Bashley 5ths v Mudeford 3rds – match report

Bashley travelled to Wingfields to take on unbeaten Mudeford and, having lost the toss, were asked to bowl first.  Mudeford got off to a flying start and, after losing G Walls early on, raced to 61 for 1 in the 8th over.  This was largely due to Paul Turner who survived two chances and a few close calls to race to 40.  Bashley’s first change bowlers Jack Griffiths and Jack Lister bowled really well to slow the run rate down and, when Turner was out for 40, caught by Dan Hart off Lister the score was 73. The next partnership was significant as L Walls (38) and A Yearworth (26) battled for 15 overs to double the score and take Mudeford to 147 before the 4th wicket fell.  Thereafter Bashley bowled themselves right back into the match by taking the last 7 wickets for 29 as Mudeford finished on 176 all out.  Spinner Joel Hood had a shakey start and, by the middle of his 4th over, had figures of 0 – 32 before removing both Walls and Yearworth to finish with 4-47.   All the other bowlers took wickets – Jack Griffiths 10-2-24-2, Jack Lister 7-4-18-1, Hart 10-2-26-2, Kris Laurent 5-0-34-1.
In reply Bash lost wickets regularly and their hopes seem to hinge on Laurent and Hart.  They came together at 35 for 3 and dragged Bash right back into the game by adding 84 for the 4th wicket.  When Laurent (49) was bowled by a beauty from Bentley it triggered another rush of wickets as they moved onto 136 – 7.  Richard King then joined Hart and they steadily reduced the 40 needed to just 20.  However Hart was then out for 48, quickly followed by Lister and then King fell to an ugly slog to hand Mudeford victory and retain top spot.