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2013 REVIEWED

 

Annual Awards 2013  

FIRST ELEVEN SECOND ELEVEN THIRDS ELEVEN
BATTING Matthew Jones John Pike Nathan Dawson
BOWLING Chris Perry John Pike David Ward
PLAYERS' PLAYER Chris Perry John Pike Nathan Dawson
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR Patrick Bright
SPECIAL BOWLING AWARD    JOINT CLUB RECORD  Chris Perry
WOLLASTON CRICKET CLUB CLUB PERSON OF THE YEAR Graham Richards
CENTURION AWARD Mark Ralph  Lewis Bates Patrick Bright    Olly Stone
  Matt Jones  Harry Broome Nathan Dawson
FIVE WICKETS IN AN INNINGS Adrian Ward   Chris Perry Mark Gibbs   Olly Stone 
  Jamie Perry  John Pike Andy Kowal Sam Drage 
  Steve Musgrave David Ward

 

PATRICK BRIGHT - Young Player of the Year

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE CRICKET LEAGUE YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2013

At the Annual NCL League Presentation night at Wicksteed Park Pavilion, Patrick Bright received a Young Player of the League Award from former England Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney in recognition of a wonderful season with the bat.

Patrick who was aged fourteen during the season scored 473 league runs, averaging 28.13 for the Seconds and scored a scintillating century against Podington off just 117 balls.

A worthy recipient and a great honour for Wollaston.

 

Below David Graveney presents Patrick with his trophy, and congratulates  Chris Perry on his seventy premier wickets

MOST RUNS Matthew Jones 636
MOST WICKETS Chris Perry 70
MOST KEEPER DISMISSALS Mark Carter 23
MOST CATCHES Liam Bates 13
MOST FIFTIES Matt Jones  Andrew Silsby  Harry Broome  Steve Musgrave 4
HIGHEST SCORE Olly Stone 132
BEST BOWLING Mark Gibbs 7 for 35
MOST FIVE WICKET HAULS Chris Perry 6
MOST SIXES John Pike 19
HIGHEST PARTNERSHIP Matthew Jones & Steve Musgrave 146

Following last year's less than perfect summer, 2013 was relatively balmy with only two games between the three teams completely washed out. Pitches were drier than recent years and conditions were ideal on most occasions.

It was a good season for all three teams with the First Eleven finishing in a creditable fifth place with 360 points gleaned from eleven wins, two draws and eight defeats. One game was washed out (No Result). Convincing victories were recorded against both Peterborough (champions) and Finedon (runners-up).

 

 

Skipper and left arm orthodox spinner, Chris Perry, had an outstanding year finishing with 70 wickets at an average of just 12.43 and equalled the Wollaston record tally of his great-uncle, Dennis Patrick, who reached the same total in 1957. Chris's total topped the Premier division wicket list with second place being nineteen behind.

 

 

 

FIRST ELEVEN

  Pl Won BF Won BS Draw BF Draw BS NR Lost Tie Bat pts Bowl pts  Total Points
  Peterborough 22 11 6 2 2 0 1 0 16 26 521
  Finedon Dolben 22 6 7 5 0 0 3 1 22 52 456
  O.N's 22 7 5 1 1 1 7 0 16 37 389
  Rushton 22 3 6 6 1 1 5 0 26 76 374
  Wollaston 22 4 7 0 2 1 8 0 25 51 360
  Brixworth 22 5 2 4 4 0 7 0 44 58 327
  Saints 22 3 5 1 3 0 9 1 31 58 326
  Oundle 22 1 8 1 2 1 9 0 24 47 289
  Stony Stratford 22 2 4 0 4 2 10 0 21 54 240
  Burton Latimer 22 2 1 2 1 1 13 0 27 71 235
  Horton House 22 3 1 1 3 1 13 0 27 63 219
  Wellingborough T 22 1 1 2 2 0 16 0 32 79 177

RESULTS

Date            Opponents  

Start

Results   Points
             
APRIL 27th STONY STRATFORD A 12pm Won   22
             
MAY 4th NORTHAMPTON SAINTS H 12pm Won   22
MAY 11th PETERBOROUGH A 12pm Won   22
MAY 18th OLD NORTHAMPTONIANS H 12pm Draw   13
MAY 25th FINEDON DOLBEN A 12pm Draw   9
             
JUNE 1st BRIXWORTH H 12pm Won   25
JUNE 8th RUSHTON A 12pm Won   22
JUNE 15th BURTON LATIMER H 12pm Won   30
JUNE 22nd OUNDLE TOWN H 12pm Lost   11
JUNE 29th WELLINGBOROUGH TOWN A 12pm Won   30
             
JULY 6th HORTON HOUSE H 12pm Lost   11
JULY 13th STONY STRATFORD H 12pm Lost   7
JULY 20th NORTHAMPTON SAINTS A 12pm Lost   12
JULY 27th PETERBOROUGH TOWN H 12pm Lost   0
             
AUGUST 3rd OLD NORTHAMPTONIANS A 12pm Lost   4
AUGUST 10th FINEDON DOLBEN H 12pm Won   22
AUGUST 17th BRIXWORTH A 12pm Lost   11
AUGUST 24th RUSHTON H 12pm Abandoned   3
AUGUST 31st BURTON LATIMER A 12pm Won   30
             
SEPTEMBER 7th OUNDLE TOWN A 11.30 Won    
SEPTEMBER 14th WELLINGBOROUGH TOWN H 11.30 Lost    
SEPTEMBER 21st HORTON HOUSE A 11.30 Won   22

 

Some First Eleven Stats

With 98 not out in the final game at Horton, Matthew Jones reached 635 runs for the season (including one century) at an average of 35.33, and Wollaston debutant /  NCCC Academy member Oliver Stone wound up the season with a batting average of 46.38 and a top score of 132.  Mark Ralph was the other centurion when he made exactly 100 not out off 138 balls against Wellingborough Town and finished with a season's tally of 544 - just in front of Steve Musgrave who finished with 522 to add to his thirty wickets.  Other players making their Club debuts in the First Eleven  in 2013 were David Shelford, Charlie Elderton, Harry Broome and Patrick Bright.

The Skipper's View

After a hard fought and tense 2012 season the 2013 campaign can only be described as a season full of positives for WCC 1st team. 

After hard work in the winter by the squad and the committee working tirelessly on the signings of Olly Stone of Northants CCC and Max Abbott as the contracted overseas player for the season, we were happy that we were in a good position to hit the ground running and not only better last seasons haul but to push ourselves to achieve our highest Premier finish since promotion in 2007. 
Then the news that Max was injured........but maybe that gave the rest of the squad the extra fight needed. By half way we had won 8 games out of 11, drew one (falling 12 shy chasing a huge and daunting 277) and two defeats. Inclusive of this were victories over the league holders and eventual winners Peterborough and our bogey team Northampton Saints (this being the first time we had beaten them since our aforementioned promotion) - a great achievement for us and another milestone.

Half way through the season the leaders were Finedon who had labeled us the noisy neighbours' because we wouldn't go away. This for me said it all!

The second half of the season produced 4 wins, 6 defeats and one abandoned. This I am sure was due to other commitments creeping in but we still played positive cricket.                                                       On the playing front the highlight was having yet another season that produced 3 Wollaston players scoring 100's - Matt Jones, Mark Ralph and Olly Stone. Each innings was, in its own right, as good as each other. Matt Jones' batting was a joy to watch all season - except for the 3rd man fielder who didn't have time to appreciate it with all the chasing they were having to do!

On the bowling front myself and Muzzy shared 100 wickets and Mark Gibbs weighed in with 22 wickets, including a magnificent 7 - 35 against Saints. Simon Driver showed he can be a handful with the new swinging Dukes ball and provided great control for his bowling partners, bowling many spells that went for very little. Of course Simon was tearing up the league with his swing and his speed............you know the rest! If you don't, the words of our changing room song can be obtained from our official team composer, Mark Carter. 

David Shelford and Liam Bates weighed in with notable contributions throughout the year. Liam was striking the ball lovely in the second half the season. David bowled with pace and aggression as well as some cameo innings batting at 6 or 7. 

It was also great to see Pat Bright, Charlie Elderton and Harry Broome make their First Eleven debuts during the season and the club will be in a great position if these young lads fulfill the promise they are showing at such a young age.  Charlie spent much of the 2013 season with us and did everything asked of him and that attitude and commitment will take him far. 

As usual a massive thanks goes to Neal Perry for his pre-match warm ups although I think it's well known that he 'borrowed' most of them off David Ripley, the County Coach,  and if we can emulate what Rips has done with his boys then we will be flying high in future seasons. Thanks to Alan Shelswell, who we now know left a sinking ship! However Alan spent a lot of hours on the bowling machine especially with the young lads. Paul Bates is another coach who helped us and it was great to see that when we played Saints away his warm ups spread across the whole pitch with no room for our host! That showed them the pecking order now... Things have changed!!

And of course thanks to Les Underwood - when she's not sunning herself in foreign climes she turns up to score for us. John Hodges and Paul 'Waspy' Carter for their hard work on getting a pitch ready for us, and all that goes in to the ground maintenance throughout a cricket season.  

Finally my vice, Mark Carter, who helped me throughout the year in all aspects from selection issues to field placings; he also had yet another wonderful season with the gloves. 

We look forward to another season and trying to go that little bit extra. Bring it on! 


Chris Perry First Eleven captain     FIRST ELEVEN PHOTO

 

BATTING RUNS BEST AVE
Matthew Jones 636 106* 35.33
Steve Musgrave 492 66 30.75
Mark Ralph 478 100* 31.87
Olly Stone 371 132 46.38
Liam Bates 319 67 22.79
Jimmy Hart 283 59 18.87
Chris Perry 189 33 23.63
Mark Carter 185 41 15.42
David Shelford 167 30* 15.18
Lewis Bates 67 33* 13.40
Marcus Shelton 60 45 15.00
Mark Gibbs 45 13 6.43
Charlie Elderton 41 21 10.25
Simon Driver 34 12 6.80
Kieran Furniss 27 12 9.00
Pat Bright 23 21 11.50
Harry Broome 14 14* 0.00
Jamie Perry 6 6 0.00
John Pike 1 1 1.00

 

FIRST ELEVEN CENTURIES

 132* Olly Stone v Oundle
106 Matthew Jones v Brixworth
100 Mark Ralph v Wellingborough Town

 

FIRST ELEVEN PARTNERSHIPS

146 1st wicket M.Jones & S.Musgrave v Finedon
141 4th wicket Li.Bates & M.Ralph v Wellingborough T
140 3rd wicket M.Ralph & O.Stone v O.N's
136 1st wicket S.Musgrave & M.Jones v Brixworth
125 4th wicket Li.Bates & M.Ralph v Burton Latimer
109 2nd wicket S.Musgrave & J.Hart v Northampton Saints
98 4th wicket O.Stone & Li.Bates v Oundle
96 3rd wicket M.Jones & O.Stone v Northampton Saints
81 1st wicket S.Musgrave & M.Jones v Finedon
79 3rd wicket M.Shelton & M.Ralph v Horton House
77 7th wicket S.Musgrave & M.Carter v Oundle
75 7th wicket M.Carter & C.Perry v Rushton
70 7th wicket O.Stone & D.Shelford v Oundle
55 7th wicket O.Stone & C.Perry v Stony Stratford
53 2nd wicket J.Hart & M.Ralph v O.N's
51 1st wicket M.Jones & S.Musgrave   Brixworth

 

FIRST ELEVEN BOWLING

BOWLING WICKETS BEST AVE
Chris Perry 70 6 for 44 12.43
Steve Musgrave 30 6 for 52 25.7
Mark Gibbs 22 7 for 35 22.59
Simon Driver 17 3 for 26 20.41
David Shelford 14 3 for 40 30.71
Olly Stone 9 5 for 47 22.33
Kieran Furniss 6 2 for 28 31.67
Liam Bates 4 2 for 22 32.25
Jamie Perry 0 0 for 35  

 

FIVE WICKETS IN AN INNINGS

5 for 74 Chris Perry v O.N's
5 for 66 Chris Perry v Finedon
5 for 56 Chris Perry v Oundle
6 for 44 Chris Perry v Stony Stratford
5 for 71 Chris Perry v O.N's
6 for 54 Chris Perry v Finedon
5 for 47 Olly Stone v Peterborough
5 for 30 Mark Gibbs V Wellingborough Town
6 for 52 Steve Musgrave v Burton Latimer

 

