The Centurion Captain
The 2nd Xl visited Steeple Langford 1st Xl at the Steeple Langford Recreation Field for our first game in the Hampshire Divisional group D match. Shrewton batted first with cloudy conditions with skipper Chris Newbury opening with Phil Wood. It would be fair to say that Steeples team wasn’t as strong as it has been previously with Newbury hitting 14 off the first over.
Steeples attack came back with a maiden for the second over, taking the first Shrewton wicket in the fourth over. Phil Wood being trapped LBW for 2, Shrewton being 23-1. Kieran Jones came to the crease and as it happened formed a substantial partnership with Newbury. The Shrews enjoyed good fortune with several catches being put down by the Steeples fielders and a couple of unfortunate mis-fields as well. At drinks which were taken in the 18th over to align with the hand sanitisation rules Shrewton were 115–1.
Following drinks Newbury and Kieron Jones continued to make hay Newbury arriving at his century with his 15th boundary of his stay at the crease. Unusually in a competitive match, Newbury opted to retire himself, bringing Adam Pidsley into the middle. Pidsley carried on where Newbury left off, hitting boundaries with Kieron Jones. Jones was the second Shrewton wicket to fall. Jones falling just short of his own milestone. Being caught for 93, Shrewton being now a lofty 256-2 and the partnership for the second wicket of Newbury and Jones being worth 202.
Mark Jones arrived at the crease playing a support role to the free-flowing strokes which had been a feature of Pidsley’s innings. Mark Jones was out next caught for only 1. This however was Steeples last success with George Withers having come in and getting to the end of the 4th over 6 not out. Pidsley got to 62 not out meaning Shrewton set a total of 293 in their innings.
After tea Jim Nicholson and Darren Bentley opened the Shrewton attack, both Shrewton opening bowlers starting well, Nicholson bagging a maiden and Bentley got the first Steeple wicket of the day. Bentley bowled Ralph for 0. Steeple being 0-1. Nicholson enjoyed success with the next two wickets with both Hughes and A McNielly being bowled in the 5th and 7th overs. Steeple having mover onto 22–3 after 7.
Bentley then bagged his second wicket with Harvey caught in the field in the 12th over. Steeple on 39–4. Bentley and Nicholson bowled through their allocation of 8 overs in a single spell without any further rewards despite several half chances. Steeple on 51–4 after 16 overs. Matt Jackson replaced Nicholson with some spin and young Alex Parish came into the attack replacing Bentley.
Then ensued the Jackson show with Jacko collecting a five for over his 7 overs with Mould, Casper and Button all bowled out and Foreman and J McNeilly caught. Special mention must be made for McNeilly’s wicket. A Couple of weeks ago at Amesbury Newbury made a spectacular catch at slip which got a comment on Sky Sports after being talked about on twitter. Parish managed to outshine that catch.
On This occasion Parish fielding at mid-wicket took the catch diving forward and away to his left, collecting the ball only inches off the ground. Parish was so stoked making the catch that he jumped straight up pausing for a second before excitedly throwing the ball in the air and being mobbed by his teammates. Credit goes to McNeilly. who whilst walking off sought out Parish and very sportingly gave him a fist bump, acknowledging the quality of the catch.
Parish also bowled 7 overs alongside Jackson but despite bowling some good lines was unrewarded despite bowling so well. Joe Wood came into the attack replacing Jackson and with his first ball which was a looped, lofted affair. The delivery got a top edge going to Mark Jones taking the catch at square leg with Steeple all out for 104.
The Shrews 2nd Xl will play the annual Twiston-Davies match next week back at The Shrewton Rec on the 8th of August.