WEDNESDAY 30TH MAY v ROYAL NAVY T20
MATCH 1 - WON BY 45 RUNS 3-0
Day 3 Weather: Fine and hot, becoming overcast.
BP had their sea legs following acclimatization at the Royal Maritime Club and refreshments at Gunwharf Quays on the Portsmouth harbor front on Tuesday evening, as they weighed anchor at the United Services ground for 2 x T20 matches.
The Navy put BP into bat hoping for help from a strip that had been under water more times than the sun! It looked a little green with promise of early tide movement!
BP’s Dave Jackson and Ray Doyle went along in measured fashion with 14 off the first 4 overs. Picking up the pace to reach 57 in the 10th over before Clift trapped Ray Doyle LBW, his 22 (3x4‘s) taking 29 minutes. Dave Jackson kept the momentum going before he was bowled by Buss on 41, at almost a run a ball (5x4’s, 1x6) the total 83-2 in the 13th over. This was a superb platform for the others to build on. Huw Evans (17) and James Ellis (11) took BP to “Nelson” with 4 down in the 16th over, at a run rate approaching 7.
BP kept the initiative going into the final over with Ted Roe out off the final ball for a sparkling 34 (4x4’s, 1x6) off 18 balls in 20 minutes, supported by Pete Barnett’s 18 not out (9 balls). The total 169 for 5 wickets at a rate of 8.45 runs per over.
The Navy set off at a tremendous rate of “knots” with 35 off the first 2 overs.
BP introduced their T20 “wicket burst” bowler Dave Morrell to the attack. He took 2 balls to get into the opposition with Ted Roe holding the chance from Green (19) 35-1.
In the next 5 balls 2 more wickets fell, leaving the board 36-3. Morrell and Roe repeated their double act with Needham (0) the victim and in the first ball of his spell Nigel Fretwell bowled opener Ainsley (11).
Dave Morrell got his 3rd victim (giving him 3-13) when he trapped Buss (5) LBW at 57-4, with Maytum (1) run out on 64. Skipper Matt Thomson had endeavored to turn the tide with 34 (6x4’s) in 37 balls before being deceived by a Gareth Morris delivery, Pete Barnett completing the stumping, 82-6. Gareth Morris took 3 further wickets (finishing with 4-12) leaving the Navy beached on 105-9. He had Tempro (0) LBW, Amphlett (3) caught by Dave Morrell and Clift (6) held by Huw Evans.
Rose with 29 not out (2x4’s, 1x6) saw the Royal Navy to 124 for 9 wickets - 45 runs short of the BP total.
A great all round performance from BP, with Dave Morrell 3-13 and Gareth Morris 4-12.
MATCH 2 WON BY 5 WICKETS 4-0
The Navy embarked with Green & skipper Matt Thomson going along swimmingly at 5 an over, until Green (14) was smartly stumped by James Ellis stood up to 1st change Duncan Midgley 21-1.
Russ Bryan joined the party and nipped in with 2 wickets with Buss (5) caught by Greg Gillespie and Needham (1) held by Steve Greig 49-3 after 9 overs. Thomson held firm and with the support of Ainsley they put on 58, the Navy’s highest stand of the day.
Gareth Morris tempted Ainsley (26) down the track, with James Ellis again whipping off the bails! 105-4 off 14 overs.
Thomson was finally out for 48 (5x4‘s 2x6‘s), from 52 balls, well held by Pete Barnett off Gareth Morris, 119-5 with 17 overs gone. This pair reversed the combination in the 18th over with Morris holding onto the chance from Rose (11) off the bowling of Barnett. Parker (11) and Maytum (6) were not out at the end, a final total of 142 for 6 wickets. Workmanlike from BP and a par score from the Navy.
A BP opening stand of 25 saw Greg Gillespie (12) give a return catch to Green.
Ray Doyle (9) followed bowled by Green on the same total and 2 runs later Huw Evans (0) sadly departed. A far from impressive 27 for 3 in 5 overs.
Duncan Midgley (9) was next to go caught launching one to long on, 52-4 (7th over).
Ted Roe came in and immediately took control of the situation, assisted by cameo knock of 14 from 9 balls from Russell Bryan, boosting the total to 76-5 at the half way stage.
Pete Barnett joined Roe and together they selectively took the game away from the Navy, passing the 142 target in the 18th over. Ted Roe made a cultured 54 not out (4x4’s, 3x6’s) from 40 balls, in 51 minutes. Pete Barnett’s swashbuckling 31 not out (4x4’s, 1x6) came from 20 balls in 28 minutes.
Another impressive result from a team with momentum!
The ‘Man of the Matches’ award was presented on behalf of sponsors George Burrows by Rob Constable to another constable, Ted Roe of BP for his dual contributions of 34 and 54 not out!