Results, Scorecards, Photos & Match Reports
Sunday 16 July - Church Stretton (Home)
Acton Scott 284-4 (40 overs)
S.Miles retired not out 101
S.Tomlins caught 87
L.Miles lbw 6
P.Davies bowled 17
G.Jones not out 40
T.Tinsley bowled 11
G.Wilson not out 3
Acton Scott played their second home game against local rivals Church Stretton on an overcast breezy afternoon and after Ed Groom won the toss Church Stretton elected to bowl. Simon Miles and captain Stuart Tomlins opened the batting for the home side and soon adjusted to their home wicket punishing anything full or short with some powerful shots quickly moving the score on to 50 at the end of the 6th over.
Acton Scott's captain Stuart Tomlins with his best innings of the season
hitting 87 against Church Stretton
They moved on to their hundred opening partnership in the 14th over scoring at well over 7 runs an over and both moved smoothly on to their half centuries. With Stuart moving ever closer to his first century of the season he was finally out for 87 in the 18th over having hit 6 sixes and 8 fours after a breath taking innings, but he had established one of the Club's highest opening partnerships with Simon and given the home side a fantastic foundation to go on and post a substantial score....142-1.
Simon was joined by his son Luke but just 12 runs later Luke got a ball from Morgan that kept low and was out lbw....154-2. Paul Davies joined Simon who was in fine form and together they added 57 for the third wicket before Paul was bowled for 17....211-3.
Simon Miles in action during his magnificent innings of 101 not out
The tension mounted in the crowd as Simon moved nearer and nearer to his first century for Acton Scott and in the 33rd over he reached it having hit 3 sixes and 9 fours during a wonderful innings that saw him secure the coveted pink cap retiring not out on 101.
George Jones batting for Acton Scott during his fine innings of 40 not out
In the mean time George Jones batting at 5 was continuing to pile on the runs for the home side and when Simon retired George was joined by Tommy Tinsley who added another 35 with George before Tommy was out bowled by Reece. George continued unbeaten on 40 with George Wilson to move the score on to 284 at the close of the innings to set Church Stretton a daunting run chase of more than 7 runs an over for victory.
Church Stretton 138 (36 overs)
Catches (7) : C.Holtz 2, S.Tomlins 2, G.Jones 2 & L.Miles
Church Stretton's Reece and Jacob faced Acton Scott's opening bowling attack of Luke Miles and Dill Brown playing watchfully until with the score on 17 Luke took three quick wickets in his fourth and fifth overs and the visitors slumped to 17-3.
Reece and Groom tried to steady the innings moving the score along to 37 but with the introduction of first change bowlers Tommy Tinsley and George Jones, Church Stretton lost two further wickets when they claimed one a piece....38-5.
At the halfway point Tommy struck again after a sixth wicket partnership of 15.....53-6. Despite resistance from Gabriel Williams who batted really well for his unbeaten half century, further wickets were claimed by Tommy and George who produced magnificent bowling figures in their 8 and 5 over spells.
George Wilson, James Tolley and Cameron Holtz followed up Acton Scott's impressive bowling performance with Cameron claiming the last of the ten wickets to give Acton Scott a very comfortable win.
Acton Scott won by 146 runs
Sunday 9 July - Grasshoppers (Home)
Acton Scott 194 (39.3 overs)
C.Holtz caught 12
G.Taylor caught 25
L.Miles caught 80
S.Tomlins bowled 14
G.Wilson caught 1
P.Davies bowled 34
G.Jones caught 5
K.Holtz run out 4
T.Tinsley caught 4
H.Jennings not out 0
M.Lole caught 1
Acton Scott started their opening home campaign against Grasshoppers on a dry sunny and very pleasant summer afternoon on the hastily prepared ground which was in need of some rain. Acton Scott's captain won the toss yet again and as usual decided to bat.
Opener Cameron Holtz dealing well with one of the many lifting deliveries
Opening batsmen Cameron Holtz and Gavin Taylor played watchfully on a lively wicket with some extreme but slow bounce against the Grasshoppers bowling attack of Bartram and Qureshi and made a solid but measured start putting together an opening stand of 40 after 15 overs on a very tricky batting wicket before Cameron was out caught.
Gavin was joined by Luke Miles but with Gavin playing his best innings for some time he was out 12 runs later for a very valuable 25 that included 3 fours.
Acton Scott's Gavin Taylor during his fine innings of 25
Luke was joined by Stuart Tomlins and together they accelerated the run rate adding 40 for the third wicket before Stuart, after hitting two sixes, was bowled by Broadbent...92-3 after 23 overs.
