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Feversham Lens
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Also at this one Day 3 Admission £8 (concession) Excellent souvenir brochure £1 Scorecard 80p Car Park £5 Various food outlets, of which the most unusual was the gelato which was simply divine.
The setting here really is absolutely magnificent with the unfolding proceedings overlooked by the glowering Howgill Fell which towers above this delightful stone town which although in Cumbria...


To don my pedant's hat: the two Howgill fells above Sedbergh (and the cricket ground) are Crook and Winder.


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Derbyshire are using Chesterfield this season, Northamptonshire don’t use outgrounds so guessing you meant them instead.

Depends on what you mean by Premier Competition when referring to the County Championship as such. The 100 is a pathetic joke but then the same could be said of the Kent v Warwickshire game this week or Glamorgan v Northamptonshire in April when it was obvious in the first hour the game would be a draw because of the pitches produced.



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totallyuntamed
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Jul 7, 2019, 11:34 AM

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Thanks for that Steelback. That is what comes when you do things late at night without checking! I did indeed mean Northants (not Derbyshire) and by outgrounds I mean anywhere other than the county's headquarters.Agree with you entirely about some of the pitches being prepared for championship matches.



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totallyuntamed
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Jul 7, 2019, 11:36 AM

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I stand corrected Feversham Lens.



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Sunday 7th July 2019
Hunslet Nelson versus Bowling Old Lane
Jack Hampshire Cup, Quarter-Final (40 over match, 1pm start)
Bowling Old Lane won the toss and elected to bat
Bowling Old Lane 178 off 37.1 overs lost by five wickets to Hunslet Nelson 181-5 off 32.2 overs
Free admission, no programmes (Hunslet Nelson's 20pp 2019 fixture handbook available, free, from the clubhouse)
Attendance 53 (h/c)
Mug of tea 80p, cricket teas available (didn't sample)


Good to visit Hunslet Nelson during their 150th anniversary season. They eased aside Jack Hampshire Cup holders Bowling Old Lane (missing six regulars, we were told) in an all-Championship Two (sixth versus 12th) semi-final. The 40-over competition, a relic of the defunct Central Yorkshire League, is for clubs in the Bradford League's bottom two divisions.

Bowling Old Lane, opting to bat, suffered what many saw as a mortal blow when opener Farakh Hussain was removed, for just 14, by home skipper Will Stiff (3-34). Veteran Hussain is usually good for a few runs. Indeed, his efforts with the bat during the 2018 Jack Hampshire Cup Final, in which Bowling Old Lane beat Keighley at Carlton Cricket Club, secured the official man of the match award. From 21-2, Ahsan Butt (31) and Zeeshan Haider (23) added 52 for the third wicket. Amjid Hussain (36) and Arslan Mahmood (29) put on 55 for the fifth. Unfortunately, the visitors' last five wickets went down for the addition of just 17 runs. Pacer Saad Shaik (3-21) was introduced, to telling effect, late in the innings. Dan Cross took 2-32.

Andy McIntosh (53), whose physique is reminiscent of Mike Gatting's, and Jack Scanlon (21) served notice of Hunslet Nelson's intentions with a first wicket partnership worth 70. On a wicket offering very little bounce, Bowling Old Lane's attack lacked penetration. A purple patch for the visitors saw the hosts stumble, to 105-4 from 90-2. But Stiff (40 not out) and young wicketkeeper Sam Haigh (30) steadied the ship by adding 49 for the fifth wicket. Amjid Hussain (2-49) was Bowling Old Lane's most successful bowler. Sloppy fielding did little to help the visitors' cause.

Hunslet isn't a particularly nice district of Leeds but Nelson's ground, sandwiched between Gipsy Lane and the outer ring road, is surprisingly green and pleasant. Trees and shrubs line the east and west sides. Clubhouse and dressing rooms, separate portable buildings, are located at the south end, beyond which are new houses. Nelson (we couldn't find anyone able to explain the origin of the name) plan to erect a 'proper' pavilion at this end. Ample parking is available in the southeast corner, by the entrance on Gipsy Lane, a dead end. Looking north, beyond rows of red-brick terraces, a Hunslet hallmark, there is a fine view of central Leeds (Bridgewater Place - aka The Dalek - stands out amid the urban sprawl) and the low hills over to Cookridge. Hunslet Nelson's pitch, flatter and larger than many in the Bradford League, is most impressive. Given the amount of spare turf, it could be even bigger. Apparently, the club spent £60,000 recently on improvements to the outfield. Permanent nets can be found in the southwest corner. Plenty of well-made bench seats, most bearing touching memorial plaques, line both sides of an extremely tidy ground.

Hunslet Nelson now go into the semi-final draw along with this afternoon's other winners: Birstall, Buttershaw St Paul's and Yeadon. All the semi-finalists are from Championship Two, the Bradford League's third tier. Yeadon lie second, Birstall third, Buttershaw St Paul's fifth and Hunslet Nelson sixth.


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National Village KO Cup Regional Finals

Cumnor CC
Cumnor 176-9 lost to Sarisbury Athletic 177-7 by 3 wickets
Admission free no scorecards
Att: approx 200 half of which had come up from Hampshire


An upset of sorts as 2nd tier Hampshire based side defeated their Premier Division opponents on their own turf.

Sarisbury were well drilled bowling and fielding wise from the off and the hosts who won the toss and batted first struggled to get any rhythm going bar a 4th wicket partnership of 80, but once that was ended to make it 122-4 their struggles got worse and it looked to the naked eye they were 20 or so runs short.

