Bashley 3rds v Winton – match report

For the penultimate game of the season, Bashley won the toss and elected to bat first against a strong Winton first team. The Winton bowlers Williams and Wynn produced an accurate and dangerous opening spell of bowling  and Bashley were reduced to 29 for 3 after 9 overs. Matt Wedge and Harry Walton batted cautiously as they attempted to rebuild the innings. Wedge was eventually caught for a valuable 40 as he attempted to increase the run rate. Walton was joined by Jack Ransom and with quick running between the wickets they kept the scoreboard moving. Eventually, Walton was caught for42 and soon afterwards Ransom was run out for 27 to leave Bashley at 147 for 6. A late flurry of runs from Sam Scott (21 not out) and Neil Taylor (14) took Bashley to 182 for 7 after their 45 overs.

After tea, Sammy Laurent (1 for 26) took an early wicket but Duke and Clarke were scoring freely and Winton seemed to be well in control as they raced to 89 for 1 after 15 overs. Neil Taylor, on his 3rd team debut, then had Clarke well caught on the boundary for 14 to start a spectacular Winton batting collapse. Taylor followed this with two LBW dismissals before Sam Scott (1 for 26) had the dangerous Duke caught at long off for an excellent 74. A run out from a direct throw by Mike O’Sullivan added to Winton’s batting woes. There was to be no recovery as Taylor, with his superb spell of bowling, ran through the rest of the Winton batting. He finished with a match winning 7 for 25 from 8.3 overs to take Bashley to victory by 64 runs.

Neil Taylor – 7 wickets

This win leaves Bashley in third place in the league and just outside an automatic promotion place with one match of the season remaining.