Acton Scott Village Cricket Club
Results, Scorecards, Photos & Match Reports
Sunday 16 September - Grasshoppers (Away)
Acton Scott 152 (33.4 overs)
K.Holtz stumped 8
R.Wilson caught 2
S.Miles bowled 0
L.Miles bowled 18
S.Kemsley caught 8
G.Wilson caught 1
S.Tomlins bowled 26
M.Lole hit wicket 1
[S. Miles not out 36]
[S.Kemsley caught 36]
[G.Wilson bowled 0]
[Allowed to bat again as only 8 batsmen available]
So to the final game of the season at Frankwell on a still and humid afternoon - always an enjoyable end to the season made especially memorable due to the final games for Captain Keith Yapp and Howard Keys who had both earlier announced their career retirements from Grasshoppers.
Scott Kemsley making his debut for Acton Scott
Acton Scott's captain Stuart Tomlins during his final innings of the season
Grasshoppers 153-4 (30.2 overs)
Catches (3) : S.Kemsley, S.Tomlins & K.Yapp
Stumpings (1) : K.Holtz
Grasshoppers won by 6 wickets
Sunday 9 September - Albrighton (Home)
Acton Scott 171-7 (40 overs)
R.Wilson caught 30
K.Holtz stumped 26
P.Jones bowled 4
M.Lole run out 13
G.Wilson caught 1
J.Wrench caught 0
A.Bowen run out 27
L.Miles not out 42
On a blustery overcast afternoon Acton Scott opened their innings with the unusual pairing of Richard Wilson and Krafft Holtz and together they managed a solid start against Albrighton's opening bowlers Morris and Humphreys, but in the 16th over Richard was caught at cover for 30....46-1.
Acton Scott's Richard Wilson in action against Albrighton
Krafft was joined by Pete Jones and together they added another 14 before Pete was bowled....60-2. Mike Lole came in at 4 and with Krafft forged a 31 run partnership for the third wicket until Krafft was finally out for 26....91-3 after 29 overs.
Krafft Holtz opening the batting for Acton Scott
Three quick wickets then fell with the demise of George Wilson, Jamie Wrench and finally Mike to leave Acton Scott struggling at 100-6 with only 8 overs left to bat.
Mike Lole batting at 4 for the home side
But with Adam Bowen batting at 7 and Luke Miles at 8 they quickly projected the score on to 171 with some amazing running between the wickets before Adam was finally run out for 27 and Luke was left on 42 not out to give Albrighton a run chase of 4.3 runs an over for victory.
Albrighton 75 (33.4 overs)
Catches (2) : L.Miles & R.Wilson
Stumpings (2) : K.Holtz
Run outs: 1
With the slow spongey wicket requiring good length deliveries the home side managed to produce some remarkable bowling figures and Mike Lole struck in his very first over when Richard Wild was caught by Luke.
Adam Bowen then produced a superb delivery to dismiss Morris and Albrighton were in trouble. Mike claimed his second wicket in his 4th over and at the end of their 10 over opening spell they had combined figures of 19-3.
Luke and Simon Miles then came on as first change bowlers with Luke making an important breakthrough bowling Mayhew and at the end of his 4 over spell had bowled 4 maidens!
Stuart Tomlins then came on and was joined by Richard Wilson, bowling for the first time for many years. Remarkably he bowled a 5 over spell taking 3 wickets for 3 runs, helped out by some sharp stumpings from wicket keeper Krafft Holtz.
Young George Wilson also bowled well to claim another wicket and the game was finally concluded when Pete Jones bowled Barley.
Acton Scott won by 96 runs
Sunday 2 September - Willey (Home)
Acton Scott 167-7 (40 overs)
C.Holtz caught 71
S.Tomlins bowled 23
L.Miles caught 25
R.Morris bowled 24
G.Jones caught 1
H.Jennings bowled 6
G.Taylor bowled 5
G.Wilson not out 0
J.Mynett not out 1
On a pleasant but overcast afternoon Acton Scott won the toss and elected to bat on a dry wicket and openers Cameron Holtz and Captain Stuart Tomlins made a positive start, and after 10 overs had moved the score on to 52 without loss. But just 3 runs later Stuart was bowled for 23 and Luke Miles joined Cameron and continued with the excellent start to the innings scoring well in another 50 plus partnership until Luke was out caught for 25.....114-2.
Acton Scott opener Cameron Holtz in action during his fine innings of 71, a personal best
Luke Miles adding 59 for the second wicket with Cameron
With Cameron batting really well and moving on to his 50, Rob Morris came in at 4 and quickly moved the score on to 154 before Rob was out bowled for 24.