Not that Sarisbury's batting was particularly sparkling with a few getting into the 30's and 1 into the 40's, but it was probably the amount of wides and extra balls which cost the hosts more.

The hosts may be upset by some of the umpires non-decisions including a clear edge caught behind not given , but there was no need for the wicket keeper to go up and kick the stumps over and throw his gloves off, needing to be calmed down his captain as indeed were the whole team after being reprimanded by the umpires.

A side from Fareham Borough continue to march on towards Lords!



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Jul 10, 2019, 12:06 AM

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A busy weekend in Hampshire started on the Saturday with a visit to Burridge CC (recently covered by Splodge on 25/5/19). In the sweltering heat, table topping Bashley (Rydal) produced the expected victory at a ground which also boasts a facility for playing boule. On Monday it was a re-visit to The Rose Bowl for day three of Hampshire v Warwickshire but the real reason for the trip was the middle game:
BROADHALFPENNY BRIGANDS v HAMBLEDON
SUNDAY 7TH JULY, 2019
FRIENDLY (PLAYED FROM 2PM TO 20 OVERS AFTER 6PM)
AT BROADHALFPENNY DOWN CRICKET GROUND, HYDEN FARM LANE, CLANFIELD.
HAMBLEDON 176 ALL OUT BROADHALFPENNY BRIGANDS 146 FOR 6 (MATCH DRAWN).
A long held ambition to visit 'The Cradle of Cricket' was finally realised and it was an experience I can heartily recommend.
Most readers of this site will be aware of the grounds history but briefly it was the home of the Hambledon Club from 1753 to 1781. They are regarded as the first proper cricket club and played a major role in the development of the game. Apparently the game on 24th to 25th June, 1772 between a Hampshire XI and an England XI is regarded as first class game no.1 in some archives.
Throughout the 19th Century the ground returned to agriculture and after a brief renaissance in 1908 was permanently restored to host cricket in 1925. In 1959 the Broadhalfpenny Brigands CC was formed by a group of Royal Navy officers and this season therefore marks their 60th anniversary. They currently play about 30 friendly games per season, mostly on Sundays, while league cricket is hosted in the form of Hambledon 3rds who use the ground on Saturdays.
I had thought my visit was doomed during a downpour on the A27 but things were much drier up on the Down. Approaching from Clanfield the famous Bat & Ball Inn is clearly visible on the top of the hill. You turn right here then immediately left into the ground with parking on the grass. As befits such an historic ground the relatively new pavilion is a delight, made in lovely pale brown wood. A first floor balcony finished in white railings runs either side of a central clock tower. Inside the dressing rooms are reached through an open area which hosts numerous displays of photos, etc. which can easily pass any spare time.
One fortuitous aspect of my visiting this season was that the club had produced a 24 page full colour brochure to mark the Brigands 60th Anniversary and these were available in the clubhouse with all offers of payment politely refused.
Next to the pavilion is a marquee which is erected for the whole season and the other notable feature is the monument to Hambledon Cricket Club which stands inside the ground but directly opposite the Bat & Ball Inn. This isn't an area of the ground to watch from as the smell of cooking wafting across the road was unmistakable. Many people recommended the Inn to me as an eatery but, first things first, there's cricket to be watched!
The road borders one side of the ground and one end is enclosed by a wooded copse but the other two sides are open to spectacular views of the Downs with woods and fields stretching away for miles. The charming lady scorer for the Brigands informed me that the rain would stay away if it stayed clear "down the valley" and so it proved.
On a ground with somewhat inconsistent slopes, the cricket was played in the manner of an MCC game at an out ground with new batsmen applauded to the pitch. Brigands never looked like reaching their target of 177 but it was clear it couldn't have mattered less to the participants who were just enjoying the pleasure of cricket at a wonderful ground. My feelings exactly.
Anyone who feels like making the same journey will find full fixture details, etc. on the Broadhalfpenny Brigands CC website.



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Tuesday 09-07-19 6pm
Norfolk T20 Cup group match
Vauxhall Mallards 119-6 (20.0) Horsford 120-6 (18.1)
Manor Park, Horsford

Also in attendance was norwich6 who I chatted to during Horsford's innings. VM batted first and set a target of 120 which I thought Horsford might eclipse earlier than they did but a pretty comfortable win all the same.



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


totallyuntamed
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Jul 10, 2019, 11:21 PM

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Derbyshire Premier League Saturday July 6th Alvaston and Boulton 134 41.4 overs Sandiacre 83 21.5 overs No admission charge or scorecard.
A quite remarkable game with the batsmen of both teams being perplexed and poleaxed on a wicket which clearly had a lot of demons within it, to such an extent that no fewer than 9 of the 20 wickets to fall were bowled. There were two outstanding knocks in the AB innings which were largely responsible for their victory: opener Matthew Arnold with 46 and late order batsman Ahmad Zazai with an unbeaten 50. In response the visitors were never able to get going, losing wickets at regular intervals with the young paceman Matthew Wheatcroft bowling unchanged to return the magnificent figures of 7 for 45. No doubt the heavily overcast and rainy conditions had a lot to do with the low scoring but there surely should have been more than 217 runs in the game.The ground is easily spotted on the Derby Ring Road; it is well signposted and you will catch sight of it well before the left turn into the car park. It is overlooked by Derby Rolls Royce so I would have to say it is lacking a little in scenic splendour in comparison to so many of the other grounds I have visited this season. There is a large car park here but the amount of detritus lying around does nothing to enhance the overall appearance of the ground. Having said that there is a newish single storey pavilion which replaced the second of two previous ones, both of which were destroyed by fire.