FIRST ELEVEN CATCHES

   
13 Liam Bates
10 Mark Ralph
10 Chris Perry
7 Steve Musgrave
6 Jimmy Hart
6 David Shelford
6 Olly Stone
4 Matthew Jones
3 Charlie Elderton
2 Kieran Furniss
1 Mark Carter
1 Patrick Bright
1 Simon Driver
1 Mark Gibbs
   
 

Wicket Keeping  2013

23

Mark Carter  17 catches 6 stumpings

SECOND ELEVEN

  Pl Won BF Won BS Draw BF Draw BS NR Lost Tie Bat pts Bowl pts  Total Points
   Wellingborough T 2nd 22 7 6 2 2 1 4 0 17 35 420
   St Crispins Ryelands 22    6     4 4 3 0 5 0 43 73 416
   S & L Corby 22 5 6 1 0 0 9 1 16 50 385
   Old 22 7 2 4 3 0 6 0 34 65 382
   Great Oakley 22 1 9 5 2 0 5 0 40 65 371
   Wollaston 2nd 22 5 3 3 3 0 7 1 31 62 353
   Horton House 2nd 22 2 6 3 7 0 4 0 39 60 323
   Great Houghton 22 3 2 4 3 1 8 1 41 79 306
   West Haddon 22 3 4 3 1 0 11 0 27 67 395
   Heyford 22 3 3 3 2 0 10 1 20 68 283
   Podington 22 1 5 1 4 1 10 0 30 57 246
   Raunds 22 0 2 0 3 1 16 0 27 53 133

 

SECOND ELEVEN RESULTS

Date            Opponents  

Start

Results   Points
             
APRIL 27th WEST HADDON H 1pm Lost   9
             
MAY 4th OLD A 1pm Won   30
MAY 11th S&L CORBY H 1pm Won   30
MAY 18th GREAT HOUGHTON A 1pm Won   22
MAY 25th ST CRISPIN RYELANDS H 1pm Lost   4
             
JUNE 1st RAUNDS A 1pm Won   30
JUNE 8th PODINGTON H 1pm Draw   12
JUNE 15th HEYFORD A 1pm Draw   14
JUNE 22nd WELLINGBOROUGH TOWN 2nd A 1pm Draw   5
JUNE 29th GREAT OAKLEY H 1pm Lost   4
             
JULY 6th HORTON HOUSE 2nd A 1pm Lost   4
JULY 13th WEST HADDON A 1pm Draw   7
JULY 20th OLD H 1pm Draw   17
JULY 27th S&L CORBY A 1pm Lost   10
             
AUGUST 3rd GREAT HOUGHTON H 1pm Won   25
AUGUST 10th ST CRISPIN RYELANDS A 1pm Won   30
AUGUST 17th RAUNDS H 1pm Won   22
AUGUST 24th PODINGTON A 1pm Won   30
AUGUST 31st HEYFORD H 1pm Tie   20
             
SEPTEMBER 7th WELLINGBOROUGH TOWN 2nd H 12 noon Lost   6
SEPTEMBER 14th GREAT OAKLEY A 12 noon Lost   17
SEPTEMBER 21st HORTON HOUSE 2nd H 12 noon Lost   5

 

Some Second Eleven Stats

Meanwhile the Seconds, under skipper Darren Laughton  finished sixth in Division Three. Eight wins, seven defeats, six draws and a tie contributed 353 points - including 31 batting points and 62 bowling.

John Pike had a great all-round season scoring 488 runs from eighteen innings at an average of 28.71 and took 38 wickets at 12.55. Jamie Perry took 33 and  Andy Kowal 26.  

Patrick Bright made a century at the age of fourteen and finished just behind John with 450 runs at a similar average from sixteen innings, and Lewis Bates also reached three figures with 102 against Great Houghton. Cameron Pike had a great season behind the stumps and at the same time made his way up the batting order and finished with 186 runs at an average of over fifteen.  

The Second Team Skipper's View

Two weeks on from the season closing and it feels like a case of 'what might have been' for the Seconds.

Although we finished the season in sixth place it's impossible not to feel proud of the efforts everyone put in throughout the year.     As a second team playing in division 3 we have held our own and with a bit of luck towards the end of the season I could easily be sitting here writing about promotion rather than mid table.

Often in the past, availability within the club has hit the seconds hard, but although the same issues arose this year the impact to us was not as great, due to the emergence of several Third rd team talents coming in and doing a fantastic job.   Special mentions must go to Sam Drage and Josh Steggles who both came in and made themselves 'undropable' with some fantastic performances.       As you can see from the stats above, the usual suspects yet again performed wonders with the ball and Pikey ended up the pick of them which, when you consider he was injured for over half the season and was bowling slower than Muz, is a fantastic achievement.

On the batting side there have been some really great efforts this year. We have 3 batsmen -  Pat Bright, Andy Kowal  and John Pike who all scored over 400 runs. Pat's 100 will be remembered for a long time by all those who were there to witness it. Other highlights for me as skipper were seeing Harry Broome and Cam Pike both making their first 2nd team 50's ( I'm sure it will be the first of many for them both )

I'd like to thank all 27 players who played for me this year, Steve Laughton and Graham Richards for umpiring and Lynn Perry and Nathan Richards for scoring.

Finally, I can honestly say its been the most rewarding season I've ever had in cricket and I know the 2nds aren't far away  from the promotion we all want

Thanks again

Darren Laughton Second Eleven captain                SECOND ELEVEN PHOTO

SECOND ELEVEN RUNS

  Inns N.O Runs Ave 4s 6s HS SR
John Pike 18  488  28.71  31  19  85 103.39 
Patrick Bright 16  450  28.13  35  100 69.34 
Andrew Kowal 16  411  34.25  34  94 43.42 
Marcus Shelton 17  354  20.82  46  73 52.17 
Darren Laughton 17  280  17.5  20  47 73.4 
Andy Luck 19  250  16.67  16  33* 30.14 
Cameron Pike 15  186  15.5  17  53 35.17 
Harry Broome 13  180  13.85  14  50 44.19 
Lewis Bates 114  28.5  102
David Mercer 106  35.33  11  48* 56.76 
Sam Drage 9 3 101 16.83 1 0 42* 32.73
Kieran Furniss 99  12.38  47
Jamie Perry 15  97  8.08  16 32 
Charlie Elderton 69  7.67  19 12.5 
Adrian Ward 10  46  11.5  15* 50 
Nathan Richards 26  26  20* 74.07 
David Clarkson 24  14 36.92 
Nathan Dawson 2 23 11.5 16
Neal Perry   8*
Marcus Gross 8
Joshua Steggles   5*
Simon Driver 2 15.38 
Andrew Silsby 1* 12.5 
David Ward 0
Alex Melia   0*
Scott Bailey     -

 

SECOND ELEVEN PARTNERSHIPS

Runs Wicket         Opponents Year
126 3 A Kowal & P Bright v Old 2013
118 5 M Shelton & J Pike v Heyford 2013
103 2 A Kowal & A Luck v Raunds 2013
90 6 D Laughton & J Pike v West Haddon 2013
83 4 P Bright & D Laughton v Podington 2013
82 3 C Pike & P Bright v St Crispin Ryelands 2013
71 2 C Pike & H Broome v Gt Oakley 2013
68 5 J Pike & P Bright v Raunds 2013
64 4 P Bright & J Pike v West Haddon 2013
60 1 D Mercer & H Broome v Wellingborough Town ll 2013
60 4 P Bright & J Pike v St Crispin Ryelands 2013
51 6 J Pike & H Broome v Old 2013

 

SECOND ELEVEN BOWLING

  Overs Mds Runs Wkts Best 5WH Econ S-R Ave
John Pike 178 62 477 38 6 for 28 2 2.68 28.11 12.55
Jamie Perry 207.1 48 790 33 7 for 31 2 3.81 37.67 23.94
Andrew Kowal 159.3 37 537 26 5 for 42 1 3.37 36.81 20.65
Adrian Ward 110.1 10 499 15 3 for 27 0 4.53 44.08 33.27
Kieran Furniss 84.1 26 236 15 4 for 24 0 2.8 33.68 15.73
Sam Drage 60 5 229 12 5 for 47 1 3.82 30 19.08
David Mercer 27.1 7 86 9 6 for 7 1 3.16 18.13 9.56
Alex Melia 18.1 4 77 5 3 for 41 0 4.23 21.84 15.4
Joshua Steggles 28 7 104 3 2 for 48 0 3.71 56 34.67
Simon Driver 21 2 75 3 2 for 38 0 3.57 42 25
David Ward 3 0 35 1 1 for 35 0 11.67 18 35
Andy Luck 26 6 78 1 1 for 13 0 3 156 78
Marcus Shelton 1 0 3 0 0 for 3 0 3    
Marcus Gross 11 2 25 2 2 for 18 0 1.75    
Harry Broome 4 0 41 0 0 for 41 0 10.25    
Patrick Bright 5 0 28 0 0 for 8 0 5.6    

 

THIRD ELEVEN

  Pl Won BF Won BS NR Lost Tie Bat pts Bowl pts Total Pts
   Rushden 3rds 18 8 8   2 0 62 74 456
   Wollaston 3rds 18 9 4 1 4 0 62 76 400
   Old Wellingburian 2nds 18 5 6 1 6 0 66 72 360
   Kettering 3rds 18 2 6   10 0 46 71 295
   Geddington 3rds 18 7 2   9 0 54 61 290
   Wicken 2nds 18 3 5   10 0 45 54 229
   Higham 2nds 18 3 2   13 0 49 54 203
   Wellingborough 4ths 18 1 0   17 0 20 35 minus 11

Wellingborough 4ths deducted 86 points (two match forfeits and one unregistered player v Kettering 3rds) Kettering awarded 15 points v Wellingborough 4ths. Geddington deducted 5 points (slow over rate)   Wicken deducted 30 points (match forfeit).

 

RESULTS

Date            Opponents  

Start

Results   Points
             
APRIL 27th OLD WELLINGBURIAN 2nds A 1.30 pm Won   25
             
MAY 4th

NO GAME

         
MAY 11th OLD WELLINGBURIAN 2nds H 1.30 pm N.R   2
MAY 18th RUSHDEN 3rds A 1.30 pm Won   29
MAY 25th HIGHAM FERRERS 2nds H 1.30 pm Won   27
             
JUNE 1st WICKEN A 1.30 pm Won   28
JUNE 8th WICKEN 2nds H 1.30 pm Lost   7
JUNE 15th KETTERING 3rds A 1.30 pm Won   26
JUNE 22nd GEDDINGTON 3rds H 1.30 pm Won   30
JUNE 29th WELLINGBOROUGH 4ths A 1.30 pm Won   30
             
JULY 6th KETTERING 3rds H 1.30 pm Lost   7
JULY 13th

NO GAME

         
JULY 20th RUSHDEN 3rds H 1.30 pm Lost   4
JULY 27th HIGHAM FERRERS 2nds A 1.30 pm Won   30
             
AUGUST 3rd WICKEN 2nds H 1.30 pm Won   29
AUGUST 10th WICKEN 2nds A 1.30 pm Won   30
AUGUST 17th KETTERING 3rds H 1.30 pm Lost   7
AUGUST 24th GEDDINGTON 3rds A 1 pm Won   30
AUGUST 31st WELLINGBOROUGH 4ths H 1 pm Won   30
             
SEPTEMBER 7th KETTERING 3rds A 1pm Won   29

 

Some Third Eleven Stats

Under new skipper Paul Jones the Thirds continued to climb and gained promotion to Division Ten by virtue of a second place finish. One game was a "No Result" due to the weather and from the remaining seventeen games thirteen were won and four lost. Seventy bowling points (the division's highest) and sixty two batting helped push the total points to 400. Nathan Dawson led the way with the bat finishing the season with 483 runs (average 40.25) including 102 not out away to Wellingborough 4ths and Andrew Silsby went passed 400 runs for the season for the first time. Harry Broome also reached the magical three figures with 109 not out and in his four games for the Three's he scored 241 runs at a handy average of 120.00.   The "Battle of the Boddingtons" took a few twists and turns before the younger model finished one run ahead of the elder, along with a slightly superior average.

Thirteen bowlers were employed during the season with David Ward leading the way with 48 wickets at an average of 9.69. Nick Dawson took 25 wickets and thirteen year old Nathan Healey weighed in with 20 at 14.25 in his debut season.

David Pike, Graham Richards, Sam Bayes and Lewis North-Row all made their Club debuts - as did Josh Steggles who finished with 10 catches, while Brett Hanson made the 8,500 mile round trip from India and back to play at Islip, where he "did not bat"!

