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While the skippers away, the boys will play

Toss: Pak Bristolians with heads

Pak Bristolians 153ao – Shah 41, Penny 4-22, Swetman 2-13 vs OBWCC 1st XI 154-3 – de Nobrega 62 not out, Ribbons 44 not out, Butt 2-23

The 1st XI welcomed Pak Bristolians to The Memorial Ground Failand on Saturday and under cloudless skies and hot temperatures that allowed for some welcomed sun bathing by some saw the team produce another excellent all round team performance.

Having lost the toss and being asked to bowl first Will Penny and Jon Roper set about dismantling the opposition’s top order bowling a measly opening spell, backed up with some outstanding fielding led by Alex Lee, saw the visitors struggling at 25-3 after 10 overs.

With the Joe-a-constrictor Colebrook replacing Roper the pressure remained on and the 4th wicket was a vintage piece of combo-fielding that had been practised in the warm up ‘stump battle’ that saw winners Swety and Ricardo combine to run out the excellent Razaq. Penny continued to trundle in down the hill delivering his customary half volleys that the opposition kept missing to finish with 4-22 off his 9. Pak Bristolians continued to attack the initially luckless Griff arriving arrive at the mid innings drink break at 87-5.

The reintroduction at the top end of the tall, perfectly sculpted Roper, standing at the top of his mark looking more like Ivan Drago than a cricketer saw his girlfriend, Miss St Andrews 2017, put down her Vogue magazine and rise from her chair, camera in hand and with a smile on her face. She clearly energised Ivan as he tore down the hill to break a very useful partnership between Shah (44) and Abbas (22) who had put on 60 together with a mixture of short and full balls removing both caught behind by the outstanding Kerry ‘the ant’ Lock.

With the tail now in place Griffiths was nagging the captain like Ziggy when he wants a walk to get back on to ensure he stays in touch with the leading wicket takers in the league. Penny relented and in partnership with Swety the pair took the remaining wickets with Griff finishing with 1-46 and Swetman returning outstanding figures of 7-3-13-2.

The run chase didn’t start well with the strapping figure of Bilal Butt nicking off Swety with the second ball of the innings, only a light breeze in the changing room post-match would brighten his mood. Fairbrother and Ricardo went about rebuilding the innings and rebuffed the excellent Butt who finished with 2-23 from his 9 overs.

The ever green Alex Harris replaced Fairbrother who chipped one to cover for 18 and Alex, worried by the fact Howard Hudd has given him out in 93% of the games he has officiated him in, survived a big LBW shout to stamp his authority on the flagging attack. A well-made 22 including some sumptuous drives and subtle cut shots deflated the visitors as along with Ricardo, now batting with real authority put on 65 for the third wicket.

With Harris out Ribbons strode to the crease. Unbeknown to the rest of the team James ‘Lovejoy’ Ribbons had an EBay auction to get back to as an antique piano was going for a steal and despite starting with 3 very uncomfortable looking defensive shots decided enough was enough and anything that Shah could do to Griffiths he could do to Abbas and Ahmed and he launched an unbeaten 44 in 30 balls that included 3 towering sixes and 4 aggressive fours. With Ricardo leaning on his bat observing the carnage unfold he quietly went about building his final score of 62 not out whilst leading his team over the line to win by 7 wickets in very uncharacteristic OBWCC fashion given there was no customary collapse!

The game was played in great spirits and was officiated in an outstanding manner by Howard Hudd and Paul Ferragut who we hope to see later in the season. It will be interesting to see if our skipper can get back into the side for our visit to BWI Phoenix who are rising from the flames to mount a serious championship challenge themselves next weekend at Sabina Park, Bristol.

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Saturday saw the Firsts playing away to Portishead – on what is rumoured to be Gloucestershire’s second XI ground……

Our arrival was greeted with a carnival atmosphere of school children, bagpipers, horses, local clubs and a reassuring number of paramedics. During an excellent warm up devised by Will the local residents Zumba’d off up the hill leaving just the cricketers, umpires and pink flamingoes to get down to business.

