|Match : Stonor vs. Sons of Bacchus|
|Date : Sunday 8 June 2008|
|Venue : Stonor Cricket Club|
|Result : Stonor won by 89 runs|
|Innings of Stonor|
|3||J Powell †||c||Booth||4||1|
|4||O Nicholson *||not||out||87||7||7|
|5||P Kelso||c Laventure||Wynn||5|
|TOTAL||230||for 7 wickets|
|Fall of wickets (wicket-runs-batsman): 1-52-2 / 2-63-3 / 3-118-1 / 4-135-5 / 5-175-6|
|7-224-7 / 8-230-8|
|Innings of Sons of Bacchus|
came out worthy victors on a wonderful summer day last Sunday at home to Sons
Stonor skipper for the day Olly Nicholson won the toss and chose to bat first on what looked a fantastic pitch in ideal batting conditions. Dan Austin and Jeremy Denton opened the batting and played some aggressive shots whilst remaining solid in defence, dominating the bowling and setting the tone for the innings. Austin fell for 20, but Denton continued the good work to reach an excellent 50.
The innings was balanced at 63-2, but the arrival of Nicholson at the crease brought even greater tempo and drive to the innings. He exhibited a fine array of shots, including numerous sixes over long off which brought rapturous applause from the abundant spectators basking in the sunshine. Nicholson reached a commanding 87 not out, ably supported by Ben Denton and Richard Hunt, the latter playing in his 50th season with Stonor. With a late flurry of runs, Stonor reached 230-7, with the dismissal of Treadaway heralding the declaration.
After tea, Stonor started brightly with the ball, with Tom Marshall and Andy Pennell causing
the Bacchus top order problems. Both openers were removed in quick succession in an
aggressive start by the bowlers. The pitch, as shown by Stonor, was favourable to the
batsmen, but with the ball moving through the air, Bacchus were never going to find it easy,
and the introduction of Paul Kelso into the attack immediately brought a wicket; the batsman
caught behind by the reliable John Powell. The Stonor fielding was excellent all afternoon,
which increased the ever mounting pressure on the Bacchus batsmen.
|The captain Booth led
the fight back, but was bowled by Hunt whilst attempting an audacious and
somewhat ambitious reverse sweep. By this stage, any thoughts of a Bacchus
win had evaporated in the heat, and Tim Treadaway, in his customary
aggressive style, put all his effort into attempting to remove the remaining
batsmen. But with nine overs left, Nicholson brought back the opening
bowlers. Two quick wickets from Marshall and Pennell exposed the tail enders,
and it was Pennell who, with two overs remaining, finished Bacchus off with
two excellent full deliveries which were too good for the batsmen.
A well competed encounter played in glorious surroundings with the worthy winners coming out on top in the end.
(Match Report: Tom Marshall)
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