Starting XI vs DENMEAD HOME – 7th JULY

DENMEAD 7th JULY HOME

Guys, be at the ground for 1.15 and Pete is skipper for the day as I am away on holiday, Good luck to you all.

  1. Pete Finlay
  2. Steve Reese
  3. Kev Finlay
  4. Denis Payne
  5. Matt Payne
  6. Chris Barber
  7. Adam Sillence
  8. Alex Messenger
  9. Jason Maker
  10. Cameron Messenger
  11. Toby Shefford

Rested/Away

  1. Lee Payne
  2. Sam Fielder
  3. Dave McAdam
  4. Chris Franklin
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Starting XI vs Portsmouth PO – HOME JUNE 30th

PORTSMOUTH POST OFFICE  JUNE 30th HOME

Righto chaps, same drill as always, please be at the ground for 1.15.

  1. Lee Payne
  2. Pete Finlay
  3. Steve Reese
  4. Cameron Messenger
  5. Dave McAdam
  6. Matt Payne
  7. Alex Messenger
  8. Kev Finlay
  9. Adam Sillence
  10. Chris Barber
  11. Sam Fielder

Away/Rested

  1. Jason Maker
  2. Denis Payne
  3. Toby Shefford
  4. Chris Franklin

Portsmouth and Southsea III Match Report

Finally after another 2 weeks of missed matches owing to what some would say is “The Great British Summer”, we met at the Cleveland eager to make way to our 4th match of the season. Upon arrival at the ground there were fears that this pitch may resemble that of Calmore or even Braishfield due to the recent wet weather and the fact it “was” a council pitch. However after marching out for the pitch inspection and watching Pete prodding at the ground, we (or those who appeared to know what they were talking about) concluded that the condition was good but there could be some break-up later on. After some deliberation from the Captains, it was agreed that bowling first would be the best option IF Lee was able to win the toss. Next we went to get changed and generally psych ourselves up for the day only to find that the locals in Portsmouth obviously have significantly more Vitamin A in their diets due to the abysmal lighting in the changing rooms. Whilst fumbling through the dark it appeared that Toby must have also had this problem at home as he managed to forget his whole cricket strip; fortunately however, Kev was able to provide a spare shirt which amusingly seemed like a dress on Toby (although responsibly we were keeping with league rules by ensuring Toby wore “mostly white” attire).

After Lee returned to the pavilion from winning the toss (yes I was shocked too), we elected to field first and Pete and Sam prepared to open the bowling. All was steady at first from the opposition until Over 5 where frustration got the better of the 2nd opener and Dave, proving he was back in the game, took an excellent low diving catch to reduce the opposition to 8-1. The match then seemed to reflect that of Vospers with a slow run rate and no wickets falling for a long time. However the remaining opener (who we slightly feared from his Southern Electric stickers) began to score more freely; if it wasn’t for our sharp fielding and putting our bodies, sweat (and blood in some cases) into it we could have been looking at very different score by the 15th Over which was only 38-1.  With Kev and Adam still tieing up the batsmen and starving the runs; on the 18th Over the Number 3 decided the runs were there which ended in an impeccable Run Out throw by Lee to put the opposition at 54-2.

At 20 Overs we were still becoming increasingly frustrated at the remaining opener (not helped by a controversial LBW refusal), and Lee was beginning to have a reminiscence of Hollybank and so decided a change in bowling was necessary. Cameron now came into the attack and somehow managed to get a tremendous amount of swing with his bowling. The opener decided the best method here was to take the attack to the bowler and went for 6 against Cam; however little did he know that Sam was having none of it and took an excellent one handed catch that proved to be a pivotal moment in the first innings. This big wicket left the opposition now at 58-3. With the Captain now at the crease and Kev still pleased that not just us adopt large talent on the team, Cameron continued his super swing devastation to bowl him for a duck and take the score to 64-4. This then followed 2 balls later by another wicket put the score at 64-5 and we began to feel in control of the match.

