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BPCC v Barton Abbey 2pm 19 July 2015 – Blenheim Park Cricket Club

BPCC v Barton Abbey 2pm 19 July 2015

Courtesy of Malcolm West

We won the Toss and predictably batted first. Against average bowling Marc and Coxy piled on the runs relentlessly until Martin was given out bowled in a way, was he; wasn’t he (WG Grace moment replacing the bails) incident?  The middle order arrived and mostly got in the order of 20 and out as we set a big total, significant support being provided by newbie Charlie Bethell with 77. Marc fell on 114 and we totalled out with a massive 310-6 from 40 overs, the par score on the new wicket needs some serious revision upwards!


After a delicious tea Barton Abbey started their reply…slowly and were never in touching distance of chasing Blenheim’s record home score in David’s memory. Sadly their opening bat,  who complained of a low pitch, got a rising delivery in the crown jewels and soon was caught behind the wicket off George Talbot by Stan the man catch them if you can – he could – and caught 3 behind the stumps but did not celebrate much!

A good opening spell by George Talbot bagged another and Phil looking like he was back to his best but remaining wicketless as they defended. Will Cox bowled a tight spell but couldn’t tempt them to play and so it fell to the ‘2ndstring’ spin attack to get a break through.  First blood to Allan with his first wicket in a year , last week batting at 5 this week first change at the desirable walker end , whatever next?  Then West bagged one and a change of end the floodgates opened ending with 4-30. The last wicket popped up as an easy catch to Allan was shelled and the returning Talbot bagged the last wicket in the last over as BPCC bagged a 160 run (yes don’t adjust your sets) victory at 8pm.  Those of us still allowed out after 8pm retired to the kings to drink at Marc’s pleasure. 2 tons in three weeks only separated by a run out looks like the batting cup may be sown up already – if we can find it!