East Bergholt Cricket Club Two Counties First XI v Kelvedon on Sat 01 Jul 2017 at 13:00
East Bergholt Cricket Club Won by 60 runs

Match report After last weeks disappointing defeat at home to Clacton, the First XI looked to get the season back on track as they welcomed promoted Kelvedon & Feering to the 'Dish.

Having won the toss and with the fact we had batted second in each of the last three games in mind, Sam decided to change tact and bat first on what seemed to be a decent wicket. What we didn't expect however, was the rapid opening attack which Kelvedon brought with them as Watts and Tshose, the quickest opening pair we have faced this season, bowled fast and aggressively and got stuck into the Bergholt attack. Foster and Pickford lost their wickets cheaply leaving us at a nervy 32-2. However, this brought Connor and Geds to the crease and they set about steering the innings in the right direction. With both showing precision and guile, they achieved a fanstatic 105 run partnership, as Connor fell just short of his 50 for 41. Geds recorded his half century in style but was out shortly afterwards for 60 as he, and one of the fielders, talked himself into coming down the wicket only to get stumped off the bowling of Smith. At a 163-4 we were looking well placed to achieve a score of over 225, but a typical Bergholt collapse saw us stumble over the 200 line amassing 204 all out with George, 14, and a superb 26 not out off 22 balls from Jamie (including two glorious sweep 6s) were the only scores of note.

With the bowling attack looking dubiously short of fast bowling, the skipper opened the innings with the medium paced McGrath and spinner Oakley. Despite the lack of speed, we managed to match our own first innings score as Kelvedon were also 32-2 with Oakley securing two wickets in three balls. With Skipper Smith and overseas Tshose at the crease the visitors were looking solid in the run chase until Philpot did what he does best and got the breakthrough, getting the skipper to edge behind to Geds, 65-3. This brought the opening bowling pair to the crease and with Tshose in full flow our score again looked in danger. However, skipper Foster had other ideas as he ripped through the middle order with the wicket of Watts for 12, Parsons for 3 and dangerman Tshose for 46. This left the visitors on 122-6, and what seemed at one stage to be very close game now seemed to have swung completely in the favour of the hosts. As Bergholt tightened the screw, Sam picked up another two wickets, securing his first 5-fer of the season, and Connor bagged another, in his 5th spell of the innings. Jack Spinner picked up the last wicket and his first ever First XI wicket, which was a nice way to finish the game as we finally bowled Kelvedon out for 144, winning by 60 runs.

It was a very enjoyable game, and nice to get back to winning ways - having now finished the first half of the season we can reflect on a number of things to help us get through the remainder of the season, especially our performances in the first four games! Next week we welcome league leaders Coggeshall to Gandish Road which will be a tough encounter for sure.

East Bergholt Cricket Club Two Counties First XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2nb 8w 6b 8lb 
for 10 wickets

(44.3 overs)
Richard Pickford b T Tshose 19 31 4 61.29 1
Sam Foster ct J Parsons b C Watts 8 18 1 44.44 1
Connor Oakley b C Watts 41 77 5 53.25
Ian Gedny st A Long b E Smith 60 73 6 82.19 2 1
George Foster ct A Long b E Smith 14 19 1 73.68 1
Will Harris ct T Smith b T Peperell 1 7 14.29
Jamie McGrath Not Out  26 22 1 2 118.18
Alfie Foster b C Watts 7 12 58.33
Nathan Philpot ct A Long b C Watts 0 2 0
Ben McGrath ct N van Houtegem b E Smith 4 5 1 80.0
Jack Spinner b C Watts 0 3 0

Kelvedon Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
C Watts11.313356.602.87
Thata Tshose5.0033133.006.60
Edward Smith14.0058319.334.14
Tristan Peperell11.0151151.004.64
Nick van Houtegem3.011500.005.00

Kelvedon Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 1b 3lb 
for 10 wickets
144 (37.1 overs)
Tim Smith* ct I Gedny b N Philpot 47 60 7 78.33
Nick van Houtegem ct S Foster b C Oakley 5 19 26.32
Alfie Long + lbw b C Oakley 0 2 0
Thata Tshose st I Gedny b S Foster 46 48 3 2 95.83
Charlie Watts ct G Foster b S Foster 12 10 1 1 120.0
Josh Parsons lbw b S Foster 3 11 27.27
Ed King ct I Gedny b S Foster 7 21 1 33.33
James West ct R Pickford b S Foster 8 14 57.14
Richard Wilson b C Oakley 11 25 2 44.00
Edward Smith lbw b J Spinner 0 13 0
Tristan Peperell Not Out  0 1 0

East Bergholt Cricket Club Two Counties First XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ben McGrath8.003500.004.38
Connor Oakley11.0231310.332.82
Nathan Philpot7.0037137.005.29
Sam Foster9.013557.003.89
Jack Spinner2.10212.000.92

  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Alan Rogers