With the new batsmen in, a partnership began to form (slowly) with Pete, Cameron and Adam’s (hangover) accuracy starving the batsmen of runs. Then Sam came back into the attack and took 2 quick wickets to put the score at 86-7. With one wicket left and all but a 13 yr old left to bat, there was pressure to now keep the opposition to under three figures. Although Pete loved the excitement at actually getting to bowl spin in the match, it was Sam who took the final wicket which ended their innings at 93.

 

 

Following the tea break it was agreed that a steady approach would be favoured here, although I was still kept in the tail as nobody wished to miss the start of the Football or make it close run affair. Cameron and Dave instead opened, with both demonstrating their capability of carrying the bat, we steadily made runs until the 5th Over where Cameron got out for 15 stunning the scorers and having Stato already assessing the impact. At 19-1, Lee marched to the crease and decided he would add to the excitement of the game by aiming catches for the fielders, after a few drops it soon felt like we were watching England at football with the anticipation of how long he was going to hold out. However, after 16 Overs, Lee did manage to get bowled for 18 from being foxed by a slower delivery. This then took the score to 56-2.

With Pete now walking out to the middle, the lower order were now thinking of padding up in the expectation of a Finlay quick fire innings. However contrary to this, Pete and Dave remained steady and formed a slow but solid partnership. This unfortunately only made it to 74 before Dave was given LBW (dubiously); however his 26 was commendable given the difficult conditions and his recent lack of confidence. Now Alex approached the crease for his debut innings; only to find a recent passer-by we allowed to play was now one of their better pace bowlers (very suspect). However both himself and Pete managed to see off the last 20 runs to end the innings as another convincing victory for the Knights, with Dave as Man of the Match for his excellent batting and fielding performance. Now we need to look to next week’s fixture against Portsmouth Post Office which we hope will be yet another good win for us.

Link to Scorecard: http://knightsvalley.play-cricket.com/scoreboard/scorecard.asp?id=11477986

June 9th Practice

Guys,

As todays match is cancelled, we are having some outdoor nets and a bit of fielding practice. If you’re interested, and we all should be!, meet at Riverpark Leisure Center (where we had indoor nets). If you drive to the end car park, you will see the nets and cricket pitch on the right hand side. Meet there for 2.30.

Cheers

KP

Pourtsmouth & Southsea III vs KV away June 23rd

Chaps,

Portsmouth & Southsea III   away

Again, please meet in the car park for 12.30, no MP today, so i can expect to set off promptly!

Starting XI

  1. Lee Payne
  2. Pete Finlay
  3. Kev Finlay
  4. Cameron Messenger
  5. Adam Sillence
  6. Sam Fielder
  7. Alex Messenger
  8. Jason Maker
  9. Dave McAdam
  10. Chris Barber
  11. Denis Payne

Away/Rested

  1. Matt Payne
  2. Steve Reese
  3. Toby Shefford
  4. Chris Franklin

If anyone cant make this date, let myself, Pete or Steve know asap!

Cheers

KP

Rowner II vs KV JUNE 16th AWAY

Chaps,

Rowner II away

Two away games on the spin for us.

Please meet in the car park for 12.30 as its a 40 minute journey and not everyone (MP!) arrives on time!

Starting XI

  1. Pete Finlay
  2. Matt Payne
  3. Kev Finlay
  4. Cameron Messenger
  5. Adam Sillence
  6. Sam Fielder
  7. Toby Shefford
  8. Jason Maker
  9. Dave McAdam
  10. Chris Barber
  11. Denis Payne

Away/Rested

  1. Lee Payne
  2. Steve Reese
  3. Alex Messeneger
  4. Chris Franklin

Now, Pete will be skipper on the day, as i am away and best of luck to you all. Keep me updated!

KP

Saturday 9th June – CANCELLED!

