Burntwood St Matthews (209) beat Springvale (22) by 187 runs

Burntwood St Matthews (209) beat Springvale (22) by 187 runs
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Burntwood St Matthews’s winning ways continued with an impressive victory in an early-season table-topping clash on Saturday against Springvale.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first in their Cicada Sports Staffordshire Club Cricket Championship Division 5 tie, the Saints started well with openers Simon Annis and Luke Dovey settling into a run-scoring rhythm which saw Dovey send five balls to the boundary in quick succession.

However, Dovey (24) was stopped in his tracks when Himash Raval uprooted his off stump with a perfect Yorker and Annis (11) was sent packing in Raval’s next over to leave Saints 44-2.

Matt Crossfield and George Haywood combined to push the score along during a partnership of 76 until Haywood (43) skied a catch into the outfield.  A flurry of wickets then followed quickly afterwards as Crossfield (36), Stephen Earp (2), George Farmer (9) and Mark Williamson (4) all fell to leave Saints stuttering on 152-7.

But an excellent tail-end stand of 40 between Alex Tsung and Rupert Edmonds revived hopes for Burntwood’s pre-innings target of 200 and despite Tsung (28) becoming Raval’s third wicket of the day, Edmonds and Skipper Matt Hoccom moved the tally beyond the double century mark.

Edmonds (28) became Raval’s (4-53) fourth clean-bowled victim of the day before Hoccom was caught by an excellent Jack Hegarty slip catch off the bowling of Chris Hartshorn (3-27).  Burntwood St Matthews finishing their innings on 209 all out in 42.1 overs, Will Farmer the none-scoring not out batsman.

After a good team effort with the bat, Burntwood took to the field intent on claiming the 25 points on offer for a win, but few would have predicted what was to follow.

By the third over both Springvale openers had departed, Matt Hoccom taking a caught and bowled and Will Farmer (1-5) his first wicket of the season to leave the visitors on 1-2.

Mark Williamson then snapped up a catch at mid-off from Hoccom’s bowling and the following ball was spooned back a gleeful Hoccom for his third wicket in quick succession and second caught and bowled of the game, Springvale slumping to 2-4.

Hoccom’s hat-trick ball amazingly struck the outside of the stumps with the batsman Andrew Harley well beaten, but somehow the bails remained lodged firmly in place, but it was only a stay of execution as the right-arm seamer returned a few overs later to set things straight and this time the stumps were down as Hoccom led his team towards victory, clean bowling Harley and leaving the visitors on 9-5.

Worse was to follow for Vale as Will Ridgeway spooned up Hoccom’s (5-1) third caught and bowled and fifth wicket of the day before Stuart Baugh and Ben Hale followed his trail back to the pavillion, both dismissed by spinner Matt Crossfield leaving their team on a sorry looking 8 wickets for 9 runs.

Springvale Skipper Adrian Clark was the next to fall as he finally succumbed to Crossfield (3-8), Dovey stooping to snatch in improbable catch close to the bat before Jack Hegarty (8) and Himash Raval’s (3*) efforts to make the score look more respectable came to an end as Springvale top-scorer Hegarty was bowled by Mark Williamson (1-6).

After the game, Man of the Match and Captain Matt Hoccom deflected praise from his excellent figures of five wickets for one run in eight overs and heaped praise on his team. He said:

“It was an outstanding team performance today and to win by 187 runs is something special.  Everyone worked hard, everyone contributed to the team cause and everyone deserves the result we managed to get.  This is the sort of performance we’ll need to replicate every week if we want to match our ambition of promotion this season.”

The Saints now have a week off from Staffs League action before they entertain Old Wulfs Tettenhall on May 8.

Burntwood St Matthews (209) beat Springvale (22) by 187 runs
The Cicada Sports Staffordshire Club Cricket Championship Division 5

Burntwood St Matthews continued their Staffs League winning ways with an impressive victory in an early-season table-topping clash on Saturday against Springvale.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Saints started well with openers Simon Annis and Luke Dovey settling into a run-scoring rhythm which saw Dovey send five balls to the boundary in quick succession.  However, Dovey (24) was stopped in his tracks when Himash Raval uprooted his off stump with a perfect Yorker and Annis (11) was sent packing in Raval’s next over to leave Saints 44-2.

Matt Crossfield and George Haywood combined to push the score along during a partnership of 76 until Haywood (43) skied a catch into the outfield.  A flurry of wickets then followed quickly afterwards as Crossfield (36), Stephen Earp (2), George Farmer (9) and Mark Williamson (4) all fell to leave Saints stuttering on 152-7.

But an excellent tail-end stand of 40 between Alex Tsung and Rupert Edmonds revived hopes for Burntwood’s pre-innings target of 200 and despite Tsung (28) becoming Raval’s third wicket of the day, Edmonds and Skipper Matt Hoccom moved the tally beyond the double century mark.

Edmonds (28) became Raval’s (4-53) fourth clean-bowled victim of the day before Hoccom was caught by an excellent Jack Hegarty slip catch off the bowling of Chris Hartshorn (3-27).  Burntwood St Matthews finishing their innings on 209 all out in 42.1 overs, Will Farmer the none-scoring not out batsman.

After a good team effort with the bat, Burntwood took to the field intent on claiming the 25 points on offer for a win, but few would have predicted what was to follow.

By the third over both Springvale openers had departed, Matt Hoccom taking a caught and bowled and Will Farmer (1-5) his first wicket of the season to leave the visitors on 1-2.  Mark Williamson then snapped up a catch at mid-off from Hoccom’s bowling and the following ball was spooned back a gleeful Hoccom for his third wicket in quick succession and second caught and bowled of the game, Springvale slumping to 2-4.

Hoccom’s hat-trick ball amazingly struck the outside of the stumps with the batsman Andrew Harley well beaten, but somehow the bails remained lodged firmly in place, but it was only a stay of execution as the right-arm seamer returned a few overs later to set things straight and this time the stumps were down as Hoccom led his team towards victory, clean bowling Harley and leaving the visitors on 9-5.

Worse was to follow for ‘Vale as Will Ridgeway spooned up Hoccom’s (5-1) third caught and bowled and fifth wicket of the day before Stuart Baugh and Ben Hale followed his trail back to the pavillion, both dismissed by spinner Matt Crossfield leaving their team on a sorry looking 8 wickets for 9 runs.

Springvale Skipper Adrian Clark was the next to fall as he finally succumbed to Crossfield (3-8), Dovey stooping to snatch in improbable catch close to the bat before Jack Hegarty (8) and Himash Raval’s (3*) efforts to make the score look more respectable came to an end as Springvale top-scorer Hegarty was bowled by Mark Williamson (1-6).

After the game, Man of the Match and Captain Matt Hoccom deflected praise from his excellent figures of five wickets for one run in eight overs and heaped praise on his team when he said, “It was an outstanding team performance today and to win by 187 runs is something special.  Everyone worked hard, everyone contributed to the team cause and everyone deserves the result we managed to get today.  This is the sort of performance we’ll need to replicate every week if we want to match our ambition of promotion this season.”

The Saints now have a week off from Staffs League action before they entertain Old Wulfs Tettenhall on 8th May.

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