Rob Morris during his partnership with Cameron adding 40 for the third wicket
With still 9 overs left to bat it looked like the home side were going to post a formidable target but Willey began taking wickets to slow down the run rate and when Cameron was finally out for an excellent 71, his highest ever score for the Club, the innings fell away and by the end of the fortieth over Acton Scott had set the visitors a target of 168 to win, having been 154-2 with 9 overs left to bat.
With Acton Scott well placed on 154-2 wickets began to fall, firstly with the demise of Rob Morris and then later Harry Jennings
Willey 169-6 (33.2 overs)
Catches (4) : L.Miles 2, G.Taylor & K.Holtz
Fielder of the Day: Gavin Taylor
Acton Scott's opening bowling attack of Gavin Taylor and George Jones got the home side off to an excellent start with Gavin claiming the first two wickets dismissing Willey's openers thanks to two brilliant catches by Luke Miles....14-2.
Just 10 runs later George struck when Gavin caught R.Ball....24-3. But Willey's McCutcheon and L.Rudd steadied the innings and managed to move the score on to 88 before Dill Brown claimed Rudd's wicket bowling him for 19.....88-4.
Just 8 runs later wicket keeper Krafft Holtz took a fine catch off Luke Miles bowling to dismiss J.Ball....96-5 with still 72 runs still needed and when Dill bowled C.Rudd to claim his second wicket the visitors were 119-6 with the game still in the balance.
But Willey's G.Ball and McCutcheon were still there batting well and a very good partnership saw them home with about 6 overs to spare.
Willey won by 4 wickets
Sunday 26 August - Kinlet (Home)
Match cancelled due to rain
Sunday 19 August - Brampton Bryan (Home)
Acton Scott 149-6 (40 overs)
S.Miles caught 53
S.Tomlins caught 0
L.Miles lbw 20
G.Taylor bowled 7
G.Jones caught 22
H.Jennings run out 8
L.Farquhar not out 18
G.Wilson not out 0
On an overcast and blustery afternoon Brampton Bryan won the toss and elected to bat on a dry but spongey wicket and made an immediate breakthrough when Stuart Tomlins edged a rising delivery to the keeper from Ben Alford with his first ball in the second over of the innings.
Acton Scott's Simon Miles top scoring for the home side with 53
Simon Miles was joined by his son Luke and they both played watchfully leaving any wide rising deliveries but punishing any full or short pitched deliveries. Brampton Bryan's captain Ed Williams was bowling particularly well and in his 7th over he trapped Luke lbw.....33-2.
Gavin Taylor batting up the order at 4 added 23 with Simon for the third wicket before he was bowled by Smith and at the halfway point Acton Scott were struggling at 56-3. George Jones came out to join Simon who was batting superbly and together they formed the highest partnership of the innings adding 54 for the fourth wicket before Simon was finally out caught after reaching yet another well deserved 50....110-4.
Harry Jennings making his first appearance of the season for Acton Scott
With still 10 overs left to bat, George was joined by Harry Jennings making his seasonal debut for the Club, but just two runs later George was caught having made a very valuable 22....112-5.
Laurence Farquhar during his innings of 18 not out for the home side
Harry was joined by Laurence Farquhar and together they played really well adding another 37 for the sixth wicket before Harry was run out setting the visitors a modest run chase of 3.75 runs an over for victory - but on a less than straightforward wicket it would not be that easy.
Brampton Bryan 150-8 (38.4 overs)
Catches (6) : H.Jennings, S.Tomlins, A.Brown, L.Miles, S.Miles & G.Taylor
Fielder of the Day: Harry Jennings
Brampton Bryan got off to a solid start but in the sixth over Ed Williams skied a high catch and it was well caught by Harry Jennings off the bowling of Gavin Taylor...16-1.
Just 17 runs later the game tipped in favour of the home side when the visitors lost two quick wickets, firstly Dill Brown bowling Chibnall-Smith and then Luke Miles claiming Tim Whittome's wicket when Stuart Tomlins took a stunning catch from a full blooded drive....33-3. In the sixteenth over with the score on 52 Simon Miles made another breakthrough when Rose was out caught by Dill Brown and with 4 wickets down the visitors still needed another 100 runs for victory.
But Brampton Bryan's Bob Bower dug in and battled well in a 5th wicket partnership of 46 with Humber before he was well caught at deep cover by Luke Miles just four short of his fifty off the bowling of James Tolley...98-5. But Ben Alford came to the visitors rescue quickly moving the score on to 140 with still 5 overs left to score just 10 runs.
But the drama continued when Stuart introduced George Wilson into the attack and with his very first ball George had Humber lbw and then in the same over had Ben well caught by Simon at long on....143-7 with still 7 needed to win.
