Match Report 3rds vs Southampton Community 1sts

Bashley travelled to play Southampton Community and having lost the toss were asked to bat first on a poor wicket. From the outset the uneven bounce put doubts in the batsmen mind. After the loss of an early wicket, Tom O’Sullivan and Graham Pardey built a partnership and took the score to 42 before O’Sullivan was caught and bowled for 24 and Pardey caught for 11 in the same over. This started a collapse with Bashley wickets falling regularly against the Community attack. At the end of the 20th over, Bashley had slumped to 64 for 7 with opening bowler Humayun (4 for 41) doing most of the damage. However Sam Scott had started to come to terms with the difficult pitch and gradually began to pick up the scoring rate. He found good support from Nick Clark before he was run out for 14. Tom Harris (18) then batted very sensibly in a match changing partnership of 98 with Scott. David Morris 9 not out continued to support Scott who scored increasingly freely to end on an excellent 79 not out and guide Bashley to a challenging 209 for 9 after 45 overs.
After tea Morris (1 for 23) had the Community opener caught behind by Will Taylor in the first over. At the other end Nick Clark (4 for 47) bowled well and made continuous in roads into the Community innings as their batsmen tried to hit out on the difficult pitch. Humayun however was batting very well and building partnerships as Southampton Community started to close in on their victory target. Tom Harris (3 for 34) and Michael O’Sullivan (2 for 39) maintained the pressure and continued to take wickets at the other end. Wicket keeper Will Taylor took 6 catches behind the stumps as Community were eventually all out for 194 with Humayun left stranded on 70 not out.

In the end an excellent 15 run victory for Bashley in a close match played in good spirits on a difficult pitch.