Bagshot 184-5 (40 overs) vs Pyestock 114-4 (26.4 overs) – match abandoned
Rain and cold weather ended a finely balanced game at Bagshot with 13 overs still to go. A Pyestock side denuded of several key players put up a decent showing, and had a good chance of pushing for victory.
As the weather drew in, increasingly the Bagshot players were slipping and sliding around the field. The bowlers were also struggling to hold on to the ball. When Colin Butler fell to a catch in the deep, the rain was getting increasingly heavy, and it was agreed to call off the game.
Invited to field first by long-standing opponent Neil Harris, Pyestock viewed the rolled mud pitch with some doubt. The pitch played reasonably well but Jack Bromley and Ben Armes kept the scoring under control. In particular Taz Ishak played several strong drives down the ground.
A wicket wasn’t to fall until the tenth over when Euan Pusey joined the attack. R Medlock played too early, and his leg stump was ripped from the ground. Jack had been economical, but couldn’t get the breakthrough despite several plays and misses and ended with a spell of 29 from 8 overs.
The introduction of Ben Bromley saw a skied catch to Chris McGovern (after various other attempts at catches). The ever solid Jay Threlfall then bowled M Medlock off an inside edge before picking up Taz leg before wicket, and snared the obdurate M Dawson from a swirling catch to Pete Harris at long on.
At the end of Jay’s 3-19 spell, Bagshot were left on 103-5. But the youthful Bagshot partnership of Adit Gandhi and Josh Balcombe put on an unbeaten stand of 81 in just 13 overs to help their team to a decent total of 184-5.
In response, Pyestock got off to a sluggish start. The accurate Derek Budd found some extreme bounce from a pitch that was starting to dry out. The scoring was behind the required rate as Pyestock reached only 35-0 from 10 overs. (T
Skipper Jon Ford was the first to fall as he was lured down the wicket by Adil Gandhi’s flighted off breaks. As the drizzle got heavier, Chris McGovern made headway until he gloved a lifter from Budd to fall for 27.
The next batsman was Jack Bromley. Until then, the batsmen had found it hard to deal with Budd’s movement. But Jack got off the mark by coming down the pitch and smashing Budd for six.
By this time, a steady drizzle was setting in. Together with the wind, it made batting, bowling and fielding tricky. In particular, Gandhi, who wasn’t wearing spikes, found it difficult to keep his footing and hold on to the ball.
Jack went on to make 62 not out before the weather closed in and the game was abandoned. Pyestock were fractionally ahead of the Duckworth Lewis par score of 111 at that point.
We would like to thank Bagshot for a well-mannered game, and an excellent tea.