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totallyuntamed
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National Village Knockout Trophy Regional Final Astwood Bank 303-7 40 overs Fillongley 248-7 40 overs Tea (as much as you can eat for £2) Cup of tea £1

I do enjoy my visits to Astwood Bank as they are a well run, well supported club who always make a big effort for these matches. The start was scheduled for 1.30, almost certainly because Astwood Bank would get more money through the bar by starting the game later as it is habitual for spectators to turn up after their lunch or their morning duties. However, that meant that we didn't finish till 7.55 with Fillongley taking an age to get through their 40 overs (3 hours). It is not hard to see why Fillongley are struggling this season as their bowling here was woeful with at least 2 bad balls being bowled each over which the AB batsmen took full advantage of on a docile wicket with skipper Pete Alexander scoring exactly a hundred. Fillongley had no pace bowler, the majority of their bowlers were military medium at best and a succession of long hops and full tosses were sent down. They conceded 12 wides and 2 no balls, dropped one absolute sitter and were guilty of sloppy fielding regularly throughout the innings. Many balls were lost and there appeared no cogent plan by the home team to replace them which accounted for lengthy delays on several occasions and a funereal over rate of 23 in the first 2 hours. In response Fillongley never looked like getting close and in the face of much better bowling, fielding and one particularly brilliant catch from AB were content to play out the last few overs without really going for it.
Fillongley are undoubtedly suffering from the influx of Warwickshire teams relegated from the bottom two divisions of the Birmingham League at the end of last season following the reduction of the BPL to two divisions and are looking very likely to be relegated from Warwickshire One. Given that they only made three changes from their team for Saturday's match they must have been very disappointed with their performance here. Astwood Bank, who are going very well in the Worcestershire Premier after their relegation from the Birmingham League, have been rewarded with another home tie, against Milford Hall who are in a similar position to them in the Staffordshire Premier League.If you are planning on coming to this game get here early as there is very little parking at the ground and the narrow country lanes which surround the ground soon fill up! Like so many other grounds I have visited this year have an impressive new pavilion and are to be commended for the entrepreneurial approach they took to the game.




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A belated posting for this game, due to the insistence of Play-Cricket that the game had been awarded to Newtown Linford. That has now been corrected so the original result stands.
ELECTRICITY SPORTS v NEWTOWN LINFORD
SATURDAY 29TH JUNE, 2019
LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
ELECTRICITY SPORTS 241 FOR 7 (45.0) NEWTOWN LINFORD 222 FOR 9 (45.0)
ELECTRICITY SPORTS WON BY 19 RUNS.


A fascinating chance to visit the New Bridge Street ground in Leicester, currently home of Electricity Sports but from 1901 until the Second World War it was the home of Leicestershire CCC. After they moved to Grace Road the local electricity board took over use of the ground but the present club has no link with those days despite maintaining the name.


The highlight of the ground is the two storey, ancient white pavilion which has survived from the days of first class cricket. The first floor now houses the dressing rooms and a rather pleasing colonnade effect leads into the club room on the ground floor. Here there are pictures to be enjoyed showing the ground in it's heyday. Once back outside it was engrossing trying to picture where the stands and seating formerly stood.


Although not the prettiest of grounds, there is ample to keep your interest. In the immediate vicinity is Leicester City FC's King Power Stadium, a large apartment block situated on their former home at Filbert Street, many industrial units of a certain age, a development of smart four storey flats, a forest of pylons and finally the roof girders from the rugby ground just visible over other buildings. The flats were actually built on part of the former outfield which reduced the ground in the direction of Aylestone Road. The current ground is still more than adequate for club cricket so it must have been huge in the days of first class cricket. One additional impact is that the pavilion now appears to be 'off centre' when previously it would have been in the middle of the ground.


Electricity Sports went into the game in the bottom two but produced a surprise to beat third placed Newtown Linford. Andy Deacon's 92 was crucial in their total of 241 in the allotted 45 overs which they then successfully defended, despite Newtown Linford being 137 for 1 at one stage. Their celebrations at the end were well earned on what was a baking hot day.



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Saturday 13th July 2019
Heywood versus Moorside
Greater Manchester League, Championship 1A (tier two, 50 over match, 1pm start)
Heywood won the toss and elected to field
Moorside 187-9 off 50 overs (5pts) beat by 10 runs Heywood 177 off 47.1 overs (0pts)
Free admission, no programmes
Attendance 100 (h/c, with at least another hundred in attendance for a cancer charity fundraiser)
Mug of tea 70p, BBQ food available (didn't sample)


Very late change of plan this morning - and delighted with how things turned out. A forecast for showers at Chester-le-Street prompted us to bin our free tickets for Durham-Worcestershire, and head to east Lancashire, predicted to be dry throughout, for this first-versus-second clash in the GMCL's second tier. Periodic checks of Durham's Twitter feed revealed play at The Riverside was interrupted several times for rain and bad light. At Crimble, we had sunny spells - and an excitingly close contest. Despite winning this important fixture, Moorside stay second, with Heywood dropping to third. Denton West, who beat Brooksbottom, climb from third to first.

