1st XI suffer first defeat of new league season
Cricket is a sport that can be a ‘great leveller’ and never has it been more so than at Kensham Park on the third Saturday of May when the club’s talisman, Gary Chappell, seven days after scoring an imperious century returned to the square only to be dismissed first ball!
Bradninch, having been put in by visiting Cornwood – both sides went into this match-day three game having won their first two A Division games – and, from 0-1 with ‘Chaps’ already back in the pavilion, Ross Acton joined Charlie Sheen and they launched a recovery taking the score to 60 before both fell in quick succession, Acton went first caught for 14 (from 37 balls with four 4s) and then Sheen became the first of what would be six successive victims for left arm seamer Craig James who finished with the splendid figures of 6-29 – pretty impressive given he was the ‘second change’ bowler on the day! Sheen batted well, top-scoring on the day for ‘Ninch with 37 runs from 44 balls faced. Acton hit 14 from 37 balls with two boundaries.
Sixty for three was soon 66-5 with Leon Horn bowled by the 12th delivery he faced before James sent back Will Greig without him troubling the scorers!
Five runs were added before Tallan Burns fell for one and Josh Farley was the eighth man down, also dismissed by James, in his case having scored two. When Tim Piper became the fifth home batsmen to have his stamps knocked over by James for a 36-ball knock of 13 – his ‘other’ wicket was trapping Sheen leg before – the home score was 88-8 and the odds of reaching a three-figure score looked long!
However, number nine bat Will Squire and skipper Eliot Acton dug deep and took the total to 117-9 before skipper Acton fell for a 39-ball, two boundary 11. Last man Kalann Nessling became the third home player to be dismissed for a golden duck and Bradninch were all out for 117 halfway through the 40th over!
Faced with such a low total to ‘defend’ it was clear, during the break, that a super-human effort with the ball was required if the home side were to avoid losing for the first time this A Division season.
Cometh the hour – cometh the man – Ross Acton – and he swiftly picked up four wickets and Gary Chappell one as Cornwood were left staring down the barrel on 58-5! It got better for the home faithful as Josh Farley was given his first wicket courtesy of a second Tim Piper catch and, when Cornwood opener Aaron Richards was finally out – seventh man down for a 65-ball three boundary 21 – the visitors were 85-7 and still needing 31 to seal victory. However, the did just that as that man who did the damage with the ball – Craig James – joined number eight bat Robin Dart who hit an unbeaten 39 from 47 balls, hitting four fours and a six as Cornwood sealed a three wicket win off the first delivery of the 32nd over.
The Acton figures were an excellent 4-42 from 10 and Gary Chapple’s were 1-26 from 10. Josh Farley picked up a brace of wickets (2-28 from 8.1 overs) and the other two bowlers to turn their arms over were Tallan Burns (0-23 from two) and Kalann Nessling (0-3 from one).