Rain intervenes on 1st XI

‘League cricket’ was back on the agenda on 25th July 2020, as the newly formed structure for the season kicked off.

Lydney 1st XI entering the GCCL A West Division and the first opponents were Kingsholm away at the Henry Oppenhiem Memorial Ground.

With the forecast looking dodgy, hopes were that the rain would miss Kingsholm and allow a full game with Lydney coming into the match on the back of two good friendly victories.

The clouds were low as the toss was done, Lydney being asked to bat.

A new look opening batting partnership was on show for Lydney as Alex Nelmes and Smokey Joe Hale went to the crease. Nelmes coming off an impressive half century last week and Hale having two solid performances behind him with the bat.

In what was clearly bowler friendly conditions, batting was tough as the openers had to dig in. Kingsholm’s bowlers finding good lines and lengths as Lydney reached 9-0 (4 overs). Nelmes in particular was impressing with his ‘play and miss’ shots.

In the 5th over the shackles were released as 13 runs were scored as Lydney looked to set a good platform. Nelmes starting to find the middle of the bat with some glorious square cuts. However, the partnership ended when Hale miscued a leg side clip to mid wicket for 3. Lydney 30-1 (7 overs).

Record run scorer Jonny Kear came in at 3 and soon looked comfortable hitting a powerful pull shot through mid wicket for a boundary. Nelmes though was soon out for 18 as he nicked one behind to the keeper. 34-2 (8 overs).

34-2 soon became 43-5 as Lydney’s batsmen came and went in quick succession. Jake Bonser bowled for a golden duck, Jordan Stone getting caught at point for 4 and Henry Sleeman caught for 0. Not a great ground for Sleeman who has bad memories from his innings at this ground last season.

Lydney needed some stability as Jack Bartlett came to the crease. Bartlett, a big lad, confirmed by one Kingsholm fan he said ‘f**k me he is a big chap, he must only know one way to bat.’ Well thats true, when Bartlett hits the ball it stays hit. Bartlett his usual attacking self which included a straight drive that was hit so hard it reached the boundary before you could blink, never seen such a powerfully hit drive…all along the floor too.

Kear and Bartlett put on 24 until Bartlett was out, well caught in the covers for a quickfire 19. 67-6.

It was 68-7 before long as the last recognised batsman, Kear was caught for 10 and things were now looking for bleak. Heads were down in the dugout, Bartlett and Sleeman choosing to walk round the boundary. Chunk, who umpired, and the onlooking Nick Nelmes suggesting that the conversation between the two would unlikely be about splitting the atom or the current Brexit negotiations delay. Bit harsh maybe?

Kingsholm were now full of energy as Lydney looked skywards for rain. There had been spits and spots but nothing major. Jack O’Connell and Callum Miller were the new batsmen.

With the chat about reaching 100 being a good score, players looked on the trepidation. However, the fears were unfounded as O’Connell and Miller turned the tide playing some sensible cricket, defending the good ‘uns and attacking any loose deliveries. The pair put on 52 taking the score to 120-7 (25 overs) before rain stopped play. O’Connell 33* and Miller 17*.

The rain kept falling as the players looked on, most noticeably Alex Nelmes who was wearing a dodgy coat. He claimed it was designer or something and worth a bit. It may have been true, but who has heard of ‘Patagonia’? We reckon he nicked it off some chav and knitted on the first badge he could find.

The rain finally stopped, the captains and Umpires agreeing the game could not continue however, as the match was abandoned. Would have been interesting to see what would have happened. Lydney initially looking unlikely to get 100 but then possibly looking at 175+.

7 points for Lydney, 9 pts for Kingsholm. On to Tewkesbury away next weekend.

Lydney Win As Cricket Returns

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.

