WEEK 13

Unbeaten Alcester clinch Evesham Indoors in style

Alcester & Ragley completed a remarkable campaign where they went unbeaten as they beat Ashton Under Hill in a nail biter to be crowned Evesham Indoor Champions.

Ashton-under-Hill (105-4) lost to Alcester & Ragley (107-5) with 1 ball remaining

This was a must win for Ashton to have any hope of stealing the title from Alcester and they fought hard until the end. If not for a brilliant 47 not out from Max Biltcliffe who took Alcester home, things would have been lot different.

Both sides decided to change their regular keepers for logistical reasons and Ashton, without the services of Tom Archer, soon lost Will Archer (16) who was bowled by Steve Capron. John Cooper joined Richard Cooper (19) to take the score on to 54 with some adventurous running before the latter gave a return catch to Adam Warbrick.

The innings suddenly lost all impetus, Ashton struggling in adding 26 in the next 4 overs. Mahesh Patel (15 n.o) and John Cooper returning after retirement lifted the innings by the bootstrap, adding 26 in the final 2 overs. Tom Cooper top scored with 32 not out.

A total of 105 was below par, but in a game which decides the league, pressure can do funny things. Tim Jackson’s early departure added to the intrigue and the match was well and truly on.

Adam Warbrick (27) and Max Biltcliffe steadied the ship, both retiring in the 7th over with the score 66-1. With the luxury of wickets in hand and required rate just over 7 an over, Alcester kindly decided to make a game of it with some  strange running accounting for 2 wickets in 2 overs. This at least had the merit of bringing Warbrick back to the crease but he too was run out without adding further. The tension was rising, and Biltcliffe soon lost his last partner - run-out in the 11th over. With the game now in balance, 15 were required to tie from 8 balls and win the league.

As last man standing, Biltcliffe seemed relieved to face all remaining balls. Nine from the first four deliveries followed by a wide and extra ball brought them to one run of the title with 2 balls remaining. Biltcliffe finished the match in style taking Alcester to dreamland. 

Pershore (109) lost to Prince Henry's (110-4) with 1 ball remaining 

Prince Henry's young side have improved immeasurably during the season, though without much in the way of brawn, they suffer a disadvantage in power. Nevertheless, they have learned to use the angles and run positively.

In their last match of the season, the school managed to get their top batsmen retired and then crucially back to the crease for the end game. Pershore had posted an average score with the help of Chris Ridings (37), Craig Witheford (20) and George Kirby (15) but they failed to use the overs by losing their last 2 wickets in the 11th over probably tipping the balance in Prince Henry's favour.

Robbie Hardwick and Patrick Atkins again produced a meaningful partnership, both retiring in the 5th over with the score 59-0. Momentum was initially lost but Oliver Timperley (25) stuck at the task without too much of the strike. Surprisingly Will Green did not bowl the final over with 3 required and Hardwick (32 n.o) and Atkins (29 n.o) did what was required, albeit after a stutter.

The win climbs Prince Henry’s above Pershore up to 5th in the standings. 

Umpires - Inge Bevers & Ian Fincher; Scorer - John Iggulden


WEEK 12

Alcester, Ashton and Stanway in three way tussle for title as final matches approach

Alcester & Ragley (118-4) beat Prince Henry's School (67) by 51 runs

Alcester & Ragley comprehensively beat Prince Henry’s by 51 runs to put themselves firmly into the favourites spot for this year’s Evesham Indoor title. Alcester, still unbeaten, only has to navigate through Ashton Under Hill, who still has an outside chance at the trophy if they were to beat the leaders.

Prince Henry’s were without two of their best players and were no match chasing 119 to win. To compensate, Alcester were missing few of their players too, and got off the blocks slowly batting first. They struggled to 36-0 after 5 overs before taking 16 off Will Smith’s final over.

Michael Coombs (39 n.o), Ben Lee (24) and Tim Jackson (29 n.o) were Alcester’s main contributors in their total of 118. Prince Henry’s lost Olly Moore in the first over, before Oli Timperley (11) and Robbie Hardwick (39) produced a stand of 45 for the second wicket.

Hardwick’s retirement exposed a soft lower order, and although he returned, there was no coming back from 66-5.

Stanway Boxmen (135-2) beat Harvington (58)  by 77 runs

The Boxmen also wait in the wings for the title in case Alcester slip up as by thrashing Harvington, they improved their runs per wicket and move to second place.

