Bashley 2s v Portsmouth & Southsea – match report 08/06/2019

Bashley (Rydal) II 125 all out
Portsmouth & Southsea 121 all out

Bashley were inserted at St. James Hospital and were soon in trouble at 1 for 2 when Peach bowled Alex Turner and James Underwood in the second over. Phil Morris joined James Turner in trying to repair the innings with Turner once again showing maturity beyond his tender years in making 23 from 68 balls in a stand of 70 in 21 overs before falling LBW. Morris continued to hold the innings together before inexplicably running himself out going for a second run having made an obdurate 55 from 84 balls including 5 fours. After that only skipper Pat Lewis (17) made any sort of a contribution as the visitors were bowled out for a paltry 125 in the 44th over.

The home side’s reply started with the Bashley opening bowlers mostly bowling wides as the score reached 21 before Sam Stroud induced an edge from M .Benfield. The early introduction of left arm spinner Chris Vaughan paid immediate dividends as he gradually worked his way through the top order and in tandem with Neil Taylor (2 for 15 from 10 overs) managed to strangle the scoring rate to reduce the home side to 89 for 6. Vaughan finished with 4 for 31 from his ten over spell and the game was evenly balanced when Underwood produced a superb stop and laser accurate throw to run out the dangerous Willey. A stand of 18 took the home side to within one scoring stroke of victory before Stroud (2 for 25) returned to have Peach well caught by man of the match Morris at slip. Skipper Lewis then pulled off a master stroke by introducing Alex Turner for his first over of the innings and with his second ball he bowled Turrell to secure a tense 4 run win to maintain their unbeaten start.

Chris Vaughan – 4 wickets