1st’s and 2nd’s continue 100% start, 3rd’s fall short, 4th’s edge closer to victory
St Cross Symondians I and II have now won back to back matches achieving maximum points in both games. St Cross Symondians I posted a 89 run win against Hampshire Academy with the II XI involved in a nail-biting 2 wicket win at Hartley Witney. Elsewhere in the club the III’s fell 34 runs short at home to Ropley and the IV’s losing with 2 balls to go at Old Basing.
Logan Van Beek continued his form for St Cross Symondians I scoring (114) against Hampshire Academy, posting 245-9 having been put into bat at St Cross. Runs elsewhere came from Asher Hart (30), Harry Came (26), and Robbie Hadfield (20*). In reply, Hampshire Academy were all out in 37th over for 156 with Joe Weatherley contributing with the ball picking up 3-38.
Having won the toss and batting first Hartley Witney got off to a steady start with overseas player Henry Collier scoring 62 before falling to Thomas Veillard. Stephen Mitchell (4-45) and Thomas Veillard (3-33) restricted Hartley Witney to 226 all out. In reply, Bradley Aldridge fell in the first over but Paul Hawkins (73) and Daniel Young (49) steadied the ship moving St Cross on to 126-1. Then saw a collapse reminiscent of St Cross Symondians II’s of old going from 126-1 to 148-8 including a hat-trick for Henry Collier (5-34). However, it was not to be Hartley’s day as an unbroken 79 run ninth wicket stand between Harry Foyle (41) and Captain Steve Mitchell (44) saw St Cross home with 2 wickets and overs to spare.
Unfortunately St Cross Symondians III’s fell 34 runs short in reply to Ropley’s 276 all out. Pranay Rathod (4-48) and Tom Fay (3-39) help restrict Ropley to 276 in 45 overs. In return Tom Fay scored 57 at the top of the innings before being run out and Steve Berryman (76) added his second 50 of the season continuing his rich vein of form from last season. However it wasn’t to be as Ropley won by 34 runs.
St Cross Symondians IV’s edge closer to a victory but fell at the last minute at Old Basing. Having scored 188-7 in the first innings with David Mitchard (50), Old Basing managed to chase the target 5 wickets down and just 2 balls remaining.
Next week fixtures (20th): Burridge vs St Cross I, St Cross II vs Trojans, Bishops Waltham vs St Cross III, St Cross IV vs Overton, Petersfield III vs St Cross V