They were off to a dreadful start though losing 2 wickets for 11, but normal service resumed soon after with Jason Haines (42 n.o), Mike Banks (26 n.o), Josh Armstrong (27 n.o) and Aaron Batchelor (18 n.o) making hay.

Dave Walker played a Captain’s knock of 23 and Dave French (10) added some resistance in a brittle Harvington reply. Paul Evans (9-2) and Banks (12-2) ensured the match was over as a contest very early.

Umpires - Mike Neal & John Iggulden: Scorer - Alan Norcott

 


WEEK 11

Ashton-under-Hill remain in the chase to the title

Ashton-under-Hill (127-4) beat Pershore (69) by 58 runs

Ashton-Under-Hill beat Pershore by 58 runs in a one sided affair to keep the heat on unbeaten leaders Alcester & Ragley. Ashton were off to a torrid start though as they were reduced to 7-2 in the first over.

They recovered to 74-4 and that signalled the move to go overdrive as Will Archer (56 n.o) returning to the wicket ran riot. He added 53 in 4 overs with Matt Wakefield (17 n.o) providing support taking the game away from Pershore. Gio Capaldi had two stumpings standing in, while Craig Witherford took 27-2 for Pershore.

In reply, Pershore batting struggled against the Archer brothers with Tom Archer clearly enjoying bowling at southpaws. He took 18-2 while Will only conceded 16 during his spell of 3 overs. Will Green was the only saving grace in an otherwise brittle batting performance and he was the last man out caught and bowled by Janitha De Alwis for 44.

Bredon were unable to field a side and conceded the game to Dumbleton

Umpires - Ian Fincher & John Iggulden; scorer - Alan Norcott.  


WEEK 10

Boxmen remain 3rd, Dumbleton arrest their slide as Power and experience wins over youth

Pershore (71 all out) lost to Stanway Boxmen (72-1) with 1 over remaining

In form Boxmen easily dispatched Pershore win by 5 wickets in the early game to climb to 3rd in the Evesham League. The matches were reduced to 10 overs due to a delayed start and only Will Green (39) and Ollie Oxley (14) produced anything of note for Pershore making first use. Green was the last man standing and he was well caught by Paul Evans with 8 balls remaining in the innings.

Stanway had little pressure chasing a moderate target and although they only made 48 during the first 6 overs, the inevitable was never in doubt.

Dumbleton (95-5) beat Prince Henry's (75-3) by 20 runs

Dumbleton were constrained to under 10 an over by some tight bowling from the school side, Patrick Atkins (27-2) and Robbie Hardwick (23-1) being notable. The best of the batting came from Ed Bragg (22) and Scott Tremain (28 n.o) and a score of 95 might have been within the school's ability.

Unfortunately skipper Hardwick fell for the sucker punch when Dumbleton changed to a 3-1 field inviting batsmen to force the ball to leg. Atkins tried in vain and made it to retirement but the school was always behind the asking rate. This win arrested a slide of two defeats for Dumbleton.

Umpires - Mike Neal & John Iggulden; scorer - Alan Norcott


 

WEEK 9

Unbeaten Alcester & Ragley edge tight contest with Bredon

Alcester & Ragley (98-5) beat Bredon (91-3) by 7 runs

Leaders Alcester & Ragley were severely tested by a determined Bredon side in this match and were in real danger of relinquishing their unbeaten status at the break but their hot streak came to the forefront again as they defended a underwhelming 98 to scrape home by 7 runs.

They had Tim Jackson (48 n.o) to thank for having any kind of total to bowl at as he held the fort while being largely unsupported and played the last 3 overs as the last man standing. Alcester & Ragley started slowly and lost their first wicket to a smart piece of work by Martin Hill who deflected a Jackson drive on to the stumps to find Marc Woolley stranded. Hill accounted for Adam Warbrick in the next over and a promising partnership between Steve Capron (10) and Ollie Swinburn (10) ended in a mix up. On the upside, it brought Jackson back to crease and he played a match saving knock under pressure.

Bredon definitely had reasons to feel confident having restricted the leaders for 98 but they got off to a disastrous start as they lost Hill to the first ball offering a simple catch to Jackson off Capron. Jamie Munro (28 n.o) and Clive Fenney (27 n.o) seemed to be steering Bredon to victory but as so often happens in this form of the game, the retirements brought new batsmen who were just not able to squeeze the extra runs.