In the following over James then had Blackburn caught by Gavin....146-8 with 4 still needed, and finally in the 39th over the winning run was hit to give Brampton Bryan victory in a very exciting game.
Brampton Bryan won by 2 wickets
Sunday 12 August - Clee Hill (Home)
Match cancelled due to rain
Sunday 5 August - Church Stretton (Home)
Acton Scott 260-6 (40 overs)
S.Miles caught 31
S.Tomlins caught 1
L.Miles bowled 61
R.Morris retired not out 106
C.Holtz caught 26
M.Williams caught 4
G.Jones caught 2
G.Wilson not out 2
P.Jones not out 0
On another hot and sunny afternoon local rivals Church Stretton won the toss and elected to field on a very dry wicket.
Acton Scott openers Simon Miles and Stuart Tomlins got off to a bright start until Stuart was out caught in the 4th over....20-1. Luke joined Simon and a brisk partnership of 43 developed between father and son until Simon was eventually well caught at backward square leg for a very useful 31......63-2 after 8 overs.
With a very impressive run rate the home side continued to dominate with the arrival of Rob Morris and with Luke continuing to bat well they played well on a wicket that required restraint as well as aggression. Adding 80 for the third wicket Luke eventually fell when bowled by Diddy Williams for a very fine 61 which included 5 sixes and 4 fours.....143-3 after only 17 overs.
Acton Scott's Luke Miles hitting one of 5 sixes during his fine innings of 61 against Church Stretton
With Rob passing his 50 with ease he was joined by Cameron Holtz and together they continued a very impressive batting display putting on 79 for the 4th wicket until Cameron was out for 26 when he was the victim of a stunning one handed catch....222-4 with 8 overs still to bat.
Cameron Holtz during his partnership with Rob Morris adding 79 for the 4th wicket
Rob went on to reach his century after a brilliant innings on a difficult wicket which included 4 sixes and 15 fours before retiring not out on 106.
Rob Morris top scoring for Acton Scott with a superb innings of 106 not out
As well as Rob's superb innings the match will also be remembered for the return of one of Acton Scott's legendary players Matt Williams visiting briefly from his home in Canada. Matt still stands at 5th in the all time leading wicket takers and 10th in the all time leading run scorers and although he didn't bat for long we all enjoyed his shot through long off for 4.
Matt Williams making a very welcome appearance for Acton Scott
during his brief visit to England
The home side's innings eventually closed on 260-6 setting Church Stretton a challenging run chase of just over 6.5 runs an over for victory.
Church Stretton 245-7 (40 overs)
Catches (2) : S.Tomlins 2
Stumpings (1) : K.Holtz
Run outs: 1
Fielder of the Day: George Wilson
Church Stretton's openers Charlie Reece and Ed Groom made a brisk start against Dill Brown and Cameron Holtz until Cameron had Ed caught for 9 by Stuart......27-1. James Warburg joined Charlie and they moved the score along to 71 until Matt Williams claimed his 198th wicket bowling Charlie for 30.
Ben Crump joined James and they put together a fine partnership that threatened to take the game away from the home side moving the score on to 158 after only 20 overs until George Jones had James caught by Stuart for 69.
But with still half the overs to bat and well ahead of the required run rate Luke and Simon Miles were introduced into the bowling attack and together they introduced more pressure on the visitors clawing back the scoring rate with some fine bowling.
With Simon having young Danny Hill stumped by Krafft (161-4), Luke finally took Ben's wicket bowling him with a quicker delivery just as Ben had reached 50....212-5. With 49 still required off the last 5 overs Diddy Williams tried with Nick Collins to reach their target but when George Jones bowled Diddy still 15 runs short the game was all but over - nevertheless a very interesting and exciting match.
Acton Scott won by 15 runs
Sunday 29 July - Dales (Home)
Match cancelled due to rain
Sunday 22 July - Kinlet (Home)
Kinlet 110 (36 overs)
Catches (4) : J.Griffiths, C.Holtz, K.Holtz & G.Taylor
With the prolonged hot and dry weather continuing, perfect conditions welcomed Kinlet but with water desperately needed for the square it proved to be an extremely difficult wicket to bat on and after winning the toss the visitors elected to bat first.
Acton Scott's Stuart Tomlins claimed a wicket with the very first ball of the match
Acton Scott's captain chose to open the bowling himself and with his very first ball had Cheney well caught at square leg by Jason Griffiths playing his first game for the home side. With Dill Brown bowling in good form at the other end, Acton Scott exerted pressure on Kinlet's batsmen and in Stuart's third over he bowled Neil Bowyer....16-2 after 5 overs.
