Match Report by Dropert Kerr
BPCC Undone by SAFFA semi-pro (again)
BPCC-194/9 Great Tew 196/6 (40over match)
Blenheim batted first Openers Keyes and Kerr faced with some hostile bowling got the side off to a solid start 62 off 13 overs with Keyes crashing fours to both sides of the wicket and Kerr holding up the other end Keyes (42) was caught at first slip by the same fielder who dropped him 3rd ball. Rupert Kelly soon got the pace of the wicket and looked assured as he scored runs freely. Kerr departed bowled by their Overseas Professional Adams. Phil Boardman(2) putting on the whites for the first time in a decade also perished in similar fashion (Adams 8o/1m/2w/15) – West and Kelly ran well between the wickets keeping the scoreboard ticking West was bowled (15), John Blunt(2) came and went bringing Alan Engel to wicket , unused to finding a partner running twos found the going tough but got his bat on enough ball to accumulate 12 runs before being forced to retire (surely a first) due “being unable to breath” …or poss a way of preserving his batting average. Kelly perished for a well earned 60 – Spearman father and son had a brief partnership until Father called for a little over optimistic single and was run out (3) Angol struck a fine four and both he and Jake Spearman remained not out.
Tea (8/10)was taken in their smart clubhouse (Sky TV + Wifi FFS !)
Great Tew started slowly and were soon under the spell of birthday boy Angol , for the first time in recent memory he bowled his 8 overs on the bounce, and proceeded to remove the top three batsmen (8/0/3/24)- Spearman Snr kept things tight at the other end. West came on and after giving them 3 long hops on leg side that were despatched to the boundary managed to beguile them with one on the stumps and Phil Boardman took an good catch with the approach of the Semi Pro Adams to the wicket Capt West promptly took himself off! Keyes bowled a couple of overs but injured his back and had to leave the field – Spearman came back to finish his spell with the highlight being his “Warny” delivery that ex captain now defector Canham played all around and it hit top of middle peg! Rupert K produced our only non spin spell with a one wicket reward and John Blunt was on the end of Adams in full flow. Gokani’s magic turned to cannon fodder .Fast forward and hour as Adams hit a chanceless 115 not out Phil B became quite familiar with the contours of the field over midwicket boundary !– Quite what a player of this standard was bludgeoning our (depleted) bowling attack for on a Sunday afternoon only he will know –
Special mention of Jake Spearman (banned from bowling by his Pa) in the field who was exemplary
And thanks to the supporters Alan /Matt /David/Caroline and Sarah who outnumbered their’s by 5/1
Even though we lost thank to Malcolm for calming the team down before walking off the pitch
And boys it was all worth it after we bowled (collective pressure ) middle stump !!!!
…AND I SEE WE JUST BEAT THE SAFFAS IN THE TEST TO CLINCH FIRST SERIES WIN SINCE 1998 !