Jackson followed up his good work with tight overs at the end and if Alcester & Ragley go unbeaten all the way they’ll look back with fond memories at this day where he saved them from the blushes.

Harvington failed to appear for their match against Ashton-under-Hill.

Umpires - Ian Fincher & John Iggulden; Scorer - Alan Norcott

 


WEEK 8

Emphatic wins for Alcester and Prince Henry’s decide top and bottom positions

Prince Henry's School (131-1) beat Harvington (51 all out) by 80 runs

Those expecting close competitive games this week, with the bottom two teams playing each other and then the top two, were bitterly disappointed as the matches didn’t live up to its billing.

Prince Henry’s inflicted a heavy 80 run defeat to Harvington and thus moved into 6th place in the table. Batting first, Robbie Hardwick and Patrick Atkins continued their good form and both retired by the 5th over. Thereafter Luke Atkins (22) and Oli Timperley (27 n.o) took their time but got into the groove eventually plundering 45 runs during the final 3 overs.

Facing a substantial total, the bottom side Harvington got off to the worst possible start losing George Burford and Alex Smith in the first over as they were deceived by Atkins’ nicely flighted offerings. Resistance, probably already futile, was briefly offered by Tim Smith (21) and Dave Walker (12) but that ended when they fell LBW to Timperley. Timperley finished with 20-3 and Atkins joined in to finish 3-2 for the School.

Stanway Boxmen (76 all out) lost to Alcester & Ragley (77-0) with 4 overs remaining

Boxmen and Alcester both had unblemished records heading into this contest but the anticipated scrap never materialised. Alcester stamped their dominance from the first ball and reduced Boxmen to 14-3 which included a two wicket maiden by Tim Jackson (17-2).

Aaron Batchelor (16), Nick Clarke (18) and James Fulard (17) got in to get out, leaving Alcester & Ragley little to do in the chase. Marc Woolley (25 n.o) and Ben Lee (20 n.o) completed the necessaries with the unnecessary help of 26 runs in wides as Boxmen lost grip of their discipline. The win puts Alcester & Ragley clear at the top of the table. 

Umpires - Rob Murphy & Ian Fincher; Scorer - John Iggulden

 


WEEK 7

Pershore bounce back in style, Ashton Under Hill compound Dumbleton’s misery

Pershore (143-1) beat Bredon (87) by 56 runs

After a torrid time last week, Pershore bounced back against Bredon with a much stronger batting performance that almost put them out of reach at the half way stage. Will Green and Alex Brown began cautiously taking only 13 from the first 2 overs. A little persuasion from the gallery stirred them to 'get on with it' and thereafter they scored at an average of 13 an over.

Brown was the only casualty of the innings when caught behind off Huggins or 15. Green, Gio Capaldi and Chris Ridings all retired and it was left to George Bunn put the finishing touches taking 27 from the final over, the largest haul for an over for many years. 

The pressure on Bredon to score from the start resulted in Wilkins giving a simple catch to Green off Kirby in his first over with the score 17. Kirby struck again in his second over inducing an edge behind leaving Bredon struggling at 24-2. Wickets continued to fall though Dom Fenney (32) put together a sound knock to retire, only to return at 66-4 in the 7th over. The game was up, and Bredon folded in Green's final over, the 11th, way off the target. Green finished with 2-20, Ridings picking up 2 catches and a stumping in the process.  

Ashton-under-Hill (136-4) beat Dumbleton (124-5) by 12 runs

This was a competitive game played in the best spirit but ultimately Dumbleton came up short chasing a stiff target. Having lost to Walmley in the National Indoors, an inform Ashton wasn’t what Dumbleton was looking for and so it proved.

Richard and Jon Cooper opened for Ashton and kept the scoreboard ticking nicely until an adventure too far found Cooper senior run out by half the pitch. Tom Archer put bat to ball, until joining Cooper junior in retirement. This was high tempo cricket against steady bowling and at half way Ashton were 62-1. In the 9th over Mahesh Patel was run out by a direct hit. Ashton were 96-2 at that stage and further 40 runs were accumulated in the final overs with the inevitable run-outs. Jamie Diamond was the most economical with his 3 overs costing only 22 runs.

Dumbleton got off to an inauspicious start as Matt Nicholson edged behind which was gleefully accepted by Jon Cooper’s outstretched glove.  A run-out followed in the next over and since then it was a period of retrenchment with Tom Green (28) and Scott Tremain (50 n.o) taking strides. 16 from the 8th over brought Dumbleton to 80 and back in the hunt but then they lost Wade Ridsdale through a run out without scoring.

