Hartest & Coldham v MILDENHALL CRICKET CLUB 2nd XI - Sun on Sun 07 Sep 2014 at 1.30 p.m
MILDENHALL CRICKET CLUB Lost Mildenhall 2nd X1 lost by 33 runs

Match report
Thanks to Hartest blog for this report

So onto today with Captain Ben Atkinson winning the toss chose to bat with Hodge and Roberts setting a sound platform with Hodge in the Roberts mode hitting quite a few runs from ball one and Roberts after his ton from last week taking his time even to get off the mark.

Mildenhall changed their bowling quite frequently but early on the batsmen were on top but the lush green outfield appeared to slow the ball up on its travels around the ground.

61 on the board when Hodge miss timed a hook and was caught at square leg for 25 which brought in form Ben Atkinson to join Roberts and suddenly fireworks began in the usual manor, 4s and 6s with runs coming off most balls, the partnership grew very quickly, 86 runs and Roberts passing his 50 before Ahmed bowled him for 68 and the score on 162.

Captain Ben Atkinson got to his fifty but before we knew in the crowd he was also bowled by Ahmed for 50 and Mildenhall felt they were clawing their way back into the match.

Debutant Andy Smith came into bat without any cricket for a few years got his head down and built up some confidence as he went onto strike the ball well to continue the scoreboard turning over as the overs were beginning to be used up.

Young J Horn proved to be a useful bowler very straight and accurate slowing down the Hartest and Coldham charge with wickets, Smith being one for a good 26, where Richard Carter who was supporting him then took centre stage to strike out a few runs before a mini collapse as Carter went for 18 the score on 207.

Three wickets fell on 207 as Mark Atkinson joined Dave Armstrong on 1 run seeing his colleagues coming and going quite quickly.

Atkinson & Armstrong [sounds like a comedy act] with 4 overs left took the bat to ball and between them got a further 38 runs to reach the final total of 245 for eight, very important runs in the final reading of the game as the winning margin was only 32.

After a huge tea................. if you were there you know what I mean......... Mildenhall openers started the big run chase and with Jack Armstrong bowling fast keeping the Mildenhall boys on their toes only for Richard Carter varied bowling taking two wickets in two balls and it looked a long way from there the target.

Super credit goes to J Palmer and T Heywood, they dug in and played some correct shots mostly defensive but looking calm and in control but as the accountant kept mentioning the run rate was up to over 8 an over the boys were content to stay in play properly.

They hit the ball on the ground a lot but the lush outfield slowed it up many times and boundaries were few and far in-between for many overs, Heywood passed his fifty but on 20 plus overs.

Jack Armstrong got a little hug from Dave "one hand" Armstrong after his ten over spell was up, as Jack will head off to pastures new soon dad Dave not playing next week gave him a hug.

Then Dave came onto bowl and very quickly got the wicket of Palmer for 31 when probably man of the match in the fielding department Nick Rutter caught him a fine catch along with his inimitable diving stops, blocks with his body, including hitting the stump from a throw in but the batsman had made his ground, plus a near miss, without doubt man of match in the fielding department, take a bow son!

Mildenhall showed much more urgency taking a lot of dangerous singles and putting the home team under pressure, the fifty seemed to lift the shackles off Heywood as his timing was now finding the boundaries pushing the home fielders deep plus taking risky runs which was the downfall of Ahmed 24 run out when Carter got the ball in quickly, but the Mildenhall score had moved onto 140, but similar to before another wicket from Dave Armstrong to the new man first ball caught well on his debut Andy Smith.

Cornell and Heywood still batting on kept the momentum on but they were chasing the overs and good man captaincy was keeping the Mildenhall batsmen in check.

The wicket was so good and never deteriorated and once you got I the bowlers didn't have a lot of tricks to play with, Hodge tried no luck, the Captain brought himself on with Roberts who was bowling some unusual balls, he did take the scalp of T Heywood for a super 92 when he told me the ball cut in or something but it looked like another pie I had seen at tea, and in Heywood's attempt to bash it slid out of his ground where wicket keeper Josh Borley threw down the stumps, he got a good applause from his team mate along with the Hartest and Coldham boys, great effort, he will go far in the game if he keeps his head. [ That's not a reference to the beamers he got out of the way of on two or three occasions, unintentional by the way]

The Mildenhall tail wagged a bit with more youth coming in and achieving the 200 mark for another batting point as the overs were up they had amassed a very creditable 213 for 8, with a better start they were not to far away from the total required, just proved those last 38 runs between Atkinson and Armstrong [ or do they sound like Solicitors?] were the difference?

Hartest & Coldham Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 8 wickets
246 (0.0 overs)
D Hodge ct  K Renouf b J Horn 25
M Roberts b  T Ahmed 68
B Atkinson b  b T Ahmed 50
A Smith ct  J Palmer b T Ahmed 26
J Armstrong b  J Horn 4
D Armstrong ct  J Horn b T Ahmed 18
R Carter Not Out  16
J Borley b  J Horn 0
P Richardson ct  M Heywood bJ Horn 0
M Atkinson Not Out  21
A Rutter  


Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ewan Kingdon4.011000.002.50
Jack Palmer5.002400.004.80
Matt Heywood6.003700.006.17
Jack Horn10.0153413.255.30
Kiefer Renouf2.002400.0012.00
Tom Heywood3.002200.007.33
Taha Ahmed9.0351412.755.67
Matthew Lister1.001000.0010.00

Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 8 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Jack Palmer ct  A Rutter b D Armstrong 31
Peter Lack b  R Carter 2
Matthew Lister lbw  R Carter 0
Tom Heywood st  J Borley b B Roberts 92
Taha Ahmed Run out  24
Rick Horn ct  A Smith b D Armstrong 0
Tony Cornell Run out  15
Kiefer Renouf lbw  V Aitkenson 2 1
Ewan Kingdon Not Out  8
Jack Horn Not Out  8 1
Matt Heywood   1

Hartest & Coldham Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
J Armstrong10.013800.003.80
R Carter10.0135217.503.50
D Armstrong7.0139219.505.57
D Hodge7.004800.006.86
V Atkinson3.0014114.004.67
M Roberts3.0019119.006.33