Unfortunately this contest was cancelled due to the Aylburton wicket being too wet.
The 3rd X1 travelled to take on Penalt and Redbrook and had reached 50-2 when the forecast deluge arrived. Adam Slee usually a victim of your correspondents acerbic wit was particularly unlucky to be dismissed for 8. He was caught inches from the ground by a fielder who then proceeded to let the next two balls through his legs!!! Henry Sleeman scored 23 before being caught at the wicket, leaving father and son Josh and Toby Theobald at the wicket undefeated on 0 and 12 respectively when the rains came and render any further play impossible.
Penalt & Redbrook 7 points Lydney 6 points
Lydney welcomed top of the table Aston Ingham to the Aylburton oval. After winning the toss the Aston Ingham skipper had no hesitation in electing to bat. Ellis Boughton bowled Aubery in his second over for a duck to give Lydney an early advantage. Colin Leighton and Tom Parsons took the score to 60-1 before Boughton struck again bowling the latter for 19. Josh Theobald had been introduced into the attack and bowled a tight spell regularly beating the bat for no reward in the wicket column. Andy Kear replaced Boughton and was soon among the wickets removing Colin Leighton for 29 and Andrew Leighton for 34 to induce a batting collapse which saw the last six Aston Ingham batsmen fall without making double figures. Kear finished his eight over spell with five wickets for only twenty two runs. He received good support from Chunk who took three wickets for six runs as the Aston Ingham innings closed on 111 all out. Toby Theobald and Marcello Slee fell early in the Lydney innings bringing together the experienced pair of Adam Slee and Josh Theobald who looked to be ensuring that Lydney won the game with a bit in hand. This was before they attempted an unlikely two runs and Slee was run out for 20. Felix Rose and Matt Williams scored 1 and 5 respectively and the game was in the balance. It probably swung towards the visitors when Theobald was dismissed seven short of a well deserved half century. Josh Slee and Chunk were now tasked with scoring the twenty five runs needed for victory. Chunk was the more aggressive and Slee looked to play the supporting role. They were two short of victory when Slee was bowled for 4. Ellis Boughton joined Chunk and ensured that Lydney got over the line with two balls to spare and three wickets in hand.
Lydney won the toss and elected to bat first on a hard true wicket with a lightning fast outfield and short boundary with the sun beating down. Good decision skipper! Alex Nelmes and Harry Williams opened the innings and runs began to flow at a good rate until Williams fell for 24 caught off the bowling of Henry Garner by Stuart Smellie. Henry Sleeman joined Nelmes and started watchfully with a sound defence and looking to rotate the strike with singles. Nelmes was out for 46 bowled by Collins which brought skipper Slee to the crease. This saw an increase in boundaries as Slee went on the attack immediately and Sleeman became more expansive in his shot making. Slee was next out for 23 and the experienced Josh Theobald followed soon after for 8. Sleeman was next to be dismissed for a well constructed 39. Toby Theobald and Felix Rose were now at the wicket with Rose showing a willingness to carry the attack to the bowlers while Toby was content to push and run giving good support. Rose fell for 30 leaving Toby Theobald and Ellis Boughton the not out batsmen on 16 and 2 respectively as the Lydney innings closed on 215-6 after 40 overs. Lydney knew that even with 215 on the board this was not a done deal and they would have to bowl and field well to get home. Ellis Boughton took the first wicket to fall having Rowell caught behind by Harry Williams for 14. King and Hulls kept Corse and Staunton up with the required run rate before Andy Kear had Hulls caught by Felix Rose for 35. Smellie didn’t linger long before he was trapped LBW by Josh Theobald for 2. Despite a couple of quick wickets falling the game was still very much in the balance and Lydney needed to snaffle a couple more to get into the driving seat. Chunk removed Callum King for 28 and Felix Rose had Gresty caught on the boundary by Ellis Boughton for 2 to make them slight favouites to win the game. King and Kelly got the target down to twenty off two overs. Josh Slee bowled the penultimate over and despite a few nerves came through well conceding 9 runs from it. Last over of a throughly enjoyable game and Chunk to bowl, 11 runs to win what could possibly go wrong? Nothing of course, using all his experience he bowled four dot balls and conceded only two singles off the final two balls of the over to leave Lydney victorious by 9 runs.
