Archived match reports

14/06/2016

Saturday league - Week 6 match report

 

Blew Wallies lost ground in the Division 3 promotion race on June 11 after being beaten at home by Cublington. The away side's winning margin was 58 runs. At around the midway point of Cublington's innings, however, Blew Wallies had looked in a promising position, with three wickets from the in-form Scott Harris having helped to reduce the visitors to 105-5. Yet a defiant and at times flamboyant 103 from Kit Gordon-Stuart ensured Cublington reached 194 when they were all out in the 44th over. The batsman's effort was all the more impressive because he had previously averaged only four in his four Cherwell League innings to date this season.

 

In reply, only Russell Brown (41) and Harris (26) mustered any real threat to the opposition's total. By the time captain Colin Allen made 17 batting at No 9, the game was up, and a weakened 1st XI were dismissed for 136 in the 36th over. The 2nds had a week off, but also slipped down the Division 9(S) table due to other results.

 

05/06/2016

Saturday league - Week 5 match reports

 

A scintillating spell of fast bowling from Scott Harris rushed Blew Wallies to a lightning victory over Horley on June 4. The paceman took 7 for 11, including a hat-trick that turned into a four-wicket maiden (followed up by a wicket maiden), as the home side were blasted out for 43 in only 12.1 overs. Harris has been in top form all season, but this performance was red-hot, with all but one of his victims (who was caught in the slips by Mark Carey) bowled or lbw. His new-ball partner, the county teenager Tom Gould, played Morne Morkel to Harris's Dale Steyn, taking 3-36. Blewbury & Wallingford 1st's wasted little time in chasing down their target, with Carey (22) the only man to fall as Blew Wallies breezed to a nine-wicket win in the ninth over. The Division 3 game was done and dusted by 2.30pm, as Blew Wallies move up to 2nd in the table.

 

Several of the 1st XI came back to Boham's Road to watch the 2nds making a game of a low-scoring encounter with a largely youthful Challow & Childrey 3rds in Division 9(S). Having been put into bat on a sluggish surface, Blew Wallies made 113-6 off 45 overs. Stuart Edwards carried his bat for 45, while Ian Saunders produced two stunning strokes (a lofted off-drive and a clubbing pull) in his 24 before falling as he tried to break the bowlers' stranglehold. Joe Harris, a left-arm spinner who turned it both ways, was all but impossible to play, and bowled 14 overs for only 15 runs. Blew Wallies' skipper Mark Cox showed touches of his class with a delicate late cut and a sumptuous backfoot square drive off the pacy teenager Fergus Fishburn, but was run out before he really got going. The final total felt at least 30 runs shy of being competitive.

 

With Neil Smith as canny as ever and 14-year-old Ollie Mew running in purposefully and hitting the pitch hard, Blew Wallies made life difficult for the opposition's openers, though. The breakthrough came when the astute Roger Podbery mistimed first-change off-spinner Richard Clayton's long-hop straight to Jack Vincent at mid-wicket. The 13-year-old made no mistake. As Clayton found his range and Smith plugged away, 28-1 became 45-5 and Blew Wallies could sense the unlikeliest of wins. The experienced pair of Philip Cox and Gary Rees slowly closed the door on this potential great escape, with what became a match-winning partnership of 72. Still, the 2nds deserve plenty of credit for keeping the result in the balance for as long as they did.

 

03/05/2016

Saturday league - Week 4 match reports

 

There were mixed fortunes for Blew Wallies on the first Saturday of half-term (May 28). The 1st XI won a thrilling one-wicket victory over Banbury 3 in Division 3 of the Cherwell League, but the 2nds toppled themselves from the top of Division 9(S) by failing to raise a team and so foreiting their match.

