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Rudd stars as 1st XI win again

Written by scorer, Rhiannon Wilson

On a grey overcast day, two-promotions-in-two-years Coalpit Heath came to down-from-WEPL Old Bristolians Westbury.

Despite the ominous clouds, and grindingly slow run rates, it turned out to be a surprisingly good game. Remaining dry overhead, it was tight and suspenseful, going right to the penultimate over before OBW’s got the win they needed.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl, so newcomer Will Rudd and Portuguese Man O’ War De Nobrega strolled to the crease. Both started slowly, with a Test-like average of under 4 an over, but with some fine shots.

Rudd was lucky to be dropped on 24 in the 14th over, one for K. Ali to forget as Rudd then settled in for a gritty 82, finally falling to Coalpit Heath’s star bowler Rose (5.2-1-4-18). By that point Rudd had had 8 batting partners… Maybe he’d finally had enough?

Ricardo had done ok, making 32 in his hour at the crease, but the less said about the rest of the order the better, with just 25 between them (🐥🐥🐥🐥).

However, for the neutral observer or Laws keeno there was a highlight.

With the score at 124, Penny (9) was dropped by Haigh, then promptly stepped out of his crease and picked up the ball to lob back to the bowler.


After much conferring, it had to be given – out obstruction. Blame it on baby brain?

With that, OBWCC collapsed, and fell from 124-4 to 155 all out in just 31 minutes.

Would they be able to defend such a low total, and after such an epic tea?

After chicken drumsticks, sausage rolls, pork pies and accompanying condiments (piccalilli!!), Coalpit came out and found it even tougher going.

The Scroogesque opening bowling of Macarthur (9-2-21-2) and Penny (9-1-19-1) let just 9 runs through in the first 8 overs.

OBWs fielded well, putting bodies on the line left, right and centre.

Simon Pratt (9-3-26-1) took an excellent catch off his own bowling, diving to his left to remove Rose at 90-5. The rest of the catching spoils were shared by Macarthur (2), Rudd, Pratt, De Nobrega, and Lee (1 each).

Special mention to Steve ‘T Rex’ Jacobs diving one-handed, unsuccessful but committed, and Alex Lee‘s running catch into forward roll. Penny’s faceplant is unverified by the scorer. Although quiet on and off the field, Ribbons and Fairbrother were there.

Behind the stumps Yates kept extras to a minimum, but his chirping divided opinion (penny pasta?!) and he and his dad’s wallet were lucky to escape at fines.

It was a good day to be a bowler.

All of OBW’s bowling attack deserve a pat on the back, with Gareth ‘Reliable’ Griffiths taking top honours at 9-3-2-18.

Bowling at the death, Rudd (4-0-21-2) and Lee (4-0-25-2) both took a wicket with the last ball of their final over, Lee removing Coalpit’s keeper Davis (3) to wrap the game up.

None of CH’s batters ever really got stuck in, and they had a more genteel collapse than the home side, falling from 90-4 to 136 all out in 45 minutes, with a limp tail.

With the return fixture in July, could the rematch be a highscoring crash, bang, wallop? Both team’s scorers hope so.

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Simpson half century leads 4th XI to victory

After some overnight (and early morning) rain, and with plenty of cloud still hanging around, the 4th XI arrived at the Tockington Manor Ground expecting an on/off day against Thornbury 4th XI.

After losing the toss and being invited to bat first, we were soon a wicket down after Nathan chased a wide one and nicked off to first slip.

Bevo and Paul Nott rebuilt, Nott hitting a couple of lovely sixes before being run out by a smart piece of work by the man at extra cover, before Bevo also fell to the ‘chasing a wide one’ curse and top edged it to gully.

At 84-3 at drinks, you’d have been forgiven for betting on us being 150 all out. But with debutant Archie Joslin scoring a good 19, and then the partnership of Murray Bishop (41) and the excellent Rob Simpson (51*) the runs flowed at over a run a ball in the second half of the innings – Simpson with some particularly well-struck drives down the ground.

The lower order had the luxury of being able to swing the bat in the last 3 or 4 overs as we finished on 220-9.

After a pleasant tea, we took the field and Ollie Harris opened the bowling beautifully, getting good shape away from the right handlers and deservedly getting himself a wicket.

Debutants Joslin and Charlie Vaughan (both 13) entered as first change bowlers, Vaughan picking up a wicket in his first over by simply bowling a good line and length delivery and watching the batter play all around it.

Rhys Price anchored the innings well for Thornbury, the youngster playing very nicely for his 35 before falling to Ian Vaughan LBW, whilst captain Andrew Moffatt struck some lusty blows in making his way to 60. When he fell, caught well by Ian in the deep, the tail didn’t last too long as Archie and Charlie took 3 of the last 4 wickets – Thornbury finishing on 173.

Our thanks go to Thornbury who were excellent hosts, and who played the game in absolutely the right spirit. We appreciated the substitute fielder when one of our youngsters took one on the shin and needed to go off for a while – thank you! Great work in getting the game on too given the morning’s difficult conditions.

