Match report to follow.
Thank you once again to Terence Jamieson for providing an excellent record of the match!
Match report to follow.
OTs and Romsey 5th team were missing at least 5 regular players for their home match with Great Durnford on Saturday. They were scrambling for players right up to the last minute and in the end skipper D Thebe did well to get 10 out on the field. The Romsey skipper won the toss and chose to bat first perhaps fearing a long afternoon in the field in the hot conditions had he fielded. However apart from opener I Wathen(45) batting in his usual attacking way, the Romsey innings offered little resistance and nobody else reached double figures as the Great Durnford opening bowlers ran through the side (6 batsman being bowled). OTs and Romsey were dismissed for just 63 inside 18 overs with Durnford only needing 3 bowlers. Durnford were under little pressure chasing such a small target and opener Spencer was particularly aggressive on anything loose. The away side got to the 64 runs required for the win in the 12th over to win by 9 wickets. U15 debutants A Danson(1-27) and J Humphries(0-14) showed promise in their bowling for Romsey however, on what was an afternoon to forget in the main for the home side. They hope to bounce back this weekend against Ampfield and N Baddesley.
Wilton (172 all out) beat OTs & Romsey V (132 all out) by 40 runs
OTs and Romsey fifths came back down to earth this week when they were beaten away to ten-man Wilton on their artificial wicket.
Wilton batted first after being inserted by Romsey and scored steadily, despite losing wickets quite regularly. They were bowled out for 172 in the 41st over, however this could have been easily 30 or 40 less if Romsey didn’t spill five or six catches and concede 25 wides.
Romsey did polish off the innings well mainly thanks to B Hayes(4-31) bowling his wobblers.
C Winstanley 2, J Trodd, T Nixon and R Aujla were the other wicket takers.
In reply Romsey’s openers started brightly but conspired to lose three wickets in one Shergold over which put them on the back foot. J Trodd(15) and D Service (29) staged a mini recovery before Trodd was unluckily run out. From then on wickets fell regularly, however young Wathen (23) batted bravely and showed plenty of ability and along with Winstanley(14*) who gave the score some respectability. Romsey were all out though for 132 losing the game by 40 runs, perhaps rueing their earlier fielding display.
Ropley II (153-7) beat OTs & Romsey IV (96 all out) by 57 runs
OTs & Romsey IV suffered their second successive defeat of the season as their batting, once again, failed to deliver.
Ropley won the toss and chose to bat first. Tight bowling from opening bowlers Sam Costley and Jamie Beard saw both openers removed with the score less than 50. However, a 61 run partnership got the hosts’ innings back on track. Cam Melling managed to break the partnership though, removing top scorer Morris for 44.
Wickets then fail more regularly, with Beard picking up two more after good work from wicketkeeper Tom George and captain Max Costley also grabbed a brace of wickets. The late wickets saw Ropley restricted to 153-7 from their 42 overs.
Romsey then came into bat, needing 154 to secure their first victory of the season. However, opener Max Costley was bowled out for a duck, setting the tone for the rest of the innings.
Fellow opener Jack Slater added 11 and George managed 13 in an innings where only three batsmen managed double figures. There was some late resistance from Sam Costley who top scored with 28 batting at number seven but Romsey were soon all out for 96 with five overs remaining, losing by 57 runs.
Portsmouth (106-1) beat OTs & Romsey (105 all out) by nine wickets
OTs & Romsey suffered a heavy defeat away in their third SEPCL Division 2 match of the season away to Portsmouth who maintain their 100% record.
Romsey won the toss and decided to bat first. Opener Pete Newman fell for a duck but a good second wicket partnership between Charlie King and Chris Wood helped the away side get off to a good start.
However, after King fell for 14 and Hampshire star Wood for 43, Romsey struggled to add any more runs to their total. Rob Newman was the only other batsman who managed double figures as they were bowled out for just 105.
With so few runs on the board, Romsey were always going to find it difficult to secure victory. In the end, Portsmouth cruised to a nine wicket victory, with Jody Brown picking up the only wicket of the game for the visitors.
16 Year old duo inflicted a demolition job on Fareham & Crofton to lead new promoted Old Tauntonians & Romsey seconds to their first Hampshire league, County Division 1 victory.
Ot’s & Romsey Batted first and were quickly two wickets down with Ieaun Wathen & John Dowling going cheaply. This then brought Harry Tulk (107) to the crease who batted like he was the most experienced player in the team. Although Tulk was batting well wickets were falling all around him and Romsey 120 for 7 looked like they had already lost the game. However in came Dan Collins (20) whose resilient batting gave Tulk some confidence and to two put together a 50 partnership. Once Collins was stumped and Tulk caught some last minute hitting from Steve Kay (13) and Matt Bampton saw Ot’s & Romsey score 181.