A Moorside victory looked highly unlikely during the opening stages. The visitors, put in, slumped to 15-3, losing usually reliable South African professional Ernie Kemm for just five. Imran Khan (56) and Daniel Anchor (28) added 64 for the fifth wicket to give Moorside hope. Peter Broadhurst (28) and overseas amateur Nimroe Lategan (21), another South African, took up where Khan and Anchor left off to help post a defendable total. Former Glamorgan and Northamptonshire player James Kettleborough (3-56) and Sohail Asildada (2-14) were Heywood's most successful bowlers.

From 24-2, Heywood, looking in 2019 to bounce straight back to the Premier Division after relegation last season, reached 77-4 at drinks - matching exactly Moorside's return at that point. Opener Bobby Cross, a former Lancashire Seconds regular and Heywood's all-time record run-maker, hit an unbeaten 99 but three unnecessary run outs in the closing stages cost the hosts dearly. In effect, they chucked this one away. The next best score to Cross was 19, from Faisal Iqbal. Spinner Kemm, bowling a full allocation of 15 overs, made amends for his failure with the bat by taking 3-54. Richard Harrington had 2-33.

I really liked Heywood's large, well-appointed Crimble ground, located close to the River Roch (flooding has been a problem over the years), on the northern edge of a town I'd never visited before. The red-brick presence, beyond the southeast corner, of Mutual Mills, two long closed, semi-derelict, six floor cotton mills, provides a wonderful sense of location. A smart clubhouse/pavilion, behind a paddock of multi-row tip-up seats, is positioned in the southwest corner. Mature trees fringe the ground, so no shortage of shade. Plentiful parking at the south end. Lots of benches, many bearing plaques commemorating former club stalwarts. There is space beyond the boundary to park almost everywhere. There are permanent nets in the northeast corner. To the east, beyond Millers Brook, is a BMX circuit. Certainly well patronised this afternoon! The sole disappointment was lack of power in the scorebox, which meant the scorers, relocated to a pitchside table, had to make do with a rudimentary manual board - and were unable to provide live scoring via the league website.

Early in the game, I fell into conversation with a chap who turned out to be David Cross, the Heywood-born former Rochdale, Norwich, Coventry, West Brom, West Ham, Man City, Oldham, Bolton and Bury striker. Lovely fella. He had some fascinating, eye-opening tales (none of which I can repeat here) to tell from his time as a professional footballer. Career highlight was being in the West Ham team that beat Arsenal at Wembley to lift the 1980 FA Cup. David was in attendance at Crimble with his solicitor wife, Christine, a former England netball international. They were watching son Bobby, star of Heywood's innings.

This afternoon's game was earmarked as the second annual fundraiser for the Christie Hospital, Withington, one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe. At least half the circa 200 crowd were there for the fundraiser rather than the cricket. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves. Friendly people, I must say. Tomorrow morning, we'll retrace our steps along the M62 and over Windy Hill to watch Crompton host Burnley in the Lancashire League First Division.


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Sunday 14th July 2019
Crompton versus Burnley
Lancashire League, Division One (50 over match, 1pm start)
Burnley won the toss and elected to bat
Burnley 220-5 off 50 overs (12pts) beat by 64 runs Crompton 156 off 42.2 overs (0pts)
Admission £4
No programmes
Attendance 75 (h/c)
Tea £1, chips-with-everything food available (didn't sample)


A game which - unfortunately - panned out exactly as I feared saw Burnley, still third, win easily to close to within five points of leaders Walsden. Crompton, well beaten, slipped to the foot of the table, two points adrift, after Church's three-wicket victory at Rochdale. On this evidence, Crompton, poor in the field, brainless when batting and only too clearly short of confidence, will struggle to avoid relegation. Daryn Smit, Burnley's substitute professional, completely dominated proceedings. Every time I watch a match involving the South African, it's the same scenario. Bloody boring! Smit, again wearing his Derbyshire kit (isn't he good enough to play for them full time?), scored 88 (11 fours, two sixes) then took 6-50. Crompton's team of honest grafters had no answer to Smit's one-man demolition job.

To skate through the details: opener Liam Bedford (41) was, after Smit, Burnley's best run-maker. Carl Taylor (2-42) and Pakistani substitute professional Sami Aslam (2-62) led the bowling. None of the Crompton batters had a clue how to build an innings. To a man, they couldn't wait to get out. Some dreadful shots. Opener Mohammad Jamal (35) and No 4 Denis Louis (33) departed recklessly after flattering to deceive with a flurry of big hits. Pro Aslam contributed just three to wrap up an undistinguished Lancashire League debut. No 11 Matt Hodson (23) provided a little entertainment at the end, cracking five fours, before being bowled by Joe McCluskie (1-48). The players then raced to the clubhouse to watch the denouement of the World Cup Final.

Shame this 'contest' was so one-sided because Glebe Street (easiest access via Christine Street) is an attractive cricket ground. Pennine hills, rising impressively to the east and the north, make a pleasing backdrop. The pitch, a good size, slopes downhill from south to north. The dressing rooms and clubhouse, separate buildings in the southwest corner, don't have any aesthetic merit but undeniably 'do a job'. A paddock of benches is laid out in front of the clubhouse. The Glebe Street site also features a football pitch, on the small side and edged with orange and blue railings, and a bowling green. The latter was extremely busy this afternoon. The cricket clubhouse's main function room was hosting a noisy 18th birthday party. Could have done without that. The few youngsters present with an interest in cricket knocked up in the nets, located in the northwest corner, alongside the scorebox. They kept singing 'cricket's coming home'. The ECB would have been thrilled.

