-ball 64, to try and secure victory for the visitors but a spell of 4-40 by Martin Shephard was key and Hampshire secured the win by 19 runs.
Hampshire 22pts – Wales 5pts
Berkshire elected to bowl at Banstead but couldn’t prise an opening as David Stowe (69) and Chris Evans (52) put on 95 for the first wicket. Peter Horton then made an unbeaten 55,putting on 98 in the last 10 overs with Andrew Peters (33) as Surrey reached 257-4. Only David Tooze (41) got going for the visitors and with Barry Hart, running through the middle order in taking 4-18, Surrey ran out winners by 103 runs.
Surrey 22pts – Berkshire 4pts
Sussex and Buckinghamshire were both looking for their first win and the visitors opted to field first at Beaconsfield. Peter Langford (77) and John Rolfe made substantial contributions as Bucks made 197-4. The Sussex top three all got starts but an excellent spell of 4-17 from Chris Johnson stalled their progress and, despite an unbeaten 48 by ‘keeper David Collins, the home side achieved victory by 32 runs.
Buckinghamshire 22pts – Sussex 4pts
Middlesex 139 beat Kent 85 by 54 runs. (No play-cricket scorecard submitted).
Middlesex 22pts – Kent 5pts
Visitors Warwickshire won the toss and batted at Hinckley Town whereupon Jitu Naik had two early LBW victims before opener Richard Cooper, with a patient 69 not out, and Richard Harper (51) saw them to 200-4. Leicestershire started slowly and only John Newbury who finished unbeaten on 61 offered much resistance as the home side were defeated by 59 runs.
Warwickshire 22pts – Leicestershire 2pts
Northamptonshire opted to field at Quatt and restricted their hosts to 183-7 with half-centuries from John Hemmings and Peter Hayes. In reply the visitors were in severe trouble at 46-5 but although Richard Denton (56*) put up a fight, the result was never in doubt as Shropshire achieved victory by 52 runs.
Shropshire 22pts – Northamptonshire 4pts
At Ombersley, Worcestershire once again suffered at the hands of Ian Caunce who made 143 and shared a substantial third wicket partnership with Steve Partington (50) as Oxfordshire made 235-5. The visitors’ seamers bowled tightly and spinner Steve Kelly took 3-45 as the home side finished on 186-7, leaving Oxfordshire comfortable winners by 45 runs. (No play-cricket scorecard submitted).
Oxfordshire 22pts – Worcestershire 5pts
In the battle of the Roses at Littlebrough, with both sides unbeaten, the home side soon found themselves at 19 for 3 before a solid partnership of 60 between Colin Frank and Johnny Davison and some late resistance from the lower order eventually got them to 134-8. On the bowler friendly wicket Lancashire began their reply and Steve Tickle, dropped in the first over, went on to make a crucial 25. The visitors ground their way towards victory in the face of a fine spell from Michael Kenyon (3-18) and, thanks to Chris Hall’s unbeaten 33 they were able sneak home by four wickets in the last over of a tight contest.
Lancashire 22pts – Yorkshire 4pts
Lincolnshire opted to take first knock at Crewe Vagrants and they were indebted to Neil Calvert’s rapid century and 50 from John Mountain as they made 225-6. However it proved an insufficient total as all the Cheshire top four passed 30, Phil Thomas top-scoring with an unbeaten 92 to guide his side home by eight wickets in the 41st over.
Cheshire 22pts – Lincolnshire 6pts
Durham chose to field first at Norton and were indebted to a good open spell from David Anderson (3-24) as only Kevin Pollard with 52 made a significant contribution. The visitors reached 154-6 and it proved sufficient as the home side slumped to 79-9 before Dick Longstaff and David Cragg restored some pride with an unbeaten partnership of 59, leaving Yorkshire Ridings victors by just 16 runs.
Yorkshire Ridings 22pts – Durham 4pts
60+ 1st XI Report – 15 May 2018
At the picturesque Marlborough ground, Hampshire chose to bat and accumulated 218-4, largely due to a third wicket partnership of 136 between debutants Graham Baker (80) and Nick Board (67). Peter Mathias was the stand-out bowler for the home side, taking 4-29. Wiltshire were never in the hunt and, faced with some tight bowling, crawled to 124-5 in their 45 overs to lose by 94 runs.
