2015 Round One Results
St Edward's Martyrs (217-8) beat Felstead Robins (214-8) by 2 wickets
Charterhouse Friars (223-7) beat Malborough Blues (115) by 108 runs
Shrewsbury Saracens (312-6) beat Haileybury Hermits (121-9) by 191 runs
Bradfield Waifs (74-4) beat Rugby Meteros (73) by 6 wickets
Harrow Wanderers (252-9) beat Old Brightonians (178) by 74 runs
Old Malvernians (327-8) beat Radley Rangers (209) by 118 runs
Old Alleynians (176) lost to Old Wykehamists (246) by 70 runs
The Cricketer Cup first round started on a rather gloomy note in South London, heavily overcast with persistent fine drizzle. When the OW’s won the toss the weather was something to consider. With the expectation that the rain was due to stop by mid-day and dry up it was felt that although conditions were far from ideal to bat in, the wicket looked good and our three spinners would benefit from bowling with a dry ball later in the day. At the toss the Old Alleynians skipper mentioned that this was the strongest team they had put out since losing to the Old Woks in the Cricketer Cup final in 1974.
Skipper James Irvine-Fortescue and Archie Fellowes opened the batting positively before James was caught behind and was replaced by Christian Portz. The two formed a strong partnership, taking the score up to 93 in 18 overs before Archie was dismissed for a fine 51. With Archie having laid a strong foundation the OW middle order tried to continue where he had left off with a strong tempo but with three wickets falling in quick succession (Stevens, Mills and Cheetham), the OW’s found themselves in a difficult position at 120-5. Christian, who was still at the crease and batting well was supported by the determined and gritty Sam McArthur and the two of them consolidated the innings whilst maintaining a reasonable run rate through the middle overs. Just as the two were starting to gain some momentum Christian was caught and the OW’s were 165-6 with plenty of overs still to bat. James Essex joined Sam at the crease, batting positively whilst leaving a little in the tank for the last 6 overs. Having seen what James Essex can do in the latter overs of an innings, the OW’s were optimistic of a score of 250+ but with some of the big shots not quite coming out of the screws, we finished up with 246-6, James Essex scoring a very good 42 not out and the Sam McArthur 61 not out. Archie, Christian and James all batted very well but Sam deserves special mention for his determination and fight given the situation he found himself in. Although we were happy with 246, it was clear that this was a good batting wicket and the opposition had a very strong batting team.
The second half of the game couldn’t have started much worse with James Essex rolling his ankle in the first over and was unable to bowl another ball. The skipper had to step in and take the new ball alongside Jeremy Wilkins. With very little swing in the air and the opening batsman taking the game to the OW’s with some rather cavalier batting it was time to make some early changes by bringing on the spin duo of Ben Stevens and Tom Hemingway within the first ten overs. At 63-0 off the first ten overs, the OW’s were on the back foot but Ben and Tom were giving the batsman a lot more to think about. With the rate slowing, the batsman were keen to press on which brought about the double break through, first Stevens bowling OA skipper Kumar with a ball that was given a little more flight but equal amounts of dip, followed by Tom having Lawrence stumped for 38 with some incredibly quick thinking and skilful work by James Parker. Number three for the OA’s was Anthony Alleyne, apparently the best player to come through Dulwich (I am told a better prospect than Chris Jordan…) and a member of the West Indies U-19 team. It was clear that the boy could bat, he started steadily but he was not going to get bogged down by our spin bowlers. He went after another of Tom’s big turners and snicked it to James, who took a very good catch stood up to the stumps. Tom and Ben bowled extremely well but were racing through their overs so Archie was brought in to offer a slightly different type of left arm spin and quickly found his rhythm, continuing from where Ben left off. The OA’s continued to bat positively but it was very difficult to get any momentum as the trio of spinners were bowling economically, forcing them into mistakes and losing wickets at regular intervals. The OA’s were finally bowled out for 176 in 43.1 overs, a 70 run victory, the spinners causing all the damage with Ben Stevens returning 8.1-2-20, Archie Fellowes 9-2-28 and Tom Hemingway taking a superb five wicket haul, magnificent figures of 10-5-34.
Oundle Rovers (172-9) beat Old Amplefordians (171) by 1 wicket
Despite a great all round performance by Ampleforth's J Blakistin-Houston 51 and 4 for 37, Oundle sneaked home with M Outar returning 5 for 49
Repton Pilgrims (136) lost to Stowe Templars (284-7) by 148 runs
R Harris 68, R.A. White 56, T. Cosford 4-44
R. Rolwing 5-53, R.A. White 4-7
Old Cheltonains (268-4) beat Old Merchant Taylors' (248-8) by 20 runs
Old Cheltonians won a hard fought game principally by bowling and fielding a bit tighter than OMTs. Possibly the difference an extra 22 wides bowled by OMTs and a solid 101no by Chris Sandbach. Apart from a couple of missed chances OCs out-cricket was of a very good standard. The match was played in an excellent spirit and the umpires were inconspicuous. Good spectator support made for an excellent day.
Old Wellingtonians (354-3) beat Old Cliftonians (244) by 110 runs
Downside Wanderers (218-9) lost to Whitgift Mitres (222-9) by 1 wicket
Rory Caines 85
Eton Ramblers (131-1) beat Old Eastbournians (130) by 9 wickets
Old Tonbridgians (301-7) lost to Old Cranleighans (302-7) by 3 wickets
Cranleigh crowned 2014 champions travelled to Tonbridge the perennial champions in what was always going to be a tough game. Batting first on a pitch with a short boundary on one side, Tonbridge commanded their innings with Baines providing a professional touch guiding them to a launch position of 157 for 2 off 33 overs. Tonbridge picked up the pace well and finshed on a tough strong 301 for 7. Cranleigh started timidly with Waters trapped 2nd ball for 0. With a lack of bowling options, Cope was able to settle and dominate the game finsishing on 123. Burgess lifted the rate blasting 75 off 42 balls leaving the game where sensible Cranleigh batting would see them home. Johnston and Broughton finished things off with 3 overs and 3 wickest to spare.
Sherbourne Pilgrims (301-7) beat Old Cholmelians (229) by 72 runs
A very enjoyable match played in excellent spirit, that ebbed and flowed, with the Pilgrims coming out on top. There were two 150 run partnerships ( one per team) Sherborne’s 2nd wicket partnership of 151 between Captain Charles Esson (126) and T.P. Atkins (66) , whilst the Old Cholms 152 for their 1st wicket between Jack Atchinson (78) and Nick Friend (47).
Old Bedfordians (393-9) beat Uppingham Rovers (225) by 168 runs