The Skipper's View

Another very successful season for the 3's finally finishing in 2nd place and gaining promotion to Division 10.

The early part of the season found us batting first frequently and with the wickets damp we found scoring hard on occasions. However, our bowlers were up to the task and we won most of our early encounters by tight bowling and creating pressure.  Ironically later on when we did score 200 twice we lost both times mainly due to the very short boundary on one side which sloggers on the opposition side exploited more than we did.
 
In the second half of the season, as the batters gained in confidence, we chased down totals quite successfully to gain some convincing victories
 
Each year after promotion we wonder in which division might the standard be harder for us to compete. Well, it hasn't happened yet! If we can keep the oldies bolted together and with improving young players, I am sure that we can carry on irritating the opposition.
 
Roll on next April.

Paul Jones  Third Eleven captain  THIRD TEAM PHOTO  

                                                                       BATTING

  INNS N.O RUNS BEST AVE 50 100
Nathan Dawson 15  483  102* 40.25 
Andrew Silsby 16  404  90* 28.86 
Harry Broome 241  109* 120.5 
Paul Jones 11  214  56 23.78 
Craig Boddington 13 1 210 44 17.50 0 0
Rex Boddington 14  209  38 16.08 
Joshua Steggles 11  115  26 14.38 
Sam Drage 113  55* 28.25 
Nick Dawson 91  46* 11.38 
Paul Carter 79  47* 79 
Scott Bailey 69  21 11.5 
Lewis North-Row 33  13* 8.25 
Elliot Knight 32  24* 16 
Haydn James 26  24 13 
Nathan Healey 25  15* 4.17 
Adrian ward 22  22*  
Sam Bayes 16  13* 16 
Nathan Richards 10  10 10 
David Ward 4
David Pike 4
Jason Bright 4
Marcus Gross 1 0.5 
Graham Richards    
Alex Melia 0

 

THIRD ELEVEN PARTNERSHIPS

Runs Wkt         Opponents Year
168 2 Nathan Dawson & Sam Drage v Wellingborough T 4th 2013
151 1 Andrew Silsby & Paul Carter v Wicken 2nd 2013
127 2 Andrew Silsby & Harry Broome   Wellingborough T 4th 2013
124 1 Andrew Silsby & Harry Broome v Wicken 2nd 2013
115 1 Rex Boddington & Andrew Silsby   Wellingborough T 4th 2013
79 3 Nathan Dawson & Harry Broome   Wellingborough T 4th 2013
64 2 Rex Boddington & Paul Jones   Wicken 2nd 2013
59 3 Haydn James & Nathan Dawson v Rushden 3rd 2013

 

THIRD ELEVEN BOWLING

  OVERS MDS RUNS BEST WICKETS 5 WKTS ECON S /R AVE
David Ward  152 23 465 5 for 15 48 3 3.06 19 9.69
Nick Dawson  112.2 24 326 4 for 1 25 0 2.9 26.98 13.04
Nathan Healey  115.3 33 285 4 for2 20 0 2.47 34.65 14.25
Joshua Steggles  94.1 25 239 4 for 14 14 0 2.54 40.37 17.07
Nathan Dawson 5.50 11 152 4 for 17 11 0 2.99 27.71 13.82
Adrian Ward  17.3 2 80 5 for 43 9 1 4.57 11.67 8.89
Alex Melia  25.5 2 78 3 for 20 6 0 3.02 25.8 13
Paul Jones  15 2 55 3 for 10 5 0 3.67 18 11
Sam Drage  21.2 1 82 3 for 24 3 0 3.85 42.6 27.33
Lewis North-Row  9.2 4 25 1 for 0 3 0 2.66 18.8 8.33
Elliot Knight  7.3 0 37 1 for 1 2 0 4.93 22.5 18.5
Marcus Gross  14 2 38 1 for 24 1 0 2.71 84 38
Nathan Richards  1 0 6 0 for 6 0 0 6    

 

UNDER ELEVEN and UNDER FIFTEEN 2013 REPORTS

FINAL GAMES 2013

FIRST ELEVEN SECURE FIFTH PLACE WITH A CONVINCING  WIN AT HORTON

CHRIS PERRY TAKES 4 WICKETS TO FINISH WITH 70 FOR THE SEASON AND JOINT RECORD

Horton 157 all out        Wollaston 161 for 2            Won        22 points     Scorecard

Matt Jones 98 not out

FINAL Premier league table and results      Averages            Best batting        Best bowling      Wollaston Fixtures and Results      

DEFEAT AT HOME MAKES A DISAPPOINTING END FOR SECOND ELEVEN

Horton ll 230 all out     Wollaston 124 all out   Lost          5 points      Scorecard

FINAL Third division league table and results    Averages          Best batting        Best bowling      Wollaston Fixtures and Results

SECOND ELEVEN PHOTO

September 7th

THIRD ELEVEN FINISH WITH A WIN AT KETTERING 3rds  Scorecard

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September 21st

FIRST ELEVEN SECURE FIFTH PLACE WITH A CONVINCING  WIN AT HORTON

CHRIS PERRY TAKES 4 WICKETS TO FINISH WITH 70 FOR THE SEASON AND JOINT RECORD

Horton 157 all out        Wollaston 161 for 2            Won 22 points

Matt Jones 98 not out

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DEFEAT AT HOME MAKES A DISAPPOINTING END FOR SECOND ELEVEN

Horton ll      230 all out     Wollaston 124 all out   Lost 5 points   Scorecard

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September 7th

FIRST ELEVEN WIN AWAY AT OUNDLE   Scorecard

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SECONDS LOSE BY 4 WICKETS AT HOME TO WELLINGBOROUGH ll Scorecard

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THIRD ELEVEN FINISH WITH A WIN AT KETTERING 3rds  Scorecard

A BIG WIN FOR THIRDS  SECURES SECOND PLACE WITH ONE GAME TO GO

AN UNBEATEN CENTURY FOR HARRY BROOME

Wollaston 270 for 2  in 45 overs  Wellingborough 4ths  127 all out in 39 overs  Won 30 points

Harry Broome 109 not out   Nathan Dawson 63* Andrew Silsby 55    Alex Melia 3 for 20 off 8 overs  Scorecard    

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August 24th

RAIN WASHES OUT FIRST ELEVEN AGAINST RUSHTON

Wollaston 41 for 1 in 11.1 overs   Game Abandoned      3 points     Scorecard

With torrential rain falling early Saturday morning and showers moving across the County during the afternoon it was no surprise that the game was eventually called off with Wollaston 41 for one after 11.1 overs

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SECOND ELEVEN CRUSH PODINGTON BY 82 RUNS

Wollaston 153 for 9 in 50 overs       Podington 71 all out in 32.1 overs   Won   30  points

Sam Drage 42*    Kieran Furniss 42      Jamie Perry 7 for 31 off 9.1 overs           Scorecard  

On a dank, grey Saturday at Podington, Wollaston's hope of making it four wins on the trot seemed to be evaporating with 15 overs of their innings remaining.

Both openers had gone without troubling the scorers and despite a rallying 47 from number five Kieran Furniss it was hard work for the visiting batting line up and runs were at a premium.

At 94 for 9 a three figure score looked unlikely and an early tea threatened but sixteen year old Sam Drage had other ideas. The number ten put together a potential match winning stand of 59 with Adrian Ward that took Wollaston to a respectable 153 for 9 in 50 overs. Sam made a very cultured and unflappable 42 not out and Adrian supported with a determined 15 not out and between them they took the initiative away from the Bedfordshire side and and put Wollaston in the driving seat.

After tea Podington found batting even harder still. Opener Tom Chambers with 11  and Kieran Fowler with 22 were the only batsmen to make double figures. But Jamie Perry, bowling with pace accuracy and aggression accounted for both and went on to take five more wickets to finish with remarkable figures of 7 for 31 off 9.1 overs. John Pike helped out with 2 for 7 off ten remarkably economical overs.

The bowlers were well supported by the fielders with Cameron Pike catching three behind the stumps and Harry Broome and Jamie Perry one each in the outfield.

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THIRDS BEAT THE RAIN AND GET PROMOTION

Geddington 65 all out in 25.1 overs       Wollaston 66 for 5 in 11.5 overs     Won 30 points

Nathan Dawson 38*   Nick Dawson 4 for 1 off 4.1 overs      Scorecard

With heavy rain falling earlier in the day and showers forecast for early evening it was a matter of trying to get on top and get through the overs as fast as possible to ensure that the game could be completed and the points safely put to bed.

Geddington won the toss and surprisingly decided to bat on a slow outfield and decent pitch.

Both Nathans' made and early breakthrough, Dawson 2 for 19 off 8, and Healey 1 for 19 off 5 before Nick Dawson ( 4 for 1 off 4.1) and David Ward 3 for 22 off 8 worked through the rest of the batting line up to leave the hosts 65 all out in 26 overs.

With tea still not at the ground it was decided to play on until it arrived which suited Wollaston who had one eye on the showers which were threatening to start anytime soon.

It took just 12 overs to reach the winning  target although 5 wickets were lost looking for quick runs. Tea was taken after the game at which point it through it down.

Nathan Dawson made 38 not out after being dropped in the slips second ball with the next highest score being 6. But 30 very handy points and promotion to Wollaston

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August 17th

FIRST ELEVEN LOSE WITH ONE BALL REMAINING AT BRIXWORTH

Wollaston 191 for  in 55 overs   Brixworth 192 for 8 in 54.5 overs   Lost      11 points

Steve Musgrave 62  Chris Perry 32 not out  Mark Carter 32   Chris Perry 4 for 57 off 17 overs      Scorecard

After being asked to bat first, Wollaston got off to a slow but solid start, however when wickets started to fall the run rate never really increased and despite the effort of Steve Musgrave (62), it took some late hitting from Mark Carter (32) and Chris Perry (32) to get Wollaston up to a respectable total.

 
In cold windy conditions, with the threat of rain looming, Wollaston built early pressure with the ball with Brixworth 50-2 from the first 20 overs, Perry removing both openers. Musgrave picked up two wickets in his 17 overs on the bounce, and when Mark Gibbs, brought back into the attack for his second spell removed Berrill, 5 short of his half century, things were looking good for Wollaston. However a couple of productive overs for Brixworth brought them back into contention to set up a tight finish.

 
With 5 overs remaining the run rate was down to around 6 an over, and some good batting from Paul Blakemore (47 n.o) was enough to guide the tail home off the penultimate ball of the game. Pez finishing with figures 17-4-57-4, Muz 17-1-59-2 and one wicket a piece for Simon Driver and Gibbs.

 
A disappointing finish, in a came that seemed to slip away late from Wollaston, when they seemed to be in the driving seat. Five games to go, and a strong finish for the 1st Xl could see them push for a top four finish.

 
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SECOND ELEVEN CRUISE TO A NINE WICKET WIN AGAINST RAUNDS

Raunds 104 all out in 28.1 overs   Wollaston  105 for 1 in 19.2 overs     Won     22  points

Andy Kowal 60 not out    Andy Luck 33 not out       Jamie Perry 4 wickets      Kieran Furniss 4 wickets    Scorecard   

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THIRDS COME UNSTUCK AT HOME TO KETTERING 3rds

Kettering 170 all out in 41.4 overs      Wollaston 130 all out in 38  overs    Lost   7 points

Rex Boddington 31     Adrian Ward 22 not out        Adrian Ward   4 for 37       Scorecard

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August 10th

FIRST ELEVEN THRASH FINEDON TO GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS

Finedon 222 for 9 in 55 overs  Wollaston 226 for 3 in 50.1 overs       Won     22  points

Matthew Jones  86   Steve Musgrave 66    Chris Perry 6 for 54 off 17 overs     Scorecard

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HUGE 77 RUN WIN FOR SECOND ELEVEN AGAINST ST CRISPIN RYELANDS

Wollaston  211 for 9 in 50 overs   St Crispin Ryelands 134 all out      Won      30  points

John Pike 49       Cameron Pike 46        Pat Bright 44              Sam Drage 5 for 45 off 13 overs         

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THIRDS MARCH TO A NINE WICKET WIN AWAY TO WICKEN SECONDS

Wicken154 all out in 44.5 overs     Wollaston 156 for 1 in 30.3 overs       Won       30 points

Harry Broome 90 not out     Andrew Silsby 43       Adrian Ward   5 for 43 off 10 overs      Scorecard 

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August 3rd

FIRST ELEVEN LOSE BY 75 RUNS AT OLD NORTHAMPTONIANS

O.N's 194 for 9 in 55 overs   Wollaston 119 all out in 38 overs    Lost  4 points

Chris Perry 5 wickets  Scorecard

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A GREAT WIN FOR SECOND ELEVEN AGAINST GREAT HOUGHTON

                                         A CENTURY  FOR LEWIS BATES

Great Houghton 196 for 5 in 50 overs    Wollaston  197 for 6 in 45 overs   Won   25 points

Lewis Bates 102        Alex Melia 3 for 41 off 7 overs          Scorecard  

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A HUGE TEN WICKET WIN FOR THIRDS AT HOME TO WICKEN 2nds

Wicken 148 for 9 in 45 overs    Wollaston 151 for 0 in 31 overs   Won 29 points

Andrew Silsby 90 not out  Paul Carter 47 not out    Nathan Dawson 4 for 17 in 13 overs  Scorecard

Wollaston and Wicken went into this game with equal points - and in joint third place in division eleven, knowing that a win would help the push for promotion whoever came out on top.