Nb The last paragraph was written by Chunk who insisted I include it in the report!!!!!
Skipper Slee lost the toss and was invited to bat first on a far from typical Newent wicket. We were shot out for 87 inside 23 overs with only Adam Slee 17 and Tom Worgan 12 reaching double figures. Breetzke took 6-37 to rip the Lydney batting apart. Newent were bowled out for 73 thanks to a fine eight over spell from Ellis Boughton who returned the remarkable figures of 7-14 to bowl Lydney to victory by 14 runs. Tom Worgan 2-23 and Harry Williams 1-0 were the other Lydney wicket takers.
Lydney 17 points. Newent 7 points
Huntley won the toss and elected to bat on a straw coloured wicket that looked laden with runs. Edgington and Bowman scored freely before the introduction of the experienced spin twins Chunk and Andy Kear. They slowed the scoring rate and Chunk got the much needed breakthrough bowling Bowman for 26. He struck again three balls later removing Abbot who was well caught by Josh Theobald at slip. Kear then joined the party removing Williams caught by Marcello Slee for 16 and bowling the dangerous Edginton for a classy 58. Josh Theobald then took two quick wickets and Josh Slee one to peg Huntley right back after their strong start. Unfortunately the last few overs were expensive for Lydney with their inexperienced bowlers suffering at the hands of Green and Reeves. Huntleys innings closing on 227-7. Adam and Josh Slee opened the batting for Lydneys reply and were progressing well until Josh was caught by wicketkeeper Mcalpine off the bowling of Abbot for 20. Toby Theobald was also caught at the wicket without troubling the scorers. Adam Slee was joined by Andrew Grindle who had been hauled out of retirement for his one game this season. Unfortunately Slee was out soon after for 40 but Grindle and Josh Theobald put on a partnership to keep Lydney in the game. When they fell in short order for 33 and 53 respectively Lydneys challenge subsided. Matt Williams was out caught by Mcalpine for 1 to give the Huntley wicketkeeper his fifth catch of the afternoon. Marcello Slee 4 not out and Morgan Poole 5 not out ensured that Lydney lost no further wickets as their innings closed on 175-6.
The third eleven travelled to Dymock with an age range of 13 to 75. Neville Slee got to play with his son and grandsons so the game had to be delayed with all the press looking for photo opportunities and the low down on Adams game plan! Win the toss and bat would have been the choice of most but Adam had a plan so we put them in and slowly cooked to perfection by tea. With the exception of Ellis Boughton who took 1-12 off 8 overs the bowlers toiled in the heat on an excellent wicket that offered them no assistance. Josh and Mars Slee toiled manfully and bowled better than their figures suggest. Josh took a superb diving catch in the deep to dismiss the hard hitting Jones who hadn’t played for three years ( yeah right!) and give Chunks figures a slightly better look. In his words two for a yup is better than one for a yup! Not sure the skipper agrees though! It was probably a good job that our number one supporter Judy Slee chose not to travel as late on in the innings granddad Neville dropped a dolly off grandson Marcello’s bowling that to add insult to injury went over the boundary for six! He would have been in big trouble! Adam Slee opened the batting and set off like a man with a train to catch! Wickets were however falling at the other end with four batsman falling in single digits. Slee was out for 57 and Lydneys innings looked likely to stall. Marcello Slee and Matt Williams had other ideas however scoring 27 and 22 respectively. Matt was also very impressive in the field and tried very hard throughout making some superb stops. Morgan Poole scored seven including his first ever four and continues to improve each week before Chunk 9 not and Andy Kear 13 not saw Lydney reach 168-8.