Luke Miles in fine form again top scoring for Acton Scott with 80
After George Wilson was out caught and bowled, Paul Davies joined Luke and together they produced the highest partnership of the innings adding 51, but with Luke looking a good bet for another century he was caught and bowled for 80 but not before hitting 2 sixes and 11 fours - another exceptional innings on a very challenging batting wicket....163-5 with 7 overs left to bat.
Acton Scott's Paul Davies during his innings of 34 against Grasshoppers
Paul was in good form moving on to 34 before he was bowled by Keith Yapp which included 7 fours...181-6. With the last four wickets only producing 13 runs it set the visitors a run chase of just over 4.8 runs an over for victory.
Grasshoppers 195-2 (28.4 overs)
Catches (1) : C.Holtz
Fielder of the Day : Cameron Holtz
Opening bowlers Gavin Taylor and George Jones sought to produce good length deliveries and let the wicket do the work but anything short or full was to be punished.
Gavin was rewarded in his third over of a very tidy spell when he bowled Gardner for 16....31-1. This brought Joe Yapp to join Andy Harrison and they produced an important second wicket partnership punishing any short pitched deliveries or full tosses scoring quickly and by the seventeenth over had moved the score on to 107-1.
But when Joe was on 39 he skied a catch to Cameron Holtz who took a difficult chance well to give Luke Miles a wicket....107-2.
Andy Harrison on his way to an unbeaten century for Grasshoppers
facing Acton Scott's Cameron Holtz
With Grasshoppers scoring at more than six an over, Acton Scott urgently needed to take wickets but although some chances were created but not taken it was left to Andy Harrison to produce a match winning performance with a superb innings of 103 not out to give Grasshoppers an emphatic victory in the 29th over
Grasshoppers won by 8 wickets
Sunday 2 July - Newcastle Tour, Stocksfield (Away)
Acton Scott 94 (40 overs)
R.Williams bowled 11
P.Davies bowled 4
K.Holtz bowled 7
R.Wilson caught 14
G.Taylor run out 0
L.Miles lbw 34
A.Phillips caught 3
M.Lole caught 0
J.Wrench not out 0
C.Holtz bowled 0
A.Brown run out 0
Acton Scott's second tour game was at Stocksfield's enormous ground that boasted two full size cricket pitches in a very scenic setting and despite the amount of rain during the week the pitch was very hard.
Acton Scott's Rob Williams in action against Stocksfield
Openers Rob Williams and Paul Davies faced Stocksfield's very pacy opening bowlers finding it difficult to score quickly against and with the score on 14 Rob was bowled. Krafft Holtz joined Paul and together they resisted the very impressive bowling attack until Paul was also bowled.....29-2.
Paul Davies who opened the batting for Acton Scott
Richard Wilson joined Krafft but with the score on 32 Krafft was out again bowled and then a mistake from Richard led to Gavin Taylor being run out....32-4.
The demise of Acton Scott's Krafft Holtz
Luke Miles joined Richard in the 21st over and despite finding it difficult on a pitch that was taking extreme spin and bounce Luke managed to make some progress and and added 56 for the fifth wicket before Richard was caught at slip....88-5.
But just 5 runs later firstly Luke and then Mike Lole were out and worse was to follow with the last three wickets falling for just one run. So the Tourists had gone from 88-4 to 94 all out leaving the home side to chase a very modest total.
Stocksfield 95-5 (30 overs)
Catches (2) : R.Wilson & L.Miles
Fielder of the Day : Dill Brown
With such a modest target to defend the Tourists needed to bowl very well to make the match interesting and the opening pair of Gavin Taylor and Dill Brown did exactly that with Dill claiming his first wicket in his very first over inducing an edge which lobbed up for Richard Wilson to catch fielding at slip...5-1.
With the score on 28 Dill struck again bowling Stocksfield's other opener and with no addition to the score Gavin ended a wonderful opening spell claiming the wicket of Mannion caught by Luke Miles...28-3.
First change bowler Cameron Holtz continued the fightback claiming his first wicket in his very first over...31-4 and just 5 runs later his second wicket....36-5. What was thought to be a one-sided match had suddenly become very interesting on what was certainly a very tricky batting wicket.
But Stocksfield's pair of Brown and Hall played well to see them through to victory in the 30th over despite the Tourists putting up a very good bowling display and in particular a remarkable five over spell from Mike Lole which went for just five runs and included three successive maidens.
