Sunday 3rd XI vs Grappenhall 3rd XI (Home) – T20 Cup Group Match 3/3 – 02/05/2016
With captain Josh Wardle losing the toss, Ashley’s 3rd XI were sentenced to bowl with the captain himself and Stu Wilkinson opening the Ashley attack. The clouds had rolled back and the sun was shining and 3 overs in, Ashley struck, Joe Busby with a run out , throwing the ball cleanly into the hands of Steve Pritchard behind the stumps who whipped the bails off with the Grappenhall batsman lost in no man’s land. With a bowling change, Ashley took another wicket a ‘deliberate’ slower ball bouncer from James Semple catching the batsman out as he missed the ball completely , bowled. Grappenhall seemed to rebuild with a 50 run partnership , escaping a handful of LBW shouts from Pete Burgess and Alex Morfitt, Morfitt finally dismissed Grappenhall’s number 4 clean bowled. However, during this time, the Grappenhall opener (Matt Brown) had clubbed his way to a well played 78 before Mike Plant took a splendid diving catch at gully region off Josh Wardle’s bowling to dismiss him. With the end of the innings in sight, Grappenhall’s middle order decided to step up the tempo, hitting numerous 4s and 6s in the last few overs, concluding on 162-3.
The reply from the home side started well, with Mike Plant and Alex Morfitt starting off strong with a partnership of close to 50 for the first wicket. The fall of Morfitt saw Busby stroll to the crease who fell cheaply, leaving James Semple with a huge task coming in at number 4. James and Mike were starting to rebuild before Mike was bowled out for 32, bringing Oli Griffiths to the crease who was dismissed by Grappenhall’s young spinner Pranesh. Declan Cavanagh and Semple started to rebuild the Ashley innings, with James scoring boundary after boundary in an enjoyable display of T20 batting, soon reaching his half century. With the possibility of winning diminishing, Dec and James both decided to try and step it up again, falling for 11 and 66 respectively. After some nudging around from Simon Griffiths and Pete Burgess, Ashley ended on 136-6, a respectable and well earned total which wasn’t quite enough on the day.
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