Match reports 12/13 August

14 August 2023

Bath CC 1st XI v Bristol CC 1st XI

Bath’s 1st XI away match against Bristol’s 1st XI was affected by the weather, with the match reduced to 30 overs a side.

After Bath won the toss and elected to field, Bristol’s openers looked like they were setting a solid base as they moved to 36 without loss, but then Bath’s Matthew Cadywould struck – as he had Miles Kantolinna (7) caught behind. This swiftly turned into 42-2 as Paul Muchall ran out Nic Halstead Cleak for a run-a-ball 28. Bristol’s middle order then batted well with run-a-ball contributions from Sam Bracey (20), Jack Shelley (50) and Jack Ellison (38) to take the home side up to 182-7 from their 30 overs.

Bath’s reply started very positively with opener, Brad Porteous clearing the boundary on a number of occasions, but as the opening partnership had just passed 40, Jack Scrivens (11) was stumped off the bowling off Rishi Panchal to leave Bath 42-1. Porteous was trapped in front to Panchal soon after for a brisk 42 to leave Bath 58-2. Jason Marshall and Ben Wells then started to rebuild, but just as this partnership looked to be developing, Marshall fell for 16. This brought Sam Young to the crease, and it wasn’t long before a match winning partnership of 98 started to develop, and although Wells went for 58 just two runs short of victory, Young with an undefeated 53 took Bath across the line. Bath picked up 19 points and remain top of Premier One, with a ten point lead over Potterne CC.  

Bath CC 2nd XI v Bedminster CC 2nd XI

The Bath 2nd XI match against Bedminster 2nd XI at North Parade was also impacted by the weather, and this match was reduced to 30 overs a side. Bath’s stand-in skipper Charlie Rustell won the toss and asked the visiting side to bat. Despite a number of rain breaks, the Bedminster openers played positively putting on a century partnership before Tom Pugsley was stumped for 37. Fellow opener, Mark Coombes then dominated proceedings hitting a powerful 92 off just 78 balls to help take Bedminster’s total up to 205-5 from their 30 overs. Pick of the Bath bowlers was Harry Allen with 2-25.

Bath’s reply was dominated by an extraordinary innings from opener Campbell McKegg, who smashed an undefeated 132 from just 94 balls, as he and fellow-opener, Ben Church (37) put on 171 for the first wicket. Charlie Rustell then contributed with a quick 20 as Bath passed the Bedminster total just three wickets down in the 28th over. Bath are just five points behind league leaders, Congresbury following this win. 

Bath CC 3rd XI v Bohemians CC 1st XI

Bath 3rd XI travelled to Bristol to play Bohemian’s 1st XI, which was the only Bath match this weekend not to be affected by the weather. Bohemian’s won the toss and asked Bath to bat first. Despite losing Sam Barnes (1) when the score was only on 7, and then Ben De Costa (12) to leave the visiting side 40-2, Bath recovered well through Bill Simmons (67) and Ryan Kochupurakal (62). Simmons was eventually stumped to leave Bath 128-3, and the middle and lower order batted around Kochupurakal to eventually post a defendable 198-8 from their 40 overs.

The Bohemians reply was severely hampered when both openers were bowled by the excellent Joe Prescott to leave the home side 19-2. William Thomas (37) and Joel Patton (47) then put on 74 for the third wicket, but once this partnership was broken when Thomas was caught behind, and Patton was removed soon after, Bath were on top. Bath’s bowlers continued to take regular wickets, but a run-a-ball 29 from Ronak Rameshbhai threatened to ruin Bath’s day before left-armer, Will Ireland struck. Sam Barnes (3-25) and Will Ireland (2-35) then cleared up the tale to win the match by 13 runs. Opening bowler Joe Prescott also recorded excellent figures, with 2-21. Bath 3rd XI remain mid-table following this win.  

Bath CC 4th XI v Timsbury CC 2nd XI

Bath’s 4th XI match against Timsbury 2nd XI was also affected by the weather as a number of heavy showers reduced the match down to 32 overs a side. Bath won the toss and elected to field, but Timsbury’s openers got off to a fine start putting the bad ball away and racing to a century opening partnership, with Oliver Davis reaching his half century first before being trapped lbw by Alan Alex for 55. Bath’s spin bowlers then briefly took charge, picking up another two wickets before James Rawlings (45) joined opener, Adam Workman (97*) to take the Timsbury score up to 237-3 from their 32 overs.

With Timsbury’s opening attack bowling very tightly, Bath’s response was slow going, and when three wickets tumbled quickly it looked like an uphill task for the home side, but Dave Pippett and Mathan Balasubramaniyan accelerated the scoring and at drinks the game was nicely poised with Bath on 121-3 with ten overs still to be bowled. However, the first ball after the drinks break Pippett went for a fine 60, and through clever bowling and field setting, Bath couldn’t quite pierce the gaps and they eventually fell 70 runs short, as their innings closed on 167-5 with Balasubramaniyan 63 not out. 

Bath Wanderers 1st XI v Frenchay CC Women’s 1st XI

On Sunday, Bath Wanderers 1st XI travelled to Bristol to play Frenchay CC Women’s 1st XI at The Bob Stone Ground. After Frenchay won the toss and elected to field, Bath’s openers started positively, going at a run-a-ball before Katie Dolman was bowled for 10 to leave Bath 26-1. This brought Bath skipper, Charlotte Phillips to the crease to join Liala Moledina, and a partnership just started to build as Moledina went for 29. The middle order then tried to bat around Phillips but wickets continued to fall, and when Phillips was bowled for 26, Bath were 83-4 and in need of some middle to lower order runs. Isla Thomson (25) and Emily Smith (41*) really delivered and with late runs from Chloe Micklethwaite (17*), Bath finished their innings 199-7 from their 40 overs.

The Frenchay reply had the worst start when skipper, Emilia Powell was trapped lbw by Micklethwaite second ball, and then Anmol Krishna was bowled for 1 by Connie Osborn, to leave the home side 1-2. Liv Daniels (63) held the innings together as batters fell around her as Frenchay slipped to 66-7. There was some resistance from the lower order with Darcie Ford (20) batting well with Daniels to put on 57 for the eighth wicket, but in the end Frenchay were bowled out for 134 with 5 overs still to be bowled so that the Wanderers recorded a 65 run win. Pick of the Wanderers bowlers were Lily Day (4-25), Chloe Micklethwaite (3-19) and Connie Osborn (2-12). Bath remains top of the Women’s Premier Division.

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