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Silverstone CC Extend Their Leads At The Top Of Division

Author: John Fowler Published: 18th June 2017 15:11

H Hunt being bowled by Andrew Key to win the match for SilverstoneH Hunt being bowled by Andrew Key to win the match for Silverstone

Bodicote v Silverstone

After having played their "get out of jail" card the previous week at Evenley, Silverstone know that they needed a much better performance against a strong Bodicote side.  The match was played on the hottest day of the season.

Silverstone batted first and soon lost Graeme Williams bowled by Phil Newman for 2 off the third ball of the match.  Lee Hayward started cautiously and had reach 10 before he was caught by wicketkeeper Anthony Baker off Phil Newman for 10 with the score on 44 in the eleventh over.  Andrew Key was soon also caught by Baker off the bowling of Rob Lightfoot for 23 and Silverstone were wobbling at 50-3 after 12 overs.  This was soon 55-4 when Sean Stokes was caught behind from a Lightfoot ball for 0 and it was 58-5 when Barry Jackson was LBW to Lightfoot for 1.  The score progressed to 100 before Andy Payne was bowled by James Hawkins for 23 in the 26th over.  Ben Cooper was bowled by Matt Miller for 4 with the score on 104 and Fergus Moran was bowled first ball by Miller to leave Silverstone in a precarious position of 107-9 with 12 overs of the innings still to be bowled.  Richard West and Hugh Williams batted confidently and the morale of the Bodicote players wilted in the heat as the score progressed.  The penultimate ball of the 40th innings saw the dismissal of Hugh Williams bowled by Miller for 16.  Richard West remained undefeated on 35 with the pair having added 56 valuable runs for the last wicket and the score onto 163.

Sean Stokes and Barry Jackson opened the bowling for Silverstone and both bowled economically.  In the sixth over Lightfoot was caught by wicketkeeper Nick Blackham off the bowling of Barry Jackson for 0 (6-1).  Dave Allen batted until the 24th over when he was bowled by Richard West for 38 (67-2).  Anthony Baker was caught in the slips by Barry Jackson off the bowling of Andrew Key for 1 (81-3 in the 27th over) quickly followed by George Lawrence who was caught by Lee Hayward with Andrew Key the bowler for 5 (90-4 in the next over).  Vicas Bowa was bowled by Andrew Key in the 29th over for 4 (95-5).  Opener Matt Miller was still batting and starting to accelerate the scoring.  James Hawkins was LBW to Richard West for 7 (131-6 in the 36th over).  Dean Watts was bowled by Andrew Key for 0 (138-7).  With the outcome of the match still in doubt but with Miller tiring, he was called for a quick single and was run out for 79 (153-8 in the 38th over).  Phil Newman was caught by Richard West for 0 off Andrew Key (153-9) and the game was over three balls later when Andrew Key bowled Henry Hunt for 0.  

A great result for Silverstone which extends the lead at the top of division 1 of the South Northants Cricket League in the most competitive game of the season and played by both teams in good spirit. Bowling for Silverstone:  Sean Stokes 10-2-18-0 Barry Jackson 7-4-17-1 Hugh Williams 4-0-23-0 Andrew Key 9.5-0-39-5 Richard West 8-0-50-3.  Man of the Match - Richard West

On Saturday 24th June Silverstone are at home to Croughton starting at 14.00.

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