Bashley 3rds v Shanklin – match report

Bashley travelled to the Isle of Wight to play a strong Shanklin side and on winning the toss elected to bat first. Tom O’Sullivan got them off to a rapid start with 3 sixes and 3 fours in the opening overs before he was caught on the boundary for 33.Paul Kemp and Graham Pardey then batted cautiously against the accurate Shanklin bowling on a slow wicket. They had taken to the score to a promising 72 at the halfway stage of the innings when Pardey was LBW for 21. Michael O’Sullivan then joined Kemp and they started to increase the scoring rate until Kemp was caught for 32. The loss of three more quick wickets left Bashley in trouble but O’Sullivan and Chris Gates steadied the ship until O’Sullivan was eventually bowled for 33.Gates batted well for his 19 not out to take Bashley to 163 for 8 after their 45 overs.

 
After tea, Bashley needed quick wickets if they were defend their below par score. A couple of early missed chances set them back but James Edmonds took two wickets in his opening spell to keep them in the hunt. Young Sam Presland took a wicket with his first ball and bowled a very promising spell of 2 for 30 in his 10 overs. A run out from some sharp fielding by Kemp reduced Shanklin to 92 for 5 and kept Bashley’s hopes alive.  Shanklin skipper Moore  and Winterbottom with a crucial 61 run partnership then swung the match firmly back to Shanklin. Jack Ransom trapped Moore LBW for 24 but Winterbottom (36 not out) saw Shanklin home to a 4 wicket victory with 4 overs to spare.

 
This disappointing loss for Bashley still leaves them in second place in the league with just two matches of the season remaining.