Weekend Round Up 11/05/19

The first team travelled to Apperley looking to back up their impressive start against AIW. As expected Apperley proved tougher opponents and after being inserted they amassed an impressive 295-9 off their 45 overs. Callum Miller 9/1/37/2 and Jordan Stone 8/0/44/4 were the pick of the bowlers. My sources tell me that we bowled too short and too wide on a good wicket. In reply Jon Kear(49) and MJ (21)got off to a good start adding 71 for the first wicket. Tom Legge and Jack Knox both scored 34 and Henry Sleeman 11 but the rest of the batsman failed to register double figures whilst collapsing from 111-4 to 183 all out gaining 8 points in the process. The 2nd X1 who were missing a few regulars entertained a strong Newent team. Two wickets from the returning Charlie Brett and one from Riley Srivens were the only reward after a long hard afternoon in the field. Newent ending on 242-3 off their 45 overs. The lack of batting depth was cruelly exposed with only Joe Hale (33), Ben Nelmes(17) and Josh Slee (13*) reaching double figures as they were bowled out for 116. They gained 2 points . The third team travelled to Ruardean Hill to take on their 2nd X1 with nine players due too the unavailabilities in the other teams but were the only team to manage a victory.Skipper Slee led from the front with 61 ably supported by Mason Cunliffe who scored an encouraging 17 as the nine men amassed 140 all out. In reply Ruardean Hill were bowled out for 96 with Chunk (3-5), Matt Williams (3-32) and Mason Cunliffe (2-19) amongst the wickets. Matt Williams was also involved in the other wickets to fall running out two batsman with good fielding to easily win the man of the match award.

Stone 1st X1 v Lydney 2nd X1 04/05/2019

With regular captain Dave Kear out injured Ben Nelmes assumed the captaincy for the 2nd X1 visit to Stone to open the 2019 season. He won the toss and invited Stone to bat first. The opposition were then reduced to 20-3 with Ellis Boughton taking two wickets and Ben Nelmes one. Then came what turned out to be the match winning partnership between Lennard and Lavis who put on 161 for the fourth wicket. Following the dismissal of Lavis for 84 the Stone batting fell away to end the innings on 186 all out. Chief protagonists in their demise were the evergreen Andy Kear (3-20) and Charlie Bendall (3-48). In reply Lydney lost Charlie Bendall (1), Joe Hale (3), and Jack Batcock (4) early before Riley Scrivens and Alex Nelmes began the fight back. After Scrivens was out for 10 Ben Nelmes joined Alex Nelmes and put on 50 for the fifth wicket before Alex Nelmes was bowled for 31. Mars Slee (14), Andy Kear (10), Josh Slee (9) all got starts but were unable to offer enough support to Ben Nelmes who top scored with 32. Josh Haddock was last out for 0 to leave Lydney 50 short of the target on 136 all out. A decent effort by the lads but they will reflect on the 47 wides bowled as the probable deciding factor.

Lydney 1st X1 v AIW 04/05/2019

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Lydney welcomed AIW to the Bob Park cricket ground to contest the first league game of 2019. Captain O’Connell won the toss and elected to bat first. At 17 for 2 after 5 overs with Jon Kear and Tom Legge back in the pavilion it looked a questionable decision. Jack Knox joined MJ who had remained calm and they set about rebuilding the innings. AIW acheieved further success in the 10th over when MJ was caught down the leg side by the keeper for 11 leaving Lydney rocking at 59 for 3. Enter the debutant Henry Sleeman who was looking to back up some good performances in pre season with a telling contribution when it mattered to join Knox. He did not disappoint scoring an unbeaten 84 off 101 balls. The pair added 54 runs for the fourth wicket before Knox was dismissed for a mature 57 which combined good defence and attack in equal measure. Jordan Stone joined Sleeman and immediately looked at home and began to score freely reaching 50 runs in 46 balls. Henry obviously didn’t want to be outdone as

he struck the last three balls of the innings for 6, 4,6! Lydney finished on an above par 251-4 off their 45 overs. Facing a formidable total AIW were soon in trouble as Corey Notley Barnard removed Shazad LBW in the first over. A good piece of fielding from Callum Miller saw Saleh run out to leave AIW on 21-2. Three more wickets were to fall on 21 with Bham, Bhayat and Fadra all departing without addition to the score. Bhayat and Fadra fell to Notley Barnard both bowled whilst Bham was caught at the wicket by Jake Bonser off Jack O’Connell as ball totally dominated bat. 21-5 became 31-6 when Baxa was bowled by captain O’Connell. MJ held an overhead catch to dismiss Master off the captains bowling and Corey completed a good bit of fielding to run out Saleh to leave AIW 37 all out. There will be tougher tests ahead but captain O’Connell will be happy to have 22 points in the bank.

