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Silverstone 2nd XI - League Champions

Author: John Fowler Published: 12th August 2019 09:08
Silverstone second team celebrating after the gameSilverstone second team celebrating after the game

Second team v Thornborough (away)
Silverstone know that a victory at Thornborough would secure the title of champions of division four of the South Northants Cricket League. The hosts batted first and progressed well with opener, Graham Sharp, and Daniel Harrison both reaching double figures. Wickets were falling but there was no sign of the carnage that was about to occur. Fergus Moran had bowled six overs for just four runs and taken two wickets. Hugh Williams conceded thirteen runs from six overs taking one wicket. Kieran Judd bowled his eight overs for eleven runs and one wicket. Jack Harris bowled five overs for fifteen runs. The damage was done by Bruce Benyon who took six wickets for five runs from 5.2 overs. Thornborough were dismissed for 50 runs.

Silverstone's response saw Andrew Payne run himself out for 9 and Wesley Steenkamp was LBW for 0. Khush Sidhu (26 not out) and Wayne Gardner (8 not out) safely saw Silverstone to victory after fifteen overs.

This was a day of firsts:
  • The first time for many years that Silverstone second XI have won the division
  • The first time for many years that Bruce Benyon has taken six wickets in a match
  • The first ever catch for Silverstone by Mik Broomhall
  • First team v Hinton in the Hedges (home)

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first. David Williams struck to remove one of the openers (8-1) and the score had reached 29 when two wickets fell. The first was a caught and bowled by Marc Davis and he then bowled the new batsman. Hinton then added a fifty partnership before Ollie Starbuck bowled Ian Batts for 48 (80-4) and one run later Williams took a catch from the bowling of Andrew Key (81-5). Hard hitting saw the score to 112 before Duncan Fossey took a wicket (LBW) before he struck twice clean bowling batsman with the score on 113. Sean Gardiner then took two wickets to leave Hinton 120 all out. Fossey bowled 4-1-7-3, Gardiner 2.5-0-5-2, Davis 6-0-26-2, Williams 4-0-30-1, Starbuck 6-1-21-1, will supported by Key 4-0-11-0 and Richard West 4-0-11-0.

Silverstone needed a sold start from openers Starbuck and Joe Lindsay in the 25 minutes before tea. They had reached 25 at the break after five overs. The match then went away from Hinton with Starbuck hitting three straight sixes in one over. Silverstone reach 124 runs after 18 overs with Starbuck (77 not out) and Lindsay (30 not out).

The result consolidates their position in the Premier Division.

Next Matches

  • Saturday 17th August - first team v Bodicote (away) - starts 13.30
  • Saturday 17th August - second team v Braunston Paddox (home) - starts at 13.30

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