Jackson joined Danny Bishop and together they put together a very useful partnership adding 40 valuable runs for the third wicket before Danny was bowled in the fifteenth over by Gavin Taylor for 36.....56-3. In Gavin's next over he claimed two further wickets firstly having Mike Mooney caught by Cameron Holtz and then bowling Jackson....70-5.
With the treacherous wicket producing slow rising deliveries that seamed as well, batting was proving very challenging and when Ed Jones was introduced into the bowling attack he struck in his first over when Ken Ellison was caught behind by Krafft Holtz....70-6. But a seventh wicket partnership saw Kinlet move to a 100 before Tony Jukes was bowled by Gavin with the first ball of his second spell to give him his fourth wicket....100-7.
Tash Miles and George Wilson bowled well without success and when James Tolley was brought on he claimed the final three wickets in just two overs to leave Kinlet 110 all out in 36 overs leaving Acton Scott a run chase of only about 2.8 runs an over for victory.
Acton Scott 55 (20 overs)
J.Wrench caught 0
C.Holtz caught 20
S.Tomlins lbw 4
E.Jones bowled 14
J.Griffiths bowled 0
G.Wilson caught 0
G.Taylor caught 4
J.Tolley bowled 4
K.Holtz not out 1
N.Miles caught 0
A.Brown bowled 4
As with Kinlet's innings, Acton Scott lost their first wicket with the very first ball when Jamie Wrench spooned a catch to Mike Mooney off Francis Engleheart's very first delivery and Francis followed up in his next over dismissing Stuart Tomlins lbw...6-2.
But Cameron Holtz was joined at the crease by Ed Jones and they added 17 more runs before Ed was bowled by Cheney for a promising 14....23-3 after six overs. With Cameron playing the conditions really well he was to witness the demise of Acton Scott's middle order with the next four batsmen adding just 8 runs, before he too was out for an impressive 20 caught by Danny Bishop at slip to give Cheney his fifth wicket....49-8.
The final two wickets followed soon after to leave Acton Scott all out for 55 in just 20 overs, exactly half of Kinlet's total and in just half of the allotted overs.
Kinlet won by 55 runs
Sunday 15 July - Church Stretton (Home)
Match cancelled by Church Stretton due to lack of players... game re-scheduled for 5th August
Sunday 8 July - Grasshoppers (Home)
Acton Scott 183-9 (40 overs)
S.Miles caught 41
S.Tomlins caught 37
C.Holtz caught 37
R.Morris bowled 17
K.Holtz caught 7
G.Jones bowled 1
J.Mynett bowled 0
G.Wilson bowled 0
J.Tolley bowled 0
L.Farquhar not out 2
A.Brown not out 14
The first home game of the season took place on a hot and sunny afternoon with the ground and wicket suffering from the weeks of dry weather - the ground probably looking as dry as it ever had for any previous home game.
The home side's innings opened with Simon Miles and Stuart Tomlins getting off to the perfect start punishing any loose deliveries and after 10 overs had reached an unbroken partnership of 50. But with the score on 62 Stuart was out caught for 37 which included a six and 7 fours and Simon was joined by Cameron Holtz.
Simon Miles top scoring again for the home side with a fine knock of 41
Cameron continued the good work with Simon moving the score along to 128 after 24 overs until Cameron was out for 37 having added 66 for the second wicket with Simon. Simon was eventually out caught for 41, including 8 fours, with the score on 139 after another fine innings for Acton Scott.
Acton Scott's Rob Morris in action against Grasshoppers
Rob Morris and Krafft Holtz moved the score on to 158 before the mother and father of all collapses took place with Acton Scott losing 6 wickets for 2 runs in the space of a few overs!
Grasshoppers aggressive field setting paying dividends dismissing six Acton Scott batsmen for just 2 runs
Dill Brown and Laurence Farquhar rallied well and saw out the last six overs adding another 23 to leave Grasshoppers chasing a target of 4.6 runs an over for revenge on last season's defeat.
Grasshoppers 184-3 (20.2 overs)
Fielder of the Day: Cameron Holtz
Grasshoppers powerful batting line up set about opening bowlers Dill Brown and Jason Mynett scoring 59 off the first 5 overs. George Jones was introduced into the attack and with the score on 86 dismissed Turner when he was out caught by Cameron Holtz for 34.
With Grasshoppers Andy Harrison batting so well the home side were up against it but despite this they claimed two quick wickets when firstly Simon Miles had Brown well stumped by Krafft Holtz and then George took his second wicket bowling Joe Yapp for 1.....107-3.
Andy went on to his century after another superb innings before retiring to make way for Martindale and Quraishi who subsequently went on to reach their target with more than 19 overs to spare.