The 3rd X1 entertained Redmarley at Aylburton. Skipper Slee won the toss and decided to have a bat. He soon had plenty of time to reflect on his decision as he was first out for 9. Josh Theobald joined Alex Nelmes and after a steady start to the partnership runs began to flow. The partnership was nearing 150 when Josh Theobald was bowled by Stockley for 62. Toby Theobald replaced his dad at the wicket and played some fine shots before falling for 12. Alex Nelmes was out soon after for a solid 79 based on watchful defence and measured attack. The last couple of overs saw our pinch hitters Mullan & Worgan ( yes it does sound like a comedy double act!) at the wicket and they were not out at the end of our innings for 9 and 7 respectively. After what I am told was a fine tea Lydney set about defending 204. Redmarley started well with the experienced Lawrence and Stockley making the inexperienced Lydney attack toil. The introduction of Riley Scriven saw the demise of Lawrence for 42 but Stockley and Allen continued to punish any wayward bowling from the Lydney attack. With the forecast rain fast approaching Lydney needed a tight over to ensure they stayed in front on run rate as this was unfortunately likely to be the deciding factor of a well poised game. Josh Slee who had earlier bowled six overs for 14 would have been the pundits choice but Thomas Worgan provided exactly what the skipper ordered with an over of inswingers outswingers knuckle balls et al ( according to him after 6 pints anyway) conceding just one run off what proved to be the final over of the afternoon. After much head scratching calculators were required to seperate the two teams with Lydney running out winners by 0.25 runs per over. Special mention must be made of Judy Slee who maintained her record of attending every 3rd X1 game this season so far. Unfortunately husband Neville only made it after the end of the England v Australia champions trophy game. I am told by reliable sources his season ticket is up for sale!
The thirds travelled to play against Upton St Leonards and found a soft wicket to play on after Friday nights rain. Skipper Slee did the business and won the toss and duly inserted Upton St Leonards. Ellis Boughton and Josh Slee shared the new ball and soon had the opposition in trouble as they removed the openers cheaply. After ten tight overs captain Slee called on the experience of Chunk and Josh Theobald to further tighten the screw. They duly obliged and between them removed the two batsmen likely to take the game away fro Lydney. Chunk removed Nixon for 20 caught by Adam Slee. Josh trapped Glaze LBW for 29 after the batsman resorted to the long barrier with pads on. Unfortunately for him he was in front of all three when the ball struck him. Mars Slee was then introduced into the attack and in combination with his brother Josh wrapped up the tail. After finishing his over Josh Slee retired to fine leg for a well earned rest when he was rudely awakened by the ball speeding towards him at an awkward (painful also if he got it wrong) height and his brother loudly imploring him him to catch it. Josh was nonchalance personified as he made the catch look easy. Mars duly bowled the number 11 and Lydney had bagged an extra bowling point. Mars finished with 3-13, brother Josh 3-17, Ellis Boughton 2-17 whilst Chunk and Josh Theobald took a wicket each. After a pretty average tea Lydney set about the tricky chase. Skipper Slee looked to lead from the front opening the batting with controlled agression from the outset. Alex Nelmes was bowled for 7 and Toby Theobald, his dad Josh and Connor Mullan fell in short order to leave Lydney wobbling on 65-4. Skipper Slee was next out for 26 leaving Joe Hale and Chunk at the wicket. At this point the crowd started to disperse Mrs Slee had seen her son bat and grandsons bowl and Mrs Theobald had seen husband and son play their hand to completion,still it saved a traffic jam later at the completion of the game! Joe was severe on anything loose and Chunk adopted the they shall not pass attitude and was even applauded by his teammates when he scored his first run after seven overs of blocking or playing inside the line of the ball. The pair saw the team home without further alarm with Joe Hale scoring 20 not out and a crucial 3 not out (his words not mine) from Chunk. Lydney reached their target for the loss of five wickets gaining 19 valuable points in the process.
Unfortunately the third team opposition were unable to raise a team.
Lydney 20 points Cinderford -20 points.