7th May 2017 - Aldermaston Versus Bradfield
Our first proper match of the season being against Bradfield is now almost as much a part of the fixture list furniture as the Wasing XI match, and this year was our turn to host the early season match.
Happily, the sun put in an appearance for the afternoon and conditions were a vast improvement on the previous week, although we ended up with only nine players, against the visitors full eleven. After being put into bat, it took just four legitimate deliveries, and a no-ball for Bartlett to separate our new opening pair of Kieren Maylen and Rod Howell, when Rod was out for a duck, but it didn’t take long for Kieran to get into his stride, as he added 37 in 32 balls with Garry Masters before Garry was out. Soon after we were 56 for 3 in the tenth over as Kieran went for 36, but a partnership of 69 between Matt Stead (46, playing his first match for us), and Mark Whitelock (51) put us back on course for a respectable total. Matt went with the score on 125, and although there was a flurry of late wickets we ended up with a respectable 186 all out off the final ball.
With gaps in the nine-man field likely to be exploited we needed an early wicket, which we got when Kieran bowled Alex Bartlett for 0 from the final ball of the first over of the reply. After two early maiden overs the runs started to flow more freely Kieran got the other opener Filmer with the score at 28 and when Garry Masters took wickets in his second and third overs, including Ben Hardy for a fourth-ball duck (welcome back Bunny!), the visitors were in trouble. Soon after they were 64 for 6, but their seventh wicket pair added 51. Two more wickets followed, and at 128 for 9, and overs running out, that should have been that. However a last wicket stand of 30 briefly threatened a turnaround, number eleven batsman Reekie hitting 23 before Mark Whitelock returned to polish off the final wicket and give us a win by 29 runs.Mark Whitelock finished with 3 for 20, and there were two wickets each for Kieran Maylen, Matt Stead and Garry Masters, plus one for Craig Woodley, with Rod Howell picking up two catches behind the stumps.
30th April 2017 - Aldermaston Versus Wasing XI
The fielders sledged the bowlers the bowlers sledged the wicket-keeper, the wicket-keeper sledged the fielders. The batsmen were sledged by their watching team-mates, and we shivered our way through the whole afternoon. That can only mean the annual season opener against the Wasing XI, although it was more like our 12 versus their 15.
In the biting wind and sub-spring temperatures, the Wasing side defended their score of 105 and despite the shivering, it was a fun afternoon.
Our first ‘scorebook-legit’ match of the season is this coming Sunday, 7th May, at home to Bradfgield, starting at 1.00 pm.