OBWs won the toss and chose to bowl under damp skies. On a lively looking deck with a strong wind behind him Stu McArthur bowled excellently taking 3/30 – a mix of well utilised short balls and genuine pace unsettling and removing three of their top 5. Will Penny at the other end bowled with great control on a full length to take 2/21, removing both of their openers. The first 16 overs left the home side at 39/5 and in trouble.

Stu was replaced by Griff who despite carrying an injury took 4 wickets for just 6 runs off his 8 overs while Swetman came on at the other end to keep the pressure on ending with 1/15 off 5.5. Orr also bowled a tidy 5 overs for 21 runs. The effort in the field was good with a highlight being a one handed, running backwards, full length, low to the ground diving catch from Will Rudd – one the for the highlights reel!

Following a very good tea our batsmen set about knocking off the 103 required to win. The game was won with the loss of two wickets being Swetman for a stylish 22, Ric hit a good looking 22 before being given out leaving one that the umpired judged to be going on to hit. Will Rudd followed his epic in the field with a solid 30* and Tavare continued the theme ending on 22*

Overall a solid win, outplaying the opposition and keeping pressure on throughout the game.

On to next week – Pak Bristolians CC at home.

James Ribbons
Bus Driver

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Selection – 16 June

Turns out our graphic designer is on holiday this week, so here are this week’s teams in text format.

1st XI

Ricardo De Nobrega

Rupert Swetman

Will Rudd

Matt Tavare

Alex Harris

James Ribbons

Will Penny

Finlay Yates

Stu MacArthur

Gareth Griffiths

Ben Orr

2nd XI

Steve Jacobs

Jon Sheeran

Mark Beach

Ben Harris

Alex Lee

Matt Comfort

John Roper

Jack Harvey

Simon Pratt

Richard Haydon

Joe Colebrook

3rd XI

Randal Leonard

Dave Yates

Mike Dodson

Fraser Kuhlwilm

Gareth Thomas

Adam Stenlake

Auden Barnes

Tom Beach

Mike Fulham

Ollie Harris

Henry Andrews

4th XI

Nathan Williams

Stephen Wilkinson

Rob Simpson

Murray Bishop

Tabish Yousuf

Rich Miller

David May-Carrasco

Guy Fearon

Will Dearman

Craig Strachan

David Ritchie

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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!

Selection Slide_NEW

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Batters tie Winterbourne in Notts as Yates leads 4th XI to victory

After a bit of a damp week, the 4th XI arrived at Failand under sunny skies and eagerly awaiting their visitors from Winterbourne.

After the skipper won the toss and invited the away side to bat first, an excellent bowling and fielding performance helped restrict Winterbourne to 193-5. Nathan Williams took his first two wickets of the season, whilst some other bloke also took 2 wickets and 2 catches.

It was to be the batters who stole the show though, with Paul Nott (70*) and David Yates (75*) both retiring bored, in a similar manner to John Meadows against the Civil Service a few years ago – Meadows having waited until he reached three figures to give the youngsters lower down the batting order a go.

Both Nott and Yates played superbly for their runs, getting us to within sight of the finishing line within 25 overs, before first Nott, and then Yates, elected to walk off and give some others time at the crease. Sadly Arjun Jain fell first ball, and Bevo only managed 1 run before hoiking it to square leg.

That left Nathan Williams and Matthew Nott to see us home, which they duly did with 8 overs to go – Nott batting nicely for his 6 not out whilst Williams played in his usual belligerent manner, striking the ball cleanly and reaching 18 not out as he hit the winning runs.

Another emphatic win – and suddenly the optimism is back as we now sit level on points with the side above us, and therefore almost out of the relegation zone. A big matchup with United Banks awaits next week – bring it on!

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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.