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Silverstone CC Victory By 7 Wickets

Author: John Fowler Published: 17th July 2017 10:17

 Photograph (taken by Steve Pope) is of Joe Lindsay hitting the four to reach his 50. Photograph (taken by Steve Pope) is of Joe Lindsay hitting the four to reach his 50. Silverstone travelled to Byfield looking to reestablish their position following successive defeats in the South Northants Cricket League.   Captain, Barry Jackson, won the toss and invited Byfield to bat.

Their innings started steadily before G Andrews was caught by wicket keeper Simon Mackay from the bowling of Hugh Williams for 5 in the sixth over (11-1).  R Driscoll followed LBW to David Williams for 8 in the eleventh over (28-2).  Opener P Adkins was joined by D Franklin and the pair took the score to 77 before Franklin was well caught at long on by Andy Benyon from the bowling of Barry Jackson for 32 in the twenty fifth over. Lloyd Parkinson was caught for 2 by Ben Cooper off Barry Jackson (94-4) and Adkins was out caught by Simon Mackay off Jackson for 42, two runs later.  K Street was bowled by Barry Jackson for 9 (114-7 in the 35th over) before the tail wagged with S Norman and N Jones adding valuable late runs.  Norman was caught by Joe Lindsay off Andrew Key for 22 and S Lee was caught by Barry Jackson off Andrew Key for 1 leaving Jones 26 not out.  Byfield finished their innings on 159 -8, with the last six overs adding 44 runs.  Bowling for Silverstone - Barry Jackson 3-42, Andrew Key 3-51, Hugh Williams 1-25 and David Williams 1-30.  This was a lethargic fielding display by Silverstone with a number of dropped catches and a miss fields which allowed the host to reach their score.

Silverstone's innings opened with Graeme Williams and Barry Jackson.  Williams had progressed to 12 before he was caught at long on for 12 from the bowling of Lee (17-1 in the sixth over).  Barry Jackson had to retire injured (he collapsed to the floor like a professional footballer and got little sympathy or support from his team mates!) on 5.  Andrew Key and Andy Payne moved the score on before Key was bowled for 17 by Franklin (43-2 in the fourteenth over).  This brought Joe Lindsay (making his 2017 debut) to the crease and he and Andy Payne took the attack to Byfield with a mix of big hitting and good running.  With victory in sight Andy Payne was run out (controversially from some angles as it appeared that the Byfield player did not have the ball when the stumps were broken - however the decision of the umpire is final) for 43 with the score on 153 in the thirty seventh over.  The pair had a partnership of 110 runs.  Simon Mackay blocked his first three balls in text book fashion before hitting a four through the covers to seal victory for Silverstone.  Joe Lindsay finished undefeated on 67.

A victory for Silverstone by 7 wickets achieved with 16 balls to spare.

On Friday 21st July Silverstone has the annual 20/20 against the "Old Boys" - mainly comprising players from the mid 1990s - starting at 18.00.  On Saturday 22nd July, Silverstone host local rivals Greens Norton in the league.  The match starts at 14.00.  Anyone coming is recommended to arrive early as there is likely to be congestion around the ground.

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