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 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.
The second X1 travelled to take on the early division 4 pace setters with a much changed team from last weeks victory against Newent. Your correspondent only has sketchy details but can confirm that we conceded 324 runs before succumbing for 153 to lose by 171 runs. I have reports of two decent individual performances. The ever green Andy Kear taking 3-43 off nine overs and Ben Nelmes scoring 41 defiant runs to try to stave off the inevitable. He was well supported by Corey Notley Barnard with 18 and the impressive Mars Slee with 21 to just about stave off total ignominy.
Fairford 20 points Lydney 7 points
Lydney travelled to Rockhampton looking for their third win on the reel and also to avenge their narrow loss from earlier in the season. Skipper Knox won the toss and decided to put Rockhampton into bat. This appeared to be an inspired decision as two wickets for Jordan Stone and one each for Ross Howells and Phil Lewis reduced Rockhampton to 70-4. This brought Dryden and Hopkins together who proceeded to add 111 to the score before Nelsons curse struck with Hopkins being run out for 42 after a sharp piece of fielding by Charlie Bendall. Rockhamptons innings closed on 224-5 with Dryden completing a near run a ball century finishing 103 not out. In reply Jordan Stone and Charlie Bendall got Lydney off to an excellent start putting on 97 for the first wicket before Bendall was bowled by Dryden for 33. Stone was dominating the innings to such an extent that when the sixth wicket fell at 173 only skipper Knox had got into double figures scoring 15 whilst Stone had reached a well deserved century. He finally fell for 122 with the score on 205-7 with the game nearly won. Jack Batcock and Thomas Worgan saw Lydney to within 3 runs of winning when Worgan was run out for 4. Batcock and Ross Howells saw Lydney home without further alarm finishing on 16 and 3 not out respectively. Lydney gained 17 points to move further away from the relegation zone.
Lydney welcomed Great Rissington to the recreation ground knowing that a win would give them a little breathing space away from the relegation zone. Adrian Knox won the toss and Lydney were progressing well after electing to bat. With the score on 39 Alex Nelimes was out caught for 14. With the pace taken off the ball Lydney struggled for runs and lost Lance Evans and Jordan Stone for 21 and 0 respectively to leave them on 64-3 with nearly half their allotted overs used. Adrian Knox and David Kear took the score to 91 before the former fell for 24. Jack Bartlett joined Kear and they immediately looked to accelerate the scoring rate. Bartlett fell for a quick fire 12 and Connor Mullan arrived to partner Kear in the latter overs of the Lydney innings. They put on an unbroken partnership of 57 with Kear finishing 39 not out and Mullan 36 not out as Lydney posted a total of 173 for 5 wickets. The Great Rissington reply started briskly and as with the first innings the bowling side started to enjoy some success when taking the pace off the ball. Phil Lewis removed the dangerous Carel Smith who was making batting look easy against the seamers courtesy of a catch at the wicket by Jack Batcock. Ross Howells then took two quick wickets before the introduction of Thomas Worgan into the attack changed the game. He ran through the remaining Great Rissington batsman to return figures of 9-1-32-5 and also found time to take the match winning catch off the bowling of Ross Howells. Jordan Stone took the other wicket to fall leaving Lydney victorious by 11 runs gaining 18 points in the process.
Lydney were put in on a damp wicket and soon lost Lance Evans bowled by Knight for 2. Adrian Knox and Charlie Bendall then showed the technique and application needed to bat on a wicket that was far from impossible to play on putting on over 50 for the second wicket. After they fell in quick succession for 31 and 27 respectively the fragility of the Lydney batting was cruelly exposed as only Callum Miller reached double figures as wickets tumbled. Lydney were all out for 125 and extras was top scorer with 35! Jack Bartlett and Phil Lewis both took two wickets in the Shurdington reply as they reached their target in 22 overs.
With skipper Knox stuck in traffic somewhere between Gatwick and the recreation ground and running late it fell to Callum Miller to oversee the toss and first four overs of the Ullenwood Bharat innings. The emotion of the occasion must have got to him as after losing the toss his first over went for 17 runs. Ullenwood Bharat looked like a team on a mission and had raced to 45 off 4 overs. Enter the skipper and the game changed immeadiately (or so he told me!!) The introduction of Phil Lewis and Ben Nelmes to the attack slowed the run rate and picked up two and three wickets respectively. Lewis conceding 54 runs off his nine overs and Nelmes a miserly 28. Beharrysingh fell victim to a fine catch from skipper Knox, a full length one handed diving catch according to him, a dolly according to the other ten team members!Debutant Clive Stewart entered the attack and bowled nine tidy overs for 31 picking up 1 wicket at a crucial time in the innings as UB looked to accelerate. Miller and Bartlett returned to the attack eager to atone for their earlier expensive spells. Between them they wrapped up the UB innings with Miller taking three wickets for 47and Bartlett one wicket for 42. The innings closed on 216 all out. Lydney knew they had to bat well in response and they started solidly with skipper Adrian Knox at the forefront of the early scoring. Alex Nelmes was first to go for 9 bowled by Gray. Connor Mullan made a trademark quick fire 14 and Knox fell LBW for 31 to leave the game interestingly poised. Lydney needed a partnership with the two Jacks Batcock and Bartlett at the wicket. In an aggressive stand runs began to flow and Lydney started to get on top. This changed when Batcock fell for 24 and Bartlett shortly after three short of a well deserved half century. The game was now back in the balance. Felix Rose and Clive Stewart looked to carry on the good work of the previous pair and did so with aplomb. Rose was out for a well made 29 as Ben Nelmes joined Stewart. Stewart fell with the winning post in sight as Ben Nelmes looked to see Lydney home. They required 2 to win off the last ball of the game with Nelmes on strike. A short of a length ball was dispatched to the boundary and Lydney had got home by 3 wickets in a thriller.
