Cricket match reports from weekend 19th / 20th August

Posted 21st August 2017

Upchurch 1st XI 212 All Out Versus Old Wilsonians 1st XI 213 for 7 - Old Wilsonians win by 1 Run!

This was an important game for both sides with just five points separating them before the start of play and both having ambitions to play Division One cricket next season. Old Wilsonians won the toss and elected to bat and Upchurch drew first blood with two early wickets, but a partnership of 62 between Jonathan Rodda (50) and Matthew Abbett (39) redressed the balance before the latter was caught behind,  after which the game ebbed and flowed  but, at 133 for 6 after 35 overs, the advantage was probably with Upchurch. However, a seventh wicket stand of 48 between Louis Pryor (45 n.o) and Jordan Thomas (20) redressed the balance and with Dave Ellicott-White (16 n.o) playing a useful cameo, the OWs pushed their total beyond 200; but would it be enough?  In reply the Upchurch openers Phillip Apps (25)  and Aaron Walker (41) laid a solid foundation and when Sam Rose added another 35, the hosts reached 131 for 4 before  he was dismissed in the 36th over. The OW bowlers then gained the initiative but Matt Greenwood (47) determined to see his side home and,  at the start of the last over,  Upchurch needed eight runs to win with four wickets remaining. Eight became four after two balls but the last four balls of the game saw four wickets fall – including three run outs – but just two runs were scored  to see the OWs home by 1 run. The gap between the two sides is now 17 points and, with two games remaining, both  can still be promoted – it is going to be an interesting finish to the 2017 cricket season. View Scorecard

Old Wilsonians 2nd XI 154 All Out Versus Upchurch 2nd XI 157 for 9 - Upchurch 2nd XI win by 1 Wicket!

Looking to substantiate their promotion challenge,  Old Wilsonians’ 2nd Xl welcomed Upchurch to Hayes, who had issues of their own  at the other end of the table, but the form book is not always a reliable guide! The OWs batted first and some fine bowling by Ellis Howard, 3 for 26 , James Howard 3 for 20 and Noah Mclennan, 3 for 39, saw then dismissed for a modest 154, with only Hugo Lovelock (23) and Dan Seston (34) making any significant contributions. The visitors then lost an early wicket but a consistent  score-card, Yosof Brown (29), Darren Delport (33), Jamie Gilfillan (28) and  the ubiquitous Noah Mclennan (27 n.o) saw them reach 151 for 9, with both sides now scenting victory. However,  Upchurch need not have worried as last man John Dangerfield hit the second ball he received for six to secure the victory.View Scorecard 

Bromley Common 3rd XI 107 for 4 Versus Old Wilsonians 3rd XI 104 All out - Bromley Common 3rd XI win by 6 Wickets!

Old Wilsonians’ recent winning run was brought to an abrupt end by local rivals Bromley Common,  who secured a six wicket  victory against their visitors,  thanks mainly to a disastrous start with the top five batsmen scoring only 23 runs between them, the Common’s opening bowler,  Dean Trendler, capturing four of them and finishing with 4 for 15 .The OWs did rally to a certain degree and managed to bat for their 40 overs, Jason James (28), Xavier Hussein (13) and Jake Phillips (10) being responsible for this rear-guard action, but 104 was never going to be a competitive score. And so it proved,  as the hosts romped home in under 32 overs, with opener  Billy Wisbey (52 n.o) leading the way and Hugh Taylor (20) giving him valuable support.View Scorecard 

Old Wilsonians 4th XI 129 for 8 Versus Chislehurst and West Kent 3rd XI 130 for 4 - Chislehurst win by 6 Wickets!

Old Wilsonians’  4th  Xl started this game well, thanks to a fine second wicket partnership of 85 between Andy Steel (53) and Neil Treacher (27), but when the latter was dismissed it precipitated a dramatic collapse and they finished their 40 overs on 129 for 8, David Mitchell, 4 for 21 and Ricky Patel, 3 for 24, doing most of the damage. But the OWs were given hope, thanks to Azman Shahan taking two early wickets,  but skipper Muktak Goyal (23) and Thomas Mitchell (33) steadied the ship before Daniel Evans (33 n.o) and Noah Briggs (13 n.o) completed the job.View Scorecard

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