Hampshire 22pts – Wiltshire 4pts
Visitors Devon opted to field first at Frocester and were made to regret the decision in the face of a massive second wicket partnership of 233 by Keith Daniels (90) and John Evans who scored a run-a-ball 139. Faced with a total of 284 to win Devon gave it a go with Messrs Ashplant and Canning making half centuries (the latter from 36 balls) but Steve Pennington with 3-41 helped restrict them to 228-8 leaving Gloucestershire winners by 55 runs.
Gloucestershire 22pts – Devon 7pts
At Panteg Somerset were inserted by Wales and mustered 171-6 against some miserly bowling with Simon Hopkinson, unbeaten on 65, offering the most resistance. The home side found it hard going against Norman Botton (3-21) and Brian Brogden (3-25) but led by opener Peter Docherty (61) they made it to the winning post by three wickets with two overs to spare.
Wales 22pts – Somerset 5pts
Buckinghamshire elected to bat at Binfield with openers Dick DeCairies and Jon Rolfe (60) putting on 56 for the first wicket start. Thereafter the remaining batsmen struggled until Neville Pritchard made a defiant 42 and carried his side to 170-6. The home side were indebted to openers David Tooze (86) and Richard West (45) who took them to 137 without loss before Denzil Owen took his side’s only two wickets, Berkshire winning by eight wickets in the 39th over.
Berkshire 22pts – Buckinghamshire 3pts
Sussex opted to field first at Roffey but were under the cosh as a century from Chris Swadkin, who put on 140 with Chris Tarrant (54), and a rapid 51 from 29 balls by Mike Lanning saw Kent to 290-5. None of the home side’s batsmen could make progress to 30 and they subsided to 127-8 and defeat by 163 runs.
Kent 22pts – Sussex 3pts
In the capital battle Middlesex elected to bat and, thanks to new boy Mickey Stafford (50) and Nitin Modha (74), they made 212 in the face of an excellent spell of 5-40 by Ray Clarke. In reply Surrey lost both openers for ducks and despite and stand of 93 by Peter Horton (77) and Grahame Neale (44) they succumbed to another good spell from Rob Willis, who took the last five wickets for 41 runs, ensuring his side were the victors by 21 runs.
Middlesex 22pts – Surrey 8pts
At Pershore, Shropshire’s number three sat padded up for 45 overs as openers John Foster with 130 and Alan Denver (68) put on 204 without being parted. The home side lost regular wickets in pursuit and only Glyn Thomas with 54 offered significant resistance to the bowling of Peter Hayes and David Brammer who both picked up three wickets as the visitors won by 37 runs.
Shropshire 22pts – Worcestershire 2pts
At Banbury Twenty, Oxfordshire lost three quick wickets to left-arm spinner Howard before the middle order of skipper Adrian Manger (63), Andrew Wingfield Digby (70) and debutant Brian Shipley (64 from 44 balls) saw the home side to 241-5. This proved far too many for the visitors, with only three batsman reaching double figures. The best bowling came from Steve Wilson (3-16) and Jim Blackford (2-16) as the home side ran out winners by 160 runs.
Oxfordshire 22pts – Leicestershire 2pts
Northamptonshire opted to field at Nuneaton and restricted their hosts to 189 with only Richard Harper, with 68, passing 30 as Bill Craddock claimed 3-27. The visitors lost three quick wickets before a patient 46 from Simon Marriott gave them hope; it was not to be as Rob Ball with 3-18 and his fellow bowlers kept things tight to allow the home side to achieve victory by 18 runs.
Warwickshire 22pts – Northamptonshire 7pts
Lincolnshire opted to take first knock at Driffield Town and, despite three run-outs, they made 178-9, John Mountain top-scoring with 42. Yorkshire Ridings lost regular wickets until an eighth wicket partnership of 62 between Nigel Ling (49*) and John Buttle (38) guided them towards an unlikely win. However, the visitors held their nerve and achieved their first win of the season by 11 runs.
Lincolnshire 22pts –Yorkshire Ridings 6pts
Lancashire chose to bat first at Formby and were indebted to a century stand by Steve Tickle (69) and Chris Dearden (49) and fifty from David Bartholomew which helped them reach 208-6. John Edwards with 3-22 was the pick of the visitors’ bowlers. Billy Smith took the first three wickets of the Cheshire reply and they were always behind the run-rate as Lancashire remain unbeaten, winners by 17 runs.