After the last Smit-ruined Lancashire League match I watched (earlier this season, at Norden), I vowed never again to attend another in which he was playing. I learned only this morning of his involvement in today's game. To my cost, I decided to stick with Plan A.

Just five Lancashire League grounds required to complete 'The 24': Church and Clitheroe (Division One) and East Lancashire, Great Harwood and Haslingden (Division Two).


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WESTON v BURSLEM
SATURDAY 13TH JULY, 2019
N.STAFFS & S.CHESHIRE LEAGUE DIV.ONE
AT THE ALAN HOLDCROFT MEMORIAL GROUND, MAIN ROAD, WESTON, CHESHIRE
WESTON 72 ALL OUT (20.5) BURSLEM 73 FOR 2 (13.0)


Due to a family member living in Weston for a period of time, this is a ground which I've passed on many occasions. With Weston CC rooted to the bottom of Division One, it seemed like this season seemed a good time to make a visit while they are at this level.


My plans appeared to be scrapped when the club announced early last week that they were folding their first XI with immediate effect due to financial issues and the lack of playing members. They intended to keep their second XI going, however, who currently play in Division Five. To my surprise, by Friday it was game on again! Apparently they had been persuaded by the League that it was more appropriate to fold their second XI, so their Division One fixtures were reinstated.


The game was in any case bottom v top and this background made the outcome on the field hardly a surprise. Weston chose to bat first and were 0 for 3 after one over (also including a dropped catch). This became 4 for 4 and 14 for 5, at which point I feared my lowest ever club cricket score of 32 (step forward Bethesda!) was in danger. Happily captain Sam Williams stepped up with 29 and led Weston to the relative heights of 72 all out. This was never likely to trouble Burslem and victory was achieved in 13 overs.


Weston's Main Road ground is very rural but does back on to the A531 which makes watching from that side of the ground rather noisy. Their pavilion looks like a domestic bungalow and houses the dressing rooms plus a function room with bar. Most interesting was the dilapidated building nearby which was presumably the original pavilion but now seems to be used for general storage. There is a large open area behind these two buildings which is used for car boot sales on Sundays.


While heading back to the car I overheard a comment from one of the Burslem supporters present to the effect that they would be surprised if Weston CC are around next season. That season will undoubtedly be in Division Two so I hope that their playing resources prove adequate for playing at a level with lesser demands on the club.



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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Yorkshire 2nd XI v Warwickshire 2nd XI

1st day of 3, Second Eleven Championship @ Stamford Bridge CC

Free Admission, Scorecards available free of charge

Stamford Bridge Cricket Club, which is about 8 miles from York hosted this game in which the first day was played in pretty much perfect weather for watching cricket. Rarely have I seen such an effort made by a host club for a county 2nd Eleven game - a tombola (with some hilarious prizes), raffle, bar and refreshments stand in the pavilion all did good business throughout the day.

The ground which is in a suburban setting and surrounded by housing on three sides is pleasant without being spectacular. Private gardens backed onto one side of the ground and I saw a few residents over the day take a seat out and watch proceedings. Parking was easily available at one end of the ground and you could watch the cricket from your car should you want to.

Batting first Warwickshire on a pitch that kept fairly low and at times runs very hard to come by declared on 327-9 just before the end of play, leaving Yorkshire to negotiate a few tricky overs at the end of the day.

The Warwickshire team contained an impressive looking 15 year old spinner by the name of Jacob Bethell - certainly a name to look out for.


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National Village Knockout Cup QF

Sarisbury Athletic (234-7 in 40 overs) beat North Perrott (184 in 36.1 overs) by 50 runs

admission free, no paper, attendance rising to about 140
5th in Southern League 1 v 5th in West of England Prem 2 Bristol/Somerset
Another good performance by the home team in their debut in this competition, now only one game away from a Lords' final! A bit like the last home game in this competition (v Burbage & ER) in that they had to battle to make a decent score on a pitch that gave some help for the bowlers. Again we wondered if it would be enough, but again their bowlers, this time the spinners, did the business. More runs in this game, however, and a centurion on each side.
A pretty steady 5.0-5.5 runs per over throughout the Sarisbury innings. They were never allowed to get away by the opposition, with some decent bowling and some keen (and loud) fielding. The seamers did quite well but the spinners were the ones that tied the batsmen down, and there was some turn too. The lady spinner (Lorraine, 1-24 in 8 overs) bowled at least two unplayable balls. The home team were 101-3 at halfway and stand of 97 between J.Hill, who made 101, and Journeaux ensured a decent, if not unbeatable, score. Running between the wickets was very important as they had to graft, and towards the end we had three runouts. 20 off the last two overs helped, too.
The visitors started quite slowly but were going along OK until the spinners came on. S.Hill and Kitcher grabbed three quick wickets and wormed their way through the middle order. 92-4 at halfway saw them still in with a chance. The appropriately-named Retter tried to save them but he fell after completing an excellent century (out of only 149) - bowled by J.Hill - and suddenly the numerous 20-30 stands weren't enough.
It looks like a long trip Reed (near Royston) in the semi-final, but this has been a great run. Good atmosphere today, boosted by a large numbers of visitors. Saw Splodge there too. North Perrott CC are known as 'the Monkeys'. It's on their badge and I saw a couple of inflatable ones too.



If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.