 

Captain Colin Allen (3-27) and strike bowler Scott Harris (3-51) did the damage with the ball as Blew Wallies dismissed the away side for 175 after winning the toss. Warren Ainsworth's off-spin kept the scoring rate down as he went for a mere 11 runs from eight overs. In reply, Blew Wallies lost wickets regularly with only Ian Harris (28) and son Scott (26) making double figures until the arrival of Ainsworth at No 7. The team were at risk of "choking" their chase, but Ainsworth steered Blew Wallies to victiory with a vital 39 not out. Last man Neil Smith also contributed a crucial 0 not out as Blew Wallies reached their target in the 39th over. Far too close for comfort, the result nevertheless keeps the 1sts sitting pretty in third place.

 

It was hugely disappointing that the 2nds were unable to find enought people willing to play on the Bank Holiday weekend. it just goes to show the need to be recruiting new blood throughout the season and that there are always opportunities for those keen to get involved. Spread the word!

 

23/05/2016

Saturday league - Week 3 match reports

 

A soggy Saturday (May 21) saw Blew Wallies salvage more pride than points from their Cherwell League fixtures, as both Blewbury & Wallingford sides held the upper hand when the weather finally prevented further play. Scott Harris continued his fine bowling form for the 1st XI, away at Tiddington 2 in Division 3, with 4-35 off 17 overs. He was helped by his new-ball partner, Charlie Sutton (3-28), and had some tidy support from Harry Warman, who delivered 10 overs for only 28 runs. The home team managed a mere 123-7 in their 45 overs, but Blew Wallies were unable to begin their innings because of the rain.
 
The 2nds, home to Abingdon Vale 4, asked the opposition to bat first in overcast conditions. Mizzle swirled off the Downs and the cricket had a dogged tempo. Jack Vincent, Blew Wallies’ 13-year-old seamer, was unlucky that one of Ram Baskaravelu’s aerial drives wasn’t grabbed in the covers, while his dad, Keith, pounced like a cat in freeze-frame at point. Faced with some steady bowling, Vale’s openers accumulated a 108-run partnership without ever cutting loose. The wicket of Baskaravelu (61), however, provoked a drastic turnaround, as the away side collapsed to 147-8. His was the first of five wickets for Richard Clayton’s skiddy off-spin (all bowled and three chopped on). At the other end, Anton Pradeep’s flightier variety was an ideal contrast as he picked up 2-39, including a juggled stumping by George Brooks. Clayton finished with career-best Blew Wallies figures of 12-3-25-5 and the spinners also combined on a runout. Dennis Lanham’s majestic six over wide long-on was the only sign of defiance as Vale’s batsmen came and went.
 
In reply, Stuart Edwards began briskly in the drizzle with wristy steers to leg and strong off-driving. The 50 partnership with Ian Saunders, finding his range on the sweep and the pull, was reached in 14th over, as Vale’s bowling looked totally ineffective. Edwards passed 50 in the 21st over, which was just the time – with the score on 94-0 – that the opposition skipper, having already changed the sodden ball once, appeared to realise it was raining. Blew Wallies were left high and not particularly dry, but remain top of Division 9 (S).

 

 

17/05/2016

Saturday league - Week 2 match reports

 

Blew Wallies built on their impressive opening to the Cherwell League season with victories for both the 1st and 2nd XIs on Saturday (May 14).  An imperious century from Mark Carey ensured Blewbury & Wallingford 1's first win of 2016 in Division 3 after seamer Scott Harris (5-45) had again led in the way in dismissing Oxford Downs 2's for 134. Carey scored 110 with 13 fours and five sixes, putting on 153 for the first wicket with Joey Edwards (40) as Blew Wallies made light work of the away side's total. Becalmed for a while on 98, he celebrated his ton by straight driving his very next ball for a handsome straight six. With the finish in sight, however, Darryl Woods effected a mini-collapse, bowling Ian Harris for a duck and picking up Carey's wicket as the batsman swiped a full toss into the hands of backward square leg. James Barrett was then stumped giving Jack Sopett the charge, and three wickets had fallen in the space of three runs. Scott Harris and Russell Brown saw Blew Wallies to the six-wicket win in only the 35th over. Earlier, Scott Harris had clean bowled three opposition batsmen, including Ian Caunce, the England over-60s Ashes star, as Blew Wallies captain Colin Allen and spinners Warren Ainsworth and Alan Bowman each delivered miserly spells.