Stocksfield won by 5 wickets
Saturday 1 July - Newcastle Tour, Belsay (Away)
Acton Scott 222-5 (40 overs)
S.Miles caught 20
C.Holtz caught 8
A.Brown caught 2
L.Miles retired not out 100
S.Tomlins caught 40
R.Morris caught 39
P.Davies not out 3
A.Phillips not out 1
For the first game of their trip to Newcastle, Acton Scott visited the village of Belsay and after several days of rain during the week were lucky enough to find dry but blustery conditions.
Openers Simon Miles and Cameron Holtz made a fine start putting on 31 for the first wicket before Cameron was out in the thirteenth over. But worse was to follow just two overs later when two more wickets fell when firstly Simon, who had made a significant contribution with 20, and then Dill Brown were both out......34-3.
Acton Scott's captain Stuart Tomlins with a fine innings of 40 on Tour
This brought Luke Miles and captain Stuart Tomlins to the crease and together they swung the game back in favour of the Tourists with some fine batting with a fourth wicket partnership of 89 before Stuart was finally out for 40 having hit 2 sixes and 5 fours. Rob Morris joined Luke and carried on where Stuart had left off adding another 95 runs until Luke once again reached his century, his seventh of the season, and retired not out having hit 5 sixes and 10 fours.
Luke Miles on his way to another unbeaten century, his seventh of the season
Just one run after Luke's retirement Rob was out caught and bowled for 39 which included a six and 5 fours....219-5. The innings closed soon after on 222 leaving Belsay a run chase of nearly 5.8 runs an over for victory.
Belsay 223-7 (36 overs)
Catches (5) : S.Miles 2, S.Tomlins, P.Davies & A.Phillips
Fielder of the Day : Simon Miles
Opening bowler Gavin Taylor made a dream start with a wicket maiden when Stuart Tomlins caught Belsay's opener Tait in the very first over....0-1. But a second wicket stand of 92 saw Belsay wrestle back the advantage before Luke Miles claimed his first wicket when his father Simon caught Belsay's number 3 batsman in the 20th over.
Luke followed up claiming another wicket in his next over bowling Johnson for 2....95-3. Further success followed for the Tourists when Gavin took his second wicket when Simon took his second catch to make it 115-4 with 15 overs left to bat handing the advantage back to Acton Scott.
But Belsay with a fine innings from Townson made good progress towards their target until the fifth wicket fell on 155 when Gavin claimed his third wicket leaving the home side to get 68 in the last 10 overs with five wickets in hand.
Despite Stuart Tomlins and Rob Morris claiming two more wickets towards the end of the run chase Belsay reached their target with 4 overs to spare.
Belsay won by 3 wickets
Sunday 25 June - Iscoyd & Fenns Bank (Away)
Acton Scott 230-6 (40 overs)
C.Holtz bowled 12
S.Miles lbw 42
P.Jones caught 5
L.Miles retired not out 100
S.Tomlins lbw 2
R.Wilson caught 10
M.Lole bowled 11
G.Wilson not out 11
K.Holtz not out 4
With the need to continue to play new teams Acton Scott travelled north to the magnificent Iscoyd Park near Whitchurch to play Iscoyd & Fenns Bank on an overcast afternoon with intermittent drizzle always in the air.
After winning the toss captain Stuart Tomlins elected to bat as always and openers Cameron Holtz and Simon Miles faced a tricky spell from Iscoyd's bowlers Ben Haywood and Matt Jones on a very dry and hard wicket with some variable bounce.
Acton Scott's Simon Miles in fine form on his way to a valuable 42
In the fifth over with the score on 25 Cameron unluckily received a ball that kept very low and was bowled. Simon was joined by Pete Jones making one of his few appearances for the Club and with Simon batting really well they added 38 for the second wicket before Pete was out caught in the thirteenth over....63-2. Five balls later Simon was unluckily adjudged lbw after a very valuable innings of 42 which included a six and 8 fours....69-3.
Pete Jones in action for Acton Scott
Luke Miles and Stuart Tomlins continued but with the score on 76 Stuart was the unlucky victim of another lbw decision. Richard Wilson joined Luke and with Luke continuing his extraordinary batting form for the Club added 57 for the fifth wicket before Richard was out caught at cover....133-5. Joined by Mike Lole, Luke continued another fine innings moving smoothly on to another century, unbelievably his sixth of the season, before retiring having hit 3 sixes and 12 fours.
Luke Miles with another fine innings of 100 not out
on his way to breaking all seasonal batting records for Acton Scott
Mike batted very well against some hostile bowling before being bowled by Lea for a gritty knock of 11 which included some remarkable shots....207-6. George Wilson and Krafft Holtz added another 23 at the end of the innings, the highlight of which was George's innings producing some excellent off-side drives that saw him score his highest innings for the Club with an 11 not out leaving Iscoyd a run chase of 5.8 runs an over for victory.