The returning Green was also run out in the 9th and the outcome was left to Tremain and Diamond (35). They needed 21 runs from the final over but Patel held his nerve to deliver at the crunch time and conceded only 9 runs.

Umpires - Mike Neal & John Iggulden; Scorer - Inge Bevers.

 


WEEK 6

Dumbleton prepare for the National Knockout in style, Alcester & Ragley put Harvington to the sword

Pershore (54-5) lost to Dumbleton (56-0) with 4.2 overs remaining

Pershore’s promise was met with Dumbleton’s might in this contest and at the end the Champions were too much to handle as they ran out winners with 4.2 overs in the locker. It was the ideal preparation for Dumbleton, who’ll be representing Worcestershire against Warwickshire’s Walmley CC in the National Indoor Competition next week.

Only Captain Gio Capaldi came up with some resistance for Pershore, carrying his bat to make 16. The form showed by Jamie Diamond, Ed Bragg and Tom Green with the ball should serve well for Dumbleton with Walmley looming in the background.

They had little problem knocking off the runs and didn’t lose any wicket in the process.

Alcester & Ragley (152-0) beat Harvington (77-3) by 75 runs

Alcester & Ragley’s impressive form seem to have no bounds as they picked off Harvington in clinical fashion. They posted the highest score of the season in the Worcester Leagues in the process and this addition to their run rate will stand them in good stead should averages decide the title.

Like Pershore, Harvington is also comprising of lot of promising young players, so lacking in experience. Alcester had Marc Woolley, Tim Jackson, Max Biltcliffe, Ollie Swinburn and Ben Lee all making 25s which took them over the magical 150 mark.  

Harvington’s two openers George Burford (22) and Felix Shears (20) showed some mettle and batted well. To compound matters they were a man short, so their main objective was to not get bowled out which they succeeded. Steve Capron took 13-2 for the dominant leaders.

Umpires - Inge Bevers & Mike Neal; Scorer - John Iggulden

 


WEEK 5

Boxmen hang on to beat Ashton-under-Hill in another last ball thriller, Bredon win the basement battle

Stanway Boxmen (112-3) beat Ashton-under-Hill (111-5) by 1 run

Stanway continued their unbeaten run at the expense of Ashton's as another really tight encounter was decided in the final action of the match. The Boxmen, strengthened by the addition of Andy Powell (32 n.o) and Josh Colwell (14) to their squad, can consider themselves to be real contenders for the league title following this victory.

Powell and Colwell provided the ideal platform to the Boxmen's innings with 33 from 3 overs, before the latter tried to get the better of Tom Archer's accurate pace bowling and missed a straight one.

Powell was joined by Jason Haines to take the total to 75-1 from 8, and it was time for both to retire. After a few quick wickets including what looked like a strategic run-out of Tim Cull, Powell returned and with Josh Armstrong (12) made a dash for the line with 25 coming from the last 2 overs.

Presented with an average target, Ashton's openers Will and Tom Archer were constrained by the line and pace of Colwell and Armstrong, managing only 25 in the first 4 overs. James Fullard (25-2) accounted for Will in his first over and scalped another in his next, leaving Ashton struggling at 42-2 at the half way stage.

When Tom Archer (20) was run out and Janitha de Alwis followed immediately it was left to Mahesh Patel (35 n.o) and Matt Wakefield (17) to climb out of the hole. 14 from the penultimate over put Ashton back in touch but they still needed 17 to win. Wakefield was run out trying to steal a single and Coldwell just about did enough to keep Ashton one run agonisingly short.

Bredon (134-5) beat Prince Henry's (110-4) by 24 runs

The second match between two teams looking for their first win ended with Bredon taking the points but the openers of Prince Henry’s made them work hard for it. Chasing 135 to win, skipper Robbie Hardwick and Patrick Atkins both scored 39 not out each and laid the foundation.

Luke Atkins (15) joined his brother on Hardwick's early retirement to see the school through to 61 without loss at half way. Unfortunately the lower order failed to make an impact during the second half with Tim McVicker the pick of the bowlers for Bredon in their defence taking 3-23. Hardwick and Atkins enjoyed some extra time at the crease at the end but the quarry had long gone to ground by then.

Earlier Bredon enjoyed fine contributions from Dom Fenney (38), McVicker (19) Martin Hill (26) and Clive Fenney (15) but the highlight of the first half was Ian Fenney's (19 n.o) unorthodox stance from "half way down the strip" which caught everyone by surprise.