Lydney travelled to Ashleworth to take on Woodpeckers with a side showing a few changes from the previous weeks victory against Frampton. We were asked to bat first after losing the toss and started well. Lance Evans was first out for 14 which sparked a middle order collapse with Nelmes, Kear, Williams and Mullan all falling in short order without any of them reaching double figures. Jordan Stone was looking almost back to his best as he contributed a hard hitting 40 before becoming the sixth Lydney batsman to fall. Jack Bartlett joined Jack Batcock and they set about rebuilding the Lydney innings. Batcock contributed 28 and Bartlett a trade mark hard hitting 54 to raise Lydneys total to a respectable level. After their demise the innings fell away to leave Lydney 184 all out with only four men reaching double figures. The bowlers started well and we were well on top after reducing Woodpeckers to 60-6 but they could not remove Bressington and Bennett who scored 82 and 34 not out respectively to usher Woodpeckers over the winning line. Lydney wicket takers were Callum Miller 1-28, Jack Bartlett 1-29, Jordan Stone 2-31, Ben Nelmes 1-45 and Phil Lewis 1-39. Lydney left with 7 points.
The early afternoon rain meant that this game was reduced to 30 overs per side. Lydney won the toss and asked Frampton to bat first. They were soon in the wickets when Callum Miller removed Lee Driver-Dickinson for 3 courtesy of a sharp catch by Jack Batcock. The introduction of Phil Lewis saw Lydney make further inroads into the Frampton batting as he removed George Driver-Dickinson caught by the ever alert Jack Batcock for 4 and Huxstep caught by Ross Howells for 8. Batcock completed a hat trick of catches when he held a good catch off his old mate Callum Miller to dismiss Bird for 0. Not to be outdone Lance Evans took two catches of his own as Ben Nelmes with 3- 24 made sure that the Frampton tail did not wag. Ross Howells took 2-30 as the Frampton innings finished on 101-9 off their 30 overs. Lydney set out on their pursuit of Framptons total with a watchful eye on the weather which was obviously closing in. Charile Bendall and Lance Evans opened the batting for Lydney but were never able to dominate the Frampton attack to a degree that meant the result was not in the balance to the very end. Lance was dismissed for 12 with the score on 45. Jordan Stone walked to the wicket and was positive from the outset of his innings. This impetus enabled Lydney to get over the winning line with 2.5 overs to spare, Charlie Bendall finishing on 52 not out and Jordan Stone 25 not out to give Lydney 19 points.
The 2nd X1 travelled to play at Slaughters United for the first time ever. When your correspondent asked one of the lads who had just returned to Lydney after the trip what it was like I was informed that it was just like Bourton but with no bloody tourists which I took to be a good thing. Skipper Knox won the toss and asked the oppositIon to bat. Callum Miller and Jack Bartlett were entrusted with the new ball but struggled to contain the Slaughters batsmen with the hard hitting Andrew Phillips particularly severe on anything loose. Several other of the bowling options were tried but fared no better and Slaughters reached the mid innings drinks break without losing a wicket. After some choice words ( some of which Phil Lewis claims he had never heard before) from the skipper Lydney looked to improve markedly in the second half of the Slaughters innings. Phil was entrusted with the first over after drinks and it duly went for 15 and the skippers blood pressure reached a critical level! It was all part of a cunning master plan as Phil took the first five wickets to fall and conceded only another 27 runs in the process to finish his spell with 5-42. This coincided with a marked improvement in the bowling at the other end and Slaughters fell away from 100 for no wicket to 198 all out. Jack Bartletts second spell was a big improvement on his first and he was rewarded with three wickets including Phillips for 93. Callum Miller 1-36 and Jordan Stone 1-32 were the other wicket takers. In reply the fragile Lydney batting once again failed to fire. Most top order batsmen got starts and then got out with the only meaningful contributions coming from Jack Bartlett 33 and Jack Batcock 23. Callum Miller 14 and Ross Howells 12 tried to wag the tail but were left with too much to do. Lydneys innings finished on 156 all out off the penultimate ball of the game.
Slaughters United 19 points Lydney 2nd X1 8 points