Stratfield Turgis & Hartley Wespall Cricket Club


Stratfield Turgis & Hartley Wespall Cricket Club 1st XI v Checkendon on Sat 01 May 2010 at 1.00pm
Stratfield Turgis & Hartley Wespall Cricket Club Won by 112 runs

Match report Stratfield Turgis at home vs Checkendon

A good day to start the season weather wise, with slightly overcast conditions and a green track that was newly laid and looking like snooker could be played on it. We had high hopes the new pitch would allow for consistent and true bounce and give the batsmen some confidence in making shots, but it was as yet untested.

After losing the toss we were put in to bat so were able to be the pitch guinea pigs ourselves. The opening pair of last year (Martin Sandland and Stephen Clarke) resumed the honours this season and early signs of the pitch were that it was playing well and was a vast improvement on previous seasons.

Unlike most games throughout the season the first game of the season is the first real chance to properly clear any cobwebs and test out those stiff limbs accrued through doing little in the off season - both teams looked to have plenty of both. To their credit, Checkendon were sharp in the field, which looks promising for them for the rest of the season.

The opening stand was quick, but over before it properly started when with 13 runs on the board Sandland failed to get over a short one and skied a catch to fine leg. This brought an almost immediate response from Clarke though, with two sixes in the next over. Again, the second wicket partnership was just getting going when, with the total on 27, Clarke called a quick single on a miss-field when on 22, but was sent back by James Wright and was far enough out of his crease to allow Peter Pratt no doubt that he was out.

The Headford - Wright show took over from here though, posting a further 66 runs with a mix between some aggressive hitting and some aggressive running, mixing things up well and taking the score through to 93 before Headford departed on 28 after being bowled. The quick running continued with Spence in at number 5, but it was again all over too quick (a complaint his wife is all too familiar with) when, with the score on 106 and him on 6, he played a lovely slow return to the bowler Sheperd to allow the most simple of caught and bowled's.

Jimmy Wright went on to score a well rounded 50, but was out for 54 - playing on when attempting a delicate cut shot.

With the total on 135 it was time to put the foot down scoring-wise and again, a mixture of big hits and quick running between wickets from Luke Anthony (blazing a quick-fire 44 and caught on the mid-on boundary on the last ball of the innings) and Carl Gillham (contributing 22 at a good rate before getting caught) helped take the score through to 198-8, ably supported by a cameo 0 from Mark Walton (out LBW) and a two-shot 6 runs not-out from Nathan Field towards the end.

5 decent contributions on the way to 198 is a good early season sign. Hopefully those that got to 20 can push on to bigger scores in future games, while those that got out earlier will hope this was a case of clearing the cobwebs only, rather than a sign of things to come!

Checkendon's bowlers of note were; Sury Poodipedoli (2 for 61 off of 12) and Ben Sheperd (3 for 55 off of 12)

In reply, things started poorly for Checkendon, but brilliantly for the new, new-ball bowler for 2010, Nathan Field, with two early wickets. Both were bowled, and one was a real cracker-jack leg-cut to have them struggling early. Steve Ayers joined the action to take it to 19 for 3. There was a bit of a partnership between the Checkendon captain Stewart Manning and P Holland to correct the course of the innings somewhat, but once these two were out (Holland caught in the deep by Warton off of Anthony while Manning was caught and bowled by Anthony) things soon fell apart.

With the score at 74 for 4 and the skipper Clarke figuring there were bunnies about, he soon brought himself on to polish off the tail. To be fair, there were some good pieces of bowling to remove the remaining batsmen, including a leg break that bowled one of them around his legs, but the end result was that the last six wickets fell for 12 runs - so you can't dispute his decision to bring himself on!

Top scorer for Checkendon was Manning with 46, while top bowlers for Stratfield were Luke Anthony (3 for 22 off 5) and Stephen Clarke (4 for 9 off 5). Checkendon were all out for 86 in 26 overs, 8 of the wickets bowled.

End result was a 112 run victory for Stratfield Turgis.

Stratfield Turgis & Hartley Wespall Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 8 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Martin Sandland Caught  3
Stephen Clarke Run out  22
James Wright Bowled  54
Andy Headford Bowled  28
Danny Spence Caught  6
Luke Anthony Caught  44 2
Carl Gillham Caught  22
Mark Walton Lbw  0
Steve Ayers  
Tom Clay  
Nathan Field Not Out  6

Checkendon Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Checkendon Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
86 (0.0 overs)

Stratfield Turgis & Hartley Wespall Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Steve Ayers8.0228128.003.50
Nathan Field8.0227213.503.38
Luke Anthony5.002237.334.40
Stephen Clarke5.01942.251.80

  • Umpire :
    Mr. Peter Pratt
  • Scorer :