Lancashire 22pts – Cheshire 6pts
Yorkshire also made it three wins from three in comfortable style at East Bierley. Durham elected to bat but despite thirties from Garry Purcell and Colin Ede they could only muster 147-6 from their 45 overs, Robert Kettlewell taking 3-48. None of the seven Durham bowlers could achieve a breakthrough and Martin Ivell (72) and John Flintoff (59) suffered few alams as they saw their team home by ten wickets/
Yorkshire 22pts –Durham 1pt
Essex chose to bat at Dunstable but were soon in trouble at 30-3. However, there was no further success for the Bedfordshire bowlers as Simon Sargent and Andrew Gallant put on 192 for the fourth wicket making 116 and 76 respectively. Martin Southwell and Chris Hills then picked up three wickets each as the visitors bowled out their hosts for 158, Kenny Davis making 49, leaving Essex winners by 64 runs.
Essex 22pts– Bedfordshire 3pts
Hertfordshire stay unbeaten following victory at Bishops Stortford. Batting first they ran up an impressive 255-2 with skipper Duncan Elder scoring an unbeaten 109, Jerry Dovey 62 and David Robinson a quick fire 50 not out. Cambridgeshire were never really in the hunt and despite 55 from Jaspal Singh they fell away to 174-7 and defeat by 81 runs.
Hertfordshire 22pts – Cambridgeshire 3pts
Norfolk opted to bat at Ipswich and made steady, if unspectacular, progress to reach 165-3, thanks largely to 66 from Peter Coote. In contrast, Suffolk skipper Colin Walters smashed an unbeaten 104 from just 92 balls and saw his side to victory in the 39th over.
Suffolk 22pts –Norfolk 3pts
60+ 1st XI Report – 8 May 2018
Sussex indulged in a paint-drying innings, taking 36 overs to amass 40 runs at Horsham. None of their batsmen reached double figures and only one boundary was struck from 216 deliveries. For Middlesex Neil Stevens took 3-16 and Nitin Modha 2-9 from their 9 overs with spinner Rob Willis returning astonishing figures of 9-6-7-4. The visitors cruised to victory by eight wickets in the 17th over.
Middlesex 22pts – Sussex 1pt
Buckinghamshire elected to bat at Farnham Common with openers Dick DeCairies and Jon Rolfe making a steady start. However, once they were dismissed the remaining batsmen struggled against Ed Thom, who finished with 5-24, and the home side were all out for 120. Three early wickets put Surrey on the back foot but skipper Chris Evans (48) and Graham Neale (42*) saw them to the brink of victory before a flurry of wickets lead to a nail-biting finish, the visitors scraping home by 1 wicket in the penultimate over.
Surrey 22pts – Buckinghamshire 4pts
Kent elected to bat first at The Mote and ran up an impressive 255-3 with Chris Swadkin (67) and Jim Phillips (78) both going at better than a run-a-ball; Mike Lanning adding an unbeaten 44. Despite Ian Harvey’s 58 Berkshire were never in the hunt and were bowled out in the 41st over for 151 with David Crompton returning 3-26 in his side’s win by 104 runs.
Kent 22pts – Berkshire 3pts
Leicestershire elected to bat at Bitteswell and made careful progress to 149-8 from their 45 overs, Robert Ogden making an unbeaten 39. The visitors similarly struggled and started the last over needing six for victory with 9 wickets down. Rob Cook held his nerve and had the opposing skipper, Martin Johnson, stumped by Jeff Baxter off the first ball leaving the home side winners by 5 runs.
Leicestershire 22pts – Worcestershire 5 pts
Shropshire won the toss at Harborne and chose to bat with skipper John Foster making an unbeaten 96 in his side’s 199, the total bolstered by 20 Warwickshire wides. Led by Neil Spragg’s 77 and a hard-hitting 39 not out by Richard Heath, the home side reached their target in the 42nd over for the loss of four wickets.
Warwickshire 22pts – Shropshire 5pts
Northamptonshire v Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire 196 all in the final over with Adrian Manger top scoring with 66. In reply Northants eased home in the 43rd over with 6 wickets to spare thanks to 76 not out from Richard Denton
Northants 22pts – Oxfordshire 5pts
Yorkshire decided to bat at Cleethorpes and made serene progress to 266-2 with Martin Ivell scoring an unbeaten 116 and Colin Frank 101, the two of them adding 191 for the second wicket. The Lincolnshire innings never gained momentum and closed on 154-3 with Neil Calvert unbeaten on 60, leaving the visitors winners by 112 runs.
