Bunker scores maiden ton in 2nd XI win
Thom Bunker scored his maiden century for Bradninch as the 2nd XI defeated Shobrooke Park 2nds by 20 runs in a B Division East meeting at Kensham Park.
Batting first, Bunker and Bryn Jones put on 200 for the first wicket. It was a magnificent stand and one that clearly set up the team’s second successive victory.
‘Bunks’ reached his century off 99 balls with 16 fours and one six and was out the ball after he and Bryn Jones had seen the score board turn over to 200 for the first wicket!
Bunker was eventually out for 110 in the 35th over having added one more four to his tally at reaching the century markl.
Connor Carthew (9), Will Greig (1), Alex Dunlavey (5) and Rob Acton (5), all fell cheaply as Bryn Jones edged ever close to what would have been a second richly deserved century in the game for the team. Jones was eventually fourth man out for a magnificent 92. Ryan Shrewsberry chipped in with 13 and the innings closed after 45 overs on 259-7.
Cliff Dare took five wickets for the visitors who got off to a splendid start in the run chase, outscoring the home side at the 125 over mark (69-0, against the Bradninch 63-0). However, third change Will Greig secured the all important breakthrough in his first over. Indeed, it was Grieg and Phil Chappell (the dot ball master) who pulled the game back the home side’s way as they bowled in tandem for 18 overs and, between them, claimed three wickets for 72 runs.
When they came off the run chase was at 140 after 32 overs. Rob Acton was fourth change and he did secure a run out during his spell – and held a return catch, but his four overs went for 47 as Will French, batting at number six, gave Shobrooke renewed hope. However, when French was stumped by Jones off the bowling of Thom Bunker it signalled the end of the run chase and the visitors closed out on 239-8.
The home bowling figures were: Will Greig 2-40 in nine, Phil Chappell 1-30 in nine, Thom Bunker 1-14 in two, Alex Dunlavey 1-31 in eight, Rob Acton 1-47 in four, Ryan Shrewsberry 0-40 in nine and Mark Perrott 0-26 in four.