Guys,

The weather has beaten us and tomorrow’s game has been cancelled. I’m going to book a 2 hour net session, I’ll get back to you in due course

Cheers

KP

Starting XI vs Hambledon III

KV vs Hambledon III   home

If the weather gets the better of us, i will book a 2 hour net seesion in Winch on saturday.

Guys, usual rules apply!

Please at the ground for 1.15 ish, we intend to have some fielding practice.

  1. Lee Payne
  2. Pete Finlay
  3. Steve Reese
  4. Chris Barber
  5. Alex Messenger
  6. Sam Fielder
  7. Matt Payne
  8. Adam Sillence
  9. Denis Payne
  10. Kev Finlay
  11. Toby Shefford

Away/Rested

  1. Cameron Messenger
  2. Jason Maker
  3. Dave McAdam
  4. Chris Franklin

A big welcome to Alex Messenger, who is making his first appearance of the season. Good luck and play well. Lets play well and get back to winning ways!

KP

Hollybank vs KV match report

 

 

Hollybank vs. Knights Valley

 

July 2nd AWAY

 

The 3rd game for the Knights was away to Hollybank CC. A blustery day, with the sun in and out from the clouds, the skipper kp went out to do the toss with his opposite number. A call of heads from kp would prove to be wrong and Hollybank decided to bat, although kp would have bowled, so this could be considered a win.

 

With a number of influential players away (Pete, Adam, Kev, Chris, Toby, Alex) the Knights had welcomed 2 new players to the team, Sam Whieldon, who would keep wicket, and Aaron Holes who would bowl. Also back from his holidays and making his first league appearance this season, was elder statesman pops and not forgetting Chris Franklin back for also his first appearance of the season.

 

After the now customary huddle, current player of the year Sam Fielder was to bowl the first ball of the day, with Franklin opening from the other end. From the outset it was clear that the Hollybank captain and opener C.Wells would be a key batsman for his team. He played with controlled aggression while his partner thrashed his bat at everything and after 5 over’s Hollybank moved to 25 for 0. Messrs Fielder and Franklin were bowling good lines but the Hollybank openers were hitting boundaries from anything slightly down leg or slightly too short and after 10 over’s Hollybank had moved to 45 and the Knights needed a break through. It came in the 11 over, a good catch from M Payne off Fielders bowling and the knights were now looking to step up the pressure and get stuck into the opposition. Franklin having bowled 5 for 18, signalled for a rest and the skipper brought on A. Holes for a spell, unfortunately Holes had a loose first over going for 15. His next 3 over’s would be much improved and they would go for just 11 and he was unlucky as he had a couple of drops off his bowling, that would have seen an impressive take by the stand in keeper Whieldon and a good catch by McAdam, and this would have given a nice boost to his confidence. Fielder bowled a cracking opening spell of 8 over’s, 1 for 37. His replacement was J. Maker and he was to pick up where Fielder had left off. Bowling excellent line and lengths, Maker would pick up his first wicket with is 2nd over. Over 20 would see the introduction of Cameron Messenger, taking over from an unlucky Holes. Messengers first over was excellent, quick and full and with an equally impressive 6 more balls from maker, there was a much-needed 2 maidens in a row for the knights meaning Hollybank had reached 96 for 2 at drinks.

 

The first over after drinks was too, unfortunately, prove to be decisive. Messenger carrying on his spell had Hollybank captain Wells in all sorts of trouble. With Wells on 47, he played a defensive nudge too hard and the red ball went, looping, straight to M.Payne in the covers. Having to dive forward slightly, the ball was in his large hands but somehow popped out again and the chance was to go begging. Wells would go on to hit 120 no and with every boundary he would go on to hit, the anguish would show on Payne more and more. Wells would also prove to be Hollybanks only trump card and (hindsight is a wonderful thing) had he have been dismissed, the home side would have struggled to make 150. After this messenger did get a wicket, with the returning Pops making an unbelievable diving to his left catch in the slips, defying his age and generally showing the others how to do it and as is normal now when pops takes a catch, the other KV players questioning what happened to the catching abilities of sons Matt and Lee! An unlucky Messenger would go on to have a couple more drops off his bowling. Reese would bowl 4 overs of spin and with a well set Wells hitting any slightly short balls to the boundary, Reese did beat the bat a number of times. A special mention of the stand in Keeper Whieldon, who would take 2 good catches and keep well in his first ever 42 over match.