 

Blew Wallies' 2nd XI, meanwhile, racked up maximum points, just as they did on the opening Saturday, to put them joint top of Division 9 (S) with Didcot 3rds. Kingston Bagpuize 2nds, the home side, crawled to 134-5 off 45 overs on a terribly slow pitch (the outfield wasn't much better), with only Joe Winkley (39) and Douglas Phillips (60) managing double figures. Blew Wallies left-armer Sam Saunders bowled very tidily for 2-14 off 10 overs, backed up by Pradeep Kumar's 3-25. The fielding was graced by stunning one-handed catches from Stu Edwards and the U14 Jack Vincent. Blew Wallies rather made a meal of the chase, though, with only skipper Mark Cox elegantly holding the fort for 58 not out as wickets tumbled until Neil Smith upped the tempo to ensure a five-wicket win.

 

 

07/05/2016

Saturday league - Week 1 match reports

 

Blew Wallies started their Cherwell League season strongly on Saturday (May 7), with only rain thwarting the 1st XI and the 2nds recording a thumping 10-wicket win.

 

Scott Harris shone with bat and ball in the Division 3 clash, scoring 43 and ripping out Shipton-under-Wychwood 2's middle order to finish with 3-30 from his 17 overs. Shipton had got off to a flyer with Russell Hayes blasting 30 off 28 balls in a 56-run partnership for the first wicket, but Blewbury & Wallingford 1's kept the home side in check for most of the remainder of the innings. Off-spinner Warren Ainsworth excelled in a holding role as Shipton posted 188-8 off 53 overs.

 

Wicketkeeper Ian Harris played a cool hand with the bat in reply after Blew Wallies found themselves 55-4, but he fell for 36. John Shea (34) continued the good work with top scorer Scott Harris as did a plucky Sam Saunders once Harris was dismissed with the score 153-7. The weather foiled Blew Wallies' victory push, the innings closing on 162-7 off 37 overs.

 

No such frustrations for Blewbury & Wallingford 2, as they brushed aside Oxford Downs 3 in Division 9 (S). Wily seamer Neil Smith reduced the away team to 20-3, with only Tom Ling (45) showing any resistance. Smith nipped out two others to finish with 5-31 as pacy schoolboy brothers Ollie and Toby Mew shared shared four wickets - a vindication of Blew Wallies' emphasis on giving youth responsibility at crucial moments in the game. Blew Wallies reached their target of 78 in the 12th over, with experienced openers Stuart Edwards (26 not out) and Ian Saunders (39 not out) completely in command.

 

 

05/05/2016

Midweek T20 league- Week 1 match report

 

The midweek Blew Wallies began their season with victory over Steventon last night.  The league rules dictate that the home team fields first.  On a good wicket and in warm sunshine, Ollie Mew and Tom Gould opened the bowling, both sending down some tasty deliveries, and some that tested the reflexes of new ‘keeper Steve Hughes.  Ollie took the first wicket, a ball that was clearly too good for the Steventon opener.  After the 20 overs were completed Steventon had been restricted to 135-5, a good result for the Blew Wallies as the scoring rate had been high through the first half of the innings. Wickets fell to Mew, Gould, Harry Warman, Jack Vincent and Lee Davis.  The highlight of the wickets was a remarkable run out from Warman as he ran from where he had bowled the ball to nearly cover point to run out the, somewhat lumbering, non-striker.  The low-light of the innings?  Well that would have been the contribution from the Steventon high scorer, Mr X. Tra, who put together some 75 runs. 
 