Acton Scott's George Wilson producing some fine shots in his innings
Iscoyd & Fenns Bank 175-8 (40 overs)
Catches (4) : S.Miles 2, S.Tomlins & C.Holtz
Opening bowlers Cameron Holtz and Stuart Tomlins bowled tidily and restricted Iscoyd's batsmen R.Jones and Gresty to just 15 runs after five overs and with the score on 31 Stuart made the breakthrough when he had Gresty who was on 21 well caught by Cameron.
Stuart claimed his second wicket just 15 runs later when he bowled M.Jones for 5....46-2 after 10 overs. George Wilson was introduced into the attack and with the score on 52 had opener R.Jones caught by Stuart. But Walton and Heywood rallied Iscoyd producing a very good partnership of 75 for the fourth wicket until James Tolley bowled Heywood...127-5.
With Acton Scott's bowlers performing really well, the run rate for Iscoyd was becoming an issue and after a two year lay off Mike Lole produced an outstanding spell of eight overs reaping his reward with the wicket of Walton who was very well caught by Simon Miles for 47.
In spinner George Wilson's second spell he claimed his second wicket dismissing Faulkner lbw and it was then left to Pete Jones to produce an excellent spell claiming two wickets (his first ever for the Club) bowling E.Gresty and having Lea very well caught on the long-on boundary by Simon off the very last ball of the innings to give Acton Scott victory in their inaugural meeting with Iscoyd & Fenns Bank.
The very enjoyable game had been played in a wonderful spirit and everyone looked forward to their return visit to Acton Scott at the end of next month.
Acton Scott won by 55 runs
Sunday 18 June - Brampton Bryan (Away)
Acton Scott 236-4 (40 overs)
P.Davies bowled 19
C.Holtz bowled 0
K.Holtz run out 9
L.Miles retired not out 101
E.Jones caught 17
S.Tomlins retired not out 50
S.Miles not out 3
M.Corfield not out 2
Brampton Bryan 115 (19.2 overs)
Catches (5) : E.Jones 2, J.Tolley, P.Davies & C.Holtz
Fielder of the Day : Ed Jones
Acton Scott won by 121 runs
Sunday 11 June - Dales (Away)
Acton Scott 219 (37.5 overs)
R.Wilson caught 10
C.Holtz lbw 38
L.Miles retired not out 102
S.Miles caught 25
S.Tomlins bowled 1
L.Farquhar bowled 1
J.Wrench bowled 0
N.Miles bowled 2
J.Tolley bowled 0
G.Wilson not out 1
A.Brown bowled 6
Always keen to play different teams, Acton Scott visited Leominster for their first ever meeting with Dales Cricket Club at the home side's historic ground in Mill Street on an overcast afternoon.
On a good wicket that had seen a lot of rain the previous day Acton Scott's openers Richard Wilson and Cameron Holtz made a steady start and after 10 overs had moved to 35 without loss. But in the next over Richard was out caught at cover point....35-1.
Acton Scott's opener Cameron Holtz on his way to a fine innings of 38
Cameron was joined by in form Luke Miles and they increased the run rate moving the score along briskly. But after a partnership of 57 Cameron was adjudged lbw after a very fine innings of 38 which included 7 fours.....92-2. Luke was joined by his father Simon and with Luke moving on to his fifty with a strike rate of 125 they batted well together until Simon was out for 25 having added 42 for the third wicket.....134-3.
But with wickets continuing to fall around him, Luke continued his progress with some fine shots and reached his century from only 79 balls before retiring not out on 102 having hit 5 sixes and 14 fours after another wonderful innings.
Another brilliant batting performance from Acton Scott's Luke Miles retiring on 102 not out
with a strike rate of 126
Contributions from the lower order were challenging but on a positive note it did see Natasha Miles's return to the Club after a two year absence with a back injury and James Tolley's first ever cricketing debut. The visitors had posted a run chase for Dales of 5.5 runs an over for victory after an innings played in a wonderful spirit by both teams.
A great day out for the Miles connections - Simon Miles (25) Luke Miles (102 not out)
and debuts for James Tolley and Natasha Miles
Dales 222-6 (39.2 overs)
Catches (2) : S.Tomlins & L.Farquhar
Stumpings (1) : S.Miles
Run Outs (1) : C.Holtz
Opening bowlers Dill Brown and captain Stuart Tomlins bowled tidily against Osborne and Linley-Adams who had made an opening stand of 36 after 10 overs when Stuart bowled Osborne for 12. Stanik batting at three added 37 for the second wicket before Stuart was involved again this time catching Stanik off the bowling of Laurence Farquhar.
