Blenheim Park CC vs Islip – 23rd July 2017

BPCC beat Islip(122) by 3 wickets
Captain Cox’s slow march to victory transformed by Charlie Bethell’s unbeaten 50

Local rivals Islip elected to bat and their opener bamboozled by James Talbot’s opening ball (wide to gully) took a liking to the next ball a full toss hit it straight to Keyes at square leg ….out!
There then followed a pretty dull 50 partnership over 18 overs – until Captain Cox surprisingly brought himself on and it wasn’t long before he had their No2 Batsmen(31) LBW and then Keyes produced a good opening over bowling the No4 with his 4th ball. Cox then had the next batmen smartly caught by back in form Keeper Kerr.(2 catches no byes) Soon Islip were reeling at 74/8 with Keyes(8/3/8/3) picking up two more and Cox (8/1/23/4 )- Gokani was brought back into the attack(7/1/36/0) and Charlie Bethell at the other end dishing up some short balls that were dispatched to the boundary . Chairman Shaw fielding in close took several blows to the body adding to last week’s bruises. Bethell eventually finished the innings off (5/1/20/2) with Keyes just holding onto a dolly at fly slip.
In the absence of Mike (otherwise detained)– Walker produced an excellent tea.
Cox and Gokani opened the batting- Suffice to say the opening stand lacked much vigour! After 10 overs the score had lurched to 7 runs Eventually Gokani (2) played his first aggressive stroke and was caught at mid on in the 12th over with the score on a heady 15. Leakies(2) felt he should show intent and missed a straight one and David Atcherley-S uncharacteristically scratched around and was bowled off the best ball of the day (0)
James Talbot strode to the wicket and a quick fire 18 including a six moved the score along to 48 before he was clean bowled – Kerr contributed 8 before holing out to mid on- leaving the score on 65/5 off 29 overs – The rate had gone from 3.05/over to 5.25 !!
In strode Bethell making light work of the bowling , and in spite of losing Coxy eventually being caught behind (31 runs of 33 overs!) Samples(2) and Travi (0 n.o) he chased down the runs with 2 overs to spare with 4 needed to win and Charlie on 45 he duly hit a six to bring up his fifty and a win for BPCC leaving the bemused/relieved Hughes No 10 and Shaw (no 11) to unbuckle their pads and head for the pub.
Smart new caps were distributed bringing up the dress standard and negating the need for the usual plethora of unsavoury headgear Thank you to our kit sponsors (Woodstock Arms)

Dropert Kerr – 24/07/17