With a poor weather forecast the toss seemed more relevant than usual although how to take best advantage of it in the circumstances was still a conundrum. In the event Paul Jones lost the toss and the visitors' opted for first knock.

Nathan Dawson was asked to open the home attack and he did not let his skipper down. His first wicket came in the form of an outstanding caught and bowled and for the rest of his spell he was right on the money and finished with 4 for 17 off his maximum of 13 overs. Nathan Healey backed him up at the other end and between them they kept our rivals in check. Nick Dawson and David Ward weighed in with two wickets each and Elliot Knight one.

With Wicken's innings closing on 148 for 9 after 45 overs Wollaston were hoping that a good start was on the cards - especially as veteran Paul Carter was opening along with chairman Andrew Silsby. The two stalwarts did not disappoint and together they sailed past the previous record partnership of 120, set against O.N's 5th in 2010 ( and held by Silsby and Rex Boddington) to set a new ( unbeaten ) land mark of 151 - made in just 31 overs of sheer class. The consensus of opinion was that it was Mr Silsby's best innings with shots all around the wicket and he was well supported by a great knock from Paul Carter who ran so well he made a mockery of his Senior Citizen status.

It was a comprehensive win and no doubt Wicken will be keyed up next Saturday for the return fixture in the 4 match series.

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July 27th

FIRST ELEVEN LOSE AT A GALLOP AGAINST PETERBOROUGH

Wollaston 108 all out 46.4 overs    Peterborough 109 for 0 in 13.1 overs    Lost    0 points

Steve Musgrave 20  Mark Ralph 20    Scorecard   

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SECOND ELEVEN LOSE BY TWO WICKETS AT CORBY S&L

Wollaston 172 for 8 in 50 overs       Corby S&L  176 for 8     Lost   10 points

John Pike 49 not out           Scorecard

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THIRDS WIN BY SIX WICKETS AT HIGHAM FERRERS

Higham 2nds 125 all out in 45 overs    Wollaston 129 for 4 in 27.1 overs  Won 30 points

Nathan Dawson 50 - Paul Jones 29 not out - David Ward 5 for 44 off 9 overs - Alex Melia 3 for 22 off 11

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July 20th

FIRST ELEVEN LOSE BY THREE WICKETS AT NORTHAMPTON SAINTS

Wollaston 227 for 9 in 55 overs    Saints 230 for 7 in 51.3 overs    Lost  12 points

Olli Stone 67  Matthew Jones 53      Chris Perry  4 for 57  off 17 overs   Scorecard   

After being inserted on a typically flat Saints wicket, 250 was on the cards at one stage, due to good batting from Matthew Jones (53) and Olli Stone (67). A flurry of wickets around the 40 over stage halted progress, and Wollaston had to settle for 227 in their 55 overs.
 
Mark Gibbs provided the early breakthrough, and Chris Perry was a constant threat from his 17 overs off the bounce, however a century from Saints skipper Chris Park, set up victory for his lower order to finish the game off, which they duly obliged in the 52nd over 7 wickets down. Perry finishing with figures of 17-9-57-4 and a good stint from Gibbo 17-3-67-1
  

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SECOND ELEVEN DRAW AT HOME TO OLD CC

Wollaston 249 for 8 in 50 overs      Old  243 for 7 in 50 overs  Draw  17 points

Andy Kowal 96   Patrick Bright 59       Scorecard   

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THIRDS LOSE TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH AGAINST RUSHDEN 3rds

Wollaston 112 all out in 41 overs    Rushden 115 for 7 in 42 overs  Lost     4 points

Craig Boddington 31     David Ward 4 for 25 off 13 overs   Scorecard

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July 13th

FIRST ELEVEN FALL SHORT BY 21 RUNS AGAINST STONY STRATFORD

Stony Stratford 189 all out in 53.3 overs   Wollaston 168 all out in 45.4 overs    Lost  7 points

Chris Perry  6 for 44 off 16.3 overs   Scorecard     

After losing the toss, Wollaston put in another solid performance with the ball, in hot testing conditions, and despite a couple of dropped catches en route, finally dismissed Stony for 189 with an over to go. Chris Perry continued his rich vein of form finishing with figures of 16.3-3-44-6, and he was well supported by the efforts of Mark Gibbs 15-4-56-3 and Kieran Furniss 10-0-41-1, who both can be proud of their efforts in that heat.
 
With Matthew Jones and Jimmy Hart back in the line up, Wollaston were confident of chasing the target down, however the early removal of both openers meant Wollaston had to re think their run chase effort. Hart and Oli Stone complimented each other nicely and the pair managed to re-build the early set backs to put Wollaston back on track. But when Hart was on the receiving end of a dubious decision, and Mark Ralph, David Shelford, and Mark Carter all failed to make an impact, the momentum once again swung in the favour of the opposition.
 
In Stone, Wollaston always knew they had a match winner, and with the skipper stroking a couple of nice boundaries at the other end Wollaston still pushed hard for victory, however the dreaded run out of the skipper when he was on 33 and the dismissal of Stone 32 a couple of overs later gave Stony a sniff of victory.
 
On his debut after a late call up Harry Broome absorbed some early pressure from the Stony attack, and proved he has both the technique and temperament to be a top quality player in the future, and despite the late efforts of Furniss and Gibbo, Wollaston ran out of steam with Wollaston falling 22 short  -  Broome finishing with 14 not out.
 
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SECOND ELEVEN GET A CREDITABLE DRAW AT WEST HADDON

West Haddon 234 for 8 in 50 overs  Wollaston 178 for 7 in 50 overs  Draw  7 points

Patrick Bright 34     Scorecard           

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THIRDS HAVE A WEEK OFF

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July 6th

NOT ONE OF OUR BETTER DAYS!

FIRST ELEVEN GET CLOSE BUT LOSE BY ONE WICKET TO HORTON HOUSE

Wollaston 161 all out in 49.5 overs      Horton House  162 for 9    51 overs    Lost  11 points

Marcus Shelton 45    Chris Perry  3 for 28       Scorecard   

A lack of runs and the inability to bat their overs once again cost Wollaston victory, in a game they were looking to pick up maximum points.
 
When Steve Musgrave crunched a cover drive to the boundary off the first ball of the game I could sense a big total, however my optimism shot me in the foot, as too many batsmen were guilty of throwing their wicket away.

 Olly Stone fell early after Muz had chopped one back onto his stumps two overs before. Late call up Marcus Shelton (45) played with his usual freedom and along with the in-form Mark Ralph (35) looked to have eradicated the early set backs, however when both fell in quick succession and for once the middle order failed to click after some good catching by Horton, it was left to Lewis Bates (33 not out) to grind it out with the tail, and after a suicidal run out by Mark Gibbs in the 50th over, Wollaston had to settle for 161, a less than average total.
 
Gibbs and Kieran Furniss both bowled well with the new ball making early inroads into the Horton chase, and despite a good partnership between Andrew Morrison and Akash Shah in the middle of the innings Wollaston always felt they had enough in their locker to bowl the opposition out, particularly after David Shelford had removed Shah LBW for 30 and Morrison was run out with some good work again by Shelford an over later.
 
Some clean hitting by Andrew Neate appeared to have set up a comfortable victory for Horton, however two wickets in two balls by skipper Chris Perry and a wicket for Muz a couple of overs later made it a nail biting finish with Neate managing to steer the opposition home under the pressure of the Wollaston attack.
 
Similar to the Oundle game, had we batted with more conviction at vital times and used our full allotted overs, I'm sure victory would have been Wollaston's, however we all know what they say about hindsight.....!
 
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 SECOND ELEVEN STRUGGLE AT HORTON

Wollaston 160 for 9 in 50 overs  Horton House Seconds 161 for 2    29 overs Lost  7 points

Cameron Pike 53 not out     Scorecard

With opener Andrew Silsby sent back to the pavilion second ball the Seconds were up against it once again after a run of disappointing results. The revamped batting order saw fellow opener Andy Luck joined at the wicket by fourteen year old Cameron Pike - elevated from the depths of rabbit invested territory to the giddy heights of number three. The confidence in Cameron was well placed and along with Luck gave Wollaston a decent start before the latter was bowled for 25.

The youngster remained unbeaten however and made his much deserved Wollaston NCL maiden Fifty and was still there when the innings closed after 50 overs with 53* to his name.. Unfortunately no one else could make an impression with  most of the Wollaston batting line up failing to reach double figures. Number five, Nathan Dawson was expertly stumped for 16 after looking like he might go on to a big score and number eight Jamie Perry was run out for 14.

Wollaston put a big effort in after tea, but despite Jamie Perry grabbing a wicket straight away and Adrian Ward following up with the other opener, numbers 3 and 4 were just too good on the day and Horton cruised home with 21 overs and eight wickets to spare.

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THIRD ELEVEN LOSE HIGH SCORING GAME TO KETTERING THIRDS

Wollaston 204 for 6 in 45 overs  Kettering 205 for 5   42 overs   Lost    7 points

Paul Jones 56    Paul Carter 32          scorecard

A decent opening stand between Rex Boddington (21) and Paul Carter (32) was followed by what should have been a match winning innings of 56 by skipper Paul Jones which set Wollaston the the road to maximum batting points.

With Josh Steggles adding 25 not out and Craig Boddington 24, the home side looked in the driving seat at tea time.

Unfortunately things didn't go Wollaston's way after the re-start and loose bowling and sloppy fielding allowed the visitors to romp home with three overs and five wickets to spare. 

Paul Jones took 2 for 45 off 9 overs,  David Ward 2 for 56 off 13 and Josh Steggles 1 for 41 off 9.

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July 3rd

FIRST ELEVEN GO OUT OF CUP  AT BRIXWORTH

Brixworth 162 for 5 in 20 overs  Wollaston 129 all out in 19.5 overs 

Mark Ralph 26      Matthew Jones 20       David Shelford 3 for 35       Scorecard

June 29th

FIRST ELEVEN WIN BY 99 AT WELLINGBOROUGH AND PICK UP 30 POINTS

                                                   A Century for Mark Ralph

Wollaston 228 for 6 dec 54 overs  Wellingborough 129 all out in 30.4 overs  Won 30 points   

 Mark Ralph 100 not out   Mark Gibbs 5 for 30 off 10 overs  Scorecard

A fantastic hundred by Mark Ralph set up a maximum point victory for Wollaston who remain tight on the heels of league leaders Finedon.
 
Along with Liam Bates (61) the pair put on their second century partnership of the season, in testing conditions on a wicket less than conducive to batting. Ralph reached his century in the 53rd over including 12 fours and 1 six allowing the skipper to declare early setting the opposition 228 to win. Other contributions cam from Muz (21) at the start of the innings and Shelford (23) at the end.
 
The Wollaston opening bowlers then tore into the W'boro top order who were helpless on a wicket made for Gibbs whose bounce and movement offered 5 catches within the slip cordon well supported by Furniss who claimed two wickets at the other end. Perry and Muz mopped up the tail with conviction, with only James Howes (60 n.o) offering any resistance for the opposition.

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 SECOND ELEVEN WELL BEATEN AT HOME BY GREAT OAKLEY

Wollaston 155 all out in 50 overs   Gt Oakley 157 for 2 in 32.4 overs  Lost 4 points Scorecard

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THIRDS BEAT WELLINGBOROUGH 4ths BY 150 AT LITTLE HARROWDEN

                                   A Century for Nathan Dawson

Wollaston 292 for 2 in 45 overs Wellingborough 142 all out in 36 overs  Won 30 points 

Nathan Dawson 102 not out  Sam Drage 55 not out           Sam Drage 3 for 24 in 5 overs Scorecard

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Wollaston travelled to Little Harrowden to take on Wellingborough 4ths who were propping up division 11.