But with young Linley-Adams batting really well a further partnership of 55 with H.Burke developed for the third wicket before Cameron claimed his first wicket.....128-3 with the home side continuing to keep up the required run rate. After reaching 89 Linley-Adams was brilliantly run out by Cameron Holtz and the match was very much in the balance...132-4.
But a fine performance from R.Burke with an excellent 42 saw the match swing back in favour of the home side before he was the victim of a wonderful catch at long-on by Laurence Farquhar to give Cameron his second wicket....202-5. With Emery retiring hurt, Dales batsman Cromar made a valuable contribution of 22 before being stumped by keeper Simon Miles to give Cameron his third wicket....212-6.
With time running out it all came down to the final over with the home side needing 5 runs to win and Jones and Jury saw them through to victory with four balls to spare.
It had been a wonderful game played in a fantastic spirit and the return match on 27 August at Acton Scott was eagily anticipated
Dales won by 4 wickets
Sunday 4 June - Ludlow (Away)
Ludlow 152 (40 overs)
Catches (3) : C.Holtz, P.Davies & S.Miles
Run Outs (1) : L.Miles
With the scheduled game against Montgomery cancelled, Acton Scott visited Ludlow to play a hastily arranged fixture.
Ludlow's opening batsmen Prince and Bull made steady progress against Acton Scott's bowling combination of Gavin Taylor and Dill Brown but in the seventh over with the score on 36 Gavin claimed the first wicket bowling Prince for 17 with the last ball of his opening spell.
Tommy Tinsley and Cameron Holtz were brought into the attack and in his first two overs Cameron bowled both Bull and Fagan to leave Ludlow on 43-3. Further success was to follow for the visitors when George Wilson took a wicket with his very first ball when Wall holed out to Cameron at long-off.....67-4.
This brought Scott Kemsley to the crease and he re-built the innings with the help of Ludlow's middle order and moved their total on to 143 before he was finally out well caught by Paul Davies off the bowling of Ed Jones.
Acton Scott's Ed Jones in the middle of his very impressive bowling spell......... 8-2-25-4
This was Ed's fourth wicket of an exceptional eight over spell which had earlier seen him bowl three of Ludlow's middle order batsmen. A further wicket was taken by Luke Miles when his father Simon had Ellie Taylor caught behind the wicket.
The final wicket was taken with the last ball of the 40th over when Krafft Holtz was run out by Luke Miles attempting an impossible run to leave Acton Scott a run chase of just over 3.8 runs an over for victory.
Acton Scott 158-3 (36.3 overs)
C.Holtz caught 69
S.Miles retired not out 51
T.Tinsley caught 4
G.Wilson bowled 0
S.Tomlins not out 18
R.Morris not out 0
Acton Scott's opening batsmen Cameron Holtz and Simon Miles set about chasing their target with great confidence and after 10 overs had reached 44 without loss. They continued batting really well and at the halfway point had moved the score on to 82.
Acton Scott's Cameron Holtz top scoring with his highest score for the Club of 69
The next milestone was reached in the 23rd over with the hundred opening partnership and shortly after Simon moved smoothly on to his half century before retiring having hit 7 fours in his excellent innings.
Simon Miles on his way to an unbeaten 51 for the visitors
This brought Tommy Tinsley to join Cameron and their partnership produced another 26 runs before Tommy was out well caught......130-1. A further wicket fell just six runs later and this brought Acton Scott's captain Stuart Tomlins to join Cameron.
With the scores level Cameron was caught behind by his father Krafft to end an excellent innings representing his top score for the Club of 69 which included 9 fours. It was left to Stuart to hit the winning run with a massive six over long-off to give the visitors victory with 3.5 overs to spare.
Acton Scott won by 7 wickets
Sunday 28 May - Wroxeter Grove (Away)
Acton Scott 235 (35.5 overs)
S.Miles bowled 9
C.Holtz bowled 0
L.Miles retired not out 101
P.Davies bowled 0
S.Tomlins caught 27
G.Jones caught 48
T.Tinsley run out 9
H.Jennings bowled 0
A.Phillips caught 0
G.Wilson bowled 1
G.Taylor bowled 0
A.Brown not out 5
Acton Scott travelled to the Unison Sports & Social Club's ground at Shirehall for their first ever game against Wroxeter Grove and on a warm and pleasant afternoon won the toss and elected to bat.
