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3rd XI - Match centre

Wellington CC, Shropshire - 3rd XI
Welshpool CC - 1st XI
Sat 25 Apr 13:30 - Shropshire County Cricket League - Division Two

Ryan Too Cool For 'Pool

Season 2015 could be one to remember for the 3rd team if Saturday’s opening game against Welshpool is anything to go by.

When Ryan Lloyd stroked the last ball of the afternoon through the covers for a match-winning two, his team-mates burst into celebration under the darkening skies.

It had been a close-run thing, but his side were good value for their 21-point return on the first Saturday of the season.

Chasing Welshpool’s total of 165-9, Wellington had looked in total control when Matthew Dickenson (71) and Steve Pitchford (23) were at the crease together, scoring freely in an assured fifth-wicket partnership.

But a pair of quick wickets soon threw the result into doubt. Firstly, Dicko was caught at mid-wicket, his only misjudgement of a fine innings. Then, for Pitchy, a second divorce of the week: namely, his bails from the stumps.

Wellington still required 27 runs for victory. If they were to prevail, a young and inexperienced lower order would have to get them over the line.

Enter Lloydy (24*) and his partner at the end, Henry Davies (3*). They took the game into the final over with a combination of bold stroke-play and sharp running, taking advantage of some bad fielding mistakes amongst the Welshpool ranks.

The stage was thus set for the final-over heroics of Lloyd who clipped a four off his legs to tie the scores, before keeping his nerve, despite two dot balls, to complete the job off the final delivery.

Captain Pitchford must take huge encouragement for the season ahead from this opening day performance, particularly given how the younger players in his side performed.

Earlier in the day, Henry Davies was the pick of the bowlers with 3-26 in his 9 overs. Lloyd bowled nicely with the new ball and claimed one wicket in a tidy second spell.

Little Simmo kept wicket impressively considering he’s new to the gloves - and given that those gloves only fit when he wears four pairs of inners! He also looked in total control opening the batting, before sadly chipping one to mid-on.

So for Wellington a lot of positives ahead of a trip to new-comers Prees next Saturday, including the form of now-veterans Dickenson and Jonny Black (3-32). But some areas for improvement too: on another day 32 extras may have cost them the game.

All things considered though, a strong and encouraging start.

Scorecard

Wellington CC, Shropshire - 3rd XI won the toss and decided to bowl.

Welshpool CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Paul Chapman
ct. R Lloyd, b. J Black
30
2
 
Rhys Williams
ct. I Murphy, b. D Ross
1
 
Tom Anderson
ct. M Dickenson, b. J Black
41
4
2
 
Dale Evans
ct. C Kernick, b. J Black
0
 
Matthew Knight
ct. M Simmonds, b. H Davies
3
 
Liam Kirk
b. H Davies
12
2
 
Dan Chodecki
st. M Simmonds, b. H Davies
24
1
1
 
Mat Mcwhinnie
ro. Unsure
4
 
Joe Monk
Not Out
7
 
Robert Anderson
b. R Lloyd
0
 
Allan Edward Williams 999
Not Out
11
2
 
Extras
14w, 10b, 1lb, 7nb
32
Total
for 9 wickets 45 overs
165

Wellington CC, Shropshire - 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Sam Topper
6
0
18
0
3.0
3nb, 5w
Ryan Lloyd
8
2
22
1
2.8
5w
David Ross
11
2
56
1
5.1
1w
Jonny Black
11
0
32
3
2.9
2nb, 3w
Henry Davies
9
1
26
3
2.9
2nb, 1w

Wellington CC, Shropshire - 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Ben Gould
b. T Anderson
3
 
Matty Simmonds
ct. T Anderson, b. A 999
14
 
Matthew Dickenson
ct. M Knight, b. M Mcwhinnie
71
11
 
Corey Kernick
st. D Evans, b. R Anderson
14
3
 
Ian Murphy
b. R Anderson
0
 
Steve Pitchford
b. T Anderson
23
3
1
 
Sam Topper
b. M Mcwhinnie
0
 
Ryan Lloyd
Not Out
24
1
 
Henry Davies
Not Out
3
 
Jonny Black
 
 
David Ross
 
 
Extras
2w, 5b, 2lb, 6nb
15
Total
for 7 wickets 45 overs
167

Welshpool CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Tom Anderson
13
2
41
2
3.2
Joe Monk
4
0
16
0
4.0
6nb
Mat Mcwhinnie
10
2
34
2
3.4
Allan Edward Williams 999
6
4
15
1
2.5
Robert Anderson
8
3
30
2
3.8
2w
Liam Kirk
4
0
24
0
6.0

Team selection

League round up

Other Division Two results

Willey CC - 1st XI
217/9
58/1
Cae Glas CC - 1st XI
Much Wenlock CC - 1st XI
208/9
109/9
Ellesmere CC - 1st XI
160
161/4
Church Stretton CC - 1st XI
Bishops Castle CC - 1st XI
113/2
114/4
Montgomery CC - 1st XI
Condover CC - 1st XI
86/6
85
Prees CC - 1st XI

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# Team Pts
1. Condover CC - 1st XI 397
2. Wellington CC, Shropshire - 3rd XI 331
3. Willey CC - 1st XI 296
4. Welshpool CC - 1st XI 291
5. Ellesmere CC - 1st XI 287
6. Montgomery CC - 1st XI 271
7. Cae Glas CC - 1st XI 241

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