We look forward to welcoming them back to Fortress Failand later in the year.

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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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Colebrook hits the headlines!

The 1st XI kicked off their league campaign in the B & D for the first time, away at Frenchay, who finished 3rd last season and will be hoping for promotion this year.

It was not an ideal start for one member of the team, Steve Jacobs. Having driven to within one mile of the ground, he received a phone call from his wife asking if he needed the cricket whites which were still on the washing line at home……those present in his car were duly fined for tardiness, although at least his whites were clean.

Having won the toss, Will Penny invited Frenchay to have a bat, with the dangerous Mike Donaldson opening up. The skipper himself claimed an early wicket, bowling accurate lines and extracting some early movement from the damp wicket, finishing with 1-18 from 6 overs. Simon Pratt shared the new ball, and was a little more expensive but claimed the prize wicket of Donaldson – “I always get him out” was the shout in the ensuing celebrations once his off stump was hit, a fine delivery.

Debutant Joe Colebrook, a recent recruit from the Cambridge area, came on first change and had an immediate impact. Bowling to a very accurate line on off stump, he had all the batsmen in trouble with niggling movement and finished with the fine figures of 4-15 from 5 overs. After 3 of these he had turned a similar shade to the maroon cap he was sporting, and through fear of killing our latest recruit Will gave him a deserved rest, soon after a superb caught and bowled.

Rupert Swetman at the other end again kept things very tidy and bowled 4 maidens in his first 5 overs, keeping the pressure on throughout. He finished with the fine figures of 8.2–4-9-1, and together with slow bowler Gareth Griffiths (9-4-13-1) ensured the scoring rate came to a near standstill.

It has to be said there was some very good fielding on show, with two good catches and two run outs, a very encouraging start to the season to dismiss Frenchay for 106.

In response, Rupert Swetman showed his normal flair in striking a pretty 29 and took the game to the opening bowlers, putting on 40 for the first wicket with overseas player Ricardo de Nobrega. Following Rupert’s dismissal, Ricardo steadied the innings and the other batters were allowed the freedom to bat around him. Once Alex Harris was dismissed, Steve Jacobs attacked from the start and hit an aggressive 22 to please nearly every captain in the fantasy league, who eyed him as a bargain at £5 million. Ricardo hung around for a chanceless 29 not out and guided the team to a 6 wicket victory with 16 overs remaining.

A very encouraging start to the league campaign, with a 20 point haul and certainly something to build on. Debutant Joe Colebrook looks a good new recruit and managed to steal the headlines in the local paper. Very good energy and enthusiasm in the field, although all bowlers were guilty once again of throwing the odd wide in, we must look to reduce the 28 extras provided next week. Positive start from the batsmen……we look forward to welcoming Bradley Stoke to Failand next week.

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2nd XI match report – 5th May

Written by Mike Fulham

You couldn’t have asked for a nicer day to start the season at Failand where Jack Harvey won the toss and inserted Bristol Pakistanis.  Against last year’s Second Division champions the 2nd XI got off to a decent start, Pingu and Oli did well to keep the scoring down for the first few overs, with Adnan Cheema getting a stroke of luck to not be given caught behind in the 5th over.

Naturally, Cheema made the most of this, and a later drop off of Fulham’s bowling, to make his way to 75 before Beachy took an excellent catch off debutant Jesal Patel to end his run of good luck.

Pingu bowled out from the off with a very good spell of 1-38, which could, and perhaps should have been more due to some questionable calls from the umpires.

Patel, and Jack Harvey bowled in tandem for 18 overs through the middle of the innings, both chipping in with key wickets and Jack going 16 balls without a run being scored from his bowling in an excellent spell from both spinners being backed up with some excellent ground fielding from the entire team.

The last few overs saw the run rate increase with a pair of boundaries through the empty slip cordon off the returning Fulham from Malik Haroon on his way to 50.  Tom Beach joined the attack and was unlucky not to take at least one wicket with aerial shots dropping short of fielders, before Fulham claimed two in an over, bowling Haroon, before trapping Nadeem Ahmed LBW despite being the only fielder to appeal, with Ben Harris claiming it was “going miles down leg”.

At the halfway stage, we enjoyed our tea fairly pleased with our performance, keeping the opposition to under a run a ball.

Our batting performance was slow to get going with runs hard to come by for Jon and JT in the first few overs, this quickly turned into a batting collapse, with some poor shots from the top order, as well as JT and Beachy getting out to balls that kept very low, with JT in particular having very little they could have done.

Adam Stenlake improved on last seasons top score in his first innings of 2018 with a sprightly 14 before missing a straight one.  Harvey resisted for a drawn out eight, before Oli and Tom applied some degree of respectability to the score taking us from 50-8 to 102-8 with the aid of some wayward bowling.

There’s no hiding from a poor batting performance chasing an achievable total, but with both Fulham and Patel making good debuts with the ball, as well as excellent start to 2018 from Pingu and Harvey, there is plenty of reason to be optimistic about next week’s match up with Bedminster away.