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Sunday 21st July 2019
Roe Green versus Denton St Lawrence
Derek Kay Cup (Greater Manchester League), Semi-Final (45 over match, 1pm start)
Roe Green won the toss and elected to bat
Roe Green 197-9 off 45 overs lost by four wickets to Denton St Lawrence 203-6 off 44 overs
Free admission, no programmes (Roe Green's 12-page 2019 fixtures/events booklet free from the clubhouse bar)
Attendance 238 (h/c)
Mug of tea 50p (cricket tea £3, didn't sample)


I've heard lots of good things about Roe Green's ground. This semi-final, against the Greater Manchester League Premier Division's runaway leaders, provided an ideal opportunity to visit what proved to be a hugely attractive enclosure. Roe Green, fourth in the top flight, 24 points - only five are awarded for a win - behind Denton St Lawrence, weren't quite good enough to upset the visitors, who secured victory with six balls to spare. St Lawrence now meet Royton, surprise 23-run winners at home to Woodhouses this afternoon, in the August 4 competition final at Monton Cricket Club. As things stand, top will face bottom in an all-Premier Division showdown. I gather the late Derek Kay was a Greater Manchester League stalwart.

On a beautifully prepared pitch, featuring a manicured outfield in much better shape than the bowling green next door, Roe Green found runs hard to come by. Opener Dan Cooper (46) was the only home batter to get settled. Ashley Williams, in at No 7, made an invaluable late contribution, finishing 31 not out. Luke Williams (28), Luke Norris (25) and Cooper's fellow opener Joe Gatenby-Brown (21) were all dismissed when appearing set to move on to a bigger score. Scott Kirvin (2-33), Neil Hornbuckle (2-39) and Mark Selby (2-44) shared the bulk of the wickets. Wicketkeeper Liam Parkinson impressed, stumping three batters and dismissing a fourth with a smart catch.

During the tea interval, rumblings among those present in a sizeable crowd suggested Roe Green's 197 wasn't going to be enough. Denton, 31-2 after eight overs, certainly didn't find their run chase entirely plain sailing. Partnerships between opener Adam Hawley (69) and South African professional Hornbuckle (41) then Matt Sonczak (32) and Kyle O'Reilly (26 not out) saw the visitors home. Of the Roe Green attack, Andy Hough (3-36) and Luke Williams (3-59) had the most joy.

Affluent Roe Green is a proper village, complete with pretty green, sandwiched between the M60 and the A580 (the East Lancs road). Traffic noise is its sole minus mark. I imagine residents, and regular cricket spectators, manage to tune it out. The cricket ground is part of a spacious site catering also for bowling (one green) and tennis (three courts). The key facilities are laid out along the west side. Pride of place goes to a lovely, traditional wooden pavilion. The adjacent clubhouse is modern. An elevated beer garden, on stilts, above the groundsman's store, provides a superb view of the play. Floral hanging baskets, outside the clubhouse and in front of the pavilion, are a delightful touch. Trees fringe the east side (where they're set back in a field) and north end. Cottages hemming in the west side include a former eighteenth century poorhouse, a stop on the Worsley History Trail. Access to Worsley Woods, bisected by the M60, is via a gate and a footpath. I had a wander during tea, enjoying its sylvan setting and a confluence of streams. Pre-match, we went for a stroll along the Tyldesley Loopline, an abandoned railway repurposed for use along a mile-and-a-half stretch by cyclists, runners and walkers. No shortage of green lungs for Roe Green's fortunate residents! The cricket club, which has limited on site parking (though there's plenty on Greenleach Lane), appeared to be a lively community hub. Certainly, the clubhouse bar was extremely busy this afternoon.


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Middlesex v Essex at Lords
T20 Blast

Full house last Thursday evening for the opening T20 of the season, helped no doubt by the appearance of the cricket World Cup trophy and a walk-around by Eoin Morgan.

Essex posted (what looked like) a competitive total, however this game was turned into a one-man-show by the classy AB deVilliers who absolutely thrashed Essex all over the park, posting approx two runs a ball for his 70-odd score.

it goes to show that having a truly world class player in cricket, playing against county cricketers is too much of a gap. This wasn’t a team sport, more of an individual display of quality.


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Friday 19 July
Leicestershire v Lancashire
Grace Road, Leicester
T20
Match abandoned without a ball bowled.
Admission: FOC


My wife is not a huge sports fan. She has accompanied me to a number of events over the years but a professional cricket match has never been one of them. However the prospect of a short game and free entry and hospitality finally encouraged her to try one. She also watched the denoument of the world cup final and was actually looking forward to it.

As we arrived the players were warming up. The toss was held then, in line with ancient tradition, the rain came down. We repaired to the bar. Wife happy, although slightly disappointed not to have seen any cricket. We try again with another free, hospitality-laden T20 at Leiceister on August 9.

Sunday 21 July
Gloucestershire 339/7 v Worcestershire
Cheltenham
Day One of Four
Admission: £20


This time sans wife I ventured to a ground I had long wanted to visit. I wasn't disappointed. The corporate branding everywhere was a little out of place but it is a beautiful venue.

Worcestershire opted to bowl and Gloucestershire made rather hard work of crawling to 125-4 with some difficult chances going down too. However the arrival of Ryan Higgins changed the game. He made an effortless half century off 32 balls before being dismissed for 76 just after tea. With a little more experience he might just have played himself back in after the break before attacking the leg-spin of Brett D'Oliviera. Higgins looks a real prospect. Apparently he can bowl too. The presence of D'Oliveira made me feel old. I saw not only his father but his grandfather play. Gloucestershire went on to reach a decent total thanks to a disciplined unbeaten 79 from Tom Smith before bad light stopped play four overs early.

