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Clanfield Cricket Club - Summer Report

  • Author: Dave Cox
  • Published: 31st May 2016
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Clanfield Cricket Club Summer Reports

After a rather disrupted start to the season with several games lost to the weather, Clanfield had a mixed week with a win and a loss. However, with several players wearing kit showing the new sponsor of The Rising Sun in the village, it was nice to get back to some regular cricket.

Last Sunday, 22 May, they suffered a defeat on a very soft pitch at West Meon. Batting first, Clanfield found runs hard to score and the West Meon bowlers were able to build up some pressure. Despite some reasonable scores from Chris Wheeler (30), Haider Khan (24) and Mark Wheeler (31 not out) Clanfield were restricted to 144 for 7 in their 35 overs.

When it was their turn to bowl, Clanfield started very economically, bowling 5 maidens in the first 9 overs as well as taking an early wicket. However the West Meon batsmen gradually got the upper hand, and a partnership of 68 saw them recover from 70 for 4 to get to within 7 of victory before top scorer Sturges was out for 75. They finally won by 5 wickets with 14 balls to spare. Best bowling performances came from Matt Bradley (2 for 21) and Bob Wheeler (2 for 38).

On Wednesday 25th, Clanfield fared better in a 20 over match on the artificial pitch at Swanmore. Again losing the toss and batting first, Clanfield struggled initially, with scoring difficult on the bouncy pitch and lush outfield. After Mark Turnbull and Ewen Robinson were both out cheaply, John Windebank and Stu Smith restored the innings retiring with 29 and 28 respectively. Some good running at the end saw Clanfield up to 109 for 3.

Some early boundaries saw Swanmore off to a decent start but key wickets by man of the match Ben Cox (3 for 22) pegged them back at a key time. After that, they struggled to score quickly enough and lost regular wickets against some disciplined Clanfield bowling and finished their innings on 98 for 7.

A week with mixed results but it was good to get two games completed.

After playing in the Bishops Waltham 6 a side competition on Sunday 29th, the next fixtures are:

Wednesday 1 June 6pm V Lou Smith Casuals home at South Lane Meadow

Sunday 5 June 2.30pm V Fawley away

Wednesday 8 June 6pm V East Meon home at South Lane Meadow

Sunday 12 June 2.00pm V Temple Sheen Eccentrics home at South Lane Meadow

Wednesday 15 June 6pm V Millcomms home at South Lane Meadow

Sunday 19 June 2.00pm V Bishops Waltham home at South Lane Meadow

Clanfield Cricket Club welcomes new players who wish to join the club; whether you are a seasoned campaigner or new to the game you will find a warm welcome.  Get in touch today.

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