Paul Jones won the toss, decided to bat and sent in seasoned openers Andrew Silsby and Rex Boddington who between then amassed an impressive 115 for the first wicket. Silsby made 54 and Boddington 38 before they made way for Nathan Dawson and Sam Drage.

Dawson in particular showed no mercy on the young home attack and his unbeaten century contained 7 sixes and came in 23 overs - strongly supported by Drage who made his maiden half century and remained not out at the close of the innings.

The youngsters from Wellingborough made a plucky reply and although never looking like making a winning total they battled hard and made Wollaston work for the win.

Sam Drage bowled his off breaks to good effect and finished with 3 for 24, Nick Dawson 2 for 17, David Ward 2 for 37, Lewis North-Row 1 for 12 and Josh Steggles 1 for 31 off 12 overs.

June 22nd

FIRST COME UNSTUCK AGAINST OUNDLE

Wollaston 195 all out in 47 overs  Oundle 196 for 8 in 38.3 overs   Lost   11 points   

Steve Musgrave 46  David Shelford 41        Chris Perry 5 for 56 off 15   Scorecard

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Unbeaten run comes to an end for 1st Xl
 

A lack of runs caused Wollaston to register their first loss of the season and ended a 15 week trot of unbeaten matches.

After losing the toss Wollaston were asked to bat on a flat deck and knew they would have to post a big score if they were to win the game. Oundle overseas pace man Petrus Jeftha, removed Matt Jones in his second over and followed it up in his next over with the wicket of Mark Ralph promoted to number 3 in the absence of Jimmy Hart. Liam Bates was unlucky after digging out a yorker only for the ball to roll back onto the stumps, and when David Shelford was caught soon after, Wollaston were staring down the barrel.
 
Mark Carter joined Steve Musgrave at the crease, knowing the pair would have to get some form of partnership going to re build the innings. Muz coped well with the pace of Jeftha, and was scoring freely, whilst Carts latched onto some loose bowling from the other end, clearing the ropes twice in one over off the bowling of Daniel Oldham. Having done the hard work and seeing off the dangerous Jeftha, Muz unfortunately relaxed a little too much and offered a catch off the bowling of Richard Cunningham, and was dismissed for 46. Marcus Shelton failed to make an impact, and like Muz after doing the hard work, Carts managed to pick out the only man on the boundary a couple of overs later and was out for 41. 
 
The Oundle skipper could smell an opportunity and brought Jeftha back into the attack, but Charlie Elderton and the skipper dug their heels in and managed to keep the scoreboard ticking, and it was the spin at the other end which eventually did the damage. Elderton showed promise but was caught and bowled off Ramsden for 18, and despite a gentle wag of the tail, the Wollaston  skipper Chris Perry was left stranded on 30 not out after Oundle wrapped up the innings in the 47th over. 
 
Despite Keiran Furniss making the early breakthrough with a delivery that swung back late clipping the top of off stump to the left handed opener, and Mark Gibbs managing to find the edge of the Oundle number 3 - duly accepted by Carts, too many loose deliveries from the seamers meant the skipper had to turn to spin early. However, this had the desired effect with Perry striking early with an LBW to remove Tom Bishop.

 
This brought Jeftha to the crease who proved he is a talented all rounder and did not hold back on taking the attack to Wollaston. A run out by a scrambling Carts threw a spanner into the works, however this did not seem to phase Jeftha, who hit 9 fours and 3 sixes on his way to 85 before Perry removed him caught behind by Carts. A couple more wickets fell again off the bowling of Perry which certainly made it a nervous finish for the Oundle boys.  However it was too little too late as Oundle finished the game off 8 down in the 39th over. Another 30 runs for Wollaston certainly would have made things interesting!
 
Congratulations to Chris Perry who picked up another 5 wicket haul for the Wollaston cause. Wollaston will be looking to get back to a winning mentality next week with an away trip to Wellingborough Town.
 
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 SECOND ELEVEN STRUGGLE FOR RUNS AT WELLINGBOROUGH

Wellingborough 210 for 5 in 50 overs  Wollaston 148 for 6 in 50 overs Draw 5 points

David Mercer 45    Josh Steggles 2 for 48 off 10 overs    Scorecard

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BIG WIN FOR THIRDS AT HOME TO GEDDINGTON

Wollaston 201 for 6 in 45 overs Geddington 3rds 98 all out in 37 overs  Won 30 points  Scorecard

Nathan Dawson 68  Craig Boddington 41 not out     David Ward 3 for 20    Nathan Healey 3 for 26   Nick Dawson 3 for 36

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On a day that looked far from settled on the weather front, Wollaston lost the toss and were inserted with the  grey and forbidding skies skulking overhead at Emberton.

Progress was slow with the  home openers struggling to make any real impression on the Geddington attack. However, an opening stand of over forty was compiled between Andrew Silsby ( 18) and Rex Boddington (23) which gave a foundation for number three Nathan Dawson to build on.

Initial circumspection was gradually replaced with savage hitting and his 68 runs changed the course of the innings and set up the five final overs for Craig Boddington to club four sixes and make a quick-fire 41 not out. Young Lewis North-Row pitched in with 13.

In reply Geddington were soon one down when David Ward ( 3 for 20 off 10 ) induced Geddington skipper Mark Thomas to leave his crease and lighting work by keeper Silsby saw him stumped with only 4 on the board.

Fellow opener, Thomas Pearson (bowled) and number three Ross Campbell (caught Graham Richards) were also sent back by the same bowler to put the visitors in deep trouble.

Nick Dawson ( 3 for 36 off 10) and Nathan Healey (3 for 26 off 10)  worked their way through the middle order before Lewis North-Row made his bowling debut and wrapped up the innings when he had last man Harry Bolton well caught by Craig Boddington in the covers.

Tuesday June 18th CUP

FIRST ELEVEN BEAT NORTHAMPTON SAINTS IN KNOCKOUT CUP Scorecard

June 15th

FIRST ELEVEN BEAT BURTON LATIMER BY 55 RUNS TO MOVE UP TO SECOND

                                  SIX WICKETS FOR STEVE MUSGRAVE

Wollaston 224 for 5 in 51 overs   Burton 169 all out in 46 overs Won  30 points Scorecard

Liam Bates 67     Mark Ralph 64   Steve Musgrave 6 for 52 in 17 overs 

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The 1st Xl picked up their sixth victory of the season, and claimed maximum points against a young Burton Latimer side. Losing the toss Wollaston were asked to have first use on what appeared green but turned out to be a good wicket. Wollaston quickly reached 40 without loss from the first 10 overs, Steve Musgrave reaching the boundary five times before being removed LBW for 26. Matt Jones and Jimmy Hart fell quickly afterwards and it was down to Mark Ralph and Liam Bates to re build the innings.
 
The pair put together a partnership of 125 with a combination of well struck boundaries and good running between the wickets, and despite a short rain delay both players continued the momentum to reach their half centuries to put Wollaston into a good enough position to be able to declare early. Batesy finishing with 67 and Ralphy 64, with a cameo performance from David Shelford at the end of the innings, finishing with 24 n.o from 19 balls, and the skipper called the boys in after 51 overs.
 
Playing against his old club, the skipper handed Shelford the new ball and operated with Gibbs at the other end, and despite leaking a couple of early boundaries, Shelford rewarded his skipper by bowling Daniel Bird for 5. Following his trot of good form Muz was introduced into the attack, and was shortly joined by the skipper. Musgrave dismissed all three potential match winners for Burton with Morton caught on the deep square boundary by Jones, bowling Luke Odell, and claiming Scott Sanders caught at slip with a fantastic reaction catch by Bates.
 
Despite the efforts of George Groenland (33), the experience and guile of Muz was too much for the opposition and he finished with figures of 17-4-52-6. Shelford replaced the skipper who had claimed one wicket at the pavilion end, and wrapped up proceedings with a sharp catch by Ralph at short leg and an absolute screamer by Bates diving one handed at second slip in the 45th over to round off a good day for both himself and Shelford, who must have taken great pleasure in the victory.
 
This sixth win of the season allows us to maintain our second place position in the league, and we will be looking to continue this winning momentum with the visit of Oundle Town next Saturday. Bring it on.....!
 
Please remember Wollaston play the Saints at home this Tuesday in the first round of the 20/20 competition, starting at 6pm. As usual the support of our loyal spectators will be much appreciated.
 

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SECOND ELEVEN DRAW AT HEYFORD

Wollaston 178 for 9 in 50 overs  Heyford 114 for 6 in 50 overs  Draw  14 points Scorecard

Marcus Shelton  73   John Pike  54   Andrew Kowal 3 for 32 in 14 overs

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A CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE THIRD KIND AT KETTERING

Wollaston 105 all out in 35 overs   Kettering 86 all out in 36 overs  Won 26 points  Scorecard

Nathan Dawson  29   Josh Steggles 4 for 14 in 11 overs

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With Louis North-Row and Sam Bayes making their Wollaston senior league debuts Paul Jones's troops were hoping to get back to winning ways at Kettering.

With runs proving hard to come by, the batsmen struggled against a good bowling attack and only number three Nathan Dawson made any real impression on a decent pitch that kept low on occasions. He battled hard for his 29 and it pushed the Wollaston to a solitary batting point. In the context of the game Nathan Richards' 10 and Louis's eleven were also vital, and gave us a slight chance at tea time.

To win the the game Wollaston knew that it needed at least one bowler to bowl exceedingly well - and seamer Josh Steggles was that man! He took the new ball and proceeded to take three wickets to plunge the hosts to a precarious 3 for 27.

David Ward Ward then had Daniels trapped in front before Steggles grabbed another to keep Wollaston on top.

With the aid of fine catching from Andrew Silsby and skipper Jones,  Ward took 2 more wickets before a couple of run-outs put the batting side in dire straits.

With number six, Bains batting trying hard to shepherd the tail, Nick Dawson finished off a good day for the Thirds when he had him LBW to win the game with just nineteen runs to spare.

June 8th

FIRST ELEVEN WIN A THRILLER AT RUSHTON

                                   ONE WICKET AND ONE BALL TO SPARE!

Rushton179 all out in 54 overs  Wollaston 180 for 9 in 55.5 overs   Win   22 points Scorecard

Matthew Jones 37  Chris Perry 33* Mark Carter 31      Chris Perry 4 for 10  Steve Musgrave 3 for 58   

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Wollaston sneak home in eventful finish!
 


There were run outs, dropped catches, catches on the boundary and plenty of drama as Wollaston took it down to the penultimate ball of the match to claim their 5th victory of the season!
 
After asking the home team to bat Wollaston put in another very good bowling/fielding performance at what is normally a very batsmen friendly ground. Once again Steve Musgrave & Chris Perry did the damage, whilst earlier both Simon Driver and Kieran Furniss had picked up early wickets to get Wollaston off too a good start. Liam Bates picked up the important wicket of Andrew Reynoldson in the middle of the Rushton innings, and showed his bowling is continuing to develop, and it was left to Muz & Pez to mop up the tail, Pez finishing with outstanding figures of 13-6-10-4 and Muz 16-3-58-3.
 
Muz could not continue his good day getting bowled off the third ball of the Wollaston innings after an innocuous delivery sharply jagged back hitting his leg stump. Jimmy Hart who has had a dry couple of weeks by his standard came to the crease with confidence and took the attack to the Rushton bowlers, whilst Matthew Jones steadied the ship at the other end. Hart quickly hit 3 fours and a huge six, however frustratingly skied a catch after he looked set for a big score.
 
Mark Ralph - confident after his Kiwi experience failed to get going after a dubious bump-ball decision was given against him, and Jones soon followed after hitting a well timed sweep shot straight at a fielder. Charlie Elderton making his 1st Xl debut unfortunately failed to trouble the scorers, and when Liam Bates fell an over later after playing himself in, the guys down the order who had not had much time at the crease would have to dig deep to get Wollaston home.
 
After getting dropped early in his innings Carter & skipper Pez soon found some confidence, and the chirpy Rushton players soon quietened down as the pair built a solid partnership of 75, and Wollaston were cruising to victory. However Perry was bowled on 33 and when Carter was run out two overs later for 31 was it possible that there was going to be a final twist in the game....?
 
