The three’s batted first against Wilton, and the two old stagers, stand in skipper Simon Smith (73) and Vince McMahon (66*) took the batting honours. The three’s closed on 213-6, a total that looked about 30 short of par. This was proved right as Wilton’s three top batters took them almost home, before minor flurry of wickets had the visitors scampering to pad up. Dan Murray took two in three balls, but the visitors ran out winners by 5 wickets. Murray (2-26) David Hill (1-20) and Ritesh (1-48) were the wicket takers.
Traffic problems meant the B team had to shuffle their batting order, and they were 22-2 after 5 overs at Lyndhurst in their ‘double header’ league and plate semi. Sam Larbalastier (18) held firm as Jimmy Manning’s blistering 54 lifted the rate, and useful contributions down the order from Julian Drake (26), Lewis Oliver (13) and James Mason (11 not) boosted the B’s to 139-7. Lyndhurst started in a rush with twenty from the first two overs, but Ben Arnold’s miserly four overs put the brake on. Terry Harrison (2-20 from 4) took the first two wickets, and at 79-2, a super throw from Ben Chandler took the third wicket. This started the slide and Lyndhurst collapsed losing their last 7 wickets for just 15, as Dan Eckton (3-8) and Sam Dempster (4-19) finished the job. The A-Team easily beat Langley to progress to the cup final which will be held at Langley Manor on the 31st July.
Jimmy Taylor’s unbeaten 98 saw T&E to a score of 198-2 on Tuesday against the B team. Sam Larbelastier made a first appearance for a few weeks and scored a sparkling 58 as the B’s went at nine an over until the tenth, but they crashed from 90-1 to 111-6 before Sam Dempster (30 not) and James Mason (12 not) added 44 in just 3 and a bit overs to bring respectability as they closed on 155-7.
Shrewton played their innings at a frantic pace throughout, being 60-4 after just four overs, and 137-6 after 12! The rate at last fell below 10 in the 16th over, but they still raced to an all out 199, in the 24th over. There were some interesting bowling figures, but suffice it to say Kev Marshall (3) Phil Curl and Tommy Mason(2 each) and Alan Jones with 1 were the wicket takers. The three’s reply was more sedate with the calm heads of Phil Curl (36) and Harry Burnham going at four an over in their stand of 84. Ben Freyer (23) and Burnham (41) added another 48, but the asking rate had climbed to seven’s by the time Kev Marshall (27) and Tommy Mason (17) got to work. Both went with only ten required but the tail wagged with suicidal singles being grabbed, and a four from Alan Jones. With just 3 needed from three balls, a no-ball was turned into three runs due to some great awareness from Hannah Curl, who called loudly for a leg bye, which in turn led to an overthrow as well to see her side home. There was almost a half century of extras that helped the cause no end!
Brendan (57) and Andy (99) scored their fist opening century stand together to set up a good platform for the firsts. The middle order then collapsed before Kaushal arrived and peppered the leg side boundary to score a quickfire 33 to give the team a total of 264. The opposition then were set a reduced target of 241 off 38 overs and were pegged back straight away by some excellent bowling by Ginge who finished with 4 wickets. Jamie and Joe also picked up 2 wickets a piece and the oppo were bowled out. Good team performance.
For the fourth time this season the thirds went into a game with ten men. The council pitch in Andover was poorly prepared to say the least, and it was no surprise when the thirds were asked to bat first. Simon Smith (24) and Harry Burnham (18) together with a swathe of extras put on 60 in just under 20 overs, but then the side were all out for 90 ten overs later, with James Mason the only other double figure scorer. Thruxton crawled at less than 2 per over for the first third of the innings, with Kev Gray and Tom Mason (2-20) keeping a lid on things. Three wickets then fell for two runs to leave the home side 55-5 (Ben Chandler 1-15, James Mason 2-14), but the home skipper looked a different class and saw his team home without further loss.
