In these strange times of lockdown and no cricket, we’re using our Saturdays to relive some classic matches against the opponents we would have been playing on that day.
This week it should have been the 1s away at Brislington, 2s at home to Twyford House, 3s away at Bradley Stoke, and 4s at home to Hanham. The last of those fixtures has never been played before (or not that we could find on play-cricket anyway) and so by popular demand it was switched up for the August 2013 matchup away at Bedminster.
And yes, we know we forgot to match reports for week 1 – but head to our twitter page @OBWCC if you want to see what went down.
1st XI vs Brislington 1st XI
Brislington 221-8, OBWCC 221-9
In an absolute belter of a game at Ironmould Lane that had more twists and turns than the Monaco GP, Stu Macarthur and Simon Pratt managed to scamper a single off the final ball of the match to secure a rare tie. Ian Smith was heard calling for a Super Over – something he’d eventually get to commentate on a few years later – but as league rules dictate a sharing of the points in this one, there was to be no further attempt at breaking the deadlock between these two sides.
Earlier in the day captain James King had won the toss and elected to field and with Stu and on-loan Steve Kirby opening the bowling in a tidy fashion as well as picking up a couple of wickets, King had to feel good about that decision.
Both of the Ollis boys, as well as captain Munden, had different ideas though and went after the spin of Ryan Hanna and the part-time option of King himself as the run rate increased through the middle period. Some late wickets from Hanna and Rupert Swetman pegged them back slightly, with tea being taken with our hosts having set us 222 to win.
At 32-4 you could have been forgiven for thinking it was already all over, but a masterful 89 from Ben Figueiredo, supported well by Steve Jacobs (37) and James Domone (27) dragged us right back into the mix. Alex Harris replaced Figs when he departed and himself made a breezy 21 as the total started to come into view.
There was a moment of controversy still to follow, as the final wicket pair of Macarthur and Simon Pratt were together at the crease. The hosts were convinced they’d run Macarthur out, only to see the umpire entirely unmoved and leaving Stu still there and able to perform some last ball heroics to secure the tie.
2nd XI vs Twyford House 2nd XI
OBWCC 176 all out, THCC 76 all out
A superb spell of bowling from Phil James (5-21) was responsible for taking apart the Twyford House top order and helping us defend a below-par total of 176 that had been set up by Rich Collinson’s 59 earlier in the day.
Having been asked to bat first, Collinson and James put on a good first wicket stand, and Collinson continued his run scoring when joined at the crease by Chiraag Pandya. Once those three fell, only number 10 Jon Marsh made it into double figures as the middle and lower order struggled against some tight bowling.
I reckon the Twyford batters must have enjoyed Nick and Lisa’s teas rather a lot, as they seemed desperate to get back up into the clubhouse for seconds.Captain, Ross Dallimore
With James opening the bowling from one end, the Twyford top order had soon been decimated and with the evergreen Phil Thorn as well as Jon Marsh coming on first change and picking up the rest of the wickets between them, the 2nd XI secured their win nice and quickly and headed straight up to the bar to celebrate.
3rd XI vs Bradley Stoke 3rd XI
BSCC 222 all out, OBWCC 224-3
The AstroTurf wicket at Bradley Stoke Community School proved no match for 3rd XI captain Mark Beach as he helped himself to an unbeaten 88 as part of an exciting run chase.
Earlier in the day, Beach had surprisingly elected to bowl despite the bright sunshine and only having 10 men at his disposal following a number of game day morning drop outs.
I was absolutely hanging and just didn’t fancy an early bat to be honest with you.Captain, Mark Beach
Beach’s decision initially proved to be a good one, as Henry Andrews and Steve Williams (aka Mad Dog) picked up 4 early wickets, the former using his natural ability to move the ball and the latter using his experience and guile to pick up 4-46.
The Bradley Stoke middle order proved a tougher challenge for some of our bowlers however, with Tovey (70) and Winward (61) combining defence and attack well in an excellent partnership that helped our hosts to 222 all out, Andrews finishing 3-66 with leg spinner Tom Beach also picking up 3-61.
By this point we assume Beachy’s hangover had sufficiently faded and that he gave some sort of rousing speech to the batsmen as they prepared themselves for the run chase that was to take place after “tea”.
Mike Stapley (54) and Matt Pakes (45) opened the batting, with Stapley playing particularly aggressively on his way to his first 3rd team half century – hitting 6 maximums and 4 4s in the process. His departure brought Beach to the crease, and the skipper calmly set about punishing the bad balls and using the unusually bouncy track to his advantage.
He made his way past 50 without looking troubled and even when Pakes fell and Jon Sheeran joined the captain at the crease, you still felt as though Beach had the game entirely under his control. Which, of course, he did – hitting the last of his 15 boundaries to secure a 7 wicket win with 9 balls to spare.
4th XI vs Bedminster 4th XI
BCC 175 all out, OBWCC 177-4
An end of season matchup between top of the table Bedminster and our mid-table 4th XI was surely going to only go one way, particularly with captain Craig Strachan keen to have a bit of fun and mix things up a little bit.
Having elected to bowl with the view of the Suspension Bridge in the background, the skipper and Crispin Bradley opened the bowling with the latter bowling particularly tidily and unlucky to pick up any wickets.
The regular and unusual bowling changes seemed to be doing wonders for the side though, with Bish Singh, Mike Stapley and even Doc Parker all picking up wickets through the middle overs.
The end of term feel clearly hadn’t escaped our hosts either, with the square leg umpire at one point being hit in the back by a throw coming back in from the boundary, having been checking his phone for the latest football scores rather than being aware of what was going on around him.
Rupert Poland was next into the attack and he quickly picked up 3-14 as Bedminster were dismissed for 175.
In reply, Mike Stapley feel cheaply looking to hit the ball over mid-on but The Doc (48) and James Higginson (54) put together a solid partnership before Jay Mullett (42*) joined the latter at the crease and took us to within sight of our target.
There was still time for a mini-wobble as Andy Bevan predictably got himself out playing across the line, but Poland joined Mullett at the crease to help see us home by 6 wickets.