Yorkshire 22pts – Lincolnshire 3 pts
Playing at the exotically named Philadelphia ground, Durham inserted Lancashire and restricted the visitors to 191-7 with Chris Dearden making 59 and David Cragg taking 3-23. In reply the Durham top order was destroyed by Billy Smith who claimed 4 wickets for 1 run from his 9 overs, all four of his victims failing to score! Finding themselves 4-5 the home side were indebted to David Anderson, his 38 ensuring a modicum of respectability as Durham closed on 108-9, losing by 83 runs.
Lancashire 22pts – Durham 3pts
Yorkshire Ridings elected to field at Fishlake where Cheshire ran up 186-5 thanks mainly to skipper Bob Ashley’s unbeaten 58 and 47 from Nick Sharp. The visitors exerted an early stranglehold with Mike Cushion taking 2-3, including eight maidens, and Richard Scott 2-14. Only Kevin Pollard made any impact, scoring an unbeaten 51, as the Yorkshiremen finished on 115-6, losing by 71 runs.
Cheshire 22pts – Yorkshire Ridings 4pts
At Hertford visitors Norfolk chose to bat with John Lund (31) and skipper Andy King (37) adding 59 for the first wicket before both fell to Eddie Gunning who claimed 4-38. Jerry Dovey then ran out two Clives, Adams and Bennett, the later for 56 as the visitors closed on 182-7. Hertfordshire made short work of their reply, Duncan Elder making an unbeaten 91, to add to his previous week’s century, and David Robinson retiring on 53, leaving the home side winners by nine wickets in the 34th over.
Hertfordshire 22pts – Norfolk 3pts
Visitors Bedfordshire won the toss and batted first on a sporting Market Deeping wicket. Only Russell Jones (39) and John Marsh (32) made decent scores as the innings closed at 147-8, Nick Andrews taking 2-13 from his nine overs. Cambridgeshire lost their captain in the first over but Mick Ketteridge (42) and Stuart Unwin with an unbeaten half century saw them home by seven wickets with nine balls to spare.
Cambridgeshire 22pts – Bedfordshire 2pts
Champions Essex elected to bat first at Garon Park, captain Simon Sargent making 51 before Steven Adcock struck a forceful 88 leaving the home side on 232-6 at tea. Visitors Suffolk then struggled against the parsimonious Essex attack for whom Martin Southwell stood out, taking 5-16 and Marcus Young 3-21. Captain Colin Walters top scored with 24 as his side subsided to 117 all out, losing by 115 runs.
Essex 22pts – Suffolk 3pts
In a high-scoring clash at Sudbrook, Devon chose to bowl and saw Wales run up an impressive 257-4, led by captain Ryland Wallace’s 105 not out and 90 from Peter Docherty. The visitors never gave up the chase but despite good efforts by Robert Heaman (45) and skipper Nick Rogers (44) they fell to a 23 run defeat with the Welsh opener Richard Harris claiming 2-22.
Wales 22pts – Devon 7pts
Visitors Gloucestershire opted to take first knock at Hursley Park; all their batsmen got starts but it was left to Richard Gegg (71) to guide his side to a total of 214-6, Rick Marston taking 2-24. The home side’s reply never fired, none of the batsmen passed 25 and with spinner Phil Thorn claiming 3-24 the Hampshire innings fell away to 95 all out, the home side losing by 119 runs.
Gloucestershire 22pts – Hampshire 3pts
Somerset cannot have fancied their chances at tea having reached just 105-9 at Nailsea; their batsmen’s scores started like a mobile phone number – 07070 – with the early damage done by Tim Mynott who took 3-13. Mike Smith top-scored with 27 not out and his runs proved invaluable as Wiltshire struggled against Norman Botton who took 5-23 and Anthony Scott who produced figures of 9-7-2-2. All results were possible at the start of the last over but the visitors couldn’t muster enough runs and finished on 98-9 to lose by 7 runs.
Somerset 22pts – Wiltshire 4pts
60+ 1st XI Report – 1 May 2018
2017 runners-up Shropshire had a tight contest against group newcomers Leicestershire at Shrewsbury. Put into bat the visitors had a 61 run opening stand but runs were hard to come by before late impetus came from Peter Smith who struck 27 from 15 balls. Eddie Cham batted through the innings scoring 59* from 131 balls in Leicestershire’s total of 184-5. In reply Shropshire openers put on 116 before skipper John Foster departed for 64 and they reached their target with eleven balls to spare thanks to John Hemmings 63.