The A-Team beat Redlynch in the quarters of the Cup. Batting first Ginge and Tom Arnold rescued a dismal start to get the team to a good total of 123. In reply Redlynch started well before Andy Hart came on and took 3 quick wickets supported by Bailey and DD who both picked up a wicket each.
An amazing 365 runs were scored at Nomansland as the Tuesday B team pulled of an unexpected victory over Calmore in the Plate. Paul Proudley (82 not) and Mike West (44) were the main contributors as Calmore racked up 192-4 in their 18 overs. Julian Drake and Jonty Loveless (37) provided the base for the chase with a stand of 68 in just over eight overs. Sam Dempster went for 6, but Jimmy Manning (61, including 7 maximums) added 90 with Drake in just six and a bit overs. Terry Harrison (8 not out) and Drake who finished on 69 not out, saw the B’s home with 4 balls to spare.
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The firsts travelled to New Milton and bowling first restricted the opposition to 44/1 off their first 20 overs with Mike Kingston bowling ridiculously well, deserving loads more than the one wicket he took (a worldy catch in the gully by J-Mac). Mike was supported by swinger Josephine Coombs who was very economical in his 9 over spell. New Milton ended up on 201 on a lovely batting track after a good all round team performance. In reply Brenda got off to a flyer scoring a quickfire 40 supported by Tarty, Boothy and Zane to ease home with a couple of overs to spare. Good team performance!
The ten man three’s went down to a disappointing defeat against Laverstock 2’s. The visitors were off to a flyer- 70-1 from nine overs. Most of the home bowlers were going at seven or eight an over with the exception of Simon Smith- 3-28 from his 8 overs- as Laverstock were bowled out for 223 in 35 0vers. The three’s were in disarray at 9-2 in the fourth over in their reply, but Dan Eckton dug in, assisted by Harry Burnham (19) and then Ben Chandler (21), but were 63-4 after 20 overs. Eckton and Simon Smith then combined in an unbroken stand of 103 to close the innings respectably on 166-4, Eckton on 56 and Smith with 36.
Batting first the A-Team scored a decent150 off their 18 overs with B Streather and Tom Arnold both hitting 40s. In reply Calmore struggled with J-Mac and Josh picking up 5 wickets between them before Andy Hart came on to rip through the tail taking 4 wickets for just 2 runs to bowl Calmore out for just 60.
The Tuesday B team lost a cracking game at Redlynch. Redlynch scored freely early on, but Dan Eckton with 3-30 put in an excellent spell. Redlynch scored a commanding 144-5, and the huge outfield played a part in the reply. A slow start (12-1 from 4) meant that nine an over was needed from then on. Sam Dempster (46) was the anchor, backed up by Julian Drake (28) and kept up the rate. James Manning (15, I maximum) and Terry Harrison (14, 2 maximums) both went to catches in the deep. The rate was still being achieved until the 16th, when only two runs were forthcoming, and the B’s closed on 132-7.
The ten men of the threes picked up a surprise win at Hyde two’s. At 86-3 Hyde looked set for a useful total, but incredibly lost 6 wickets for 6 runs at that point. They finished on 106 all out, with Tom Mason picking up a league best 4-16, and Kev Marshall 3-5 in his first bowl for 5 years! After a breezy start from Alan Haworth (22), the three’s took their time with useful runs from Wayne Eckton (29), Kev Marshall (28 not) and Ben Chandler (10 not) taking them home by 7 wickets with 8 overs to spare.
Bowling first the firsts chipped away at Portsmouth 2 with regular wickets bowling them out for 137. Mark Angel bowled with no luck and Joe "Shermanator" Coombs picked up 3 wickets before the Burgler came on and snaffled the last 3. In reply late call up Johnny Murray smashed the ball all over the forest for a quickfire fifty to see the team home.
3rds WIN
A real team effort saw the three’s magic up a win against their Redlynch counterparts. Four twenty plus scores from Simon Smith (22), John Roberts (27), Tom Mason (league best 33) and Phil Curl (27 not) saw the three’s run up a useful 197-9 at tea. The bowling was backed up with some great catching, with the two old masters Phil Curl (2-6 from 5) and Kev Gray (3-16) leading the way. The visitors slumped from a useful 86-3 to 117 all out.