Grasshoppers won by 7 wickets
Sunday 1 July - Upton Liverpool Tour (Away)
Acton Scott 123-9 (35 overs)
S.Miles bowled 47
S.Tomlins caught 11
J.Wrench caught 1
R.Morris caught 4
A.Phillips lbw 5
C.Holtz bowled 16
J.Mynett not out 14
L.Farquhar caught 2
G.Taylor bowled 0
J.Tolley bowled 0
A.Brown not out 0
Acton Scott's only Tour game took place on a hot and sunny afternoon on the Wirral against a very friendly set of hosts who were to rank as one of the most hospitable teams we had ever played on tour.
Stuart Tomlins getting Acton Scott off to a promising start
The visitors made a good positive start with openers Simon Miles and captain Stuart Tomlins scoring freely on a ground that rewarded good shots with a fast outfield before Stuart chipped a shot to short mid wicket and was caught....32-1.
Rob Morris, Acton Scott's number 4 in action against Upton
Jamie Wrench joined Simon but he too was out shortly afterwards also caught....36-2. Rob Morris added 19 with Simon before he too was out caught with Acton Scott struggling at 55-3. With Simon playing really well, Tony Phillips joined him but was adjudged lbw soon after...61-4. With a significant partnership required Cameron joined Simon and added a useful 33 for the 5th wicket before Simon was eventually out for 47 after hitting a six and 7 fours...94-5.
Simon Miles in fine form for the visitors top scoring with 47
Jason Mynett batting at 7 made a fine start and looked set for a big score but with the score on 107 Cameron was bowled for 16 - Acton Scott losing it's 6th wicket with still four overs to go.
Laurence Farquhar making his Tour debut for the visitors
With further wickets falling around him Jason was left stranded on 14 as the visitors limped to 123-9 to set Upton a relatively modest run chase of just over 3.5 runs an over for victory.
Upton 125-2 (21.4 overs)
Catches (1) : J.Mynett
Fielder of the Day: Cameron Holtz
(for his dazzling display of juggling on and over the boundary)
Ruled out with an injury Acton Scott's Mike Lole is limited to umpiring duties
Acton Scott's opening bowlers Gavin Taylor and Dill Brown with a relatively modest total to defend opened the attack against Upton's Green and Williams but the home side saw them off and made a solid start reaching 50 by the 9th over.
Jason Mynett with the breakthrough for Acton Scott taking an excellent caught and bowled to dismiss Upton's Williams
Jason Mynett was then introduced as first change bowler and bowled quickly getting his reward when he took a very fine caught and bowled chance to dismiss Williams......50-1. With Upton's Green retiring not out on reaching his 50, Acton Scott found it difficult to contain the home side but with the score on 90 James Tolley took a second wicket bowling Kalitkin.
James Tolley making his Tour debut celebrates after taking his first wicket
But Upton's batsmen Ahmed and Morris continued relentlessly towards their target and reached it with more than 13 overs to spare.
Upton won by 8 wickets
[All photographs courtesy of Andrew Dowsett]
Sunday 24 June - Iscoyd/Cae Glas (Away)
Match cancelled due to England v Panama World Cup match
Sunday 17 June - Brampton Bryan (Away)
Match cancelled by Brampton Bryan due to lack of players
Sunday 10 June - Dales (Away)
Dales 154-9 (40 overs)
Catches (4) : J.Tolley 2, M.Lole & J.Mynett
Fielder of the Day : James Tolley
On another lovely cricketing afternoon at Dales picturesque ground, the home side won the toss and elected to bat on a good hard batting wicket with a fast outfield.
Opening bowlers Dill Brown and Gavin Taylor immediately put the home side under pressure with some fine accurate bowling and soon Dill claimed two wickets in his opening spell, firstly bowling Jury and then having Osborne well caught in the deep by Jason Mynett.....21-2.
Acton Scott's Dill Brown returning very impressive bowling figures of 4-1-8-2
After a prolonged bowling absence through injury, Simon Miles was introduced to the bowling attack and this brought another wicket when George was well caught by Mike Lole....27-3. With opener Gore playing well he was joined by A.Burke and together they built a useful partnership adding 37 for the 4th wicket until Luke Miles claimed his first wicket when Gore was well caught by James Tolley and at the halfway point Dales had reached 72-4.
Simon Miles on his return to bowling for the visitors
With Burke continuing to play well the fifth wicket partnership added another 37 until Gavin was re-introduced to claim his first wicket bowling H.Burke....101-5. James Tolley and Gavin kept up the pressure soon taking a wicket apiece to reduce the home side to 111-7 with still plenty of time left to bat.
With Jason Mynett bowling rapidly he went on to claim the important wicket of A.Burke for 56 with a superb ball that clean bowled him....133-8 with still 5 overs left.