In the second innings the Romsey side who still didn’t think they had enough were up for the fight. Opening spells from Rich Lake (1- 34) and Steve Kay (1-30) got Romsey off two a good start but a Luke Gould (45) put Fareham & Croftham back on track. That was in till young left arm spin bowler Matt Bampton (5-23) came into the attack as the Fareham batsman simply could not handle him. It also wasnt long till Harry Tulk (2-18) got back into the action by taking two wickets in two balls in one over leaving Fareham 130 for 9. Captain Mike Trodd was to take the last wicket with Fareham being bowled out for 132.
OTs and Romsey u17s began their quest for a 3rd Kerry Cup with a hard fought 19 run win over Bashley. Batting first after Captain Costley won the toss, openers Harry Tulk and Elliott Mitchell-Lee put on 78 in 8 overs. Tulk retired with a 26 ball 43 and Mitchell-Lee was dismissed for 29. A mid-innings wobble was halted by Katie George scoring 23. The innings closed on 133-6 from 20 overs. In reply Bashley started well, but a fine run out by Rhys Mitchell-Lee and tight bowling from Matt Bampton (1-15), Sam Costley (1-12) and Harry Tulk (1-6) saw OTs & Romsey to victory
It was a mixed weekend for Romsey’s other three teams, with the first team securing their first win of the season but the second and fourth teams both lost their opening fixtures.
The first team hosted Langley Manor and were boosted by the inclusion of Hampshire player Chris Wood in their squad.
Romsey batted first and managed 223-7 in their 50 overs, with Wood (47) and Pete Newman (41) the pick of the batsman.
In reply, Langley Manor never looked like chasing their target, with Wood picking up three wickets and Rob Newman taking four, the first team won by 75 runs. See photos of this game in the Gallery.
The second team travelled to Fair Oak, where despite four wickets from Matty Bampton and two from Harry Tulk, the hosts managed 227-9 from their 50 overs.
In reply, Romsey fell agonizingly short of victory. Shane Vidler hit 42 and Tulk smashed 74 but it was not quite enough, with the away side losing by just seven runs.
The fourth team also suffered defeat, at home to Over Wallop. Batting first, Romsey struggled to score runs with only three batsman making double figures. Max Costley and Pete Newton both hit 17 but Rich Wade outscored them both, hitting 53. Romsey were all out for 116.
With a low total to defend, Romsey gave a good account of themselves whilst bowling but 116 was never going to enough for victory. Tight bowling from Sam Costley put pressure on the Over Wallop batsman and Cam Melling took three wickets but in the end, the visitors secured victory by four wickets.
Skipper Thebe won the toss and decided to make first use of the wicket, but Romsey lost a wicket in the 2nd over. This brought Salter to the middle and together with Hayes they began to gradually dominate the Dinton bowlers punishing any loose balls and rotating the strike well. Salter reached another fine century and was eventually out for 116, the pair putting on 204 for the 2nd wicket. Hayes continued scoring steadily until he was run out from a direct hit for a career high 87. Service(17*) and Mason(9*) took the score to 255-4 after their 42 overs. After tea Dinton began their reply but were soon in trouble losing 3 wickets in only 4 overs to J Trodd and the experienced Kay and never recovered from this with wickets falling regularly as Romsey attacked, only Coulson(33) showing much resistance for Dinton. They were eventually all out for just 64 with number 11 not batting through injury. Kay(5-38) Trodd(2-3) and R Wathen(2-18) taking the wickets, giving OTs and Romsey a big win by 191 runs.
The Third XI faced a tricky opening day trip to Flamingos. Put in on a tricky, damp wicket the visitors were quickly reduced to 18/2, Neagle and Tulk removed in short order before an extraordinary partnership of 137 between Tim Slade (100) and Max Smith (68). The importance of these two knocks were emphasised when the batting side collapsed from 204/4 to 233 all out. In defending the total, Romsey were able to keep the run rate down, largely thanks to Katie George who conceded just 26 runs from her 10 overs but the wickets came from a more unlikely source. Julian Neagle set the trap perfectly for his style of bowling, recording a remarkable 6/34 including four catches by Charlie Evans at long on, and two stumpings with batsmen eying easy runs. It was not to be and Romsey cruised home, dismissing the home side inside 37 overs.
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