Still needing 10 runs with plenty of balls in hand Wollaston were still confident with the experience of Driver and Gibbs at the crease, especially after Driver stroked a cover drive to the boundary. However, after already being dropped on the boundary Gibbs attempted another big shot only to be caught on the ropes. Two to win and some very nervous players on the side lines! Driver managed to sneak a single to tie the game, and it came down to the last over where Furniss patiently waited for his opportunity and smashed the ball to the boundary, much to the delight of the Wollaston players.
 
We did not make it easy for ourselves but certainly showed what can only be described as 'Big B*ll+!?s' to claim a memorable victory, over a team we love to beat!
 
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SECOND ELEVEN DRAW WITH PODINGTON

                            A CENTURY FOR PATRICK BRIGHT                            

Wollaston 276 for 6 dec in 46 overs   Podington 237 for 7 in 54 overs 12 points Scorecard

Patrick Bright 100       John Pike 85       Andy Kowal 5 for 42     

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Saturday 8th June 2013 is a day that will live long in the memory of those players and spectators fortunate enough to spend it at Wollaston playing fields. That was the day that 14 year old Patrick Bright cut, pulled, drove and ramped his way to the youngest senior hundred in the club's long history. The number of runs he scored and the way in which he scored them were both equally impressive particularly as Wollaston were 37 for 3 when his innings began.

 Darren Laughton had won the toss and elected to bat first and with Patrick he put Wollaston firmly in control, taking the score to 120 for 4 after 23 overs. Darren's departure made way for John Pike who made 85 from just 53 balls allowing the captain to declare after 46 overs having set Podington a target of 277 to win.

When Andy Kowal took the new ball and removed both of Podington's opening batsmen very quickly, a home win looked the most likely result. Unfortunately it wasn't to be despite Andy's final figures of 5 for 42 from 15 overs. Liam Souster made a resilient 53 before Ian Hart and, former Wollaston player, Adam Tee counter attacked well scoring 42 and 81 respectively. The innings finished on 237 for 7 with neither side able to force a result but it was enough to push Wollaston back to the top of the table.

THIRD ELEVEN LOSE UNBEATEN RECORD

Wollaston 205 for 7 in 45 overs     Wicken 2nds 207 for 5  41.3 overs  Lost 7 points Scorecard

Andrew Silsby 53 Nick Dawson 46 not out    Nathan Healey 2 for 45    

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After last week's emphatic victory at Wicken the Thirds were in confident mood half way through this return fixture- and even more so after just three overs after tea with the visitors three wickets down with just one run to their name.

But cricket has a way of biting back when you least expect it. And Wollaston certainly had the teeth marks to prove it at 7.30pm on Saturday night!

All was going well before the break. Opener Andy Silsby was in confident mood hitting the third ball of the match for six and went on to make a well deserved 53  before unluckily giving a return catch to the bowler. The middle order came and went without adding much to the proceedings and it was left to Nick Dawson with 46, Sam Drage (26) and Elliot Knight (24) to take the score to over 200 and maximum batting points.

With the Boddington (junior) tea seemingly giving the bowlers added power, Nathan Healey quickly grabbed a couple of wicket followed by another from Josh Steggles. But whether it was the minted pineapple dessert  wearing off or just poor cricket, the fielding was tired and  the bowling ineffective - resulting in a complete turn around of fortunes.

 Number three, Giacome Palmiero went on to score an unbeaten 123 and number six Callum Wright a well constructed  53 to take Wicken to a well deserved victory and inflict the first defeat of the season on a chastened and subdued Wollaston Third Team

June 1st

THREE BIG WINS FOR WOLLASTON CC !

        FIRST ELEVEN WIN BY TEN WICKETS AGAINST BRIXWORTH

                                   A CENTURY FOR MATTHEW JONES

Brixworth 134 all out in 52 overs  Wollaston 136 for 0 in 31 overs   Win   25 points

Matthew Jones 106*  Chris Perry 4 for 27    Steve Musgrave 3 for 55

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A fantastic Matt Jones century put Brixworth to the sword in an emphatic 10 wicket victory for the 1st Xl.
 

After losing the toss Wollaston found themselves bowling first again, a decision the Brixworth skipper may live to regret, after their batsmen struggled under the scrutiny of some good Wollaston bowling. Both opening bowlers found some early swing and bowled in good areas, with Simon Driver making the break through in the 3rd over removing Paul Blakemore who played onto his stumps.
 
On a slow wicket Wollaston introduced spin early whilst Driver continued to build pressure from the other end and picked up his second wicket in his 9th over caught by Shelford at mid off. Chris Perry found some purchase in the deck straight away and was consistently beating the bat with turn and bounce and with his partner in crime Steve Musgrave who replaced Driver after a good opening spell, made life very difficult for Brixworth.
 
Some good catching in close by both Liam Bates and Mark Ralph quickly reduced Brixworth to five down, and despites the efforts of Callum Berrill 29, Fred Newborough 19 and Sam Sweeney 21, Brixworth had little answers to the spin twins. Bates wrapped up the innings in the 52nd over to round off another excellent bowling performance with Perry finishing with figures of 17-6-27-4, Muz 15-6-55-3, well supported earlier by Driver 11-4-30-2 and Kieran Furniss 7-3-12-0.
 
Although Wollaston had, had some success already this season chasing low totals on a spinning deck things were never going to be easy, and getting the innings off to a good start to lower the morale of the Brixworth players was vital. This is exactly what Matt Jones and Musgrave did with Jones on this occasion taking on the role of the aggressor and Muz playing the supporting role. Jones played with confidence and freedom in one of the best knocks I have seen him play, and with Brixworth heads down the pair really dominated the Brixworth bowling attack.
 
Jones's century came off 107 balls including 16 fours and a maximum to finish the game in style in the 30th over, with Muz 25 not out at the other end, to wrap up an emphatic 10 wicket victory and sees Wollaston move up to 4th in the league.

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SECOND ELEVEN BEAT RAUNDS BY 117 RUNS

Wollaston 236 for 8 dec in 49 overs   Raunds 119 all out in 41 overs

Patrick Bright 54      Andy Kowal 38      John Pike 36 and  5 for 12          Adrian Ward 3 for 27   

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Raunds Town were sitting at the foot of the division 3 table when Wollaston visited on Saturday so anything less than a win would have been a disappointment for Darren Laughton's men.

Having been asked to bat first, all of the batsmen contributed whilst never letting the home bowlers settle. Pat Bright played the stand out innings the game in making 54 very fluent runs whilst being well supported by Marcus Shelton (30), John Pike (36) and Andy Koval (38). An imposing target of 237 had been set and it was over to the bowlers to complete the job.

Although Raunds made a reasonable start to their run chase it wasn't long before Jaime Perry made the breakthrough by clean bowling Adam Lack. Wickets then fell at regular intervals, particularly following the introduction of John Pike into the attack who took 5 wickets for just 12 runs. He was supported by Adrian Ward (3 for 27) and the game was wrapped up in the 41st over when the last wicket fell still 118 runs short of the target.

It was a very comprehensive win on a day that saw all 3 Wollaston sides show their quality and sweep aside the opposition.

 

THIRD ELEVEN WIN AT WICKEN BY 63 RUNS AND GO TOP

Wollaston 158 all out in 44 overs     Wicken 2nds 95 all out in 43 overs  Win 28 points

Nathan Dawson 41  Paul Jones 32    Nick Dawson 4 for 19    David Ward 3 for 21

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Wollaston's decision to bat first after winning the toss at Wicken didn't reap instant rewards.

Opener Andrew Silsby departed for nine with just 16 on the board and it was a matter of consolidation when number three Paul Jones joined Rex Boddington at the crease. They did a reasonable job of soaking up what the hosts' attack could offer until, with the total on 78 both contrived to leave the scene of the action. The former with 32 and the latter with 27.

Five and six - Scott Bailey and Craig Boddington both went cheaply to put Wollaston in a tricky position. However, father and son Nick and Nathan Dawson batted sensibly with great running between the wickets and strong hitting, and together they put on 54 for the sixth wicket. Nathan was finally caught and bowled for 41 and Nick was bowled for 15.

Number nine Sam Drage made a useful 13 not out and the innings closed on 158 in the 44th over.

The reply from Wicken got of to a positive start with Kevin Worfold and Matt Pitcher (35) putting on 38 for the first wicket, and later at 60 for one the home club looked in a good position. However, with the first three wickets falling to Nick Dawson 60 for 1 was reduced to 80 for 9 thanks to one more wicket from Dawson, three from David Ward, two from Nathan Healey and one from Josh Steggles. The innings was wrapped up on 95 in the 43rd over.

Nick Dawson 4 for 19 off 8 overs. David Ward 3 for 21 off 10, Nathan Healey 2 for 19 off 10 and Josh Steggles 1 for 15 off 11overs.

May 25th

FIRST ELEVEN HOLD OUT FOR A WELL DESERVED DRAW AT FINEDON

Finedon 261 for 9 in 55 overs  Wollaston 187 for 9 in 55 overs   Draw   9 points

Steve Musgrave 51   Matthew Jones 40  Mark Ralph 37   Chris Perry 5 for 66

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A nail biting finish!
 
Mark Carter and Kieran Furniss were forced to play out the last 24 balls of the game to earn Wollaston a draw at league leaders Finedon, to make it 9 games without defeat for the 1st Xl.
 
Again bowling first, Wollaston did not have it all their own way, with ex Wollaston and County player Ben Howgego racking up a well made century, and Finedon captain Andy Daniels adding a quick fire fifty to put Finedon into a strong position. Once again Pez and Muz did the damage for Wollaston, with Simon Driver earlier picking up his fist wicket of the season and Shelford with the other wicket bowling Greg Evans with a top notch delivery. Perry picking up a consecutive 5 wicket haul with figures of 17-2-66-5 well supported by Muz who produced 12-1-68-2.
 
With a seam quartet of genuine pedigree, going at around 5 runs per over from the start was never going to be easy, however, openers Muz & Razzle took on the challenge and soon reached their 50 partnership with things looking good for Wollaston. Jones fell for 40 under unfortunate circumstances after the ball ricocheting off both bat and pad before knocking the bails off, and when Jimmy Hart fell the next over and Muz shortly after passing his fifty the game swung back into Finedon's favour.
 
Last seasons 'Duck Twins' Mark Ralph & Liam Bates kept the scoreboard moving, with Ralphy continuing his rich vein of form, and Batesy showing signs that he is getting back towards the quality player he is, but similar to last week, the run rate continued to creep up and soon the target of reaching 225 for the extra batting point became more realistic than winning the game, but Finedon had other ideas....
 
Both Ralph & Bates were both stumped looking to kick on against the Finedon spinners, and when 14 year old Patrick Bright - a talent I'm sure we'll hear a lot more about in the future, making his 1st Xl maiden innings and David Shelford both fell cheaply, the target of 225 seemed a long way off. Perry was unable to continue his good day, suffering from the dreaded 'first baller' and survival was now the key for Wollaston.
 
Things went from bad to worse for Wollaston when Driver was caught trapped in front two overs later and Wollaston had four overs to play out with both the Finedon bowlers and supporters' tails up! But Carter and Furniss held their nerve, and despite a couple of desperate LBW shouts, earned Wollaston a draw with Furniss showing good maturity, confidently defending the last six balls from Will Sneath.

 
Despite slipping a couple of league places, it was a good fight from Wollaston, who picked up some vital points. Wollaston entertain Brixworth next week, a team they have had mixed fortunes against in the past, and will no doubt be in for another tough battle.
 
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SECOND ELEVEN LOSE AT HOME TO ST. CRISPIN RYELANDS

St Crispin's 231 for 9 in 50 overs    Wollaston 94 all out in 41.3 overs  Lost 4 points

Marcus Shelton 33   David Mercer 3 for 52    Jamie Perry 3 for 62

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After last week's low scoring win at Great Houghton, the Seconds went into this top of the table clash hoping to maintain the winning run which had put them in such a good position in division three.

In the absence of skipper Darren Laughton, his vice captain Andy Luck took the helm and decided to bowl first when the coin came down in his favour.

An early breakthrough was the ideal start when Jamie Perry induced a fine edge off the bat of opener Marcus Broome and the eager gloves of Cameron Pike were more than ready to accept the catch.       Wollaston's fielding was tight and well organised and although fellow opener Tom Goodman and number three Ashley Starmer gradually built a solid base with a stand of 89, Wollaston still maintained a degree of control.

However, Goodman gradually increased the tempo and although wickets fell at the other end, he went on to strike 6 sixes and 6 fours in a fine knock of 112. He was finally clean bowled by last week's man of the match, Dave Mercer.

