Friday, December 9, 2022

Stanford Safe As Basildon Slump!

Stanford-Le-Hope 1st team 204 all out beat Basildon and Pitsea CC 177 all out by 27 runs.

On an overcast day at Mopsies Park, Stanford-le-hope CC secured their safety in Division 2 of the Sheppard Neame Essex League with a fine team performance against a struggling Basildon team. Stanford had been put into bat by the hosts and openers Michael Gray (34) and Duncan Page (22) set about building a good platform. The pair put on 50 for the first wicket and most importantly saw of the early threat of Basildon’s main threat Steve Brown. As Duncan Page was removed for a patient 22 his son Robert upped the anti with his usual combination of glorious drives and pulls. Robert Page was then bowled for 22 by Basildon’s Clarke-Irons bringing Martin Leslie to the crease to join the patient Gray.

Leslie mirrored Robert Page’s innings by setting about the Basildon attack in an attempt to put quick runs on the board and take the game away from Basildon. Re-enter Steve Brown, the Basildon paceman had very little success in his first spell but came back to terrorise the Stanford Batsman. Firstly, he bowled Leslie for 25, then got wickets of Gray, Maher and last weeks hero Poulton in a devastating spell of 4-0 off 4 overs. It was left to Stanford Skipper Lee Knight (49 not out) to rebuild the innings. Knight got himself back into the form that the Stanford boys were used to by playing an array or delightful drives and cheeky late cuts. He helped Stanford to a total of 204.

In reply, Basildon lost early wickets through good bowling from the returning Matt Higgins and the majestic fielding of Michael Gray. Basildon lost wickets at regular intervals and it was very much down to the work of spin twins Ross Poulton and Neil Samwell. The pair worked in tandem picking up wickets and virtually halted the run rate as Stanford were firmly in the box seat. Poulton was the pick of the bowlers (3-11 off his 10 overs) and Samwell returned figures of 1-29 off 10 overs. Basildon showed resistance through Gray and Brown, as the run rate started to rise they capitalised on some poor Stanford bowling. Gary Sanderson (3-52) polished off the tail leaving Basildon 27 runs short of the Stanford total. Stanford had secured safety with 2 games remaining and Captain Lee Knight said after the game, ‘Many people thought we would struggle this season but I am very pleased with the performance of my team and now hope to finish as high as we can’.

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