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Selection – Saturday 9 June

For the benefit of everyone’s fantasy team selection decisions – we’re happy to announce our full set of squads for this Saturday.

Best of luck to all representing the club this week – let’s get 4 wins please!

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Deck of cards folds at Nailsea

Written by Gareth Griffiths

Saturday’s clash at Nailsea brought together the teams placed in the top 2 of the league after the first four games after some good performances. Unfortunately this resulted in OBWs 1st XI ending the day in 5th place.

Having won the toss Will Penny decided to have a bat and this decision looked to be a good one with 80-0 on the board. Oli Meadows was playing in his first game of the season, following strong performances for school and county in pre-season. He batted intelligently for a patient 23 until undone by a good piece of bowling from James Taylor. Unfortunately this sparked a bit of a collapse. Well, a lot of a collapse to be honest…..

Ricardo batted well for a fine 43 but only Will Penny from the rest of the batting scored over 10. The Nailsea change bowlers brought a great deal of control to proceedings which frustrated the OBW batters on a slow wicket, this saw a trail of wickets fall and the team to slide to 145-9, which felt 40 short at tea. This was not a good batting performance after a sound platform was provided, with some loose shots along the way.

We stressed the importance of keeping things tight after tea……so the 18 from the first over didn’t really go to plan then. The introduction of first change bowler Hospitality Swetman, looking remarkably fresh after another corporate day on the Friday, brought some maidens, which generally bring wickets at this level. A fine spell of controlled bowling ensued, taking 1-3 from his first 5 overs including 3 maidens, finishing with 3-16.

Apart from the first over of the innings the OBW bowlers showed great control but failed to make the necessary inroads, although three excellent catches from young keeper Finbar Yates showed off his undoubted talent. It was also encouraging to see the performance of youngster Oli Meadows who bowled well for his 1-33 following his runs, the future looks rosy for these two all-rounders.

Nailsea opener Michael Ready carried his bat for a patient 60* to see the home side to the victory, it may have been a different story had either of the two missed chances provided by him been taken, but the home side won by 5 wickets with 6 overs remaining.

A disappointing day at the office, let’s move on to Shire next week.

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Selection – Saturday 26 May

Today’s OBWCC squads are as follows:

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Best of luck to all representing the club today – here’s hoping the rain stays away and we can bring home 4 wins!

The Club would also like to wish our President, Phil Thorn (pictured behind today’s selections), the very best with his op on Tuesday. We’ll all be thinking of you Thorny, and wish you a speedy recovery.



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2nd XI beat undefeated Brislington

Bright skies and warm sunshine welcomed the 2nd XI and their opponents to Failand for the third game of season, a matchup between a side with two wins to start the season and one with two defeats.

A much-changed side led by experienced campaigner Richard Haydon opted to field first and despite some early runs coming in the first 2 or 3 overs, the skipper and his opening partner Omer Basharat soon found their lines and made life difficult for the opening pair of Nutt and Moore.

Haydon took the wicket of Nutt, caught by Gareth Thomas at mid-on, before also removing Thomas to a sharp catch at first slip by Jonny Sheeran. Orrsy replaced Omer from the top end and bowled beautifully, unlucky to only take the one wicket in his 9 over spell, whilst The Chairman replaced Haydon bowling up the hill and took one of the most fortuitous wickets ever seen in 2nd team cricket – caught beautifully by Ribbons at mid-wicket as the batter looked to smear a short ball to the leg-side boundary.

Strachan returned the favour, taking a catch at square leg for one of Ribbons’ two wickets whilst Gareth Thomas also chipped in as the home side restricted Brislington to 181 all out.

In reply James Taylor got the side off to a positive start before playing back to, and missing, a straight one for 27. Matt Tavare picked up where JT had left off, though playing a more cautious game to begin with as he settled in.

Strachan came and went quickly, needing to dash off to a wedding reception in Cheltenham. Whilst getting himself ready, Strachan was heard talking to Orrsy in the changing rooms, with the latter exclaiming “If we can get it down to 30-40 runs needed when I come in to bat, and there’s a decent batter still there, I’ll stick around and help us win the game.”

At 139-6, with 42 required for victory, Orrsy strode to the crease (apparently – I’m making this all up now as I’d left for the wedding reception!), his confident prediction having come to pass. Now all he had to do was stick around, support Tav, and surely victory would be ours.

Turns out, it was.

Orrsy was right – he scored a valiant 4 not out (one of the best 4 not outs seen anywhere this season) as Tav upped his strokeplay, finishing 73 not out, and leading the side to a 4 wicket victory.

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1st XI Win at Timsbury

By Chief Correspondent Simon Pratt

Old Bristolians & Westbury 1st XI travelled to Timsbury for their third game of the season having one won and lost one. The game was played on a lovely sunny day and upon arrival, the prepared wicket looked like a decent track upon which to bat; in fact, so much so that having won the toss, the home team elected to bat first.