Lydney vs Chepstow 14/04/19

It may have been a preseason warm-up but the weather certainly didn’t live up to that name as Lydney welcomed Chepstow in the first game of the year.

Lydney batted first with Jordan Stone opening up with a new face at the other end. After landing in the country less than 24 hours before (with quite a heavy night-out in between), Mike ‘MJ’ Toolis was thrown straight into the action. Stone started off well, hitting 9 off the first over, a sign of things to come for him. MJ found it slightly harder to adapt to unfamiliar conditions and was first to go for 13, bowled by Rees. Bonser was next to follow for 10 off the bowling of L Jones. By the time Stone departed for an impressive 57 off 59 balls, Lydney were 112-3. This was the start of a mini collapse as 3 wickets fell for only 7 runs: O’Connell, Keddle and Williams the victims. Miller and Notley-Barnard were the next men in and a rebuild job was needed. Both batsmen started off slowly, negotiating the spin bowlers and only scoring 4 and 3 off their first 17 balls. This is where the pace picked up and after a few lusty blows from the pair, Lydney were 175-7 when Notley-Barnard departed for 25, a partnership of exactly 50. J Kear was the next batsman at the crease (probably batting at the lowest spot he has ever done so). Miller and Kear scored 20 off the last couple of overs to give Lydney a total of 195-8. Miller finished with 37 off 36 and Kear with 7 off 5.

Chepstow’s reply started with the fielders wrapping up warm, especially MJ who wore 4 layers to try and acclimatise to the English weather. J Slee and Notley-Barnard opened the bowling for Lydney. Both started off very well, bowling tight lines and restricting the batsmen. Slee got the breakthrough as Hawkins chipped the ball up to Toolis at mid-off for 8. The next wicket to fall was Hope-Bell, departing to an extremely well-taken caught and bowled by Notley-Barnard. Slee finished with figures of 2-21 off 4 overs as Chepstow slumped to 44-5, with another wicket from Notley-Barnard and a passionately-celebrated stumping off the bowling of A Kear. He finished with figures of 1-22 off 8. Chepstow recovered well and got the score up to 109-6 when A Jones was caught-behind by Bonser off the bowling of O’Connell (1-15) for 37. At the other end, Tyler Morgan-Huggett batted very well in partnership with his brother Tudor. They got the away team to within single figures of victory with a few overs in hand. Lydney needed a hero, step up Andy Kear who took a terrific diving catch off the bowling of Miller to remove Tyler for 71, making the score 192-8. Not bad for someone with two metal hips! Notley-Barnard (2-38) gave away only 1 run off the penultimate over to leave Chepstow 3 to win off the final over, a tense finish was guaranteed. A wicket off the first ball of the last over, Tudor caught at deep mid-wicket by Toolis off the bowling of Miller (2-27) left the result in the balance. Chepstow managed to scramble a single from the final ball of the game, tying up the scores with both teams finishing on 195 off their 40 overs. Keddle (0-22) and Toolis (1-34) were the other bowlers.

A thrilling finish to a match that probably warranted a tied game.

