Match Reports weekend of 26-27 May
Posted 29th May 2018
Hayes 1st XI 202 for 8 versus Old Wilsonians 1st XI 216 for 8 - Old Wilsonians win by 14 runs!
At 21 for 4 Old Wilsonians were in a great deal of trouble, but, thanks, firstly, to Michael Mitchell (19) and Malinda Thotiwilage (113), who put on 54 for the fifth wicket, and then Thotiwilage and Cameron Jones (47), who shared in a sixth wicket partnership of 101, rescue acts were at hand and they finished on 216 for 8, a score that had not seemed possible after the first ten overs of their innings. By contrast Hayes had reached 34 before the fall of their first wicket and then Grant Sheen (57) and James Bamber (53) shared in a second wicket stand of 80 before the latter was bowled. However, by this time 31 overs had elapsed and more than 100 runs were still needed and hard as they tried, Liam Buttery (26 n.o) in particular, the hosts fell 15 runs short of their winning target. View scorecard
Old Wilsonians 2nd XI 114 versus St Lawrence & Highland Court 2nd Xl 118 - St Lawrence win by 4 runs!
Having dismissed St Lawrence & Highland Court for 118, Old Wilsonians’ 2nd Xl must have fancied their chances of winning this game, with only Kit Sims (24) and Guy Hilton (22) giving their bowlers any significant problems. However a disastrous start to their reply saw them lose their first three wickets for just 10 runs and although Sydney Sherlock (27), David Pilgrim (23) and Andrew Steel (23) took them to the brink of victory, they fell five runs short, Matt Feeney, 4 for 24, starring with the ball for the visitors. View scorecard
Old Wilsonians’ 3rd Xl 101 versus Swanscombe & Greenhithe 1st Xl 189 for 6 - Swanscombe win by 88 runs!
A strong Swanscombe & Greenhite side proved too much for Old Wilsonians’ 3rd Xl as they piled on the runs to finish on 189 for 6 from their 40 overs and then went on to dismiss the OWs for 101 in 25.2 overs. Openers Sonny Phull (46) and Steven Towell (26) got them off to a fine start but the star of the show was Amit Patel (75), Josh Holland, 2 for 37, being the most successful of the OW bowlers. The OW reply started solidly enough, Holland (39) again being in evidence, but when the wickets started to fall they did so at an alarming rate, Paul Edmunds, 4 for 12 and Tom Thwaites, 3 for 30, doing most of the damage.View scorecard
Holmesdale 3rd Xl 73 versus Old Wilsonians 4th Xl 131 for 6 - Old Wilsonians win by 58 runs!
In the end this was a comfortable victory for Old Wilsonians although they must have been concerned about having to defend just 131 from their 40 overs with only Dan Nichols (22) and Neil Treacher (40 n.o) making any substantial contributions as the Holmesdale bowlers did well to restrict their run rate. However their batsmen, too, found runs difficult to come by as Joe Gillhouley (20) was the only one to make any real impression, Steven Murname, 4 for 11, leading the visiting attack well as they achieved a 58 run victory made even more sweet with only 9 players in the team.View scorecard
Old Wilsonians’ 5th Xl 82 versus Bexleyheath 5th Xl 179 for 8 - Bexleyheath win by 97 runs!
Some steady batting by their top six, Geoff Goodwin (17), David Paine (15), Alijan Popalzai (24), Martin Jonker (60), Jack Aldred (11) and Barry Mare (26) enabled Bexleyheath to post a competitive total against their Old Wilsonian counter-parts, despite the efforts of Fraser Baxendine, 3 for 36 and Nathan Carpenter, 3 for 56 to restrict their progress. In contrast the OW reply was a lack-lustre affair with only Teddy Tahir (23) and the ever reliable Extras (21) causing Bexleyheath any real problems with ‘man of the match’ Jonker finishing with 4 for 16. Skipper Alex Forbes gave his view on how the match went: "Unfortunately we were unable to get 11 players out this week , mainly due to unavailablity on bank holiday weekend. Thanks to Dave and Stuart for turning up last minute and getting us to 10. The positives were we had 5 colts and each contributed. Bexleyheath scored 179 - 8 off 40 overs with Jonker scoring 60. If we had caught him 1st ball this match would have been a totally different game. Fraser Baxendine and Josh Merchant opened and closed the bowling both bowling their best spells of the season. Adrian Beckett continued to bowl with no luck on another day he would have picked up 5 wickets. Well done to Nathan carpenter (debut) who went for 20 in his maiden over and came back well taking 3 wickets. Matt carruthers also bowled tidily. We did well to restrict bexleyheath to 179. Our batting at the moment is reliant on Adrian Beckett scoring a reasonable score so when we lost him for 0 it was good to see everyone dig in. Whilst 83 isn’t great Teddy Tahir batted well for 23. Jonker came on for the oppo took 4 wickets and blasted our middle order out. Each team will have a Jonker and if we play this person out we will win the majority of our games. Well done to all for their efforts and I can only see good things going forward.View scorecard
Old Wilsonians Sunday Friendly Xl 209 for 9, Oakhill Taverners 91 all out. Old Wilsonians win by 118 runs!
A second wicket partnership of 102 between Dan Seston (55) and James Sims (50) was the highlight of the Sunday X1’s innings against Oakhill Taverners which enabled the side to exceed 200 in this 35 overs a side game. The Oakhill reply saw them facing 27 balls before scoring their first run and they never looked likely to get anywhere near the total required and were dismissed for 91, Tim Orlandini, 3 for 1, being the unlikely bowling hero.