With Kyle Smith's middle order 38, St.CR closed their innings on 231 for nine after 50 overs.

David Mercer 3 for 52    Jamie Perry 3 for 62

In reply, opener Marcus Shelton's battled hard and his 33 proved to be the top score for Wollaston against an accurate seam attack. Perry with 15 had the next highest run tally and despite a defiant unbeaten ten not out from skipper  Luck Wollaston folded to 94 all out in the 42nd over.

THIRD ELEVEN WIN AT HOME TO HIGHAM FERRERS 2nds

Wollaston 145 for 9 in 45 overs     Higham 63 all out in 36.4 overs  Won 27 points

Joshua Steggles 26    Paul Jones 3 for 10

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Wollaston skipper Paul Jones won the toss and decided to bat on a soft, slow pitch at Emberton. Openers Andrew Silsby (11) and Rex Boddington (17) got the home side off to an adequate - but not scintillating - start, which in the conditions was worth more than initially appreciated.

 Following the demise of the two openers the middle order all added "bits and pieces" but it was number eight Joshua Steggles who took the score up to an acceptable level when he made 26 in quick time before getting run out. Sam Drage ( 9 not out) and Nathan Healey (15 not out) carried on the good work for the tenth wicket to give Wollaston a fighting chance.

After a wonderful tea, the home side bowlers really did the business. With fine catches - including a breathtaking effort by debutant David Pike, Higham capitulated to 63 all out in the 37th over to give Wollaston a much deserved victory.

Paul Jones finished with 3 for 10 off six overs, Josh Steggles 2 for 10 off eight, Nick Dawson 2 for 7 off nine and Nathan Healey 2 for 15 off ten

May 18th

FIRST ELEVEN SO CLOSE TO WIN BUT DRAW AGAINST O.N'S

Old Northamptonians 277 for 8 in 55 overs  Wollaston 265 for 5 in 55 overs Draw  13 points

Mark Ralph 70   Matthew Jones 63    Olly Stone 58   Chris Perry 5 for 74 off 17 overs

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First Xl fight hard but have to settle for draw.
 
With a couple of O.N's 1st team regulars absent Wollaston fancied their chances of making it four straight victories in a row, but came up short in an exciting run chase.
 
Pez's magic coin let him down on this occasion however O.N's skipper chose to bat anyway to the captain's delight. Once again Wollaston made the early break through, with Olly Stone removing the O.N's opener in his first over caught in the gulley by Muz. Tom Webb and Zaakir Khawaja soon found their feet and latched on to some loose Wollaston bowling, with Webb reaching his 50 first at around a run a ball, with Khawaja not far behind.
 
Perry broke the partnership removing Webb LBW attempting a sweep shot. Shelford provided vital support in his second spell in the middle of the O.N's innings picking up two wickets, however the O.N's players continued to attack on what appeared to be a fairly flat deck. Perry was made to work hard, but was rewarded with his first 5 wicket haul of the season, finishing with figures of 17-1-75-5, but with some good hitting towards the end of their innings by Tom Hafil, the O.N's finished on 277, a total Wollaston were disappointed in considering how well we have bowled and fielded the last couple of weeks.
 
Chasing 277 was always going to be a big ask, and would show where Wollaston's batting was really at, considering the low totals we have had to chase the first three games of the season, however on a flat deck and a number of the top in order in form it certainly wasn't out of reach. Musgrave wanted to get Wollaston off to a good start and clearly had attack on his mind however one shot too many was once again his downfall, and when Jimmy Hart was given out first ball a decision that certainly would have been referred on the DRS!, Wollaston were facing an uphill battle.
 
The attacking style of Ralph and solidarity of Jones combined well forming a vital partnership after the early disappointments. Some tight O.N's bowling with the field spread in the middle of the innings saw the run rate soon creeping up to around 7 an over and when Jones was dismissed for 63 it appeared the game was heading towards a draw, however the introduction of Stone injected some spice to the innings and when he was joined by Batesy after Ralphy was run out for a well made 70, the initial target of reaching 225 was scraped as Wollaston pushed for victory.
 
A combination of some big hitting and good running between the wickets gave Wollaston a glimmer of hope, to a point that at one stage all 9 O.N's fielders were on the boundary! Unfortunately when Stone holed out on the boundary for 58, Wollaston ran out of deliveries eventually finishing the innings on 265 with a very tired Batesy 37 not out.
 
Considering the game looked dead at one point this made for an exciting finish, and proved Wollaston had got rid of a couple of the demons they found during the batting last season, and the skipper was pleased with the efforts of the boys.
 
Wollaston travel to league leaders Finedon next week for another tough encounter.
 
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SECOND ELEVEN WIN AT GREAT HOUGHTON

Great Houghton 83 all out   Wollaston 84 for 6    Won     22 points

Dave Mercer 6 for 7 and 48 not out

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The 2nd XI travelled to Great Houghton and were greeted by a long outfield covered in cut grass and a very soft wicket that looked as though run scoring was going to be difficult. That certainly proved to be the case after Darren Laughton had won the toss and asked the home side to bat first.

John Pike and Andy Luck both bowled very economically through their full allocation of overs with John picking up 4 for 21. Adrian Ward and David Mercer continued to tighten the grip on the frustrated Houghton batsmen before David (almost apologetically) took 6 wickets for just 7 runs and the innings closed with 84 as the target set.

Wollaston's batsmen also found the pitch difficult but Harry Broome and David Mercer played very nicely to move the score close to the victory target. Despite a late flurry of wickets it was quite a comfortable chase and a third win in a row for Wollaston.

THIRD ELEVEN WIN BY 97 RUNS AGAINST RUSHDEN 3rds

Wollaston 178 for 8 in 45 overs  Rushden 81 all out in 30.3 overs   Won  29 points

Craig Boddington 44   Nathan Dawson 32  Haydn James 24       David Ward 5 for 20 off 7 overs

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Skipper Paul Jones won the toss and batted on a decent pitch at Dean and had to overcome an uncertain start. Haydn James was dropped off the first  ball of the game and four overs later fellow opener Rex Boddington was bowled by Ollie Warwick for nought.

Jones and James then studiously took the score to thirty before the former was bowled to give Warwick his second "veteran" scalp of the game. James went on to make a classy 24 before Nathan Dawson (32) and Scott Bailey (21) started to put together a decent total.

Number six Craig Boddington (44) came to the crease and with a balanced innings of quick singles, savage blows and cultured drives took the score to a healthy 178 for 8 off 45 overs, and 4 batting points.

In reply Rushden looked looked they meant business but when Nathan Healey cleaned bowled skipper Tony Clampin it put Wollaston in charge. However, number three Olly Warwick looked untroubled despite wickets falling at the other end and it was a relief for the visitors when Nick Dawson had him caught at mid off by Healey for 23.

When David Ward then bowled dangerman Andy Rollins wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and the innings was wrapped up in the 31st over at 81 all out, 97 short.

David Ward 5 for 20 off 7 overs   Nathan Healey 2 for 18 off 10 overs   Nick Dawson 2 for 3 off 5 overs

May 11th

FIRST ELEVEN WIN BY 7 WICKETS AT PETERBOROUGH

Peterborough 113 all out  in 33.2 overs     Wollaston 117 for 3  in 32 overs   Won  22 points

Mark Ralph 43*          Jimmy Hart 29            Olly Stone 24*  and 5 for 47 off 9.2 overs

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Looking to make amends for last seasons 30 all out effort away at Peterborough, the 1st Xl responded with an emphatic 7 wicket victory over the 2012 champions.
 
Continuing the trend by winning the toss and inserting the opposition was the way forward. After begging the skipper to take the new ball, Mark Gibbs was keen to start where he left off last week and again made the important break through removing the dangerous Asim Butt in the third over. Fit again Olly Stone operated from the other end and after a close LBW shout was turned down off his first delivery of the match it was not long before he joined Gibbs in the wickets column, bowling both P'boro captain Lewis Bruce and number four Callum French in quick succession, 15 for 3 in the first 6 overs was the perfect start.
 
After his ankle had loosened up Stone cranked up the mph and proved why the skipper was so desperate to sign him during the winter. The brave Matt Jones hung onto a good catch after he'd finished hiding behind Batesy in the slips for Stones third wicket, and Stone could not be kept out of the game with a direct hit run-out a couple of overs later. Muz replaced Gibbs and was immediately in the action after Paul McMahon played one back onto his stumps, 6 down but still a lot of work to do.

 Shelford replaced Stone after he had completed his mandatory 7 overs, and soon found his stride bowling with good movement and control and once again showed he will provide quality back up to Muz and Pez in the middle of the innings. After a couple of chances were put down off his bowling (no names mentioned!) Shelford bottled his frustrations and showed good character by bouncing back with two quick wickets both caught behind by Carts, to put Wollaston into a real strong position.

 Wollaston knew they had to wrap the Posh innings up quickly and the skipper immediately turned to danger man Stone, who duly replied bowling Joe Dawborn, and after an interesting run out situation decision was correctly given not out by the umpires, Stone finished the host's innings in the 34th over shattering the stumps of Ajaz Akhtar which is always a pleasant site to the Wollaston boys.

 113 all out and once again a fantastic effort with Stone finishing with figures of 9.2-0-47-5, well supported by Gibbs 9-2-29-1, Muz 8-2-17-1 and Shelford 7-2-18-2.

 Like last week, Wollaston knew the chase would not be easy, and after both openers were removed and a couple of heavy rain breaks, the fielding side began to squeeze the pressure on the Wollaston effort. Big Jimmy Hart was only ever going to play one way and he soon took the attack to Peterborough in true fashion. Mark Ralph desperate for a score also made a positive start and the pair forged a vital partnership in testing conditions that set up victory for Wollaston. After Hart was dismissed for 29, Ralph continued at his fluent best that we hope to see for the rest of the season and along with Stone the pair saw Wollaston home in style, Ralph finishing 43 not out and Stone completing a fantastic all round performance with 24 not out, to round off an emphatic victory, and hopefully prove that village boys can play cricket!

 Bring on the O.N's!!!

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SECOND ELEVEN ARE TO STRONG FOR S&L CORBY

Wollaston 206 for 8 in 48.3 overs    S&L Corby 78 all out in 30.1 overs  Won 30 points

Marcus Shelton 71  John Pike 32    Kieran Furniss 3 for 17 in 7 overs   Andy Kowal  4 for 38 in 12 0vers  

Third division league table and results      Scorecard   Averages         Best batting        Best bowling

Wollaston 2s batted first again on another showery Saturday afternoon and dominated the game from start to finish.

 Marcus Shelton lead the way with a quick fire 71 and was supported well by Kowal, Laughton, Pike and Furniss who all made important contributions. Having been on and off for rain all through the innings Laughton decided to declare on 206 for 8 after 49 overs when large hailstones forced an early tea.

 Wollaston's dominance continued after tea when Andy Kowal removed one of the S&L openers in the first over before reducing them to 25 for 4. All of the other bowlers maintained the pressure, particularly Furniss who took 3 for 17 from his 7 overs. S&L's resistance ended in the 31st over when they were bowled out for 84, handing Wollaston another 30 points and a place at the top of the division 3 table.
 

ONLY TEN OVERS POSSIBLE AS THIRD ELEVEN ARE WASHED OUT

Wollaston 10 for 2 in 10 overs  v Old Wellingburian ll's  Game abandoned   No result 2 points

Division eleven league table and results         Averages    Scorecard            Best batting        Best bowling

Only ten overs were possible before rain eventually proved the winner and brought proceedings to a close.

May 4th

FIRST ELEVEN MAKE HISTORY AND SEND SAINTS PACKING

Northampton Saints 134 all out in 43 overs Wollaston 135 for 3 in 32 overs  Won  22 points

Mark Gibbs 7 for 35 off 14 overs            Steve Musgrave 3 for 30 and 59 not out       Jimmy Hart 46

Premier league table      Averages      Scorecard

An inspired bowling display from Mark Gibbs saw the first team claim their first ever victory over the Northampton Saints, to make it back to back wins from the first two games of the season.
 
After a good bowling display last week, Chris Perry once again asked the opposition to bat first. Wollaston got off to the best possible start removing the consistently reliable Alec Swann caught at point by Mark Ralph, and the Saints number 3 Joe Collins with an absolute Jaffa, in the first over both off the bowling of Gibbs. Gibbs then struck in quick succession again with a loose pull shot from Dan Harris caught by 3 from 3 catches Jimmy Hart at mid off, and Tom Bradbeer was bowled by a ball the swung in late just clipping the off stump, 4 down with very little on the board, unbelievable scenes!
 
