Match reports 4th June

5 June 2022

Bath 1st X1 v Potterne 1st XI

Bath 1st XI travelled to Wiltshire club, Potterne CC and recorded a very convincing win by 174 runs on Saturday.

Potterne won the toss and with overcast skies and some moisture in the pitch they elected to bowl first. A patient start from the Bath openers laid the basis for what was to come. It took until the ninth over for Potterne’s bowlers to claim their first wicket by removing opener Jack Scrivens for 17. Four overs later they then claimed the wicket of in form, Brad Porteous for 16, and shortly after Sam Young was back in the pavilion for 6.

At 81-3 the match could have swung either way, but Ashur Morrison with a run a ball 83 and captain Tim Rouse with a powerful 141 (including eight sixes) began the rebuild with a partnership of 104, and after Morrison and Harry Ellison (11) departed, no 7 Paul Muchall joined Rouse to put on a further 127. After Rouse was out for 141 off just 86 balls going for another huge blow, Muchall continued to be aggressive to finish 76 not out to help close the Bath innings on 398-6 off their 50 overs.

Requiring more than eight runs an over from the start, Potterne began well with the openers putting on over 40 before Bath’s bowlers, Paul Muchall and Harry Hankins struck - picking up both openers caught behind. Hankins then trapped Potterne’s number three, Wesley Coulentianos in front without troubling the scorers to leave Potterne on 43-3 in just the eighth over. The Wiltshire side never really recovered, and despite captain, Neil Clark top-scoring with 46*, the game was always destined for a Bath win, with Potterne finishing their innings 224-9, 174 runs adrift. Bath picked up 19 points to remain unbeaten with five league wins out of five, and top of Premier One.


Bath CC 2nd XI v Congresbury 1st XI

A disappointing home batting display at North Parade saw Bath 2nd XI lose to Congresbury 1st XI by 179 runs.

Bath’s captain Kester Moseley won the toss and elected to field. Bath’s opening bowlers were unable to pick up early wickets and although first change bowler, Tim Scott was the pick of the bowlers with 3-29 from his ten overs, the Congresbury innings was built around two major contributions – from keeper, Matthew Thompson (73) and middle order batter, Joseph Thompson who hit 115 from 88 balls to take Congresbury’s innings to an impressive 316-6.

Bath’s reply never really got going with regular wickets falling and no batter scoring over 30. As a result, Bath were bowled out for 137 in the 41st over. Congresbury’s best bowler was Sam Evans with 4-26.

Bath CC 3rd XI v Downend CC 2nd XI

Bath 3rd XI played hosts to Downside 2nd XI at the Brownsword ground on Saturday.

Downend won the toss and elected to field. Despite losing opener Toby Eayres for just 13, Jack Hewish (87) and Harley Sandford (78) rebuilt the innings with an excellent partnership. Although no other batter managed to get into double figures, the Bath innings finished on a competitive 209-9 off 40 overs.

Bath’s bowler started well removing both openers but Downend’s number three, Shayan Irfan (81) and number four, Oliver Jackson (49) then helped the Bristol side power to victory by five wickets with eight overs still to be bowled.

Bath CC 4th XI v Congresbury 2nd XI

Bath 4th XI travelled to Congresbury on Saturday to record an excellent win by 24 runs.

Bath won the toss and elected to bat. Despite losing an early wicket, talented young opener, Luke Stringer batted exceptionally well to reach 56, and there were also a number of solid contributions from David Pennington (36*) and Jonathan Green (51*) to help take the Bath innings to 196-4 from their 40 overs.

Congresbury’s innings got off to a fine start with openers Lewis (44) and Castle (56) putting on a 101 stand. But when these two both fell, the Bath bowlers stayed on top taking regular wickets as only one other Congresbury batter got into double figures. In the end, Congresbury were bowled out with three overs to go and still 24 runs adrift. Scott Sandford (4-40), Andy Roberts (3-24) and Peter Briggs (2-7) were the pick of the bowlers.

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