Brendan "Smashie" Streather (97) and Johnny "Nicey" Murray (57) continued their new BL opening partnership and scored a record equalling 166 opening partnership by smashing the ball all over Totton before Brendan fell just short of his century. The team ended up on 199 and Totton kept losing wickets to fall 50 runs short. On to the next round!
With a host of absentees, the Tuesday B team were according to Ben Arnold, an ‘Eclectic mix’. Sam Larbelastier went first over, but Julian Drake (34) and Rich White (21) righted the ship, before Ryan O’Connor (26 not) and Luca Roberts (17), both coming in to the side at the last minute, pushed the score on to 128-7 from their 18. Lyndhurst and Ashurst started slowly against Arnold (1-18) and Terry Harrison (2-22) and never really threatened finishing on 116-7. Lewis Oliver 3-13 was the pick.
Bramshaw welcomed the Southern League's Langley Manor in the National Village Cup. After winning the toss Langley batted first and an excellent bowling and fielding display from the home team resulted in them being bowled out for 201. Bailey Loveless bowled the ball of the century to remove the Langley Captain with Kaushal Patel picking up a couple of key wickets and David Streather bowling beautifully at the end for 3/22. In reply Bramshaw were in trouble losing 3 quick wickets to the Langley openers before classy Zane D'Monte & vexatious Joe Coombs put together a crucial stand of 112 putting the home team in control. Terry Tibbs Harrison took the game away from Langley with a rapid 39 before a mini collapse made the game interesting. Kaush Patel kept his calm to see the team home and into the next round.
The ten man 3’s took a pounding on the plastic at Wilton, but emerged with ten points after a creditable fightback. Wilton were all out for 300, with Jack Booth (4-21) debutant Ben Chandler (4-63) and Tom Mason (2-51) the wicket takers, as they picked up maximum bowling points. The 3’s replied solidly looking to bank some batting points and Jack Booth and Dan Eckton (19)put on 50 for the first wicket, and Booth and Wayne Eckton (34) added 86 for the second before Booth went for a career best 68. The fifth batting point arrived in the 39th over as the visitors closed on 157-5.
Landford Summer Cricket course is back!
On Thursday 31st May and 1st June Landford will be hosting a cricket course for 9-13 year olds in the morning and 5-8 year olds in the afternoon. Fun cricket drills, lots of matches and use of the bowling machine. If interested please contact for further details.
Bramshaw won in the first round of the National Village cup at Longparish. Batting first, Andy Hart anchored the innings of 230 scoring an unbeaten 115 supported by Simon Booth. In reply Longparish got off to a flyer before Jamie Martin and Joe Coombs pegged them back with some good bowling. The last wicket fell to a Bailey Loveless runout. The team are into the second round next Sunday where they will play Langley Manor at home.
3rds WIN
The three’s recovered from a precarious 64-6 to post 191-7 at Nomansland. The first ball of the season saw Jonty Loveless trudge back to his hutch, and apart from George Gray’s lively 34, the thirds had lost the first 6 wickets by the nineteenth over. Harry Burnham (41) and Chris Hewlins repaired the damage with a stand of 85, and Hewlins (63 not) then added another unbroken 42 with the unorthodox Tom Mason who finished on 24 not out. Whiteparish two’s started slowly and Bramshaw picked up wickets steadily and the visitors closed on 128-9 after their 40 overs. Jack Booth took 4-21, John Murray 2-10, and one each for Dec Mason, Jonty Loveless, and Dan Eckton.
Both A and B teams Border league matches on Tuesday 1st May are off.
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Tom Arnold (Bramshaw CCs Head Coach) is running one to one sessions this summer at Landford recreation ground. Experienced Level 2 coach and Dorset Minor Counties cricketer. If interested please contact on 07458955515 or email
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