 

The wickets would fall pretty quickly now, but Wells was the thorn in the Knights side as he hit boundary after boundary and after the regulation 42 over’s Hollybank would hit 224 for 8 with the bowling figures

 

Fielder 10-1-47-3

Franklin 10-2-42-1

Holes 4-0-27-0

Maker 7-1-29-2

Messenger 7-1-37-2

Reese 4-0-27-0

 

Having a well earned spot of tea, the Knights felt confident that the runs could be chased down and a solid opening partnership would be key.

Messenger and M. Payne would get the Knights innings under way. A solid start by the openers would see the required run rate of 5.333333333333 matched and an untroubled start saw the Knights reach the 10 over mark on 46 for 0, 1 ahead of Hollybank at this same stage. Messenger and Payne hitting some fine shots and some excellent running between the wickets, undoubtedly a fine opening partnership is beging to establish. In the 14 over, there was a blow to the Knights as Messenger was given out on 27, caught behind. Replays and hot spot would show the ball hit his pad and Umpire pops had some explaining to do! Well, Cam said it hit his pad, not the first time a fellow Knight umpiring, had given out a team mate under suspicious circumstances!

This would bring D. McAdam to the crease and looking to get in amongst the runs. A confident McAdam sent a crunching hook shot, which was destined for a six, but was excellently caught on the boundary and he had to walk for 0. This brought Skipper Payne to the crease and full of nerves due to a previous weeks 0, quickly got off the mark with a single. The 2 younger Payne’s were looking comfortable but were never really able to keep up with the run rate, mainly due to Hollybanks N. Wood who would bowl an unbelievable spell of 10 over’s, 6 maidens, 1 wicket for 8 runs and at drinks the Knights were now 16 behind the mark set by Hollybank.

Over 22 would see the Knights give a collective groan as a slow, loopy bowler, G. Grier was brought on, yes guys it was a girl, and the opposition sticking 6 on the boundary, singles would be all the was mostly scored off the bowling. Again, this bowling would be destructive to the Knights with M. Payne being bowled going after one and his replacement S. Reese falling victim to the loopy pies LBW (maker was umpiring so draw your own conclusions!), after looking like putting on a good partnership with the skipper, having got to 8 runs quickly and making up some of the difference. Coming in at 6 was D. Payne, who also struggled with the slow deliveries. Skipper Payne didn’t have so many problems and managed to hit a couple of boundaries. Having got to over 29 now 28 runs behind the run rate, it was time to put the foot on the gas. Pops took this a little too literally, and with skipper Payne having made his way to 32 and starting to hit some more expansive shots, pops at the non strikers end, strangely called for a suicide single and the skipper with no chance, was gone. After a few heated words from son to father, Franklin came to the crime scene and played a wonderful innings. 110 needed from 12 over’s was always a big task but one that was set about eagerly by the remaining Knights. With another batsman, Pops, falling to the slow bowling of Girl bowler Grier, again trying to hit out hard, Fielder came out with nothing to loose and had a cracking go at getting the runs. Franklin and Fielder hit boundaries galore. Unfortunately it was too little too late and Franklin fell on 24 bringing Holes to have a thrash. Holes fell for 7 and Wheldon was left with 3 balls to score 28 runs. Not even Barber could work that out and the Knights fell short of the total.

 

A good game, played in good spirit was lost on the day, with the Knights looking back on agonising drop catches. Catches really do win matches and although this will go down in the record books as a loss, with so many players away, the Knights put up a battling display and can feel proud of their efforts and probably, could and should have won this one.

 

Man of the match went to S. Fielder for an excellent bowling display and for a quick knock of 30.

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