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Minchinhampton Cricket Club

Minchinhampton Cricket Club

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RESOLUTE Alex Waring batted for 39 overs as Minchinhampton gained a comprehensive victory over rivals Leonard Stanley.

Earlier, Minch captain Pete Wallis won the toss and had no hesitation of batting first on a firm home wicket.

However, Minch had made six changes from the huge win against Uley.

Rich Scott partnered Alex Waring at the top of the order and both batsmen found early runs easy to come by. Scott hit four crisp boundaries but then a leading edge popped back to young bowler Collins as Scott departed for 17.

But another huge partnership and the second century partnership in as many weeks for the Minch side.

Alex Waring and Dave Gordon initially dealt mostly in boundaries and once the field was pushed back ran the singles impressively in the heat.

Waring brought up his second 50 of the week and Dave Gordon was not long behind in bringing up his second club 50.

Leonard Stanley toiled away with no real luck, but finally a calamitous mix-up meant both batsmen were at one end and Gordon was dismissed run out for 54, with seven overs left and a 140 run partnership.

Minch were again looking for a big score and Jaime Waring entered the crease signalling his intentions with two early fours. This was followed by two big sixes over the bowlers head, before his brief innings ended bowled by Carr for 23.

Brother Alex was still however going and needing 11 runs off last over for his ton, could just manage one more run finishing on a fine 90 including 13 fours and one six and batting 39 overs, a mammoth effort by the opener as Minch finished on 220 for four.

In reply, Minch were looking for early wickets but luck was not on their side as various edges flew to the boundary and frustration built.

Pete Wallis and John Turton toiled away and kept the pressure on a building run rate, Wallis finally making the breakthrough with Uzzell going caught behind by Dave Cruickshank.

BJ Fry nearly went first ball as a skied shot just evaded Jaime Waring at mid-wicket. But he soon settled hitting crisp shots to all parts. But it was his batting partners who couldn’t stay with him as Turton picked up two wickets.

Fry and Davis built a partnership, with Fry still looking for the boundary at all times, but Minch played the tactical option well, keeping Davis on strike as much as possible and restricting Fry’s time on strike.

Wallis with three wickets and Turton two, bowled their 10 overs straight off as the run rate built steadily for Leonard Stanley.

Dave Gordon was brought into the attack to try and break the partnership.

Fry smashed his way to a brutal 66, but was finally removed when he drilled one out to long off but found Jaime Waring who took a sharp catch off the bowling of Gordon.

This brought about any further resistance from Leonard Stanley as Priestly was run out by Alex Waring and Gordon picked up Collins’ wicket.

With nearly a 100 required off the last eight overs, Minch managed to give debut bowling spells to 16 year- old Marcus Cole and the newly found spin of John Wood.

Wood picked up the remaining 2 wickets as Minch wrapped things up with three overs to go and another good win by 81 runs.

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