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Countesthorpe Cricket Club
Medbourne
Simon Coombs 72*, Simon Garrard 23
Batting
D Butlin 21, J Nance 20
W Matthews 2/34, G Clarke 1/11
Bowling
Matt Sharpe 2/20, Simon Page 2/26
Sat 5 May 13:00 - League Start time 13:00

2nds off to Winning Start

Badger has game to remember in good win for CCC 2's

The season finally got under way this week as Medbourne were the first visitors of the 2018 season to fortress Basset Avenue. The sun was shining as the visitors won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked like a surprisingly decent batting track bearing in mind the recent weather conditions. Niffy got off to the perfect start as Loomsy took the 1st wicket of the game by bowling G Clarke as he looked to whip him off off stump. Ajmal Pullikall was bowling well at the other end in his first game back for Niffy after having a season away and he took the next wicket as he jagged one back through the gate to have J Nance bowled for 20. Sharpey took over from Ajmal from the cow field end and bowled a great spell as he took the wickets of W Matthews LBW and H Clarke caught behind by Badger. Simon Page was as reliable as ever at the other end as he bowled yet another miserly spell and he had J Clarke caught, well held by Matt Sharpe and Badger also took a great catch stood up to dismiss D Butlin. Sharpey finished his spell with figures of 7 overs, 2 for 20 and Simon's figures were 12 overs, 2 for 26. Matt McDonald took over from Si's end to finish up the innings and with Loomsy coming back from the other end between them managed to bring the innings to a close at 136 all out. Macca's final figures of 2 for 35 and Rich Looms 11 overs 2 for 31 rounded off a great bowling and fielding performance from Niffy. Mention must also go to Badger and his keeping as he took 2 good catches, a stumping and a superb run out.

Badger and Tom Gardner opened up the Niffy innings and Badger looked in great touch as he found the boundary with regularity. Tom looked solid at the other end and grafted well to support Badger until he was spectacularly well held by W Matthews off his own bowling for 17. Matt Page joined Badger and looked comfortable until he chased a wide one and snicked off for 14. Waggon was in at 4 but was dismissed shortly after, unluckily adjudged LBW off the leg spin of H Clarke as it pitched outside of leg stump. Simon Garrard was next in at 5 and looked to steady the ship which together with an in form Badger they did brilliantly. Si was extremely patient and played sensibly as he accumulated and gave Badger the strike where possible as he continued to smash the ball to all parts. Si was eventually out for 23 but by this stage together with Badge had put together a partnership of 69 and took Niffy to the brink of victory at 133-4. The Skipper was in at 6 and as the scores were eventually tied at 136, he secured the the 1 run needed for victory, but for the fun of it he decided to run 2 even though the 2nd run didn't count.

All in all a great start to the season and a really positive performance from the boys, especially with it being the first game of the season. Man of the Match was Simon Coombs for an all round superb performance, 72 not out with the bat and 3 dismissals with the gloves and a run out. Hopefully a sign of things to come for Niffy 2's as they head to a confident Great Glen side next week.

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Scorecard

Medbourne won the toss and decided to bat.

Medbourne batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
G Clarke
b. R Looms
2
0
0
0
 
J Nance
b. A Pulikkal
20
0
0
0
 
W Matthews
lb. M Sharpe
17
0
0
0
 
J Clarke
ct. M Sharpe, b. S Page
19
0
0
0
 
N Clarke
ct. P Wagstaff, b. M McDonald
14
0
0
0
 
H Clarke
ct. S Coombs, b. M Sharpe
0
0
0
0
 
G Norton
ro. S Coombs
6
0
0
0
 
S Lilley
ct. S Coombs, b. S Page
4
0
0
0
 
D Butlin
st. S Coombs, b. R Looms
21
0
0
0
 
A McCann
Not Out
17
0
0
0
 
R Kirk
b. M McDonald
0
0
0
0
 
Extras
8w, 5b, 2lb, 1nb
16
Total
for 10 wickets overs
136
Fall of wickets:
42 / 1 ( T. Gardner ), 62 / 2 ( M. Page ), 63 / 3 ( P. Wagstaff ), 132 / 4 ( S. Garrard )

Countesthorpe Cricket Club bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Richard Looms
11
0
31
2
2.8
Ajmal Pulikkal
6
0
19
1
3.2
Simon Page
12
3
26
2
2.2
Matt Sharpe
7
0
20
2
2.9
Matt McDonald
8.1
0
35
2
4.3

Countesthorpe Cricket Club batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Simon Coombs
Not Out
72
0
13
0
 
Thomas Gardner
ct. W Matthews, b. W Matthews
17
0
3
0
 
Matt Page
ct. A McCann, b. W Matthews
14
0
3
0
 
Paul Wagstaff
lb. H Clarke
1
0
0
0
 
Simon Garrard
b. G Clarke
23
0
4
0
 
David Smith
Not Out
2
0
0
0
 
Matt McDonald
Did Not Bat
 
 
 
 
 
Richard Looms
Did Not Bat
 
 
 
 
 
Simon Page
Did Not Bat
 
 
 
 
 
Matt Sharpe
Did Not Bat
 
 
 
 
 
Ajmal Pulikkal
Did Not Bat
 
 
 
 
 
Extras
6w, 1b, 1lb, 1nb
9
Total
for 4 wickets overs
138
Fall of wickets:
42 / 1 ( T. Gardner ), 62 / 2 ( M. Page ), 63 / 3 ( P. Wagstaff ), 132 / 4 ( S. Garrard )

Medbourne bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
W Matthews
7
0
34
2
4.9
G Norton
4
0
27
0
6.8
H Clarke
7
1
33
1
4.7
R Kirk
2
0
8
0
4.0
J Clarke
4
0
24
0
6.0
G Clarke
3.2
1
11
1
3.3

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