Jake Higginbotham and Mark Wolstenholme fought hard to repair the early damage and started to build a partnership, with Perry replacing Driver, and after a couple of close LBW shouts were turned down Wollaston knew they still had a lot of hard work to do with two good players at the crease and quality still to come in. Shelford replaced Gibbs after the big fella ran out of oxygen! and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket after Higginbotham slashed at a wide one and the primordial figure of Mark Ralph couldn't quite leap high enough at Point to claim the catch.
 
Steve Musgrave replaced Shelford after leaking a couple of boundaries, whilst Perry toiled away at the other end without success. With his usual variation Musgrave got one to lift and Higginbotham attempting a cut shot was well caught at slip by 2 from 4 catches Liam Bates! A steady downpour caused the players to leave the field and the Wollaston boys got the covers onto the wicket with slick military precision that the grounds staff at Lords would be proud of...Not!!!
 
When play resumed and 4 overs had been lost from the match, Gibbs was re-introduced into the attack and continued where he left off from his first spell, consistently getting the ball to move and had Jack Johnson caught behind with a regulation catch for Carts, and pulled out another beauty to remove Wolstenholme with a yorker after he had just passed 50. Musgrave continued to cause problems removing the Saints overseas player with an ambitious sweep shot considering the amount of time he had spent at the crease, however with Chris Park still at the crease Saints were always capable of posting a respectable total. Gibbs had other ideas and claimed his seventh wicket after Richard Ashton chopped one back onto his stumps, and Muz wrapped up the innings with a sharp stumping by Carts to remove Park.
 
Gibbs finished with figures of 14-2-35-7 doubling his wicket tally for the club! and Musgrave 9.3-2-30-3, another great effort with the ball.
 
Although confidence was high Wollaston were under no illusions that the run chase would be easy, but made a positive start taking 8 runs from the first over. Jones unfortunately failed to make an impact again playing around a full delivery from Wolstenholme, which brought the inform Jimmy Hart to the crease, who along with Musgrave both played very positively, with Hart intent on sticking anything in his half back over the bowlers head! Wollaston soon reached 100 with only one wicket down and with Hart striking two sixes and a four in succession off the Saints overseas spinner, things were looking good. Musgrave reached his 50 including 8 fours and 1 six, to complete a good alround day for him. Jimmy was denied another 50 after a dubious caught and bowled shout went against him, and despite loosing Mark Ralph before the end, Musgrave wrapped up proceedings in the 32nd over although he was nearly run out whilst shaking hands with the opposition after thinking the ball had crossed the boundary! Get to the gym Muzzy!
 
Wollaston travel to Champions Peterborough next week and will be hopeful of a repeat performance!

SECOND ELEVEN ARE UP AND RUNNING WITH FIRST WIN AT OLD

Wollaston 149 all out in 44    Old 75 all out in  46 overs  Won   30 points   

Marcus Shelton 44   Darren Laughton 34    Kieran Furniss 3 for 10   Andy Koval  3 for 16   John Pike 3 for 8

Third division league table      Scorecard   Averages     Match report

After losing the toss and eight overs to rain, Harry Broome and Marcus Shelton eventually opened up for Wollaston and dug in against a accurate home attack.

Just as the opening stand was promising bigger things Broome was caught by Mark Laurenson off the bowling of James Burrows at which time Shelton was joined by number three Charlie Elderton. However, the opener was dismissed six short of his half century with Elderton making 19, Andy Kowal 18 and Andy Luck 19.

Skipper Darren Laughton added impetus and his 34 took Wollaston to a reasonable total of 149 all out in 43.4 overs.

In reply the Wollaston attack were in great form. With early wickets leaving the hosts on 6 for 3, the visitors were immediately on top and maintained that position for the remainder of the game thanks to a top display of bowling from the four seamers. Jamie Perry (1 for 34 off 15) took the first wicket in the opening over, Kieran Furniss followed up with a strike in the second and finished with 3 for 10 in 12 overs including the vital match winner in the 46th. John Pike (3 for 10 off 8 ) and Andy Koval (3 for 16 off 9) kept the pressure on - helped by keen fielding and catching.

It was a well deserved win highlighted by a great display of seam bowling.

April 27th

FIRST ELEVEN GET A WINNING START AGAINST STONY STRATFORD

Stony Stratford 132 for 8      Wollaston 136 for 6  Won  22 points  Scorecard

After a delayed start which reduced the game to 50 overs per side, Chris Perry won the toss and asked Stony Stratford to bat on a typically flat Campbell Park wicket.
 
Mark Gibbs and Simon Driver were handed the new ball and the 2013 season was underway. Driver bowled economically only conceding 9 runs in his 10 over spell and created pressure from one end, and despite conceding a couple of boundaries Gibbs was consistently beating the bat with good seam movement and was rewarded for his efforts in his 8th over removing the Stony opener caught by new Countyman Olly Stone in the gulley.
 
New signing David Shelford was also keen to make his mark on the team replacing Gibbs, and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket in his first over after the reliable hands of Chris Perry spilled a chance at first slip (we'll blame it on the cold weather Pez!!!). Once Shelford had settled and found his lenght he was also generating good movement and in his 3rd over forced the Stony batsmen to chop one back onto the stumps, registering his first of what we hope will be many wickets for the club.
 
Perry replaced Driver and immediately found a rhythm like he had been bowling all winter, removing the Stony number 3 trapped in front LBW sweeping, and the number 4 caught behind by Carter, in quick succession. Musgrave replaced Shelford at the other end and the pair tightened the pressure on the Stony middle order, who had little answers after the pace was taken off the ball, with the pair bowling through until the end of the innings.
 
Musgrave finished with two wickets, and Perry  four wickets, with the ever sprightly Jimmy Hart taking two catches in the outfield, and Stony finishing on 132 for 8 in their 50 overs. Despite a couple of dropped catches a good performance by all the lads who showed a good attitude in the field, for the first outing of the season.
 
After carb loading at tea with the excellent Pasta dishes and Simon Driver had eaten the biggest portion of Apple Pie I've ever seen! Wollaston went out to bat confident of knocking off the runs on a good flat pitch. Musgrave didn't get off to the start he wanted offering an easy catch at mid on and despite weathering some early new ball pressure Matt Jones also failed to make an impact and was removed LBW off the bowling of Steve Bellew.
 
Jimmy Hart continued from where he left off last season, batting with determination and maturity and was keen to latch onto anything loose with his natural aggressive style. Ralph and exciting prospect Stone both fell cheaply, however both showed signs of their undoubted talent which I'm sure we will hear more about this season. Another rain break meant Wollaston lost 6 overs from their innings and after Bates was caught at slip shortly after play resumed, the nerves started in the dressing room. Shelford got off to the best start possible crunching a boundary through the off side on his first delivery, and continued in this manner latching onto some short pitched bowling with two pull shots to the leg side boundary.

 
When Hart was dismissed for 60, Wollaston were in the driving seat and it was left to Shelford and Carter to steer the ship home, with Shelford hitting the winning runs with a lofted drive boundary to finish the game in style, finishing 26 not out.
 
An excellent start for Chris Perry's 1st Xl with a good alround team effort. Bring on the Big Guns!!!

 

SECOND ELEVEN LOSE BY FIVE WICKETS AT HOME TO WEST HADDON

Wollaston 208 for 7 in 50 overs    West Haddon 209 for 5    Lost 9 points       scorecard

Darren Laughton 47 John Pike 45 Patrick Bright 32    Adrian Ward 3 for 36 off 7 0vers

The 2nd II began the season at home to West Haddon who were asked to bowl first by Darren Laughton on a cold and showery day.

Wollaston's innings began slowly as the Haddon seamers made it difficult for the young batsmen (and Marcus) to score but he, Harry Broome and debutant Charlie Elderton took the shine off the new ball. Patrick Bright and Andy Luck batted very well together to build a solid middle order partnership and create a platform for the big hitters, Pat eventually fell for 32 very impressive and hard fought runs.

Darren Laughton and John Pike then really took the innings by the scruff of the neck and dispatched anything within clouting distance! Darren scored 47 and John 45 in a partnership that included 6 sixes and increased the score by 90 runs in only 9 overs. A target of 209 was set and the game was all square at tea.

The West Haddon openers were quick to latch onto anything even slightly wayward and their innings got away to a very quick start. Kieron Furniss bowled well from the pavilion end and picked up the wicket of Adam Wallinger who edged to Cameron Pike behind the wicket.

Kurt Brown and Phil Perryman then came together for what turned out to be the most crucial partnership of the game as they took West Haddon to 154 for 1 after only 32 overs. John Pike broke the partnership and Adrian Ward picked up 3 late wickets but it wasn't enough to stop the unbeaten Perryman from taking the North Northants side over the line to victory.

THIRD ELEVEN WIN LOW SCORING ENCOUNTER AT OLD WELLINGBURIAN lls

Wollaston 89 all out in 38 overs  Old Wellingburians 26 all out in 16 overs  Won   25 points    scorecard 

Nathan Healey makes a remarkable debut with a wicket first ball - and three more follow!

Paul Jones 41     Nathan Healey  4 for 2 off 5 overs     David Ward 5 for 15 off 8 overs    Josh Steggles 1 for 5 off 3 overs

Under new skipper Paul Jones the Threes got of to a dream start with a 63 run win at Old Wellingburian Seconds.

With only Jones (41) and opener Andrew Silsby (13) making double figures on a cold day at The Embankment Wollaston would have been hoping for at least another 40 or fifty runs at tea time after winning the toss against last seasons division 12 runners' up.

But with thirteen year old Nathan Healey and fifteen year old Josh Steggles making their senior debuts Wollaston took command from Healey's first ball of the innings when he trapped Parthiv Shef lbw. He went on to finish with the quite remarkable figures of 4 for 2 off 5 overs and set up this pleasing win for the visitors. Steggles bagged the final wicket when the Wollaston skipper took a fine catch at mid-off.

David Ward - chipped away at the other end to finish with 5 for 15 off 8 overs

 

UNDER ELEVEN REPORT 2013

The 2013 season was a magnificent success. Pre Season we made the decision that with a squad of around twenty under 11s to choose from we would run just the one team , not having quite enough players to enter two teams in the league, but we would help out Grendon CC with players which would give our players more cricket.

 As it turned out, we ended up loaning Grendon three , four or five players per week, which gave everyone plenty of cricket. Our Under 11 team actually contained very few ten or eleven year olds , due to District and County commitments, allowing the younger players to develop their games with plenty of game-time, giving our final league position of joint second (Yes , Finedon A won again) more credit.

 My biggest regret is that we failed to make finals day in the cup, losing to ..................Finedon A in the Quarter Finals .

The squad has shown significant progress across the season in games and at training , and I expect to see a few challenging for District and County places throughout the winter.

'Thank you' to Graham and Ian for their coaching support and to all the parents who helped make the season work.

Darren King

UNDER FIFTEEN REPORT 2013

In some respects, 2013 was a disappointing and frustrating year, in others it was a hugely rewarding one. From a results perspective we won 3, lost 4 and had 3 rained off. Frustratingly we had to concede 3 games as we simply were unable to field a team of XI players.

The season was always going to be a challenge as we had no 15 year olds to select from. However, this was a year of blooding new talent and the "young guns" did not disappoint and will look back with fond memories of playing for the u15s, in some cases at the age of 10!! The likes of Dan Hodson, Harry Green, Matt Rea, Marcus King and Liam Healey were all undaunted by playing in this older age group and did themselves and the club, proud.

It was pleasing to see the likes of Chris Manktelow, Lewis North-Row and Nathan Healey all make their men's debut this season with Cameron Pike, Patrick Bright and Harry Broome all performing well behind the stumps or with the bat in what was another successful season for this trio in the adult game, which at the age of 14 is no mean feat.

The vast majority of the u15 group represented their district or County age groups and this year we had more players than ever before playing representative cricket - as a club we are hugely proud of their achievement which has been as a result of their hard work, the support of the coaches and the facilities available at the club.

2013 will be a defining year for some as they will come back next season with increased confidence, ability and experience having been integrated into the challenging u15 environment.

Thanks to everyone for their support, especially Jimbo "Duckworth-Lewis" North-Row for his immaculate scoring.

The future at Wollaston cricket club is in very safe hands, albeit very young hands at the moment.

Nick Broome

 

 

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