Match reports 19/20 August

20 August 2023

Bath CC 1st XI v Lansdown CC 1st XI

Despite rain arriving in the second innings, Bath 1st XI recorded a convincing victory over local rivals, Lansdown CC on Saturday at North Parade. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Lansdown steadily built an opening partnership of 31 before Noah Davis was run out by Bath skipper, Tim Rouse. There was then a number of important contributions from the Lansdown batters, including half centuries from Praneel Choughule (52) and Sam Pearce (52), but the Bath off spinners, Tim Rouse ((4-23) and Louis Brown (3-35) kept a tight grip on the run rate as they picked up regular wickets. Fittingly, Brown trapped Matt Thomas in front to end the Lansdown innings on 209 all out in the 47th over.

In response, Bath’s opening partnership of Jack Scrivens and Bradley Porteous batted very positively to ensure that they stayed ahead of the run rate should rain arrive. In the 19th over with Bath on 139 without loss, and both openers recording half centuries, the rain started to fall. However, Bath were well ahead of the revised target of 79 in 23 overs, so they recorded a 10 wicket win. Scrivens, with over 1,200 runs this season was undefeated on 77, and Porteous, who nearly has 1,000 runs, 55 not out.

Bath remain 10 points ahead of Potterne in Premier One.  

Bath CC 2nd XI v Brislington CC 1st XI

The Bath 2nd XI match against Brislington 1st XI was heavily affected by the weather, as the home side recorded a seven wicket victory. With only a few showers expected, Bath skipper, Will Arney won the toss and chose to get runs on the board first. The Bath innings started steadily, but lost the inform Campbell McKegg for 18, and although Henry Allen (20) and Kester Moseley (17) took the innings up to 51 before Moseley fell, a series of heavy rain showers then hugely impacted on Bath’s innings as there was a long rain delay, which reduced the match to just 24 overs a side. The Bath batters returned to the crease, but then lost regular wickets to finish 90-8 from their 24 overs.

Although Brislington were set a revised target of 122 in their 24 overs, they batted positively from the start with M Ayres (26 from 10 balls) really giving the innings a boost before he was caught behind off the bowling of Joe Heywood. The home side only lost another two wickets on route to victory, with skipper Chris Munden (31*) and Josh Whitemore (24*) taking Brislington to their seven wicket win with almost four overs still to be bowled. Brislington have now leapfrogged Bath into second place in the league as a result of this win. 

Bath CC 3rd XI v Midsomer Norton CC 2nd XI

Bath 3rd XI hosted Midsomer Norton 2nd XI on Saturday at the Brownsword Ground. Midsomer Norton won the toss and elected to field, and this proved a good decision as they removed three Bath batters with only 19 on the board. Tim Scott (55) and Richard Pandya (50) then rebuilt Bath’s innings with a partnership of 118, and then the young Toby Eayres smashed 36, including six boundaries, to help take the home side up to a slightly under par, 201-6 off their 40 overs.

Midsomer Norton made a stuttering start, losing both openers with 27 on the board and the match looked nicely poised. However, just as Jon Ablett and Tom Webb began to rebuild the rain arrived to impact the match. When eventually the players returned to the field, Midsomer Norton were set a revised target, which they reached with only three wickets down, to win by seven wickets. Ablett finished 57 not out from 60 balls. Bath remain mid-table in Division Two.  

Bath CC 4th XI v Bristol Aces 1st XI

Bath’s 4th XI match against Bristol Access 1st XI was abandoned after just five overs were bowled, and Bath were ten without loss.

Bath CC 1st XI v Clevedon CC 1St XI – Somerset T20 Major Knockout Cup – Semi Final

Bath 1st XI continued their winning ways on Sunday, with a four wicket win in the Somerset T20 Major Knockout Cup Semi Final against Clevedon 1st XI. Clevedon won the toss and elected to bat and despite a number of batters getting into double figures, nobody went on to post a significant score, and this led the home side to post a slightly under par 127-8 from their 20 overs. Pick of the Bath bowlers were George Axtell (2-24), James Arney (2-23) and Campbell McKegg (2-26).

Bath’s reply was built around an excellent 58 not out from number three, Jason Marshall who took his side home in the 19th over despite wickets tumbling around him at regular intervals, as Iraq Thomas (3-25) bowled particularly well. This win means that Bath now progresses to the final.

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