Shropshire 22pts – Leicestershire 5 pts
Warwickshire were inserted by Oxfordshire at the picturesque Queen’s College ground and had a dreadful start, collapsing to 45-7 in the face of some good swing bowling from England 70+ opener Trevor Spindler who grabbed 4-19. Rob Ball (33) and Phil Cole added 47 before falling in consecutive balls and the visitors’ total of 96 was never going to be enough. The home side cruised to victory by eight wickets in the 23rd over with skipper Ian Caunce reaching an unbeaten 50.
Oxfordshire 22pts – Warwickshire 1 pt
Northamptonshire conceded their fixture to Worcestershire.
Worcestershire 22pts – Northamptonshire minus 22 pts
Cheshire lost the toss and batted first at Cheadle Hulme against Durham. Opener John Edwards made 50 but it was left to the seventh wicket pair of Bernie Bishop (44*) and Phil Noble (31*), who put on 78, to take the total to a respectable 198-6. Bishop then assured himself of the MoM title by taking 3-11 as Durham collapsed to 78-7 from their 45 overs despite an obdurate 32 by Garry Purcell.
Cheshire 22pts – Durham 3 pts
Lincolnshire found things tough at Middleton where John Mountain (45) and Neil Calvert-Alford (40) were the only batsmen to reach double figures against the home side’s accurate bowling. Their all-out total of 123 was not enough to challenge the Lancashire openers, Steve Tickle and skipper Glen Bullock who both made fifties as the home side won by nine wickets in the 23rd over.
Lancashire 22pts – Lincolnshire 0pts
The internal Yorkshire struggle at Harrogate went the way of the ‘originals’ who ran up 163-8 despite the efforts of Tony Evans who took 3-19 from his nine overs. Colin Frank held the innings together making 74 and Graham Copley contributed 43* at the end. Copley then snapped up 3-7 as the Ridings lost wickets regularly, finishing 113 all out. David Fairbank top-scored with 35 and, in a stat to interest the anoraks, four Ridings batsmen were dismissed for 10 runs each!
Yorkshire 22pts – Yorkshire Ridings 4pts
Somerset bucked the trend and, electing to bat first at Kingsholm, ran up an impressive 230-2 thanks chiefly to an opening stand of 156 between Graham Poulton (85) and David Stephenson (62). Simon Hopkinson with a run-a-ball 31 added late momentum. The home side, chasing the impressive total, opened with a stand of 51 before Tony Scott dismissed Keith Daniels and Bill Lawrence in quick succession. Gloucestershire skipper Richard Gregg made a fighting 49 and Ken Earl weighed in with 40 but Brian Brogden’s 3-29 helped restrict them to 170-6.
Somerset 22pts – Gloucestershire 3pts
Wiltshire also chose to bat at Trowbridge but found it hard-going against the Welsh bowlers who delivered ten maiden overs. Only Mark Banham passed 30 with Peter Doyle taking 4-24 and Richard Harris 3-14 and the home side’s innings closed on 104. Harris then made comfortably the best score of the match, 69 from 117 balls, to steer Wales home by seven wickets with ten overs to spare.
Wales 22pts – Wiltshire 1pt
Hampshire 151-9 v Devon 154-5. No details provided on play-cricket
Devon 22pts – Hampshire 4pts
Sussex travelled to Hurley and asked Berkshire to bat first. The home side’s openers put on 93 with Richard West making 44 and skipper David Tooze 40. Ronnie Brock then struck a quick fire 69 to help take his side to 217-6. In reply Sussex made a steady start but once openers Peter Goodsell (41) and Roger Tidyman (30) fell, wickets tumbled regularly with only Chris Knight (24*) providing resistance. The visitors finished on 140-8 with Chad Cudjoe and David Brown both taking three wickets.
Berkshire 22pts – Sussex 4pts
Middlesex v Buckingham and Surreyv Kent postponed – matches to be re-arranged for 5 June.
At Dunstable Bedfordshire won the toss and probably regret asking visitors Hertfordshire to bat! Duncan Elder and David Robinson were in imperious form scoring 121 and 114 respectively; their opening stand of 226 will be hard to better all season. The final total of 263-3 was comfortably the day’s highest. In reply Bedfordshire never really got going and despite a fighting 52 from Paul Mustoe they fell away to close on 146, Kevin Kelly claiming 3-15.
Hertfordshire 22pts – Bedfordshire 2pts
Norfolk v Essex and Suffolk v Cambs/Hunts postponed – matches to be re-arranged for 5 June.