Halstead Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI v Worlington CC 1st XI on Sat 19 Jun 2021 at 12:00
Halstead Cricket Club Won by 2 wickets

Match report Halstead continued their unbeaten run at Star Stile with a two-wicket victory over Worlington.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, with skipper Graham Ford (64) and Ben Atkinson (19) getting off to a solid start, adding 42 for the first wicket before Craig Spooner (1-26) had Atkinson caught by Ed Clark.

James Watson (3) struggled to get going in a 31-run stand with skipper Ford before becoming the second wicket to fall, Josh King (1-38) with the wicket. Ford was joined at the crease by his brother Richard (26), with the pair taking Worlington past 100.

Richard Ford survived a straightforward catching chance but his luck ran out when Greg Oxlade took an excellent diving catch to give Chris Rayner (2-29) his first wicket. Rayner bowled well in tandem with Liam Jones (3-31), with the pair combining to dismiss Arthur Summers (5), Rayner taking the catch off Jones.

Ford passed his half-century, moving on to 64 before edging Rayner behind to wicketkeeper Matt Cooper, leaving Worlington on 149-5. There were 20-run stands for Simon Nicholson (16) alongside Ollie Gallop (6) and Josh Lecompte (20), with both Gallop and Lecompte falling to Liam Jones, either side of Joe Morris (2-35) bowling Nicholson.

Craig Theobald (2) skied a catch to Clark at mid-off, but Carl Manels (3*) and Lee Thompson (3*) helped the hosts finish on 206-9 from their 50 overs, Halstead ruing the 39 extras they gifted the opposition.

Confusion reined early on in the Halstead reply as the wet outfield helped contribute to Chris Rayner's (1) dismissal, run out with just three runs on the board. Matt Cooper (27) and Harry Pritchard (24) kept the scoreboard ticking over, moving on to 48 before Pritchard feathered an edge behind to Gallop off Nicholson (4-41).

Josh Wells (98*) joined Cooper at the crease, but the latter soon found himself back in the pavilion, trapped lbw by Nicholson. Craig Spooner (14) scored at a run-a-ball alongside Wells until he became Nicholson's third victim, bowled by the left-arm spinner.

Halstead then lost skipper Ed Clark (2) and Joe Morris (5) in quick succession to find themselves in trouble at 122-6 in the 28th over. With the required rate at the very manageable 3.9 an over, Wells and Liam Jones (13) set about their task.

The pair rotated the strike well, whilst seeing off the Worlington slow bowlers Nicholson and Lee Thompson (1-45), Wells reaching his half-century before Jones eventually edged behind to Gallop off Josh Lecompte (2-29) having put on 48 for the seventh wicket.

Adam Morris (9) took up the support role with 37 runs required and three wickets in hand, Wells punishing the bad balls as he picked up his scoring rate to better than a run-a-ball. Morris clipping a fine boundary off his legs but top-edged Lecompte to Thompson, bringing Josh King to the crease, the Joshes combining to secure the 10 runs needed for victory and keep

Worlington CC 1st XI Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
11nb 17w 6b 5lb 
for 9 wickets
206 (50.0 overs)
Graham Ford ct  M Cooper b C Rayner 64 131 5 48.85
Ben Atkinson ct  E Clark b C Spooner 19 29 3 65.52
James Watson ct  J Morris b J King 3 22 13.64
Richard Ford ct  G Oxlade b C Rayner 26 36 2 72.22
Arthur Summers ct  C Rayner b L Jones 5 25 20.0
Simon Nicholson b  J Morris 16 18 1 88.89
Ollie Gallop ct  J Wells b L Jones 6 14 42.86
Josh Lecompte ct  M Cooper b L Jones 20 19 3 105.26
Craig Theobald ct  E Clark b J Morris 2 5 40.0
Carl Manels Not Out  3 8 37.50
Lee Thompson Not Out  3 4 75.00

Halstead Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Joe Morris6.0035217.505.83
Ed Clark5.011300.002.60
Craig Spooner10.0126126.002.60
Josh Wells3.002300.007.67
Josh King10.0138138.003.80
Chris Rayner9.0329214.503.22
Liam Jones7.0031310.334.43

Halstead Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 11w 3lb 
for 8 wickets
Chris Rayner run out  (Unsure) 1 4 25.00 1
Matt Cooper lbw  S Nicholson 27 43 4 62.79 2
Harry Pritchard ct  O Gallop b S Nicholson 24 38 2 63.16
Josh Wells Not Out  98 86 6 1 113.95 1
Craig Spooner b  S Nicholson 14 14 3 100
Ed Clark st  O GallopL Thompson 2 18 11.11 2
Joe Morris ct  A Summers b S Nicholson 5 11 1 45.45 1
Liam Jones ct  O Gallop b J Lecompte 13 33 1 39.39
Adam Morris ct  L Thompson b J Lecompte 9 18 1 50.0
Josh King Not Out  2 9 22.22
Greg Oxlade   1

Worlington CC 1st XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Craig Theobald8.303800.004.47
Carl Manels7.013100.004.43
Simon Nicholson10.0141410.254.10
Lee Thompson10.0045145.004.50
Josh Lecompte7.0029214.504.14
Arthur Summers3.002300.007.67