Gavin Taylor with another another exceptional spell of bowling for Acton Scott...8-2-14-2
Soon after this Luke picked up his second wicket when James caught Emery, before the final pair of Kosciuczyk and Rocke added another 20 runs setting the visitors, thanks to some fine bowling and fielding, a fairly modest run chase of about 3.8 runs an over for victory on a good batting wicket.
James Tolley in action for Acton Scott Luke Miles taking two wickets for the visitors
Acton Scott 155-2 (27.4 overs)
S.Miles not out 66
S.Tomlins bowled 48
J.Wrench caught 8
P.Jones not out 26
With good batting conditions on their side Acton Scott openers Simon Miles and captain Stuart Tomlins set about the run chase with confidence respecting good deliveries and punishing any loose balls without too many problems, scoring at a very healthy run rate and after just ten overs had put on 64.
Stuart Tomlins on his way to 48, part of an opening stand of 97 with Simon Miles for Acton Scott
With both playing very well they moved ever closer to an opening century partnership until just three runs short and with Stuart on 48 he received a cracking delivery from Gore and was out bowled having hit 2 sixes and 5 fours...97-1.
Jamie Wrench in action for the visitors
Jamie Wrench joined Simon but after hitting a splendid drive over mid-off for four he was out caught....128-2. Simon went on to record his second half century of the season and with Pete Jones together they edged closer towards the target.
Simon Miles top scoring in the match with an unbeaten 66
This was reached in emphatic style when Pete hit 4 successive fours in the 28th over to give the visitors a comfortable victory.
Acton Scott won by 8 wickets
Sunday 3 June - Church Stretton (Away)
Acton Scott 161-9 (40 overs)
S.Miles caught 9
S.Tomlins bowled 10
L.Miles bowled 18
R.Morris caught 42
J.Mynett lbw 0
G.Wilson caught 2
C.Holtz caught 8
G.Taylor bowled 10
J.Tolley run out 12
K.Holtz not out 4
A.Brown not out 6
Acton Scott batted first on a hot sultry afternoon at Russell's Meadow where the wicket was quite slow and the outfield quite long after recent heavy rain.
Opening batsmen Simon Miles and captain Stuart Tomlins made steady watchful progress on a fairly unresponsive batting wicket until in the 6th over Stuart dragged on a low delivery from Liam Farmer....14-1. Luke Miles joined his father Simon and put on a useful second wicket partnership of 38 before Luke was bowled by Jacob for 18 in the 13th over...52-2.
George Wilson who impressed with his batting application
Rob Morris joined Simon but in the very next over Simon was out....57-3. With Rob playing very well, wickets continued to fall around him with both Jason Mynett and George Wilson falling cheaply....73-5 after 22 overs. Cameron Holtz batting with Rob managed a useful sixth wicket partnership of 34 before Cameron was out caught in the 30th over...107-6.
Acton Scott's Rob Morris top scoring for the visitors with a very valuable 42
Gavin Taylor joined Rob and with Rob moving smoothly into the forties he was finally out for an excellent 42 which included 6 fours - quite an achievement on this outfield with such long grass....120-7 with still seven overs left to bat.
Both Gavin and James Tolley made valuable contributions adding 25 for the eighth wicket and this continued with Krafft Holtz and Dill Brown putting on an unbroken stand of 14 to set the home side a target of just over 4 runs an over for victory - a reasonably challenging target on this tricky wicket and outfield.
Church Stretton 129 (34.4 overs)
Catches (2) : L.Miles & R.Morris
Run outs (1) : L.Miles
Fielder of the Day : Luke Miles
Acton Scott's opening bowlers Gavin Taylor and Dill Brown with a relatively modest total to defend bowled superbly restricting Rowan Dunbabin and Peter Lee so that after their opening spell of 10 overs only 12 runs had been scored.
Gavin Taylor set the tone for Acton Scott with his superb spell of bowling - 5.4-3-3-1
With the score on 21 Peter attempting a reasonable run was superbly run out by Luke Miles with a bullet return to keeper Krafft Holtz. But Rowan and Andrew Chapman got Church Stretton back on track with a solid second wicket partnership of 46 before Rowan was well caught by Luke to give Jason Mynett his first wicket for Acton Scott...67-2 at the halfway point with the game still evenly poised.
Luke Miles bowled a triple wicket maiden during his very impressive spell
bowling four batsmen in only eight deliveries
But in the 23rd over the game was to change radically when Luke Miles bowled a triple wicket maiden bowling Andrew Chapman, Sam Morgan and Holt....71-5. And with Jason claiming his second wicket bowling Liam Farmer in the next over Church Stretton were reeling. Worse was to follow for the home side when in the following over Luke claimed his fourth wicket bowling Dan Hill.....73-7 with still 15 overs left to bat.
