Match reports 18/19 June

22 June 2022

Bath CC 1st XI v Lansdown CC 1st XI

Rain frustrated the first team’s outing to Combe Park on Saturday, with the match eventually abandoned as further downpours arrived in the evening. After early rain, the Lansdown skipper won the toss and elected to field in a match that was already reduced to 40 overs a side due to the delayed start. Despite losing Jack Scrivens (4) early, and then Ashur Morrison (4) and Ben Wells (5) in quick succession, Bath’s innings was built around a number of important contributions. Brad Porteous hit a rapid 48 off just 33 balls, and then the middle order pairing of Sam Young (69) and captain, Tim Rouse (60) combined to post a 100+ partnership. Then, coming in at number seven, Harry Ellison blasted 39* off just 17 balls to help take the Bath innings up to 256-7 off their 40 overs. The Lansdown innings then started briskly, but although James Palmer (36*) batted well, wickets fell around him as further rain arrived when Lansdown were 64-3 in the 14th over. The game was eventually abandoned with Bath picking up 12 points to remain top of Premier One.

Bath CC 2nd XI v Bradley Stoke CC 1st XI

Bath 2nd XI won a rain affected match at North Parade on Saturday when they faced Bradley Stoke CC 1st XI. After the match was reduced to 47 overs a side because of early rain, Bradley Stoke’s skipper won the toss and elected to ask Bath to bat first. Although rain threatened throughout the Bath innings, there weren’t any rain delays as Bath openers Henry Allen (91) and Hugo Morgan (71) got the Bath innings off to a perfect start, amassing a 164-opening stand. Once the opening partnership was broken, Kester Moseley (42) and Harry Allen (21*) helped take the Bath total up to a very competitive 281-5 from their 47 overs.
Bradley Stoke’s innings started well with a fifty-opening stand before James Fletcher fell. Regular wickets were then taken as the Bristol side batted around opener Tom Laver (86). But as more rain arrived and the players left the field, a revised target of 168 from 29 overs was set. With a wet ball in slippery conditions, the Bath bowlers managed to keep on top, and eventually came out winners by 14 runs, as Bradley Stock finished their innings on 154-6. As a result of this win, the Bath 2nd XI remain mid-table in the WEPL Bristol & North Somerset League.

Bath CC 3rd XI v Lansdown CC 2nd XI

Bath CC 3rd XI played hosts to Lansdown CC 2nd XI at the Brownsword ground on Saturday. After Lansdown won the toss and elected to field, the Bath innings got off to a solid start with a 42-run opening partnership, before Ishmael Clarke (4) was bowled. Fellow opener, Thiann Aspeling went on to top score with 44, but Bath continued to lose regular wickets and eventually the Bath side were bowled out for just 161 in the 35th over. Lansdown’s innings stuttered at the start as a result of a fine opening spell from Max Kerr (3-26) who removed three of the top four batters to leave Lansdown 50-3. Another two wickets fell to leave the match delicately balanced at 90-5, but then opener Sam Athay (61*) and number seven, Sam Bowery (44*) came together to take Lansdown over the line in just 22 overs before further heavy rain arrived.

Bath CC 4th XI v Bradley Stoke CC 2nd XI

Bath CC 4th XI travelled to Bradley Stoke CC on Saturday, and after rain reduced the match to a 25 over again, Bath won the toss and elected to field. Bradley Stoke’s innings was built around significant scores from all their top four batters, that all passed 40, with keeper, Daniel Peachey top scoring with 51 off just 35 balls. Eventually the Bristol side, posted a very commanding 230-5 from their 25 overs.
Needing over nine an over from the start, Bath started well with a 74-run opening partnership between Rhys Williams (56) and Ritvij Roy (21), but the Bath innings fell away after these two batters were out, and eventually Bath were all out for 148 in 21 overs, leaving Bradley Stoke to win by 82 runs.

Bath CC 1st XI v Potterne CC 1st XI – ECB National Club Championship

After their abandoned match on Saturday, weather once again played an important role in Bath 1st XI’s third round National Club Championship title match against Potterne CC. After rain overnight and indifferent weather was forecasted, Bath’s skipper, Tim Rouse won the toss and chose to bat. Bath’s top four struggled to get going and the team soon found themselves 53-4 off the first 13 overs when number six, Harry Ellison joined Tim Rouse at the crease. Both played positively, but it was Ellison with 84 off just 52 balls that really got the innings going. Eventually, Rouse (88) was out off the last ball of the innings to leave the holders 256-7 off their 40 overs. The Bath total looked very competitive, but as rain fell during and after tea, the chase was significantly reduced to 163 from 20 overs. Despite losing opener Coulentianos when only 15 was on the board, the Wiltshire side quickly switched into T20 mode, with both Tahir Alfridi (48) and Basil Akram (47) scoring freely and providing the innings with the much-needed impetus it required. When both batters fell in Harry Hankins’ return over (3-38), Bath sniffed a chance with still over 60 required to win. But it wasn’t meant to be, and the Potterne middle order batted positively but sensibly to take their team to victory in the 18th over of their reply.

Tim Rouse said: “It’s naturally disappointing to go out of this National competition after lifting the silverware last year, but it’s a tough title to defend as you play against top rate opposition each round. We all wish Potterne well on their journey towards a Lords final this coming September. Our league campaign is going extremely well, so we will stay focused on that alongside the National T20 competition.”  

Bath Wanderers 1st XI v Briton Ferry Steel CC Womens 1st XI

The Wanderers South West Womens Regional League match against Briton Ferry Steel CC was a tight game that was one of the few Bath fixtures to be unaffected by the weather this weekend. Having won the toss, Wanderers captain, Emma Godman elected to field. This decision paid off early with Chloe Micklethwaite bowling both openers with only 23 on the board. But Briton Ferry’s third and fourth wicket pairing of Alexandra Griffiths (48) and Ellie Hopkins (34), put on over 80 to take the score up to 109-3 when Griffiths was out. Megs Woodward then came on to bowl and picked up 5-32 off her eight overs to keep the Britton Ferry score down to 182-8 off their 40 overs. Bath’s reply started well with an opening stand of 48 before Charlotte Philips was run out for 14. Emma Godman (48) continued to bat well, and Megs Woodward rounded off an excellent all-round match with a run a ball 41. But unfortunately, Godman and Woodward’s contributions weren’t quite enough to get the Wanderers over the line, and the innings finished on 163-7 with 18 runs still required.

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