Openers Simon Miles and Cameron Holtz faced Wroxeter's high class bowling attack on a wicket that was seaming and had an element of variable bounce. With just 3 runs on the board Cameron was bowled by Stallard and he then went on to dismiss Simon shortly afterwards followed by Paul Davies leaving Acton Scott on 30-3 after only six overs.
Acton Scott's Luke Miles on his way to another unbeaten century this time against Wroxeter Grove
But in form Luke Miles and captain Stuart Tomlins came together and played exceptionally well with a brilliant century partnership to restore the visitor's innings by the halfway stage before Stuart was out caught for 27.
Stuart Tomlins in good form for Acton Scott
George Jones joined Luke and together they continued the good progress with Luke reaching his century before retiring not out having hit 3 sixes and 15 fours.
George Jones on his way to an exceptional innings of 48 for Acton Scott
Tommy Tinsley joined George and both were batting really well until Tommy was unluckily run out with a brilliant throw....210-5 with about 9 overs left to bat.
Tommy Tinsley playing his first game of the season for Acton Scott
With George's innings moving into the forties he was losing partners all around him and with his final partner Dill Brown at the wicket and just 2 runs short of his 50 he was finally out caught having hit 9 fours in his brilliant innings to leave Wroxeter Grove a run chase of 5.9 runs an over for victory.
Wroxeter Grove 238-0 (29.4 overs)
With Wroxeter electing to open the batting with their Australian overseas professional Rory Hawes and their exceptionally talented 14 year old Will Stanford-Davies, it was always going to be a tough proposition for the visitors and so it proved to be.
With no early breakthrough, Rory and Will made relentless progress towards their target and had soon put on a hundred partnership without loss. Rory moved smoothly on to his century before retiring not out 103.
Will was joined by Brown and the only interesting issue was to see whether he could support Will to his century and this was finally achieved with Will's winning hit to leave him on 101 not out and to give Wroxeter Grove an emphatic victory
Wroxeter Grove won by 10 wickets
Sunday 21 May - Clee Hill (Away)
Acton Scott 116-8 (40 overs)
R.Wilson caught 10
R.Williams caught 5
L.Miles caught 42
J.Wrench bowled 13
G.Whitteter caught 4
P.Davies bowled 13
G.Wilson bowled 0
G.Jones caught 7
A.Brown not out 5
S.Miles not out 7
On a pleasant afternoon Acton Scott's openers Richard Wilson and Rob Williams made slow progress against Clee Hill's bowlers Jordan and Griffiths who were swinging and seaming the ball on a wicket with variable bounce and after 10 overs had only managed to score 12 runs.
Luke Miles top scoring for Acton Scott with 42
Shortly after Rob was out caught at extra cover...16-1. and Richard was joined by captain Luke Miles. Luke moved the score along and in the 19th over Richard was out.... 50-2. Jamie Wrench joined Luke and added another 24 for the third wicket before Luke was out caught behind for a solid 42.
Acton Scott's Jamie Wrench back amongst the runs again
Four runs later Jamie was bowled and with the addition of only three more runs two further wickets fell....81-6 with 10 overs of the innings to go. But Paul Davies and George Jones added a valuable 22 runs for the seventh wicket before both Paul and George were dismissed....103-8.
The last two overs saw Dill Brown and Simon Miles adding another 13 runs to set Clee Hill a modest run chase of less than 3 runs an over for victory.
Clee Hill 119-2 (18 overs)
Catches (1) : R.Wilson
With such a modest total to defend the visitors would need to take quick wickets...enter Dill Brown to open the bowling and with the 5th and 6th ball of his very first over claimed two wickets leaving Clee Hill stunned at 1-2.
But Acton Scott's hopes were soon eroded when Mark Harrington and Liam Whitbread started a formidable partnership moving the score on quickly and after just 10 overs Clee Hill were 58-2. With Liam taking the lead he went on to his fifty and by the 15th over had moved the score on to 91 with only 26 more runs needed . The target was reached in the 18th over and Liam finished on 92 not out after a fantastic innings to see Clee Hill comfortably home.
Clee Hill won by 8 wickets
Sunday 14 May - Church Stretton (Away)
Match cancelled due to Church Stretton being unable to field a team
Sunday 7 May - Albrighton (Away)
Acton Scott 229-6 (40 overs)
R.Wilson bowled 9
R.Williams lbw 5
L.Miles caught 145
P.Davies bowled 19
G.Wilson caught 0
S.Tomlins not out 19
R.Morris lbw 1
G.Taylor not out 3
On a perfectly sunny afternoon tempered by a cooling breeze Acton Scott travelled to Albrighton's impressive ground for their third game of the season.
