MICK GREENWOOD hit his first half century for four yeas to help HARPSDEN defeat BUTLER XI
MICK GREENWOOD hit his first half century for four yeas to help HARPSDEN defeat BUTLER XI in their annual 40-over fixture.
The Butlers’ decision to bat first looked questionable as they struggled to make much progress against opening bowlers, Rod Birkett and Will Stevens.
Tight spells from Nick Brown and Jack Brown were followed by a destructive burst of three overs, 2-8, from Mark Cooper.
Low and McCormack made good starts but couldn’t go on and it wasn’t until skipper David Price came to the crease that the Butlers were able to build any sort of momentum.
A good second spell from Jack Brown enabled him to finish with figures of 3-41 as the Butlers ended their 40 overs on 195-6.
Despite a hostile opening spell from Reynolds the Harpsden reply got off to a fast start with Zac Jones hitting 24 off Coombes’ second over, including two straight sixes.
A swift 36 from Jones was ended by a catch on the boundary which brought Greenwood to the crease. A full array of cuts and pulls took Greenwood to his highest score for Harpsden. His 96 run partnership for the third wicket with skipper Tom Hancock left Harpsden on the brink of victory when he was finally dismissed for 65.
Hancock hit 47 before Olly Brown and Mark Cooper took Harpsden home with more than 11 overs to spare.
Low, c O Brown, b J Brown
Mack, c Greenwood, b R Birkett
McCormack, c W Stevens, b M Cooper
Jones, c O Brown, b J Brown
Free, b M Cooper
Corcoran, b J Brown
Price, not out
Griffin, not out
TOTAL (6 wkts)
Best bowling: J Brown 3-41, M Cooper 2-8.
Z Jones, c Reynolds, b Price
S Burgess, c Liddle, b Price
M Greenwood, c Price, b Reynolds
T Hancock, st Low, b Griffin
M Cooper, not out
O Brown, not out
TOTAL (4 wkts)
HARPSDEN ran out winners at home against PRESTCOLD on Sunday.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first in a 40 over match on a drying wicket.
Zac Jones started with a flourish before being caught out by one that stopped in the pitch. Mark Cooper and Will Stevens consolidated against some accurate bowling from the Rosiers and Grant although it was the introduction of Fletcher that started to turn the game Prestcold’s way.
With Fletcher taking 2-10 in his eight overs and Grant also taking a couple of wickets, Harpsden were struggling at five down and well below their targeted run rate.
Jack Brown came to the crease to join Stevens and displayed an impressive array of shots before being adjudged lbw for a swift 32.
Stevens continued to hold the innings together with his 60 which when combined with useful contributions from the lower order got Harpsden to 186-8 off their 40 overs.
Prestcold’s Desbois and Marsh looked in good form against the opening pair of Tom Ham and Alex Bradley although they were starting to slip behind the required rate when the first bowling changes were made.
Rod Birkett and Jack Brown were brought on to tighten the screw further which brought pressure on the openers, ultimately leading to their downfall.
Fletcher batted well and having survived an early life looked the most likely to give Prestcold the best chance of winning. However, he found little support from the middle order and being starved of the strike then felt he needed to accelerate â?? a couple of impressive shots off Tom Hancock preceded one shot too many and he was bowled for 29.
Max Martin, playing his first match for Harpsden, came on to bowl and immediately found an impressive line and length with some gentle away swing and ended with the impressive figures of 2.5 overs, 2-4. It was this spell, and eight overs, 4-25 from Brown that ultimately left Prestcold 65 runs short in their chase.