Match Report

Bletchley Town

3 August 2019 - Home

1st XI Cherwell Div 4 fixture.

Match kindly sponsored by Branching Out

Mills crack Bletchley's winning code

Match day 13 saw local rivals Bletchley travel to Newland, the toss was won by the visiting side who elected to bowl first.
With hours of team meetings under their belt Bletchley instantly implemented plan “Enigma”, sending the boundary riders out early to the explosive Haselgrove, playing on the consultants’ temperament. The Mills got off to a good start with both openers fighting for the best strike rate.
Burney, bogged down by the early scoreboard pressure of only 8 per over tried to get things moving, striking a ball which nearly made it all the way… off the square, caught for 13 off the bowling of Turner. Delport came in and looked in fine form, striking the ball consistently to the boundary. At the other end Haselgrove, who has been netting with the under 11s this week as a way cement his position as a student member of the club brought out one of his newly learned shots, the forward defensive, still getting to grips with the shot, Haselgrove missed out the execution a little, missing the ball and getting bowled for 23 off the bowling of Ahmed. Delport fell soon after, ignoring the advice of legend batsman, Claridge who told him to go forward to balls which are pitched half way down at the Mills, Ahmed bowing the in-form Delport for 18.
With the Mills top 3 getting in and out, the score was on a precarious 59-3.
Long-time friends and rumoured lovers, Hare and Garrett started re-building the innings, seeing off the opening bowlers and working through the 1st and 2nd change bowling. With the Mills score approaching 100, the inevitable happened, Garrett getting his 15th injury of the season when he turned his knee on a particularly tough blade of grass. The injury clearly disrupted his rhythm soon after getting tricked by the flight of Yasir for 34. Dove came in and out, getting trapped LBW for 0 off the bowling of Yair too, Dove later bemoaned the umpiring, “eh, eh, it was never out, eh”. The promoted Lefort joined Hare and the two started building some momentum, just as the Mills were getting on top the rain came in. With play stopped for 10 minutes Mills tried to rebuild momentum, although were halted in their tracks when Lefort put on his best Moeen Ali impersonation, leaving a ball on middle stump for 10 off Yasir. Claridge joined Hare in time to see him dance down the track to Yasir missing the ball and offering a simple stumping for Sheperd behind the stumps for a well-made 35. Dre Madden pumped the ball around before falling to Yasir too for 8. Mills seemed to be in real trouble when poster boy Kelly was hit with a nasty ball, bowled from 12 yards and directed at the Spinner’s, medium pacer’s, seamer’s … lobber’s throat, Kelly did well to make contact avoiding certain death, but was forced to retire hurt. Mills now 155- 8/9 the Bletchley boys (and girl) seemed very interested. It was Cockroft who took the initiative, having watched videos of Mal Loye the previous night the seamer went on the Burney endorsed sweep, taking Yasir for 4 consecutive boundaries, taking the momentum. Cockroft & Claridge put on an unbeaten 30 in no time to finish the Mills on 185-8.
Mills got off to a good start with Lefort bowling Yasir for 0 with the opener seeming to struggle with the pace. The left arm quick would also go on to remove Turner with a beauty for 3. At the other end the danger man, Sheperd was getting into his groove, hitting some powerful boundaries, supported by the defiant Hussain at the other end. Bletchley survived some scares but also looked more and more in control of the run chase with the score nearing 50 forcing Burney into bowling changes. With Kelly proving tapes of Sheperd’s last 203 innings Mills had devised a plan b in the week, Haselgrove stepped up and delivered perfectly to plan, lobbing up a meat and potato half way down the track, really channelling into Sheperd’s weakness, with the batsman complying and serving up a routine catch for Burney at mid-wicket, who claims to “take about 50 of those every Tuesday night”, the skipper’s reaction and celebration though seemed to suggest something a little different, Sheperd dismissed for 40, with Bletchley, 54-3. The away side were hit hard by the dismissal, Hussain was trapped LBW from the returning Lefort for 9. Turner run out by Burney and Kelly for 0. Omar caught behind superbly by Dove who has been spending time with James Foster through Kelly’s Essex links, removed for 12. When newly introduced Delport removed Bletchley’s skipper, Scholte with a piercing Yorker for 1, Bletchley’s resistance ended. Khan and Gurney both bowled by Kelly for 1 and 0 respectively and Ahmed hitting out, caught by Claridge off Delport for 10.
Bletchley dismissed for 86.

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