Umpires - Mike Neal & John Iggulden; Scorer - Alan Norcott

 


WEEK 4

Alcester & Ragley, Ashton-under-Hill & Stanway Boxmen remain unbeaten, Champions lose on final ball

Dumbleton (108-5) lost to Alcester & Ragley (109-4) by 2 wickets

This match lived up to its expectations and went down to the wire. Alcester & Ragley ultimately prevailed in the last ball chasing down Dumbleton’s 108. Dumbleton batting first never really got going and they got bogged down in the middle period, they scored only 11 runs in 3 overs at one point, which meant they couldn’t post a more challenging total. 

Last man Tom Green (33 n.o) was their saviour which enabled the County Champions to reach three figures. He took 16 from the last over bringing some respectability to the score.

Alcester also found momentum hard to come by in the early stages. It wasn’t until Tim Jackson (44 n.o) and Adam Warbrick (33 n.o) returned to the wicket after retirement that looked like the chasers had a chance. They added 33 in the final two overs to bring Alcester home in a thrilling finish and jubilant scenes commenced.

Pershore (119-2) beat Harvington (71) by 48 runs

In the earlier match, Harvington were no match on the night for a young Pershore side. They faced a decent total set up by Pershore openers Will Green and Olly Oxley who both retired. Craig Witheford (21 n.o) and George Kirby (15) were worthy support acts in the middle and George Burford (27) came alive in the final overs.

Harvington started brightly adding 42 for the first wicket but once S. Oliver was castled by Witheford they lost their way. Only D.Walker (19), playing as last man standing after the lower order went awol, put an innings together but having been behind the run rate throughout, he finally surrendered 48 runs short.

Umpires - Mike Neal & Inge Bevers; Scorer John Iggulden 

 


WEEK 3

Stanway Boxmen & Ashton-under-Hill both win again to set the pace

Stanway Boxmen and Ashton Under Hill both notched up victories for the second time to stay unbeaten.

Stanway Boxmen (115-3) beat Prince Henry's (100-3) by 15 runs

Stanway batted first and Josh Colwell (28 no) and Jason Haines (21) provided the base camp for the innings with 50 run partnership for the first wicket. The School finally had a breakthrough when Haines spooned a soft catch to Patrick Atkins off Harry Powell.

To their credit, they bowled steadily since then and restrained the inclinations of Colwell to let loose. Andy Powell (10) was bowled by Toby Turner at 77 after 9 overs but with Mike Banks (25 no) starting to motor and Nick Clarke (14 no) supporting, a reasonable total was set.

The first three overs of the Prince Henry's innings was notable for the remarkable generosity of the Boxmen's fielders, putting down three catches and twice throwing to the wrong end when a batsman was stranded amidships. Robbie Hardwick (26 no) along with Atkins (19) provided the start required, scoring 55 off 6 overs.

At that point they were well in the game but with Hardwick's retirement and the dismissal of Atkins the rate suddenly declined. Jason Haines took a smart leg side stumping off Nick Clarke to dismiss Toby Turner first ball and Josh Armstrong bowled a rare maiden over leaving the school needing 45 from 3: They tried but eventually fell short by 15 runs.

Bredon (121-5) lost to Ashton-under-Hill (122-1) with 2.3 overs remaining

Bredon won this fixture last year to put an end to Ashton's title hopes and promote their own. Therefore a lot was at stake in this encounter which Ashton won more easily than was expected chasing a challenging total. Bredon's openers Clive Fenney (37 no) and Jamie Munro (35) produced a strong opening partnership, both retiring after seeing 60 on the board at the halfway.

Dominic Fenney (12) and Olly Hall (16) kept the score ticking until after several run-outs the openers resumed, taking 19 from the final over.

Ashton's reply was clinical, cruising to 77-0 after 6 overs. The next 40 came off 3.3 overs with only the minor irritation of losing one wicket to a run-out. Will Archer, John Cooper, Tom Archer and Dan Garland all reached 25.

Umpires - Mike Neal and John Iggulden; scorer Alan Norcott

 


WEEK 2

County Champions Dumbleton off to a rousing start while Alcester & Ragley get the better of Pershore

County Champions Dumbleton made a strong statement of intent by making short work of Harvington during the second week of action in the WCB Evesham Indoor League. Alcester & Ragley was also impressive, beating Pershore by 21 runs in a close match.