Opening batsmen Richard Wilson and Rob Williams found progress was difficult on a hard wicket against Albrighton's bowling attack of Maundrell and Fisher and in the 10th over Rob was out lbw with the score on just 20. Luke Miles joined Richard and was to continue his good run of form moving the score along with some fine shots and at the halfway point the visitors were on 63-1.
Luke soon cruised to his 50 and in the 25th over Richard was out...95-2 and Luke was joined by Paul Davies. With Luke continuing his domination, he reached his third century in his last four innings for the Club and continued to pile on the runs in partnership with Paul.
Acton Scott's Luke Miles on his way to a magnificent 145
With the score on 204 and Luke just seven runs away from Acton Scott's highest ever batsman's individual score he was caught for 145 having put the visitors in a strong position hitting 2 sixes and an amazing 24 fours...his partnership with Paul was worth 109.
Paul Davies during a third wicket partnersip of 109 with Luke
Paul fell soon after for a useful 19 and with the loss of two further wickets, Acton Scott had been reduced to 209-6. But with just over two overs left captain Stuart Tomlins and Gavin Taylor quickly added another 20 runs to set Albrighton a competitive run chase of 5.75 runs an over for victory.
The visitors' innings will long be remembered for Luke's magnificent 145 against a very useful Albrighton bowling attack.
Albrighton 232-7 (35.3 overs)
Catches (2) : R.Williams & E.Jones
Fielder of the Day : Ed Jones
Acton Scott's opening bowling attack of Gavin Taylor and Dill Brown restricted the scoring with good opening spells and in the sixth over Dill was rewarded when he trapped Jogi lbw ....17-1.
Albrighton's Carlton and Maundrell batted well but did give chances to the visitors who weren't able to hang on to their catches and after Carlton retired not out on 50, Maundrell continued progress with Bert moving the score on to 179 before Bert was trapped lbw by Rob Morris with only his second delivery.
When Maundrell was well caught at long off by Rob Williams and Rob Morris dismissed Poppins, Barley and Parker for 0, the game was nicely balanced with the home side on 190-6 still needing 40 runs to win with about 10 overs remaining.
One of Rob's four wickets was thanks to a brilliant one handed catch by Ed Jones at short mid wicket. The seventh wicket pairing batted well to move closer to their target but with the score on 225 Dill Brown claimed his second wicket.
But in the 36th over the home side reached their target to win an interesting game with both sides producing some excellent cricket.
Albrighton won by 3 wickets
Sunday 30 April - Willey (Away)
Acton Scott 94 (33.1 overs)
R.Wilson bowled 20
M.Lole run out 2
L.Miles bowled 23
P.Davies lbw 14
A.Phillips bowled 8
S.Tomlins bowled 2
J.Wrench bowled 0
E.Jones lbw 6
G.Wilson bowled 3
K.Holtz bowled 0
A.Brown not out 0
Acton Scott's second game of the season took them to Willey Wanderers ground at Barrow Park on an overcast breezy day with rain forecast for later on in the afternoon. After winning the toss Willey elected to bowl on what looked like a good batting wicket.
Acton Scott's openers Richard Wilson and Mike Lole soon found that the wicket was slower than it appeared and that batting was not entirely straightforward with the ball both swinging and seaming. In the third over the visitors lost their first wicket when Mike was run out with a direct hit attempting a sharp single....6-1.
Luke Miles joined Richard and proceded to bat cautiously but punished any loose delivery reaching 23 before being bowled by an unplayable leg cutter....39-2 after 10 overs.
Acton Scott's Paul Davies, one of only three batsmen to get into double figures
Paul Davies batting at four joined Richard and they added another 17 precious runs for the third wicket before Richard was bowled for 20.....56-3 with 17 overs completed.
Tony Phillips in action for the visitors
Acton Scott's captain Stuart Tomlins
Tony Phillips joined Paul and moved the score along to 72 before Paul was out lbw for a very useful 14.
Young George Wilson scoring his first runs of the season for Acton Scott
Batting appeared to be getting more and more difficult with considerable movement off the wicket and still some movement in the air and wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. The visitors were eventually dismissed for less than one hundred in only the 34th over.
Willey 88 (16.4 overs)
Catches (3) : J.Wrench, P.Davies & K.Holtz
Fielder of the Day : Paul Davies
The predicted rain arrived at the start of the home side's innings which was to make batting even trickier but with such a small total to defend Acton Scott would need to produce some exceptional bowling with what was becoming an increasingly wet and slippery ball.
