• Jim Nicholson

3rd Xl break their duck

Shrewton visited Redlynch & Hale 4s last Saturday hoping to get underway after the false start to the season. Jim Nicholson captained the side for the last week with Ant back next week.

Shrewton lost the toss and were asked to field first. Stig again opened the bowling with Ollie Bate at the others end both bowlers bowled well for no reward. Ollie bowled 5 and was very tight in his spell and Stig was just as miserly during his 8 overs but was unlucky not to pick up a couple. One chance went between keeper and slip and another flew to Ric Beaudet who could only parry the balll into the air but couldn’t collect at the second attempt.

Alex Parish replaces Bate and managed a couple of maidens in his spell but again wasn’t rewarded with wickets. Nicholson replaced Stig and whilst there was an opportunity to find out an injured and stranded Redlynch batsman the spirit of cricket won the day and a dot ball was the result. The batsman who was injured retired hurt for for 13.

At drinks Shrewton had resticted Redlynch & Hale to 54- 1. Kenny Mundy came on for Parish and some fine work from George Withers from be the stumps to whip of the bails with the batsman’s foot raised off the ground, out for 44. Nicholson was looking for wickets and not getting any bringing Ric Beaudet on to replace him which did bring a second and last wicket for the Shrews, Beaudet bowling the batsman for 9.

Redlynch & Hale accelerates in the last 10 overs with Anu Rajan being targeted for runs. Nicholson broughy Ollie bate back for his last 3 and Tom Plank got and over only going for a single run tightening up the end of the innings. Redlynch & Hale made it to 150-2 from their 40 overs. The Shrews only giving 19 in the extras book.

After a very yummy tea the Shrews set out on the chase. Debuting Mark Weakley and Ollie Bate volunteered to open the batting. Weakley being unlucky to chop on for 1. Kenny Mundy came in at 3 and with Bate motored the Shrews, with Bate in sight of his debut half century he clipped a leading edge straight back to the bowler and was out for 44.

Anu Rajan came in at 4 and was out LBW for 4 with the ball zeoring in on middle and leg. That was the final Shrews wicket to fall with Stig coming in to partner Mundy. Stig played a fine supporting role getting to double figures, but it was Kenny Mundy day finishing his knock 64 not out steering Shrewton to 152-3 and winning the game In 19 overs.

Credit to Redlynch & Hales 4th Xl who have are giving thier young players a chance to play league cricket very much in the same vein as our thirds and they gave a couple of young bowlers who would be very good in a few years time.

next week Shrewton host their first home fame of the season welcoming Thruxton to Appleford.

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