East Woodhay Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI v Andover 2nd XI on Sat 24 Jun 2017 at 2pm
East Woodhay Cricket Club Lost by 56 runs

Match report East Woodhay found themselves on the wrong end of the luck again as they fell to Andover II in a rain affected match on Saturday at Malverley's.

Head groundsman Nick Bird and his team had once again produced an absolute belter of a pitch and it was no surprise when Andover skipper James Knight won the toss and elected to bat first. Roberts and Watta opened up against the new ball attack of Richard Dando and Alan Williams and the talented Dando was soon into his work to dismiss Watta for 10. 30-1 quickly became 54-3 as firstly Ballantyne-Jones was caught by Fergus Mitchell for 10 and then Richie Taylor departed first ball with a horror shot to give Dando the chance of a hat-trick. Max Souter safely negotiated the test but it wasn't long before Dando struck again as Souter cut straight to Duncan Johnson in the gully for 6 and the visitors were 62-4 through 15 overs on a shirtfront.
Opener Roberts had shown how good the pitch was as he unleased some sumptuous straight drives and clips through mid-wicket and he was in sight of a deserved half century before he inexplicably gave his wicket away, pulling George Walters straight to Stefan Gill for 48. Luke Andrews and Stuart Summers had the task of rebuilding the innings from a disastrous 85-5 and they did just that, the experienced Summers a good partner for the big hitting Andrews. The pair added a useful 50 runs between overs 20 and 30 without further loss until Summers was another Andover batsman guilty of giving his wicket away as he picked out Stefan Gill on the boundary off Ben Lawrance for 19. Ollie Cox fell quickly for 10 trying to clear the ropes, Fergus Mitchell taking a nicely judged catch at long-on off Duncan Johnson whilst Andrews meanwhile had reached a fine half century but the re-introduction of Walters into the attack brought about his dismissal as he missed a full toss and was bowled for 65. It was an aggressive knock that included six 4's and four 6's when his side really needed it. Dando returned to pick up a well deserved five wicket haul as he bowled Robbie Taylor for 4 and the innings ended in the 45th over when Rick Dawson was run out for 31 leaving skipper James Knight unbeaten on 2* and the Andover innings closed at 211 all out from 44.2 overs.

It was for the most part an excellent bowling and fielding performance from Woodhay, Richard Dando picking up 5-36 from his 9.2 overs, George Walters 2-44 from 9 overs, Duncan Johnson 1-28 from 10 overs and Ben Lawrance 1-46 from his 6 overs.

Woodhay would have taken chasing 211 at the start of the game and Tom Flack and skipper Joe Lawrance set about the task in their usual busy fashion as they faced the Andover attack of James Knight and Ollie Cox. A steady start resulted in 40-0 through the first 10 overs as a useful platform was built by the two openers. The introduction of Robbie Taylor was to prove crucial though as following his opening two maidens he claimed the wicket of Flack. With little pace on offer Flack had looked to cut Taylor through the off-side but only succeeded in dragging the ball onto his stumps and he was on his way for 23. Dando now had to follow his 5 wicket haul with a contribution with the bat as he joined Lawrance and an excellent partnership of 59 was the result, Lawrance passing a fine half century and Dando warming to the task in hand. The spin of Rick Dawson then claimed the Woodhay skipper as Lawrance top edged an attempted sweep and he was caught by Andrews for 58. Woodhay were now 107-2 through 28 overs, needing a further 105 from 17 overs at 6 runs an over with 8 wickets in hand as the game was set up nicely for either side to come through. Duncan Johnson joined Dando but it was then that the rain intervened and the umpires took the players from the field. It was frustration for Woodhay as Dando had just started to fire and when the players returned to the field the calculation was such that only 6 overs were left to be bowled and the rain reduced target was around the 160 mark meaning the home side now had to go at 10 runs an over. Andover could now call upon their premier bowlers and it was Knight and Cox who assumed responsibility. Dando took it to Knight unleashing 15 runs from the over to put the visitors on the back foot but Cox then bowled Dando with the first ball of his over for 46 to once again turn the game is his sides favour. It should have been a perfect scenario for the destructive Ben Lawrance but Knight and Cox bowled beautifully, full and gun barrel straight at the death and it was Knight who accounted for Duncan Johnson, bowled for 8. Woodhay's innings then fell apart in devastating fashion as they chased the target. Will Flack and George Walters were both run out for 2, Fergus Mitchell was bowled for 0 and the innings ended with Stefan Gill caught behind for no score as Woodhay reached 155-8, a few runs short of the required amount.

Skipper James Knight was the pick of the attack as he returned 3-34 from 7 overs, Ollie Cox picked up 1-27 from 7 overs, Robbie Taylor 1-18 from 6 overs and Rick Dawson 1-23 from his 4 overs.

Woodhay were left cursing the rain break which really changed the dynamics of the game in Andover's favour but they now have to dust themselves down and make a concerted effort to get back to winning ways as they entertain Sway at Malverley's this coming weekend.

Andover 2nd XI Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
3w 2b 1lb 
for 10 wickets
211 (44.2 overs)

East Woodhay Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Richard Dando9.203657.203.86
Alan Williams10.005400.005.40
George Walters9.0044222.004.89
Duncan Johnson10.0228128.002.80
Unknown Player6.0046146.007.67

East Woodhay Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
6w 3lb 
for 8 wickets

(36.0 overs)
Tom Flack Bowled  23
Joe Lawrance Caught  58
Richard Dando Bowled  46
Duncan Johnson Bowled  8
Will Flack Run out  2
Unknown Player Not Out  7
George Walters Run out  2
Fergus Mitchell Bowled  0
Stefan Gill Caught  0
Alan Williams  
Nick Bird  

Andover 2nd XI Bowling

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