Old Basing 1st XI v East Woodhay Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI on Sat 27 May 2017 at 2pm
East Woodhay Cricket Club Won by 6 wickets

Match report East Woodhay continued their superb start to the season as they recorded a 6 wicket victory away at Old Basing on Saturday to remain one of four sides still unbeaten in Hampshire County Division 2 alongside Compton and Chandlers Ford, Bedhampton and Ferndown Wanderers.

Woodhay skipper Joe Lawrance won the toss and had little hesitation in asking the home side to have a bat and it was Lawrance himself who was instrumental in the first two wickets to fall. From the last ball of Richard Dando's opening over, Basing opener Matt Donaldson drove hard to mid-off and called his partner Josh Weir through for a single only for Lawrance to brilliantly intercept. Donaldson knew he had no chance of making his ground so sent Weir back but to no avail as Lawrance picked up, took aim and threw the stumps down with both batsmen in the middle of the wicket, leaving Weir run out for 3. Alan Williams took the new ball with Dando and again the last ball of his over provided Woodhay with another success. Donaldson smashed the ball hard towards Lawrance at wide mid-off and he must have thought the Woodhay skipper had no chance of catching it, but Lawrance is in a different class to most in the field and he plucked a running catch for his side to leave Basing reeling at 6-2. Greg Donaldson and Keith Timms needed to rebuild, Timms especially watchful and Donaldson the aggressor as he quickly hit a succession of boundaries before Williams bowled him with a beauty that nipped away off the seam to send him back for 20. Basing skipper Darren Turner joined Timms and the pair set about repairing the early damage and they added a useful 62 runs to the total before the introduction of Duncan Johnson in the 23rd over was rewarded with immediate success with the wicket of Timms for 23, Will Flack taking a fine catch running in from extra cover. Two of Woodhay's outstanding youngsters then combined to rip out the Basing middle order, George Walters nailing Ollie Hall (4) and Arjun Miriyala (0) both lbw and then some quick thinking from Toby Albert behind the stumps accounted for Tom Jackson (1) as he wondered out of him crease and Albert, who was stood up to Walters, whipped the bails off. Basing were now in all kinds of trouble at 118-7, but skipper Turner was still at the crease and the home sides last hope of setting any kind of competitive total. He had reached 49 before the experience of Johnson put paid to his innings, Ben Lawrance taking a comfortable catch at deep midwicket to end Turner's resistance. Gihan Malawaarackchi and Nick Cooper then completely lost their way between overs 33 and 43 adding just 22 runs against some tight bowling from the returning Dando and debutant Neil Mills. Eventually something had to give and it was Mills who was rewarded with the last two wickets, Cooper well caught by Tom Flack for 8 and last man Rajasekhar Pentakoja was sensationally taken one handed by Walters without scoring leaving Basing all out in the 44th over for 148, Malawaarackchi unbeaten on 18 at the close.

All of the Woodhay bowlers were on the money backed up by some outstanding fielding, George Walters picked up 3-27 from his 6 overs, Alan Williams 2-40 from an excellent opening 10 over stint, Duncan Johnson 2-23 from 8 overs and Neil Mills was superb on his debut, picking up 2-21 from 9.5 overs. Richard Dando was unlucky to finish without a wicket, but his 10 over spell only yielded 28 runs.

Tom Flack and Joe Lawrance opened up for Woodhay against the Donaldson brothers and it was Matt who provided an early breakthrough as Lawrance edged to keeper Weir for 2. Richard Dando joined Flack and looked in good touch until Donaldson struck again in similar fashion, Dando edging to Weir for 11 and Woodhay in a spot of early bother at 32-2 through 12 overs. Flack though is the perfect man for this occasion, unflappable and a model of concentration as he and Duncan Johnson shared a valuable 47 run partnership before Johnson was bowled for 22 by the returning Greg Donaldson. 79-3 became 79-4 as Donaldson produced an excellent yorker to clean bowl Toby Albert for 0 and Basing sniffed a chance. There is real depth in the Woodhay line up though and Ben Lawrance came in at 6 to take the game away from the home side. He was the perfect foil for Flack who could just go about his business whilst Lawrance provided the fireworks. Flack reached an excellent 50 as the pair took the score from 79-4 up to 141-4 in an impressive 10 overs for the visitors and it was fitting that Flack hit the winning runs in the 39th over, a no ball which he despatched to the boundary for 5 runs to get Woodhay up to 150-4 and secure the extra batting point. Flack finished on 63* from 106 balls and Ben Lawrance 38* from just 37 balls as Woodhay comfortably got over the line.

The Basing attack was solid, the Donaldson brothers a real threat, Greg finished with 2-33 from his spell and Matt 2-36 from his 10 overs. Basing skipper Darren Turner bowled 10 excellent overs of right arm off spin and was unlucky to finish with no reward, returning 0-31 in a fine all round game for him.

Woodhay march on and next week face a tough away trip to the New Forest to take on 5th placed Bramshaw and will hope to keep their unbeaten run intact.

Old Basing 1st XI Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
1nb 9w 6b 3lb 
for 10 wickets
148 (44.5 overs)

East Woodhay Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Richard Dando10.032800.002.80
Alan Williams10.0240220.004.00
Kevin Mills9.5421210.502.14
George Walters6.002739.004.50
Duncan Johnson8.0023211.502.88

East Woodhay Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
2nb 8w 2b 2lb 
for 4 wickets

(37.5 overs)
Tom Flack Not Out  63 7 1
Joe Lawrance Caught  2 1 1
Richard Dando Caught  11 1
Duncan Johnson Bowled  22 1
Toby Albert Bowled  0 1
Unknown Player Not Out  38 6 1
Nick Bird  
Will Flack   1
Alan Williams  
George Walters   1
Kevin Mills  

Old Basing 1st XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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  • Umpire :
    Ian Gardener
  • Scorer :
    Phil Lawrance