Osborne and Collins temporarily halted the slide adding 15 for the eighth wicket until James Tolley claimed Collins's wicket when Rob Morris held on to a well hit drive at long on...98-8. Osborne was bowled by George Wilson after some resistance and the final wicket fell in the 35th over when Gavin bowled Andy Lockett to give the visitors their third win of the season.
Acton Scott won by 32 runs
Sunday 27 May - Burwarton (Away)
Match cancelled due to lack of players
Sunday 20 May - Clee Hill (Away)
Clee Hill 317-5 (40 overs)
Catches (2) : S.Tomlins & R.Wilson
Run outs (1) : L.Miles
Fielder of the Day : Richard Wilson
On a perfect warm and sunny afternoon Clee Hill began their innings on a good hard wicket with openers Mark Harrington and Liam Whitbread facing Acton Scott's Dill Brown and Ed Jones.
The opening bowlers made early breakthroughs when firstly Dill bowled Liam and then Sloan was well caught by Stuart Tomlins at mid wicket off Ed's bowling.......23-2. Harry Martin joined Mark and Harry quickly moved his score on to 40 before Luke Miles claimed his wicket when he was well caught low down at mid wicket by Richard Wilson....75-3.
Just five runs later Mark was run out going for a second run by some fine fielding from Jason Mynett and smart thinking by Luke throwing to the other end...80-4. At the halfway point Clee Hill had reached 94-4. Dill claimed his second wicket when he had Kempsley lbw in the 25th over....126-5.
But the complexion of the match was to change with a huge partnership from Hicks (148) and Ian Harrington(52) putting on an unbeaten stand of 191 to leave the visitors with a daunting run chase of just under 8 runs an over for victory.
Acton Scott 210-9 (34.2 overs)
J.Wrench bowled 4
S.Tomlins caught 30
L.Miles caught 136
E.Jones bowled 2
J.Mynett caught 0
P.Jones caught 12
G.Wilson stumped 2
K.Holtz run out 7
A.Brown not out 8
R.Wilson run out 0
After opening his innings with a magnificent off drive for four Jamie Wrench unluckily played on in only the second over of the innings....4-1.
Captain Stuart Tomlins was joined by Luke Miles and they soon realised that there were plenty of runs to be had on this wicket and fast outfield. With some very powerful shots from both players they quickly moved the score on with a partnership of 67 before Stuart was out caught for 30....71-2 after about 10 overs.
But with Luke desperately needing someone to stay with him the visitors suffered further setbacks firstly with the early demise of Ed Jones and then Jason Mynett, making his debut for Acton Scott...82-4. Pete Jones steadied the innings putting on 29 with Luke including a fine shot for 4 and a magnificent pick up over mid wicket for 6.
Luke Miles on his way to 136 for Acton Scott against Clee Hill
But despite running out of partners, Luke continued on his way to a century with a superb batting display moving the score on to 208 before he was finally out top edging to the keeper for 136, an innings which included 14 fours and 6 sixes.
Despite all his efforts the visitors fell well short of their target losing by 107 runs.
Clee Hill won by 107 runs
Sunday 13 May - Church Stretton (Away)
Match cancelled by Church Stretton due to lack of players - match re-arranged for 3 June
Sunday 6 May - Albrighton (Away)
Match cancelled by Albrighton due to Cup commitment from postponed game on 29 April
Sunday 29 April - Willey (Away)
Willey 120-5 (40 overs)
Catches (3) : K.Holtz 2, & E.Jones
Fielder of the Day : Krafft Holtz
On an overcast and bitterly cold afternoon, the home side won the toss and elected to bat with openers Shane Hatton and Martin Ball facing Acton Scott's Gavin Taylor and Cameron Holtz who soon settled into bowling a good length making it difficult for Willey's batsmen to score quickly on a slowish wicket.
In the eighth over with the score on just 18, Cameron struck when he had Shane well caught behind by Cameron's father Krafft. First change bowlers Ed Jones and Luke Miles applied even more pressure on the batsmen's ability to score freely and in the seventeenth over Ed bowled Martin Ball to make it 49-2.
With Willey scoring at just 2.7 runs an over at the halfway point of their innings, Luke was to make matters even worse for the home side when he claimed two wickets in his sixth over, the first another excellent catch from keeper Krafft standing up and the second two balls later bowling young J.Ball....57-4.
With Rudd playing well for Willey, despite giving some chances, he managed to put on a 5th wicket partnership with Ryan Ball of 51 scoring at just under four an over before becoming Luke's third victim when he skied a catch to Ed Jones and was out for 49.
Willey had set Acton Scott a run chase of 3 an over for victory.
