Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Under-par Ipsden fall short

IPSDEN have held the upper hand against STONOR in recent years and so Stonor, the home team, were understandably keen

IPSDEN have held the upper hand against STONOR in recent years and so Stonor, the home team, were understandably keen to rectify the situation this year.

Batting first, the Ipsden openers of Wood and Ramsay started well, keeping out the pace of Harris.

With 49 for 0 after the first 13 overs the away team looked set to achieve a competitive total, however a well-held catch by Scott Harris at short mid-off followed by a sharply taken chance by Martin Bowden at slip off began a regular fall of wickets which saw Ipsden bowled out for an under-par total of 87.

Powell bowled his usual miserly spell, taking three wickets for seven runs off seven overs, with Nicholson taking five wickets for 29 off 11 overs.

In their reply the Stonor opening pair of Jewell and Collings made steady progress in chase of the total.

With two wickets in two balls for Brown in a tidy spell this gave the visitors hope but after a brief cameo from Maidlow, Bowden joined Collings at the crease to successfully wrap up victory with seven wickets in hand.

HIGHMOOR chose to bat first at STONOR on Sunday and soon lost Shamil, run out by Scott Harris from square leg.

Skipper Marc Lovatt spread the overs between his bowlers and thus restricted the scoring to a minimum.

The introduction of Guy Bradshaw brought quick wickets and miserly figures of four for six off eight overs.

With other wickets falling regularly, including a sharp direct hit run out by Richard Hunt and Wells holing out to Gregor Dickie at long-on, the away team struggled to post a competitive total after 46 overs, finishing on 90 all out at tea.

Stephens opened the bowling for Highmoor and soon sent back Dickie and Connolly lbw.

Gaylin also then trapped Hunt lbw leaving Stonor 12 for 3. Skipper Lovatt then joined Nicholson at the crease in search of stability and the pair put on a match-winning 73-run partnership.

Nicholson took 21 runs off Stephens’ final over to dent what had been a tidy spell and then putting a delivery from Gaylin on to the pavilion roof to reach his 50. Stonor reached their target after 15.4 overs.

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