One beef. When did batsman stop acknowledging the applause of the crowd after being dismissed? Not one did so yesterday even after making 40 plus. They are obviously disappointed at getting out but they need to get over themselves. It's just rude.


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Sarisbury Athletic (234-7 in 40 overs) beat North Perrott (184 in 36.1 overs) by 50 runs Saw Splodge there too.


The North Perrot team looked like it had a few youngsters drafted in, and one of the home officials who came and chatted said North Perrot said earlier in the week they were struggling to get their full first team out.

I thought the main difference as at Cumnor in Sarisbury's last round was in the fielding.

The dot ball pressure and good throwing by the home side made getting runs hard, whereas the visitors had a couple of bowlers who regularly bowled 1 or 2 bad balls per over which Sarisbury were able to get away.

As Paul said - great, warm and friendly atmosphere which was still going strong well after the last wicket and presentations had been completed.



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LANSDOWN v POTTERNE
SATURDAY 20TH JULY, 2019
WEST OF ENGLAND PREMIER CRICKET LEAGUE - PREMIER ONE
POTTERNE 242 FOR 6 (50.0) LANSDOWN 88 ALL OUT (23.3)
AT LANSDOWN C.C., COMBE PARK, BATH


This was a re-visit that has been outstanding for six years. Back in 2013 I visited Combe Park to watch Gloucestershire 2nds v Hampshire 2nds. Sadly they clearly had better things to do with their time than play cricket as both sides had already gone home when I arrived. News that Lansdown had been promoted to Premier One prompted me to finally tick off this ground and the dry forecast for the south made the visit of table toppers Potterne the ideal game.


Although the address of the ground is Combe Park, the entrance is actually off the driveway that leads to Combe Park Almshouse. As you arrive in the ground you see that the club is clearly proud of their heritage with "founded 1825" displayed more than once on the pavilion. This is a rather homely looking and predominantly white structure, mostly one floor but with a partial second floor which provides the dressing rooms and is reached by an outside staircase. The whole building has an attractive tiled roof and is topped off with a weathervane.


From this end of the ground the immediate view is the rather brutal lines of the Royal United Hospital which is literally next door. Beyond this hills climb away from the ground leading up to Beckford's Tower, apparently a Grade 1 listed building. Drivers will find two areas for parking but the one nearest the road seemed a rather high risk option with today's pitch being near the edge of the square. The other car park is found to the right further down the Almshouse driveway but this was already quite busy with a good chance of being blocked in. Fortunately I was able to take one of the few spaces on the road outside the ground.


Potterne's pedigree as table toppers was apparent in their brisk (sometimes suicidal) running between the wickets. Led by Thomas Cullen's 75, they amassed a healthy 242 for 6 from their 50 overs. Lansdown's skipper Jordan Price had his own unique way of setting about the task. His was the first wicket to fall at 31, by which time he had scored 29 from twelve deliveries. Sadly the rest of the innings folded dramatically, primarily due to Tahir Afridi's 7 for 31, with extras ultimately proving to be the second highest scorer.


It was a delight to finally see some action at Combe Park. My only quibble during the day was the appealing from Potterne which was needlessly aggressive at times. When the umpire is considering your first appeal fellas, he doesn't want to be assaulted with a second, even louder appeal.



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Tuesday 23rd July 2019
Heckmondwike & Carlinghow United versus Rodley
Bradford Premier League Group B T20 Cup, Quarter-Final (6.30pm start)
Rodley won the toss and elected to bat
Rodley 176-5 off 20 overs beat by 81 runs Heckmondwike & Carlinghow United 95 off 14.2 overs
Free admission, no programmes
Attendance 53 (h/c)
Clubhouse bar drinks the only refreshments available


Rampant Rodley won this all-Conference League tie to secure a place at Sunday's Finals Day. Championship Two clubs Hunslet Nelson, Jer Lane and Northowram Fields, also victorious this evening, join them for the J.W. Lees Brewery-sponsored Birstall Cricket Club showpiece.

In unpleasantly sultry conditions, James Brierley (68, nine fours and a six) and Rob Young (49, four fours and two sixes) laid solid foundations by putting on 101 for the first Rodley wicket. The visiting openers absolutely flayed the bowlers, though sloppy fielding on a hard, bumpy outfield did little to help the home cause. Heckmondwike & Carlinghow, propping up the Bradford League's fourth tier, tightened up appreciably during the second half of fourth-placed Rodley's innings. Spinner Javed Iqbal (3-22) played a big part in stemming the tide. The hosts' reply began promisingly, but openers Connor Heywood (19, including two big sixes) and Fahad Imam (16) departed early. Only Ahmed Waqas (18) offered further resistance as Bailey Wilson (2-16) and Luke Hudson (2-24) had things pretty much their own way. Be interesting to see how Rodley frame on Sunday when they face three clubs from the division above. The Group B Cup is for Championship Two and Conference clubs. Premier Division and Championship One clubs contest the Group A Cup, won on June 30 at Cleckheaton Cricket Club by top-flight Undercliffe.

Perennial strugglers Heckmondwike & Carlinghow's ground (frayed round the edges, shall we say) is part of Heckmondwike Sports Club, home also to White Rose All Stars Junior FC. The latter's pitch, small, sloping and fully railed, is immediately to the north of the cricket square, which falls away from a central crown. As a battered enamel sign on the scorebox reveals, tennis was also played here. Not in living memory, according to a home official. To the east, behind tall trees, are two very neat bowling greens. The clubhouse, at the north end of the cricket ground, is large but gloomy. Out the back are squash courts and a bespoke table tennis centre. The latter, home to Dewsbury Table Tennis League, has twelve tables. Well used, apparently. The footballers' clubhouse, a much smaller structure, is in the southwest corner, adjacent to the narrow entrance.


