Match reports 9th/10th July
11 July 2022
Bath CC 1st XI v Clevedon 1st XI
Bath 1st XI travelled to the Dial Hill ground in Clevedon on Saturday to face Clevedon’s 1st XI.
With near perfect batting conditions, Tim Rouse won the toss and elected to bat. Bath got off to a fine start with 52 on the board before they lost Scrivens for 25, but this brought the in-form number three, Ashur Morrison to the crease and he quickly got into his work putting on 83 before Brad Proteous became Max Horton’s second victim, out for a run a ball 77. Although Ben Wells (7) departed quickly, Morrison continued to be supported by Sam Young (33) before he himself became the fifth wicket to fall, out for an excellent 86. Skipper, Tim Rouse (32*) and Harry Ellison (16*) then brought the Bath innings to a close at 299-5.
Clevedon’s innings also got off to a solid start with opener, Cameron Harding first to go for 28 with the score on 49-1. Fellow opener, Louie Woodlands (52) and Josh Breed (51) then put on a further 63 runs for the second wicket, before Woodlands was out to the off spin of Tim Rouse. The Bath bowlers then kept the pressure on and although a number of the Clevedon batters made double figures, nobody was able to impose themselves on the game as opening bowler, Paul Muchall returned to claim three wickets to help the Bath side bowl out Clevedon for 237 in the 48th over and claim a 62-run victory. Tim Rouse also impressed with the ball, finishing with 3-52 off his ten overs. Bath 1st XI extended their lead at the top of Premier One by 36 points as their unbeaten run in the league continues.
Bath CC 2nd XI v Keynsham CC 1st XI
With cloudless skies and the sun beating down at North Parade, it was unsurprising that after winning the toss, Bath skipper Kester Moseley chose to bat first. Although Bath lost opener Thiaan Aspeling with only 26 on the board, a second wicket stand of 74 took the score up to 100 before Henry Allen fell, bowled by Tom Bryan for 45. Kester Moseley continued to bat well with the middle order before he was out for an excellent 71, with the Bath total on 160. The middle and lower order then all contributed a further 90 runs to take the total up to a very competitive 250 all out.
Bath’s opening bowlers then made the perfect start by removing Will Burston with only nine on the board. But opener Ris Biswa and number three, Ben Ackland then piled on the runs, putting on almost 200 runs for the second wicket, before Ackland was bowled for 44. Another 22 runs were added before Biswa was out for a matching winning 156 off just 124 balls, with 25 fours and three sixes. Bath continued to take wickets, but the Keynsham batters were in a strong position and passed Bath’s total with six overs to go and with three wickets in hand.
Bath CC 3rd XI v Bristol Pakistanis CC 1st XI
Bath 3rd XI played hosts to Bristol Pakistanis 1st XI at the Brownsword ground on Saturday in the First Division of the Bristol & District league. Bristol Pakistanis skipper, Urfan Malik won the toss and elected to bat. Bath’s opening bowlers got off to a great start, with Will Ireland (4-48) removing the Bristol Pakistanis top three batters with only 24 on the board. But an innings of 63 from Jawad Khan and contributions of 30+ from four middle order batters took the Bristol Pakistanis score up to an above par, 299 all out.
Bath lost Toby Eayres early, bowled by Urfan Malik for one, but Alan Alex and the young, Benjamin Church then began to rebuild the innings, before Alex departed for 27. Church then went on to hit an excellent 65, but although the next five Bath batters all made double figures, nobody went on to score a significant score, which may have made a difference in the run chase, which eventually fell 67 runs short as Bath were bowled out for 232 in the 37th over.
Bath CC 4th XI v Chilcompton Sports CC 1st XI
Bath 4th XI made the short trip to Chilcompton to record an excellent win on Saturday against Chilcompton’s 1xt XI.
Chilcompton won the toss and elected to bat, which proved to be the right decision as the openers put on a stand of 76, before Chris Dunn departed for 50. With contributions from Ben Futcher (36) and Rob Bath (39), Chilcompton finished their innings on a competitive 209-7. Bath’s reply stuttered - with the score on 42-3 when number five, Ben Southern strode to the crease. This was the turning point in the Bath innings, as Southern compiled an excellent match winning hundred, finishing 118 not out at the close, as Bath knocked off the runs with three overs to spare, and with five wickets in hand.
Bath CC Wanderers 1st XI v Briton Ferry Steel CC Women’s 1st XI
On another hot sunny afternoon, Bath CC Wanderers skipper, Emma Godman won the toss and decided to bat against top of the table side, Briton Ferry Steel CC Women’s 1st XI. This decision proved the right one, as both Bath openers got into their work quickly, scoring freely to put on a great stand of 119, before Emma Godman (49) fell just short of her fifty with an innings which included nine fours. Emma’s opening partner, Charlotte Philips then batted well with the middle order to be the last person out for an excellent 65 off just 80 balls with seven fours, as the Bath innings closed on 163-3 from their allotted 30 overs.
Bath’s opening bowlers then made two early breakthroughs to leave the Briton Ferry reply on 21-2. But, number three, Ellie Hopkins (63*) and Jodie Bounds (33) played positively to provide a real impetus to the innings, and when Bounds was trapped in front by Emily Smith, Hopkins continued to effectively bat with the middle and lower order. Megs Woodward bowled an important spell to pick up two wickets towards the end of the Britton Ferry innings, and with a run-out, it was just enough for the Bath Wanderers to restrict the battings side to 157-6, just six runs short of the Wanderers total, and for the Bath side to win the match. The Wanderers now sit third in the South West Women’s Regional Premier League.