Nailsea fall short in run chase

PUBLISHED: 14:39 15 June 2011

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Nailsea slip to their fourth defeat of the season against Frenchay.

NAILSEA 1st XI slipped to their fourth defeat of the season at home to Frenchay.

Batting first on a hot and sunny afternoon, Frenchay posted a commanding total of 259-5, thanks to half centuries from Mike Donaldson (53), Stuart Gould (71 not out) and Tyrone Isitt (54 not out).

South African Isitt then followed up his fine batting display by removing both Nailsea openers on his way to figures of 3-45 off 13 overs. Despite a heroic effort to salvage the innings by Matt Bryant (82), and some late innings hitting from Pete Hardcastle (32), Nailsea were never really in the hunt, finishing on 216-7.

After a slow start, the score rocketed from nine to 50 between the sixth and 10th over. The Nailsea 
bowlers then struggled to find answers to the 
questions posed by a firing Frenchay batting line 
up. Stephen Allard continued to look in good form, but ended wicketless from his 10 overs, whilst Nick Jury claimed three scalps (as well as two catches), but exchanged 83 runs in the process.

A sharp leg-side stumping by Adam Blower saw Harry Hope claim his first wicket of the season and the young leg spinner bowled extremely well.

Nailsea’s reply was immediately on the back foot as openers Dave Ingram (3) and Matthew Benn (4) fell to Isitt and Matt Cornish (1) was bowled by Alex Stell. Dave Coppin (9) steadied the ship briefly with Bryant, but when he fell Nailsea were only in the 40s with over a third of the allotted overs already bowled.

Wicketkeeper Blower (15) counter attacked briefly with three boundaries, but Bryant then took 
responsibility, striking six fours and four sixes in his 82. Nick Jury (24) continued his productive day, 
proving an excellent foil to Bryant’s innings.

Isitt returned to remove Jury and Bryant, leaving Nailsea struggling. Despite a run-a-ball 16 from Josh Dann and a ferocious 32 off 15 balls from captain Hardcastle, the target was too much as Nailsea closed on 216-7.

■ The second XI arrived at Frenchay on the back of three consecutive wins and Nailsea started well, posting 50 before captain Blower mistimed a drive to mid-off. Meadnwhile, Chris Thackray, crashed his way to his maiden century (17 four and three sixes), well 
supported by Gareth Dann and Ed Faulkner.

Gareth Dann and Ed Faulkner played supporting roles as Thackray continued to blast the opposition attack, defying a slow track. The dismissals of Dann and Faulkner brought Tom Hicks to the crease and he scored freely, capitalising on his return to form and marshalling Thackray on his way to a wonderful maiden century (109 featuring 17 fours and 
3 sixes).

When Thackray finally departed, run-out in comical fashion, vice-captain, Marcus Gater (67 not out), joined Tom Hicks (45 not out) as the pair plundered the flagging Frenchay bowlers for a further 123 runs, resulting in a formidable total of 296-4.

In reply, Frenchay struggled as James Taylor and James Wilcox bowled well.

The bowlers were well supported by sound fielding, highlighted by Blower’s direct hit from the boundary to run-out Gibbons. Taylor grabbed one wicket and Wilcox took four scalps.

Terry Robinson and the irrepressible Gater mopped up the tale, leaving Frenchay well-beaten, 143 short of their target.

■ Nailsea fourths travelled to the top of Lansdown and after losing the toss, were asked to bat on a damp 
wicket.

Openers Keith Bell (10) and Chris Attwood (scoring his second 50 of the season) made a steady start. Robbie Riddicks (21) then put on 36 with Attwood and with the score at 93-3, Nailsea lost their last seven wickets for 25 runs.

Defending 118, Nailsea’s opening attack of Pete Grace (7-2-12-0) and Richard Billows (8-2-22-1) both well.

Will Balsam’s first two over were hit for 15, but he recovered will to end with figures of 8-1-28-2 as Lansdown reached their target in the 34th over. Under-15 Tom Cattermole performed well behind the stumps.


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