The visitors got off to a good start, dismissing one of the openers in the first over. Timsbury rallied through the attacking batting of Sage who quickly augmented the score and looked to be a threat worth worrying about. The game turned again when MacArthur – who ended up with 9-0-25-3 –  took the vital wicket of Sage with the score at 39-3. Thereafter Timsbury looked a somewhat spent force on a wicket which transpired not to be the batsman’s paradise it promised to be. However, Timsbury’s impotence was in no small part down to excellent fielding from OBW, in particular the debutant Will Rudd, and to the good bowling of the OBW’s change bowlers, in particular the excellent spell bowled by Swetman who ended with enviable figures of 9-5-10-3. The home team did have a late surge but in the end, could only muster 128 all out in 36.1 overs.

In reply Old Bristolians & Westbury made light work of chasing the meagre total posted by the hosts. The pitch which Timsbury made look hard to bat on did not look so bad with the visitors batting. The opening partnership of 109 between Swetman (60) and De Nobrega (44) put the result beyond doubt.  A measured innings from De Nobrega was complemented by one of flair from Swetman, reminiscent of his exhilarating innings at Knowle several years ago. Although OBW lost three wickets late in the chase, they bore no real effect upon the result. This was an extremely competent performance too good for Timsbury; a great result for OBWCC and back to winning ways. Onward to next week, home to Coalpit Heath. #gopirates!

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#DiscoJack takes 5-fer in defeat

A bright start and iconic backdrop greeted the captains at the toss, where Jack Harvey decided to bowl first after calling correctly.  Mike Fulham and Gareth Thomas (on his club debut) provided a strong opening spell; taking an early wicket and keeping the scoring the rate down, with Fulham being unlucky not to pick up two in his opening spell, as an edge dropped short of slip. 

The introduction of the spinners saw Bedminster’s batsmen take advantage of the short boundaries to pick up the scoring rate and put on a 96 run partnership. The partnership was finally broken by the introduction of skipper Jack Harvey into the attack, who also went on to dismiss Bedminster’s remaining opening batsmen, George Russell, who made a near-flawless 111. Jack and Hoggy then bowled in tandem to stem the flow of runs and dismiss the entirety of Bedminster’s middle order. A special mention goes to Jack who finished his 9-over spell with a five-wicket haul. 

With the tail in and not a lot of overs left in the innings, Bedminster’s remaining batsmen were looking for quick runs. Despite wickets falling to both seamers in the final overs, their tail scored freely, with their No. 10 making 29 off just 114 balls. 

JT and Hoggy opened the innings and walked out to the middle in conditions that were significantly more overcast and chilly than those in the first innings. Both of Bedminster’s opening bowlers bowled tight lines and were getting some movement off the pitch, making scoring difficult. With the openers gone to each opening bowler, bad went to worse as some calamitous calling resulted in the run-out of the captain, with the score at 21-3. 

The middle order dug in and showed that it was possible to survive, however scoring was made difficult by more tight bowling and excellent fielding from Bedminster. This was exemplified by the stunning catch taken in the slip cordon to dismiss Beachy. Jon hung around with the tail to try and bat us to respectability, however wickets kept falling and we were finally all out for 111. 

Some wayward bowling and the loss of regular wickets made this quite the uphill task, but with Fulham and Harvey performing brilliantly again and multiple batsmen making starts, there is reason enough to be buoyant about next week’s home fixture against Brislington CC.


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Frustrating day for 1st XI at Failand

After a successful start to the season away at Frenchay, the 1st XI were hoping to repeat their magic at home to Bradley Stoke, newly promoted from the B&D First Division. 

Thankfully this week there were no washing line related issues, although there was some rookie Whatsapp action from ‘Headlines’ Colebrook, detailing his Friday evening post-work sharking.  This was suitable parked for the day until the fines session. 

After a solid warm-up, (including the customary fake hamstring tear) William (the SF) Penny won the toss and elected to field first – more on this later. 

Bradley Stoke started their innings with an absolute snorter from Pratty, cutting the batter in half, and just missing the stumps.  Unfortunately for  OBWs, this was as close as they came to getting a wicket for a while, as the Bradley Stoke opening pair attacked frequently, always finding the gaps, not always on purpose.  Unlucky spells from Pratt and Swetman meant a change of bowling was required. 

Up stepped ‘Jaws’ Colebrook to deliver 9 overs on the bounce up the Failand hill, much improved fitness showing from the new recruit, although with borrowed kit.  The first wicket saw Laver (24) out LBW, which paved the way for Gareth (The Vet) Griffiths to make the second breakthrough shortly after, Peachey LBW (5). 

