Copdock + OI Second XI v East Bergholt Cricket Club Two Counties First XI on Sat 12 May 2018 at 13:00
Match was Abandoned

Match report With the forecast chopping and changing all week the First XI travelled to local rivals Copdock & OIs unsure whether they were going to be able to build on their solid victory against Kelvedon last week.

Following a good warm up in good conditions, the heavens opened and the game was delayed one hour and reduced to 33 overs a side.

Once we did get underway, Kem got us rolling as always, but made an uncharacteristic mistake by chipping a ball to mid-on to be caught on 32 off 18 balls. George and Sam then put a nice partnership together, picking up decent ones and twos and boundaries as they were going along. The partnership just reached 50 when George was bowled for 22. Rich came in and quickly went for 1 leaving us 93-3, but this saw the sibling partnership of Sam and Henry Foster back together at the crease for the first time since the back end of last year. They both went about their jobs astutely whilst making sure the scoreboard ticked over nicely, playing some lovely shots and finding gaps nicely. Sam brought up his 50 but it was Henry who fell shortly after as he was looking to take on Gauke with the 33 overs on the horizon – he missed a flighted delivery and was stumped just short of his half century on 42 off 54 balls. Geds joined Sam and happily watched as Sam continued his fine form. It took a very impressive one handed, no look, catch to derail the skipper as he chased the first century of the season with time running out, falling 17 runs short on 83 off 67 balls. With Geds succumbing to LBW shortly after we were nicely placed at 198-6 with a few of the 33 overs remaining. J-Mac & Alfie were the next to be aggressive, with Alfie making 8 off 6 balls and Jamie hitting a fine 21 not out off 8 balls, including two huge sixes. With Alf falling on the penultimate ball of the inning, Ben came in looking to find one of his ‘zones’, which he found sumptuously at deep mid-wicket to round the innings off with a fantastic six and a great all round performance amassing 234 -7 off just 198 balls.

The rain came again during tea making the outfield moist but we were confident of defending our large total. The Copdock batsmen had other ideas though as they came out all guns blazing – both Mann and Leggett played fantastic shots, hit the ball hard and to all areas of the field. There was no stopping them as they both reached their 50s. During this time, the was constant drizzle and the light was fading making the ball difficult to grip and see. The rain then started to fall harder but play continued as the batsmen continued to take full advantage of the faltering conditions – it wasn’t until the 24th over (after about 3 overs of heavy rain) that the umpires decided to take the players off with Copdock perfectly placed (although still away to go) at 163-0 needing 71 off 54 balls. Unfortunately for Mann but more so Leggett who was left on 99 not out, the rain continued and the umpires decided to bring the game to an end at 7pm with the forecast looking glum.

A fine batting performance following by a not so good fielding and bowling performance, saw us leave with 11 points, which wasn’t so bad given the position the game ended in.

East Bergholt Cricket Club Two Counties First XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 3w 5b 2lb 
for 7 wickets

(33.0 overs)
George Foster b Unsure 22 30 3 73.33
Kemsley Robb ct R Mann b D Legget 32 18 6 1 177.78
Sam Foster ct E Pope b S Gauke 83 67 11 123.88
Richard Pickford ct H Thomas b Unsure 1 7 14.29
Henry Foster st H Thomas b S Gauke 42 54 5 77.78
Ian Gedny lbw b J East 8 8 100
Jamie McGrath Not Out  21 8 1 2 262.50
Alfie Foster b D Legget 8 6 1 133.33
Ben McGrath Not Out  6 1 1 600
Nathan Philpot  
Nathan Smith  

Copdock + OI Second XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Daniel Legget6.0055227.509.17
Graham Underwood4.002700.006.75
Steve Gauke6.0052226.008.67
Edward Pope1.002100.0021.00

Copdock + OI Second XI Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
3w 1b 2lb 
for 0 wickets
163 (24.0 overs)
Richard Mann Not Out  58 62 8 1 93.55
Daniel Legget Not Out  99 82 15 1 120.73
Hugh Thomas +  
Edward Pope  
Nick Meakin  
Graham Underwood  
Steve Gauke  
John East *  

East Bergholt Cricket Club Two Counties First XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ben McGrath3.002600.008.67
Henry Foster4.002000.005.00
Nathan Smith2.001600.008.00
Kemsley Robb6.004100.006.83
Sam Foster5.003400.006.80
Nathan Philpot4.002300.005.75

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