The Forty Club Wales began their 2017 fixtures with a 40 Over match against the Welsh Colleges XI at Ynystawe Cricket Club, Swansea.
The Colleges captain won the toss and opted to bat, but tight bowling from the XL openers (Andy Herbert – 8-0-27-1 & Leighton O’Connor – a opening spell of 5-2-13-0), followed by Lee Parry with 8-2-21-1 restricted them to 100 – 4 off 26 overs. The stranglehold was slightly reduced during the next five overs, when there was a short break because of a sharp hailstorm!
When the players took the field again, the game changed, and the Colleges put on 112 in nine overs, with everyone getting some punishment. Paul Crane finished with 5-0-35-1, and Leighton O’Connor finished with 7-2-46-0, which reflects the dominance of the bat over the ball. For the Colleges, S Mogford scored 93 not out (58 balls, 74 minutes, 12 fours, 2 sixes) and M Murray-Williams 57 (42 balls, 51 minutes, 6 fours, 2 sixes). They put on 117 for the fifth wicket.
Facing a daunting target of 243 to win, the XL reply didn’t get off to a very good start to say the least. They were reduced to 43 for five wickets, and at the half way stage were only 88 for five. The main damage had been done by that man Mogford, who took 3 wickets for 19 in his first five overs; he was backed up by his batting partner M Murray-Williams who took 1 wicket for 18 in his first five overs.
However at this stage, the Forty Club Captain Simon Holliday decided that enough was enough, and took centre stage with an innings of power and placement that took the team quite close to a possible victory. He went to his first 50 in 51 balls and 56 minutes, his century in 88 balls and 96 minutes, and his third 50 in 115 balls and 120 minutes. He finished with 159 not out which contained 21 fours and 7 sixes. He participated in two major partnerships (86 for the 6th wicket with Leighton O’Connor, who scored 29) and an unbroken partnership of 85 for the 7th wicket with Paul Crane, who scored 2 not out.
Sadly, the innings ended just short on 218 for 6 wickets, leaving the Colleges with a victory by 24 runs. Their captain C Barry finished with 8-1-17-0, and even S Mogford (7-2-32-3) and M Murray-Williams (8-0-42-1) took some punishment from the Forty Club’s captain during his innings.
Wales XL Vs Welsh Colleges
VENUE: Ynystawe CC DATE: Wednesday 26th April 2017 START 1.30pm
TOSS WON BY: Welsh Colleges
|Team Batting First – Welsh Colleges||
Team Batting Second – Wales XL
T Davies † LBW
|32||1||P Lynn Ct W Thomas, Bowled
C Davey Bowled
|12||2||G Fisher Bowled
L Davies Bowled
|19||3||R Jones Bowled
T Wheeler Run Out (L Parry)
|21||4||S Holliday * Not Out||159|
S Mogford Not Out
|93||5||M Wilkshire Ct
L Davies, Bowled
M Murray-Williams Ct R Thomas Bowled M Wilkshire
|57||6||N Carruthers † Bowled S Harris||4|
W Thomas Not Out
|0||7||L O’Connor Ct
T Davies, Bowled
|)||8||P Crane Not Out||2|
|) DNB||9||L Parry||) DNB|
C Barry *
Extras (1 Wide, 1 Bye, 6 Leg Byes)
Extras (1 Wide, 1 Bye, 2 Leg Byes)
Wickets 5 Score
Wickets 6 Score
|Team Bowling First – XL||Team Bowling Second – WC|
|A Herbert||8||0||27||1||M Murray-Williams||8||0||42||1|
|L O’Connor||7||2||46||0||S Mogford||7||2||32||3|
|L Parry||8||2||21||1||C Barry||8||1||17||0|
|P Crane||5||0||35||1||S Harris||5||1||38||1|
|S Holliday||6||0||51||0||E McDonald||3||0||27||0|
|M Wilkshire||6||0||55||1||R Croft||3||0||27||0|
S Mogford 50: 42 balls, 50 minutes S Holliday:
M Murray-Williams 50: 38 balls, 50: 51 balls, 56 minutes
45 minutes 100: 88 balls, 96 minutes
150: 115 balls, 120 minutes
(21 x 4, 7 x 6)
|Result: Welsh Colleges won by 24 runs||Scorer: P C Stallard (Wales)|
|Umpires: D Williams & S Jones|