Match report – 3rd team vs Hambledon 2nd team

Bashley III travelled to Hambledon II looking secure their first win of the season. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Hambledon captain Mark Le Clercq looked to take the attack to the Bashley opening bowlers with an aggressive 32, ably supported by Lee Carrol (41) in an opening stand of 52. On a slow, flat wicket, Bashley bowlers struggled to apply enough pressure to stem the flow of runs as a series of Hambledon batsmen made contributions throughout the middle overs. Hameed Khogyani (3-53) looked to make inroads into the middle order, however some positive batting from Phil Rennie (58 not out) and James Marshall (32) gave Hambledon a strong platform to build to a good total. Some good bowling towards the end of the innings from Mike O’Sullivan (1-14) and Sam Scott (2-35) kept the home side in check however 16 runs off the final over meant Hambledon finished on 225-7 which seemed to be a par score for the conditions.

Bashley’s response started steadily, with Graham Pardey (41) and Paul Kemp (20) taking the score to 67-1 at the half way stage and provided a platform for Bashley to push on with wickets in hand in the later overs. However, Hambledon bowlers continued to take the pace off the ball and with the field set deep Bashley struggled to find the boundaries. Regular wickets began to fall as Bashley looked to up the tempo and when Simon Morris was run out for a well made 29 it looked a tough ask for Bashley to keep up with the required rate. Useful late contributions from Jack Random (20) and Sam Scott (18 not out) were not enough as Bashley fell well short and were bowled out for 156 in the 41st over.