Lydney 1st X1 v Westbury on Severn 1st X1 16/06/18

This game was reduced to 30 overs per side due to the persistent squally showers that the river Severn sometimes seems to attract. Openers Jon Kear and Jack Knox showed positive intent from the outset and put on 51 in good time before Kear was caught by Wyman off the bowling of Hackaday for 21. Sam Bray joined Knox and runs began to flow until Jack Knox was needlessly run out for a fine 41. Jack Bartlett came and went quickly for closely followed by Sam Bray for 33 and the returning Wayne Whitson for a duck. It was left to captain Jack O’Connell to steer the ship with a hard hitting 28 to get Lydney to a competitive 169-7 from their 30 overs. This total included the first instance of penalty runs being awarded to Lydney when the ball struck the helmet placed behind the Westbury wicket keeper. Westbury reached 136-9 in reply with only Hockaday 55 and Gayther 29 showing any resistance against a disciplined Lydney attack who conceded only 7 wides in 30 overs. Pick of the bowlers were Paul Morris 2-13 and Jack Bartlett 2-7.

Lydney 2nd X1 v Dymock 1st X1 02/06/18

Lydney won the toss and invited their visitors to bat first. This seemed a good decision after overnight showers had left cloud cover to help the ball swing. Dymock started steadily and were aided by Lydney bowling a lot of wides. The introduction of Clive Stewart to the attack brought the first wicket when York Senior was caught by Lance Evans. This brought Dymock skipper Andrew Bevan to the crease and after being dropped early in his innings he began to take the attack to the Lydney bowlers. He received good support from  the more circumspect Richard Williams who was content to accumulate while Bevan attacked. He was bowled by Will Jones for 77 and Williams followed soon after for 73 bowled by Corey Notley-Barnard. The position they left their side in meant that it was all out attack for the last ten overs and Dymock reached 290-4 after 45 overs. Requiring nearly 6.5 per over to win Lydney tried to attack from the outset of their innings but soon lost Dave Kear for 2, Lance Evans for 9, Will Jones for 12 and Ed Jones for 2. Connor Mullan was the only top order batsmen to break the shackles of the Dymock attack scoring a hard hitting 54 before top edging to the keeper. James Bishop 35, Jack Batcock 28* and Clive Stewart 26 were the other batsmen to make a notable contribution to Lydneys final total of 201 all out which at least ensured maximum batting points after an abject display with the ball during which they conceded 45 wides.

Corse and Staunton 1st X1 v Lydney 1st X1 09/06/18

Lydney fielded first and got offto a superb start when the dangerous Tim Dannatt gloved a Pete Glynn bouncer into the air which seemed to be looping away from the pursuing Jack O’Connell but superb athleticism saw him cling on to the chance to execute a superb catch. There was little else to cheer during the Lydney fielding with the notable exceptions of Paul Morris and Jack Knox who bowled their nine overs for 0-36 and 1 for 33 respectively. Unfortunately none of the other Lydney bowlers could support them. Once again the fragile Lydney batting imploded collapsing to 30-6 and then 88-8 before finally succumbing for 118. This would have been fewer but for a battling captains knock from Jack O’Connell who scored 52. Jake Bonser 16, Dave Kear 15 and Pete Glynn 14 were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.

Cam 1st X1 v Lydney 1st X1 02/06/18

Lydney made their first ever visit to Cam and came up just short losing by three wickets. They were asked to bat first and in a reversal of fortunes from last week found themselves 0-2 from 2 balls, with Jon Kear and Charlie Bendall both succumbing first ball of their innings. Things did improve and Lydney reached 90-4 with good contributions from Jake Bonser who scored 39, Jordan Stone who scored 25 and Alex Nelmes who scored 14 but the innings fell away badly after their dissmissals and folded tamely at 117 all out with 7.5 overs of their alloted 45 left unused. Lydney did not start well with the ball but started a fightback with the introduction Callum Miller and Paul Morris who slowed the scoring rate and made inroads into the Cam batting order. Miller returned 2-6 from 3 overs and was unlucky to be removed from the attack but with so few runs to play with captain O’connell felt it necessary to rotate his bowlers regularly. Morris took 2-33 from 8 testing overs, O’connell continued to rotate his bowlers bowling himself and Jack Knox who both took wickets early in their spells but Cam resisted to reach their target for the loss of seven wickets. Knox taking 2-13 and O’connell 1-12. Lydney were left rueing yet another batting collapse that cost them dearly.