It was a successful return to action for Lydney CC as they beat Redmarley by 68 runs on Saturday 11th July at The Bob Park Cricket Ground.
It was 31st August 2019 when cricket was last played, when Lydney defeated Kingsholm. Time to brush off the cobwebs, don the whites, knock in the bat, strap on the pads, rub the ball on the groin and do what we do best…drink a lot in the bar (after the match of course).
Alot has changed since last season, with the flooding early this year all seemed doomed but thanks to the hard work of the committee and the help of local traders and donations the pavilion has not only been restored but has been fantastically upgraded. The most notable being the building of a new scorebox which, rumour has it, has been named The Phil Lewis Shag Hut…….no comment.
Redmarley won the toss and asked Lydney to bat in the 45 over game.
Jake Bonser opened the batting with Jack Knox with Bonser soon getting in the groove hitting some great cover drives and scoring with ease. Knox slowly grew into his innings, before he fell for 13, caught in the covers. 35-1 (7 overs).
Alex ‘Miguel Almiron’ Nelmes, came in at number 3 and instantly got some extreme luck as he was dropped in what can only be described as a dolly. My nan has cataracts and she would have caught it. I’ve been there, done that, so I have some sympathy.
After a tentative start Nelmes started to settle in and looked comfortable whilst Bonser continued to dominate the bowling with some great timing. Bonser was closing in on his half century when he got bowled by Green for 46, 78-2 (16 overs). Shame for Bonser, he deserved his half century.
Henry Sleeman joined Nelmes and his stay was brief as he was caught LBW by Green for 3 as umpire Chunk Davies ferociously put his finger up. 81-3 (17 overs). Nelmes then was dismissed for 15 and Lydney were 83-4 and needing some stability. Nelmes walked slowly off the pitch, not sure if he was totally dejected or if it was his skin tight trousers meaning he couldn’t actually walk any faster?
Lydney got his as James Bishop and Joe Hale began to steadily keep the scoreboard ticking over, Hale playing a very patient knock hitting the singles and turning over the strike. Bishop very much playing his part too. Unfortunately the partnership came to an end as Bishop was adjudged LBW for 14, 123-5 (29 overs).
Joe Hale was next out for an impressive 28, playing a nice compact innings hitting straight and in the ‘V’, classical stuff. 137-6 (33 overs).
The innings needed a bit of a thrust now and two big hitters were now at the crease in the form of Jack Bartlett and Jack O’Connell. O’Connell quickly departed however for 5, playing across the line to a straight one. 144-7 (34 overs). Bartlett though started to attack the bowling as he hit two huge sixes before getting caught on the boundary for 22 going for yet another big hit, good catch by Green. Great to see Bartlett back after a year out with injury. 161-8 (36 overs).
Grant Keddle came in next and instantly looked comfortable before misguiding a shot to ther covers, out for 10. 171-9 (40 overs).
Corey Notley-Barnard (2) and Ross Howells (Golden Duck) were then dismissed in quick succession, Callum Miller not out 6. As Lydney were all out for 180. Andrew Green the pick of Redmarley’s bowlers (7-1-10-2).
Tea was taken, well I say taken, rules are you have to bring your own food at the moment. Lydney looking to the bowling attack to fire them to victory.
O’Connell and Notley-Barnard opened the bowling for Lydney as Lydney looked to impose themselves. Redmarley got off to a good start however, in particular through Sam Aston who fiound his timing very quickly. Rob Gummer looked solid tom before he hit a pull shot straight to Keddle off Notley-Barnard and was out for 8. Ollie ASton came in at three and Notley-Barnard proceeded to clean bowl him. A double wicket maiden! 16-2 (4 overs).
Ayland joined Aston at the crease and trhe pair put on 38 until Aston was bowled by Keddle for 27. Keddle giving the customary roar and fist pump celebration, love it. 54-3 (10 overs).
Ian Gerken (2) came and went quickly, another wicket for Keddle. Ayland (12) was bowled by Keddle and Redmarley were quickly struggling on 69-5 (14 overs).
Stewart Hudd then dug in but he was losing partners as Radley (0), LBW to Knox, fell quickly. Hudd realised he had to attack the bowling but was dismissed for 16 as Bartlett picked up his first wicket. 84-7.
Redmarley were now firmly against it as Slatter (4), Mattingley (3), Luke Gerken (3) all fell quickly. Bartlett picking up his second wicket with O’Connell and Ross Howells also in the wickets.
James Holland and Andrew Green provided some late resistance until Holland was dismissed for 8, Bishop taking a catch off Knox one handed. Bishop admitting after that he was busy talking and not paying attention when the ball came to him. Tut tut ;).
Redmarley all out for 112 and Lydney winning by 68 runs. Keddle (5-1-20-3), Bartlett (4-2-5-2), Notley-Barnard (4-1-12-2), O’Connell (5-1-32-1), Howells (4-1-9-1) and Knox (5-0-16-2).
An excellent workout, everyone got a bat, the bowlers all got to turn their arms over and the fielding was good. Apart from perhaps Miller who tried to fool everyone in the slips by producing a dramatic dive to try and mask the fact he got nowhere near the ball. Looked good though.
Big thank you to Chunk Davis and Phil Mattingley for umpiring.
On to next Saturday (18th July) as Lydney play two games on the same day. Home to Westbury-on-Severn and away to Parkend.