2nd Xl Fall Away to Amesbury
Updated: Jul 25
Shrewton 2nd Xl revisited one of their oldest and closest rivals on the 18th of July taking on Amesbury, a fixture which was first recorded as being played in 1827. In the latest edition of this rivalry Shrewton batted first in a 40 overs match, setting off at a steady pace with skipper Newbury and Digby-Jones making progress. There was a break every 6 overs for the required sanitising of hands and ball.
Amesbury took their first wicket in the 8th over Digby-Jones caught for 27. Kieron Jones was in at 3 but was soon back on the side caught for 0, in fact Shrews batsmen being caught formed a bit of a theme over the afternoon. Matt Wood replaced Jones and formed a partnership with Newbury. However, Newbury was next to go. You guessed it caught for 40, and Shrewton being 112 for 3 after 20 overs.
Kieran McClure came to the crease but only made 12 before departing, caught. George Withers came in adding 4 to the score, George bucking the trend by being bowled. Sean McClure was next to the crease and got to 5 before being trapped LBW. Mac Atkinson got a bit of heat having moved from Amesbury to Shrewton for 2020 and came into bat supporting Matt Wood who was still making runs at the other end. Atkinson made 6 before being caught.
Pete White came in and helped Matt Wood get to his 50. Sadly Matt couldn’t add to his tally and was out. Jim Nicholson also was out caught behind for 0. Alex Parish was the Shrews last man in, also out bowled for 0. With Pete White carrying his bat not out for 12. Shrewton made 173 all out.
After a break Shrewton took the field with Kieran McClure and Pete White opening the bowling, White taking the first Amesbury wicket in the 6th over. Nicholson was heard to say one brings two and this was certainly the case with the second wicket to fall in the 8th over, Pete White claiming his second wicket of the match.
Nicholson came on to replace McClure bowling through his 8 overs in a single spell, a mixed bag from Nicholson who beat the bat on occasions but also had difficulty stopping the wide deliveries. Mac Atkinson replaced white also bowling through his 8 overs starting tightly and keeping control of the run rate. Atkinson took his wicket in his 6th over trapping one of his former teammates lbw.
Nicholson started his last over having been close but without reward, this would not be the epitaph with the 4th ball of the over being edged to first slip and the skipper Newbury diving forward and away to his right took the one handed worldly catch just before the ball hit the ground. Such was the quality of the catch; Newbury got a mention on Sky Sports coverage of the England Test match the next day thanks to a tweet from a certain individual (Bowler not mentioned).
Matt Wood came into the attack and bowled overs with good control and accuracy. Wood taking 2 wickets in his spell. Kieran McClure came back into the attack for his second spell, initially at the opposite end from his first spell. Kieran had a bit of an issue with his rhythm before swopping ends back. Alex Parish also got an over before Amesbury made their target of 174 for 7 in the 36th over.
The Shrews will feel that the result might have been different with a little more luck but well played to Amesbury who made it a friendly and entertaining game throughout especially roasting Atkinson at every opportunity. Shrewton 2nd Xl move on to an away friendly at Mottisfont 2s next week before getting into Hampshire Regional Group D in August.
Team C Newbury (C), E Digby-Jones, K Jones, M Wood, K McClure, G Withers, S McClure (Wk),
M Atkinson, P White, J Nicholson, A Parish.
C Newbury 40
E Digby-Jones 27
K Jones 0
M Wood 50
K McClure 12
G Withers 4
S McClure 5
M Atkinson 6
P White 12 no
J Nicholson 0
A Parish. 0
Overs maidens runs/wickets
K McClure 6 0 46/1
P White 6 1 25/2
J Nicholson 8 0 36/1
M Atkinson 8 1 24/1
M Wood 7 0 26/2
A Parish 1 0 11/0