Bradley Stoke continued to score freely, Peach (65) putting on a solid partnership with Farouk (17) before being bowled by Colebrook.  The BSCC middle order finished the innings strongly, with a powerful 58* from Ashley Baber, and 37 from Owen Onslow.  BSCC finished up on 225-5 (the last over costing Gareth Griffiths 18 runs, and 50p). 

After a splendid Tea, OBWCC’s reply didn’t get off to the best of starts, Rob Fairbrother was strangled down the leg side for 4, and after some lusty blows from De Nobrega (Two beautiful sixes over extra) and Swetman, both fell in the teens.  BSCC seeming to extract more from the Failand pitch in the second innings than OBWs managed in the first (Penny “it’s a green-top, will do all sorts early doors!”). 

A similar pattern continued with Harris and Jacobs, before an excellent partnership between Captain Penny and OBWCC resident card shark, Lee.  Penny scored a sprightly 44, including several quick 3s with only 1 leg (apparently), before being caught off Baber going for a maximum over Long On. 

Lee (32) continued to hold the innings together with the tail, however the required rate continued to climb, and OBWCC eventually limped to 194ao in the 45th care-of two stumpings from a keeper standing back…..  Daniel Laver ending up with figures of 4-41 from 8.3 overs.

Overall a frustrating day at Fortress Failand for the 1st XI, although there were a few positives to take into next week; an excellent performance behind the sticks from Kerry ‘Tamandua’ Lock, fewer wides and no no-balls.

Onwards and upwards next week away to our old friends in Timsbury.


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Pre-season match report: 1st XI defeat after daring declaration

Saturday saw the 1St XI’s opening friendly fixture for the season, travelling 90 minutes to North Perrott, a lovely ground and a team who last season finished second in WEPL Somerset.

With rain in the air, OBW were inserted on a damp looking wicket, Rupert Swetman opening up with new recruit Ricardo de Nobrega from Perth. Having been greeted by a beamer from their overseas player second ball up, Rupert Swetman played a delightful innings of 125, ably supported by Ricardo who scored a very promising 74. Running aggressively between the wickets and punishing the bad ball well, the pair batted beautifully, hopefully this will be the start of a wonderful relationship…

Their excellent partnership was followed by a pair of Harris spectacles, but some good hitting from Will Penny (20), Stu Mac (25) and James Ribbons (23) enabled a declaration of 284-7 after 45 overs. This was not purely down to Orrsy and Griff not fancying a bat, but primarily due to a ridiculously slow over rate from the oppo and thoughts of Jamie King’s party later that evening…..

A bountiful tea followed with a fine selection of cakes and scones, this was never really going to help our cause in taking 10 wickets. This was evident in Stu’s first over which took 21 minutes to complete, he does like to get his money’s worth and is never really satisfied with just the six balls in an over.

Following the declaration we had originally pinned hopes on the opposition matching our 45 overs, however our bowlers had different thoughts and decided to rearrange to a 56 over format to really test ourselves. I am sure Stu and Omer are very sore after the 36 extra deliveries between them!


It was fair to say the Perrott boys were certainly better at batting than bowling, and they decided to tuck into our bowling in a similar fashion to our bowlers tucking in at tea time, Retter in particular punishing anything overpitched or wayward for an aggressive 78.

Decent spells from Orrsy (1-41) and Griff (1-47) in the middle overs stemmed the flow after the initial onslaught against the seam attack, but the game changed in one Will Penny over when the 14 year old umpire called him for a wide. Ben Harris, who kept very tidily throughout, took the ball with a full length dive, the ball hardly making the cut bit. Will politely questioned the decision as he knew the importance of this one run at the time, but alas it stood and that crucial extra run remained. Stu decided to give Will a well-deserved rest after a good spell, probably in an effort to ensure we retained the fixture for next season.

It is certainly the case that our overs did seem to last forever, with the evening’s party and long drive home in all of our minds. In all honesty it proved to be a very good wicket and Perrott conducted a fine run chase, Horlow with a chanceless 98* seeing them home with 5 balls to spare for the loss of 3 wickets.

This can be looked upon as a great pre-season game against decent opposition. Very encouraging from Roo and Ricardo, who looks a very useful recruit, and great for some of the middle order to get some time at the crease. A decent run-out for the bowlers against some good batters who punished anything wayward, ably assisted by too many extras. We must look upon this as getting some rustiness out of the shoulders, and try to minimise these before the league campaign starts.

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AGM – Tuesday 7 November

As per the notice sent to all members by email on 22 October, the Club will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 7 November, 7:30pm at the Clubhouse.

This is an important opportunity for everyone to shape the future of your club, your chance to have your say. The committee really want to hear everyone’s views, so it would be great to see as many of you there as possible.

The agenda has been attached below for those wanting a sneak peek.

The committee looks forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

OBWCC AGM 2017 Agenda