Veteran Carries Two Bats to Victory
Seconds stalwart Peter Stoehr (73 no) carried his bat through the entire Milton run chase to record a memorable victory against the Ashwell 1st XI at the Sycamores ground on Saturday. Stoehr displayed great temperament to withstand a determined Ashwell attack, a broken bat hardly stalling his progress towards the competitive target of 194.
Players arrived to find the covers on and a damp outfield, conditions which convinced the Ashwell team to bat after winning the toss. Milton let the openers get away and failed to snare a wicket by drinks. After drinks, however, the wickets tumbled and the scoring rate was slowed. A likely looking target of 220 was restricted to a gettable 194.
The wickets were shared between Mahanth 2/40, Puneet 1/16 and bowler of the day Mana 2/25. They were ably supported by Rizwan, Maltesh and Sam who were unlucky not to trouble the wicket column in the scorer’s book. Sree also had a hand in two run outs after making a successful debut with the gloves. James Reid was also influential in the field, stopping several boundaries in the point region.
The run chase started slowly as Bob and Peter had to dig in against some excellent opening bowling from Ashwell. Scoreboard pressure got the better of Bob and he fell for 8. Peter was joined by Jason Sep (60) who enjoyed a blunted opening attack and then the change bowlers. When he holed out at mid-on there were still more than 70 runs to get.
Sree (38 no) made a cautious start and survived a close run out scare before exploding with two massive sixes and a host of other boundaries to bring the target in sight. As the tension grew Peter maintained his sangfroid approach with elegant boundaries behind square to seal the win with an over to spare.
CSU Cricket Correspondent Leroy Lemongello
Milton lost a toss which would have been very useful to win. On a very damp, grassy outfield, in swinging conditions milton were put in to bat.
Phil bone and ICo opened the batting facing a very difficult new ball, with tight bowling from wimblington. They advanced the score to 30 off 16 overs, at which point Phil was bowled for 7. There followed a flurry of wickets, with captain Peck falling for just 2, shortly followed by ICo for 19, leaving milton reeling at 34-3 off 17.
This left Ciarán and Phil Coulson at the crease who managed to consolidate a little before Ciarán was bowled for 21 in the 24th over, with the score at 66-4.
Thereafter followed an uncharacteristically watchful start from “Angry” George Sanderson, who combined well with Phil Coulson, who then together launched a counter attack to form a very useful 70 partnership, increasing the run rate and pushing Milton up to 136 before George fell, bowled, for his highest competitive score for the club (he even bought a jug afterwards!) at 33.
Stretch followed this up with some strong running, including an over with 13 all run runs (3 threes in one over!) however this soon knackered Phil out, who also caught a blow to the head and holed out for a highest scorer of the innings, 38, probably pleased to depart, given the amount of running stretch was forcing Phil to do.
Stretch and Rishan saw Milton home to an unlikely and, given the conditions, very competitive final score of 160-6.
Unfortunately, over the interval (whilst players feasted on some incredible cakes supplied by Lisa Peck) the sun dried out both the pitch and more importantly the outfield, which at the start of wimblington’s reply, despite some tight bowling from Steve Dye and Phil Coulson, made milton’s score seem worth somewhat less than it had originally seemed.
Despite this, Milton took and early wicket, with a drop at slip by Phil Bone providing Stretch with the opportunity to run out wimblington’s skipper for just 1 run (Stye claims half a wicket for this).
The first bowling change saw stretch come into the attack with wimblington reduced to 41-2 off 14. He continued where the opening bowlers had left off and bowled a tight first two overs, before a mongoose propelled rocket of a shot offered a sharp caught and bowled chance (got to go down as a drop) which stretch could only get his pal, to, resulting in his palm resembling an overly ripened plum.
This Left skipper Andy Peck short one bowler, despite some very tight bowling from young Owen Peck (5-1-8-3) supported by Alex day (9-0-41-0), it looked like the skipper had to turn to the part time bowlers.
First Angry, full of confidence from his batting, managed to bowl an eventful over (well 2 overs really) with 6 dot balls and 6 wides – some very, very wide.
Then wicketkeeper O’Kane took off the pads and finished off the tail with 2.1-0-2-2, wimblington finishing on 132 all out.
Steve Dye finished with 10-0-46-3 (couldn’t match his son’s 7 wickets for the 1sts).
Phil Coulson: 10-2-1-22.
Milton won the match by 28 runs.