Acton Scott 122-6 (36 overs)
S.Miles bowled 12
S.Tomlins caught 22
P.Jones caught 0
E.Jones caught 30
J.Wrench bowled 1
L.Miles not out 37
J.Tolley caught 0
K.Holtz not out 2
Acton Scott's openers Simon Miles and Stuart Tomlins set about chasing a manageable target seeing off Willey's opening bowlers without any trouble. But with the score on 33 Simon was bowled by G.Ball and in the same over Pete Jones was caught and bowled....33-2 after 9 overs.
Acton Scott's captain Stuart Tomlins got the visitors off to a solid start
scoring 22 in their successful run chase
Ed Jones joined Stuart but just 16 runs later Stuart was well caught for 22....49-3. The visitors at this point were comfortably ahead of the required run rate and although Ed was batting well a further wicket was soon to fall when Jamie Wrench was bowled by Ryan Ball.....57-4.
Ed Jones continuing his fine start to the 2018 season with an excellent 30 for Acton Scott
This brought Luke Miles to the crease to join Ed and they soon settled the visitors nerves in increasingly gloomy and cold conditions moving the score along to 98 before Ed was out for a very valuable 30 and immediately James Tolley was caught behind first ball to Welding....98-6 with 23 runs still needed and 10 overs left.
Luke Miles top scoring for Acton Scott with an unbeaten 37 to see them home to victory
Krafft Holtz joined Luke and with Luke's experience and ability coupled with Krafft's determination they saw Acton Scott home with 4 overs to spare.
Acton Scott won by 4 wickets
Sunday 22 April - Kinlet (Away)
Acton Scott 225-4 (40 overs)
S.Miles caught 65
S.Tomlins bowled 4
C.Holtz caught 12
R.Morris bowled 37
E.Jones not out 68
G.Taylor not out 27
Acton Scott's season got underway with the traditional enjoyable trip to Kinlet's lovely venue where the hosts had done a remarkable job in preparing the ground after recent very wet weather and with a very hospitable climate to match the game got underway when Acton Scott elected to bat.
Openers Vice Captain Simon Miles and Captain Stuart Tomlins made a watchful start on a softish wicket and in the fifth over Kinlet's Julian Engleheart claimed their first wicket when Stuart played on to a wide delivery... 15-1. Simon was joined by Cameron Holtz and they both soon got the measure of the wicket playing carefully and punishing any bad balls scoring at just under six an over with Simon being particularly aggressive before Cameron was out lobbing a simple catch back to the bowler - ending a second wicket partnership of 56.....71-2.
Acton Scott's Simon Miles gets his season underway with an excellent 65
Rob Morris joined Simon and together this partnership saw Simon reach a well deserved half century before he was eventually well caught for an excellent 65 which included 5 sixes and 3 fours...107-3. With the run rate just below five an over and with 18 overs to bat Rob was joined by Ed Jones moving the score on to 139 before Rob was bowled by Will Jukes for a very valuable 37.
Ed Jones in fine form at one of his favourite grounds top scoring for Acton Scott with an unbeaten 68
With just over 10 overs left to bat Gavin Taylor came to the crease to join Ed and together they formed a very influential unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 86 which saw Ed top scoring on 68 not out (including 4 sixes & 7 fours) and Gavin unbeaten on 27 (including 2 sixes & 1 four).
Gavin Taylor gets 2018 underway with 27 not out combining with Ed Jones
in an unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 86 for Acton Scott
This final rapid partnership had set a challenging target for Kinlet of 5.65 runs an over for victory.
Kinlet 137-4 (40 overs)
Catches (1) : E.Jones
Stumpings (1) : K.Holtz
Fielder of the Day : Ed Jones
Opening bowlers Dill Brown and Gavin Taylor had seen that it was imperative to bowl a good length on the slowish wicket and duly did that conceding just 10 runs between them in the first 5 overs. Kinlet's batsmen Ollie Cheney and Francis Engleheart batted carefully but were only scoring at about 3 runs an over, well below the required rate.
With the score on 46, first change bowler Cameron Holtz bowled opener Ollie Cheney for 39 in the 15th over to make the breakthrough and Francis was joined by Dan Bishop who quickly moved the score on to 86 before he was very well caught for 27 by Ed Jones at backward square leg off Dill's bowling.
Gavin's second spell saw the demise of Neil Bowyer when he had him lbw and with just 10 overs to go Kinlet found themselves on 96-3 still needing another 130 runs to win.
With all of Acton Scott's bowlers putting the home side under pressure it became an impossible target and with Ed Jones picking up a much deserved wicket when Krafft stumped Francis off a wide delivery, Kinlet fell well short thanks in large part to a fine effort from the visiting side's bowlers as reflected in their very impressive bowling figures.
Acton Scott won by 88 runs