In reply, Colin Allen and Richard Body opened the batting, for the skipper it was a clearly a case of practice being required as an ugly hoick across the line saw him gone for 4. Allen and Andy Small then put on an 80 run partnership to take the Blew Wallies to within sight of victory, however both fell in the same over as the Steventon bowlers exploited the setting sun, much like a German fighter pilot, by bowling directly out of it.  Both fell due to their inability to see the ball at all.  Lee Davis and Toby Mew then saw the home team over the line with a mixture of crisp hitting and some entertaining slogs.  The Blew Wallies ended up on 137-3 after 17.3 overs.

 

23/05/2016

Saturday league - Week 3 match reports

 

A soggy Saturday (May 21) saw Blew Wallies salvage more pride than points from their Cherwell League fixtures, as both Blewbury & Wallingford sides held the upper hand when the weather finally prevented further play. Scott Harris continued his fine bowling form for the 1st XI, away at Tiddington 2 in Division 3, with 4-35 off 17 overs. He was helped by his new-ball partner, Charlie Sutton (3-28), and had some tidy support from Harry Warman, who delivered 10 overs for only 28 runs. The home team managed a mere 123-7 in their 45 overs, but Blew Wallies were unable to begin their innings because of the rain.
 
The 2nds, home to Abingdon Vale 4, asked the opposition to bat first in overcast conditions. Mizzle swirled off the Downs and the cricket had a dogged tempo. Jack Vincent, Blew Wallies’ 13-year-old seamer, was unlucky that one of Ram Baskaravelu’s aerial drives wasn’t grabbed in the covers, while his dad, Keith, pounced like a cat in freeze-frame at point. Faced with some steady bowling, Vale’s openers accumulated a 108-run partnership without ever cutting loose. The wicket of Baskaravelu (61), however, provoked a drastic turnaround, as the away side collapsed to 147-8. His was the first of five wickets for Richard Clayton’s skiddy off-spin (all bowled and three chopped on). At the other end, Anton Pradeep’s flightier variety was an ideal contrast as he picked up 2-39, including a juggled stumping by George Brooks. Clayton finished with career-best Blew Wallies figures of 12-3-25-5 and the spinners also combined on a runout. Dennis Lanham’s majestic six over wide long-on was the only sign of defiance as Vale’s batsmen came and went.
 
In reply, Stuart Edwards began briskly in the drizzle with wristy steers to leg and strong off-driving. The 50 partnership with Ian Saunders, finding his range on the sweep and the pull, was reached in 14th over, as Vale’s bowling looked totally ineffective. Edwards passed 50 in the 21st over, which was just the time – with the score on 94-0 – that the opposition skipper, having already changed the sodden ball once, appeared to realise it was raining. Blew Wallies were left high and not particularly dry, but remain top of Division 9 (S).

 

17/05/2016

Saturday league - Week 2 match reports

 

Blew Wallies built on their impressive opening to the Cherwell League season with victories for both the 1st and 2nd XIs on Saturday (May 14).  An imperious century from Mark Carey ensured Blewbury & Wallingford 1's first win of 2016 in Division 3 after seamer Scott Harris (5-45) had again led in the way in dismissing Oxford Downs 2's for 134. Carey scored 110 with 13 fours and five sixes, putting on 153 for the first wicket with Joey Edwards (40) as Blew Wallies made light work of the away side's total. Becalmed for a while on 98, he celebrated his ton by straight driving his very next ball for a handsome straight six. With the finish in sight, however, Darryl Woods effected a mini-collapse, bowling Ian Harris for a duck and picking up Carey's wicket as the batsman swiped a full toss into the hands of backward square leg. James Barrett was then stumped giving Jack Sopett the charge, and three wickets had fallen in the space of three runs. Scott Harris and Russell Brown saw Blew Wallies to the six-wicket win in only the 35th over. Earlier, Scott Harris had clean bowled three opposition batsmen, including Ian Caunce, the England over-60s Ashes star, as Blew Wallies captain Colin Allen and spinners Warren Ainsworth and Alan Bowman each delivered miserly spells.