Dumbleton (146-1) beat Harvington (35 all out) by 111 runs

Dumbleton brought last season's form with them to inflict a substantial defeat on Harvington. It appeared that Dumbleton might even have been practicing prior to the indoor season, whilst Harvington were definitely on the rusty side of preparedness. Dumbleton amassed what is bound to be one of the season's highest totals losing only one wicket to a run-out at 108, allowing Matt Nicholson, Ed Bragg, Jamie Diamond, and Adam Stuart, each to retire on making 25. Tom Green also chipped in with a seven ball cameo for 17 not out. Just when a little time at the wicket would have helped Harvington's reply, George Burford, who stuck at the task gamely last season, was run out without facing a ball. Thereafter more run outs followed, Dumbleton picked up two wickets bowled and it was all over inside 6 overs.

Alcester & Ragley (101-5) beat Pershore (80 all out) by 21 runs

Alcester were off to a disastrous start as two wickets fell in Will Green's first over. A yes/no interlude between Tim Jackson and Marc Woolley led to a third wicket at 11, bringing Ollie Swinburn to join Jackson and restore some normality to the proceedings. Presumably out of compassion for the batsmen, Green was taken off after the one over which allowed Alcester to regroup and add 52 for the 4th wicket. Swinburn and Jackson were reunited and although Jackson was bowled by Olly Oxley for 39, Swinburn finished unbeaten on 40 nudging the total past the magical ton. Green was the pick of the bowlers with 2-6.

On another day this young Pershore side might have made the target with ease, but some of the running between the wickets was simply suicidal. Olly Oxley (19), Geo Capaldi (27), and Craig Witheford (19) all got in, looked good and got out. All six wickets fell to run outs whilst a little patience was the need of the time to wait for the final dash with wickets in hand. Perhaps next time?

Umpires - Mike Neal & Ian Fincher; Scorer - John Iggulden

 


WEEK 1

Ashton Under Hill and Stanway Boxmen commence in flying colours

Ashton Under Hill and Stanway Boxmen inflicted defeats on Prince Henry’s and Bredon as the Evesham Indoor League sponsored by Worcestershire Cricket Board got underway at Prince Henry’s Cricket Centre last week.

In the first match, Ashton Under Hill elected to bat first and made 120-4 with Tom Archer (38 not out) and Will Archer (28 not out) in good form. Prince Henry’s, despite a promising start, folded at the end to their experienced opponents to be eventually all out for 83.

Prince Henry's started well though showing no deference to Ashton and with some straight bowling constrained Ashton's experienced batsmen. The School had an early scalp when Richard Cooper moved across his stumps and was bowled behind his legs by Oli Timperley, but that was the sign Archer Brothers needed to take the game on till they both retired.

Mahesh Patel contributed a useful 20 until missing a slower ball from Luke Atkins, and two run outs brought the Archers back to the wicket to post a total of 120.

The School started with some confidence, openers Robbie Hardwick (22) and Patrick Atkins (18) playing sensibly and confidently, until Atkins drove a ball in the air to short mid-off. At this point there was nothing to show which way the game would go but Hardwick went with an optimistic call and was run-out at 49. Thereafter momentum was lost and wickets fell leaving the school some way off, and all out in the final over.

Bredon (116-5) lost to Stanway Boxmen (117-2) with 6 balls remaining

In the second game, Stanway Boxmen chased down a daunting target of 117 to beat last year’s runner up Bredon comfortably. Bredon posted what looked a challenging target for Stanway but with Bredon perhaps a little light on bowlers Stanway pulled off a victory to end their long run of defeats.

Jamie Munro (40) and Clive Fenney (30 not out) were the key stays for Bredon as they reunited after retirements to produce bulk of the Bredon’s score. Stanway's openers Josh Colwell (25 not out) and Paul Evans (20) combined well and Colwell in particular enjoyed the pace of Kevin Wilkins who conceded 46 in his three overs.

On Colwell's retirement, Stanway's innings slowed with the accurate leg-breaks of Dominic Fenney conceding only two in the fourth over. The result was in doubt when Jason Haines (24) was run-out needlessly and replaced by Mike Banks whose judicious use of the edge conveniently confused everyone. The 9th and 11th overs however conceded 35 including a seven and brought Stanway into a winning position, Banks finishing the game with a flourish on 26 not out.

Umpires - Ian Fincher & John Iggulden, Scorer Alan Norcott.