Bashley 3s v Calmore – match report

In cool and blustery conditions, Bashley 3rds hosted Calmore 2nds and on winning the toss, elected to bat first.

Bashley made a poor start and slumped to 11 for 3 in the 3rd over with the early loss of Stubbington, Wedge and Hattingh. Graham Pardey and Ryan Taylor then started the recovery with Taylor looking in good touch until he was caught for 24. Sam Scott continued the recovery in partnership with Pardey and they had taken the score to 91 for 5 at the mid innings when Scott was caught for 29. Tom Saunders showed immediate attacking intent and in partnership with Pardey they increased the scoring rate. They had put on a rapid 71 runs together before Pardey was LBW for an excellent 59 which was the backbone of the innings. Saunders was eventually bowled for 43 but this ensured that Bashley reached a competitive total of 211 for 9 after their 45 overs.

After tea, the Calmore openers made a steady start and had reached a comfortable 31 for 0 after 7 overs. Tom Harris then had Parker caught behind, bowled Holder fist ball and completed the hat trick with Moore LBW first ball. This immediately changed the tempo of the match and Harris (4 for 21) completed his inspired spell by bowling the Calmore captain Perry for 27.

James Edmonds bowled well without reward, but Toby Mills with an impressive spell of 4 wickets for 5 runs, and Sam Scott (2 for 1) quickly ran through the rest of the Calmore batting. They ensured the Calmore innings never recovered and they were eventually all out for just 61 in the 25th over.

This left Bashley the comfortable winners by 150 runs at the end of a fluctuating match of changing fortunes.