 

Blew Wallies' 2nd XI, meanwhile, racked up maximum points, just as they did on the opening Saturday, to put them joint top of Division 9 (S) with Didcot 3rds. Kingston Bagpuize 2nds, the home side, crawled to 134-5 off 45 overs on a terribly slow pitch (the outfield wasn't much better), with only Joe Winkley (39) and Douglas Phillips (60) managing double figures. Blew Wallies left-armer Sam Saunders bowled very tidily for 2-14 off 10 overs, backed up by Pradeep Kumar's 3-25. The fielding was graced by stunning one-handed catches from Stu Edwards and the U14 Jack Vincent. Blew Wallies rather made a meal of the chase, though, with only skipper Mark Cox elegantly holding the fort for 58 not out as wickets tumbled until Neil Smith upped the tempo to ensure a five-wicket win.


07/05/2016

Saturday league - Week 1 match reports

 

Blew Wallies started their Cherwell League season strongly on Saturday (May 7), with only rain thwarting the 1st XI and the 2nds recording a thumping 10-wicket win.

 

Scott Harris shone with bat and ball in the Division 3 clash, scoring 43 and ripping out Shipton-under-Wychwood 2's middle order to finish with 3-30 from his 17 overs. Shipton had got off to a flyer with Russell Hayes blasting 30 off 28 balls in a 56-run partnership for the first wicket, but Blewbury & Wallingford 1's kept the home side in check for most of the remainder of the innings. Off-spinner Warren Ainsworth excelled in a holding role as Shipton posted 188-8 off 53 overs.

 

Wicketkeeper Ian Harris played a cool hand with the bat in reply after Blew Wallies found themselves 55-4, but he fell for 36. John Shea (34) continued the good work with top scorer Scott Harris as did a plucky Sam Saunders once Harris was dismissed with the score 153-7. The weather foiled Blew Wallies' victory push, the innings closing on 162-7 off 37 overs.

 

No such frustrations for Blewbury & Wallingford 2, as they brushed aside Oxford Downs 3 in Division 9 (S). Wily seamer Neil Smith reduced the away team to 20-3, with only Tom Ling (45) showing any resistance. Smith nipped out two others to finish with 5-31 as pacy schoolboy brothers Ollie and Toby Mew shared shared four wickets - a vindication of Blew Wallies' emphasis on giving youth responsibility at crucial moments in the game. Blew Wallies reached their target of 78 in the 12th over, with experienced openers Stuart Edwards (26 not out) and Ian Saunders (39 not out) completely in command.

 

05/05/2016

Midweek T20 league- Week 1 match report

 

The midweek Blew Wallies began their season with victory over Steventon last night.  The league rules dictate that the home team fields first.  On a good wicket and in warm sunshine, Ollie Mew and Tom Gould opened the bowling, both sending down some tasty deliveries, and some that tested the reflexes of new ‘keeper Steve Hughes.  Ollie took the first wicket, a ball that was clearly too good for the Steventon opener.  After the 20 overs were completed Steventon had been restricted to 135-5, a good result for the Blew Wallies as the scoring rate had been high through the first half of the innings. Wickets fell to Mew, Gould, Harry Warman, Jack Vincent and Lee Davis.  The highlight of the wickets was a remarkable run out from Warman as he ran from where he had bowled the ball to nearly cover point to run out the, somewhat lumbering, non-striker.  The low-light of the innings?  Well that would have been the contribution from the Steventon high scorer, Mr X. Tra, who put together some 75 runs. 
 
In reply, Colin Allen and Richard Body opened the batting, for the skipper it was a clearly a case of practice being required as an ugly hoick across the line saw him gone for 4. Allen and Andy Small then put on an 80 run partnership to take the Blew Wallies to within sight of victory, however both fell in the same over as the Steventon bowlers exploited the setting sun, much like a German fighter pilot, by bowling directly out of it.  Both fell due to their inability to see the ball at all.  Lee Davis and Toby Mew then saw the home team over the line with a mixture of crisp hitting and some entertaining slogs.  The Blew Wallies ended up on 137-3 after 17.3 overs.

 

 

 

 

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