Opening bowlers Ed Jones and Dill Brown knew exactly what to do and together they produced one of the most memorable bowling performances in the Club's history. Between them they bowled out the first four opening batsmen for Willey to reduce the home side to 34-4 after just 8 overs.
Dill's second wicket was thanks to a good catch from Jamie Wrench at deep point in the gathering gloom and Paul Davies was to take an even better skied catch on the deep mid wicket boundary when most players were finding it difficult to pick up the flight of the ball. Dill and Ed continued to take it in turns taking more wickets and soon it was 42-6 after only 10 overs.
With both bowlers having their sights on a five wicket haul it was Dill who got there when keeper Krafft Holtz held on to a catch behind the stumps to dismiss Long.
At the end of their 8 over spells, between them they had reduced Willey's useful batsmen to 85-9 and with the last pair at the crease the home side needed just 10 runs to win......enter Luke Miles. Luke took just four balls to bowl Welding to give Acton Scott an unlikely victory.
Everyone had witnessed a wonderful spell of bowling from Ed and Dill that will live long in the mind.
Acton Scott won by 6 runs
Sunday 23 April - Kinlet (Away)
Acton Scott 323-4 (40 overs)
R.Wilson caught 69
J.Wrench bowled 0
L.Miles retired not out 103
P.Davies not out 61
E.Jones bowled 61
G.Wilson caught 0
K.Holtz not out 1
The much anticipated opening game of the season took Acton Scott to the delightful setting of Kinlet's ground and on an unusually warm afternoon the visitors were to enjoy another hospitable welcome from Francis Engleheart and his team.
After winning the toss Acton Scott's captain Stuart Tomlins elected to bat on a superb hard wicket, but in the fourth over Jamie Wrench was bowled with the score on 10 and Richard Wilson was joined by Luke Miles.
On such a good batting wicket Luke produced some magnificent shots and, with short boundaries on two sides of the wicket producing good value for any shots, soon raced to his fifty. His strike rate was amazing and before any one had realised it he had brought up his century before retiring not out on 103 - his innings unbelievably included 11 sixes, 8 fours and just 5 singles and was both brutal and elegant.
Paul Davies joined Richard and both continued to score well before Kinlet finally took their second wicket with the score on 218 when Richard was out caught in the covers for 69 which included 12 fours. This meant that Richard had participated in partnerships with Luke and Paul amounting to 208 runs....and there were more runs to come.
Paul Davies on his way to a superb 61 not out for Acton Scott
Ed Jones joined Paul and both played superbly, deservedly reaching their fifties before Ed was out caught for 61, which included 2 sixes and 11 fours, having added a third wicket partnership with Paul of 81.
Acton Scott's Ed Jones producing his highest ever innings for the Club with an excellent 61
Paul continued his wonderful innings to reach 61 not out, which included a six and 9 fours and despite another wicket falling Acton Scott had produced their highest ever batting total in their 21 year history. It was also the first time that four batsmen had produced a century and 3 fifties in one innings - an unbelievable start to the new season.
Kinlet 229-9 (40 overs)
Catches (3) : E.Jones 2 & P.Davies
Fielder of the Day : Ed Jones
With the home side needing to score at more than 8 runs an over, Acton Scott's opening bowlers Gavin Taylor and Ed Jones got the visitors off to a wonderful start restricting Kinlet to just 9 runs in the first 5 overs and this continued when Dill Brown replaced Gavin and although Kinlet's opening partnership of Cheney and Crook remained intact, with 15 overs bowled they were well behind the required run rate on 71-0.
Ed finally made the breakthrough when he bowled Crook...75-1 and Dill Brown followed up soon after bowling Bishop...76-2. Dill struck again with the score on 88 bowling Cheney for 49 and after 20 overs the home side were 88-3.
A useful partnership between Gorden and Holmes developed adding 55 for the 4th wicket before Holmes was well caught by Paul Davies at long on off the bowling of Luke Miles... 143-4. Luke struck again bowling Gorden for 50...172-5.
Brilliant fielding from Ed Jones saw the fall of the next two wickets when he took a skied catch at mid wicket looking directly into the sun and then an unbelievable running one handed catch on the mid wicket boundary...212-7.
Gavin Taylor claimed two more wickets to give him the very impressive figures of 8-1-21-3 on a good batting wicket, thoroughly deserved for a superb bowling performance.
The perfect way to start the new season!
Acton Scott won by 94 runs