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NORDEN v LOWERHOUSE
SUNDAY 21ST JULY, 2019
LANCASHIRE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
NORDEN 255 FOR 7 (50.0) LOWERHOUSE 214 FOR 7 (50.0) [NORDEN WON BY 41 RUNS]
FREE ADMISSION, NO PROGRAMME


The address of Norden CC is Woodhouse Lane but only pedestrians are admitted through this entrance as the car park is kept empty and closed during games. Drivers should turn down Shawfield Lane and look for the sign on the end of a row of houses which directs you into the club's other car parking area. This area did become very busy so an early arrival is best, to ensure that you avoid getting blocked in. (Within the first half hour of play, the umpire's car keys were being fetched from the pavilion to release a car he had obstructed.)


Once inside the ground you see a two storey, box shaped pavilion which has a large function room and bar downstairs. Although I didn't partake, there was talk of "a buffet" later in the day. An outside staircase leads up to the player's dressing rooms on the first floor where they also have a private balcony. This end of the ground boasts the best view with a steep hill dotted with farm buildings providing a very scenic backdrop. In common with most Lancashire League grounds there are numerous benches around the ground, although sitting at the far end to the entrance gives you a view of the local terraced housing which is not quite such a 'scenic' view.


Lowerhouse went into the game just one point off the top of the table, but fourth placed Norden thoroughly deserved their 41 run victory. In common with a lot of Lancashire League games, the afternoon boiled down to a contest between the two professionals. I must confess that this is an aspect of this league which does diminish my enjoyment as I much prefer a contest between twenty two players of a reasonably similar level of ability. The Norden substitute pro today was Sami Aslam who scored 131 then followed up with bowling figures of 15-2-54-3. By contrast Lowerhouse's Ockert Erasmus provided 'only' 56 runs and 11-1-66-1.


I know Feversham Lens has previously expressed doubts about watching games dominated by Daryn Smit. If he is not already aware, Smit has already signed up for Derbyshire through 2020 where his current role is as a sort of 'father figure' to the 2nd XI. In conjunction with that, he has also now signed as captain and professional during 2020 for Ramsbottom CC. Just thought you might like to be aware of this fact when planning next season's fixtures!



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NORDEN v LOWERHOUSE
SUNDAY 21ST JULY, 2019
LANCASHIRE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
NORDEN 255 FOR 7 (50.0) LOWERHOUSE 214 FOR 7 (50.0) [NORDEN WON BY 41 RUNS]
FREE ADMISSION, NO PROGRAMME

I know Feversham Lens has previously expressed doubts about watching games dominated by Daryn Smit. If he is not already aware, Smit has already signed up for Derbyshire through 2020 where his current role is as a sort of 'father figure' to the 2nd XI. In conjunction with that, he has also now signed as captain and professional during 2020 for Ramsbottom CC. Just thought you might like to be aware of this fact when planning next season's fixtures!

I spotted that news on Nigel Stockley's excellent lancashireleague.com website, but thanks for the reminder, Ray. Watching Smit dominate one match was fine. He's clearly a talented cricketer. Watching him dominate three became a bit tedious. I guess Ramsbottom will be made hot favourites for the 2020 Division One title!


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Sunday July 21st National Knockout Trophy Round 5 (Last 16 - first national round) Clevedon 109 31.4 overs Ealing 112-1 14.5 overs No admission charge or scorecard.
As has been previously noted here Clevedon had reached this stage by two walkovers and one victory so looking at the respective league positions with Clevedon languishing in the lower reaches of the West of England Premier League with Ealing top of the Middlesex PL you feared for their chances in a match which provided the most complete team performance I have seen from a club side in a long time. My original plan had been to go to the Weybridge v Havant game but the unavailability of the family member I had intended going with necessitated a late change of plan. Clevedon's Dial Hill ground is less than 2 miles from Junction 20 of the M5 - you drive steeply uphill all the way till you reach Esmond Grove where the ground is set in the shadow of the Mendip Hills. There is limited parking in the car park, your alternatives are to drive across the pitch to the far boundary where there is ample space or park on the street outside, which option we chose. The pitch, overlooked by the Mendips, and unsurprisingly given its location, is undulating with the rather ugly pavilion at the far end from the well signposted entrance - this is one club which hasn't benefited from the explosion of new builds which I have witnessed first hand in recent seasons. There is very limited shade here as well as little in the way of bench seating once you get away from the area around the pavilion. There seemed to be more Ealing supporters than home and they will have been delighted by the superb performance of their team. All six of their bowlers were accurate and nagging as Clevedon lost wickets at regular intervals and could never break free of the shackles imposed by an opening pair of seam bowlers who were easily the best I have seen at club level this season. No catches were dropped and ground fielding was excellent as the Clevedon innings resolutely failed to take off. In reply Ealing were never in any difficulty and there was no doubt about the result from very early in their reply against an increasingly despondent Clevedon team. There was one unpleasant moment when an Ealing batsman objected to a fielder being moved surreptitiously to a different position but fortunately the umpires soon restored order. A tremendous display by Ealing and on this evidence it will take a truly outstanding team to beat them. I make them my favourites for the trophy.




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