Abberton v MILDENHALL CRICKET CLUB 3rd XI - Sat on Sat 03 Jun 2017 at 1.00p.m.
MILDENHALL CRICKET CLUB Lost Mildenhall 3rd X1 lost by 6 wickets

Match report The 3XI travelled to Abberton for a match against a strong Essex side. The wicket had patches of dampness so it was no real surprise that Abberton won the toss and decided to bowl first. Andy Francis and Neil Clark started brightly and scored quickly in the first 10 overs. However, overs 10-20 saw the run rate begin to decline and Francis was the first to go as he was LBW for 19. Mick Saunders was unlucky to face a delivery early on his innings that popped off the surface and hit the shoulder of his bat. The ugliest of the Taylor’s (James) in the physical and batting stroke making sense joined Clark and together they began to establish a reasonable partnership. Neil Clark was back to his best as he swept and pulled his way to one of his best innings in several years. Clark was eventually out for 67. Taylor took up the run scoring responsibilities and showed an improvement in his personal form. Taylor was run out for 53 off the last ball of the innings. Mildenhall’s total of 163 was not an imposing one but was a great improvement considering recent batting troubles. For the home side Scott was the key bowler with 3 wickets off 12 overs for 40 runs.
Abberton started well with experienced pair Grant and Abrey making life difficult and frustrating for the Mildenhall bowlers. Andy Zajac struck eventually by removing Abrey for a pretty horrible 35. It was horrible in the sense of his ability to play shots that are much not included in the James Taylor coaching manual. I personally don’t like to see what I would term as pure ‘scunges’ through fine leg off inside edges. I accept that runs are runs but I prefer to see runs scored in a slightly more Emma Watson (pretty) fashion. Grant however was more difficult to remove. He took the sensible approach to chasing down the runs required. Gabe Jones eventually dismissed Grant for 68. Best batsman in the league (according to such an esteemed judge as yours truly) was dismissed to a self-professed wonder catch by Zajac. After taking the catch Zajac felt the need to scream ‘What a catch, lads, what a catch!!’ Andy, to quote my friend Martin Taylor…’We will be the judge of that – and not you’. Abberton reached their target for the loss of four wickets. The wickets were shared between Zajac, Jones, Ellis and Cameron Francis. Despite the result the performance was much improved from the 3XI and the team look forward to another away match next week against fellow strugglers Hadleigh.

Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2nb 3w 4b 5lb 
for 6 wickets

(45.0 overs)
Neil Clark b C Scott 67
Andy Francis lbw C Scott 19 1
Mick Saunders ct D Schofield b C Scott 0
James Taylor Run out  53
Andrew Zajac b R Savill 9 1
Gabe Jones Run out  0
Cameron Francis Not Out  1
Alastair Kingdon  
Andrew Youngs  
Graeme Jones  
Luke Ellis  

Abberton Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
C Pettit10.061800.001.80
J Arnold8.022300.002.88
R Savill10.0049149.004.90
C Scott13.0240313.333.08
A Terry4.002400.006.00

Abberton Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
7w 1b 3lb 
for 4 wickets
165 (0.0 overs)
I Grant b Gabe Jones 68
M Abrey ct A Francis b A Zajac 35
B Moxon ct A Zajac b C Francis 17
D Schofield lbw L Ellis 12
M Sullivan Not Out  20
R Savill Not Out  2
K Smith  
J Arnold  
C Scott  
A Terry  
C Pettitt  


Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Alastair Kingdon8.013100.003.87
Andrew Zajac11.0138138.003.45
Gabe Jones10.0138138.003.80
Cameron Francis4.0031131.007.75
Luke Ellis2.3023123.009.20