Bashers march on to finals day!
By Chris Giles
Bashers in finals day after tense win over Bradley Stoke
Bedminster Bashers - the defending U19 Gloucestershire champions have reached the 2018 Glos finals day with a narrow win over Bradley Stoke.
In a game that Bashers started with 6 possible players missing; including star players Max Tryfonos and Kruz Belcher who put on 48 and 50 n.o. against West Indies on Friday; Bashers strength in depth shrone through.
Winning the toss and electing to bowl, the Bashers kept Bradley Stoke to 37 from power play, with Lewis Mason and Alfie Lewis both finishing their opening spell with good figures and Adam Hares taking a catch off Alfie's bowling to produce the first wicket.
The second followed quickly with Bailey Peacock taking an excellent run out at square leg with a direct hit to remove the number 3 batsman for a duck.
Bradley stoke rallied and despite good bowling from Jack Filer and Kevin Chitania, with a lively spell from Harry Drissell in the middle order, Bradley Stoke posted a competitive 113 from their 20 overs for 5 wickets.
In response Bashers opened the batting with Ben Cunliffe and Ashaan Butt. The latter running the former out in horrible fashion for 8 runs. Neither looking at the ball when turning off a two a 'mix up' when Ahsaan realised that he is no longer as quick as he was a few years ago (and eyeing up his post-match meal from the burger van in the car park) he sent Ben back which he neither attempted or achieved.
Ahsaan eyeing a big score to make up for his error then found himself cleaned bowled in the next over. From here the scorecard is not the most accurate as Owen Peacock was trying to operate the iPad, the scorebook and the scoreboard on his own (at Bradley Stokes ground), so the record is not 100%.
Lewis Shean arrived and departed without troubling the scoreboard. Joe Shean edged to a keeper who managed to hold one catch all night for 9, Adam Hares chipped in with 1 whilst Lewis Mason held the innings together scoring 38 from 41 balls, and around him Alfie Lewis and Jack Filer scored 7 and 5 respectively.
It was left to Harry Drissell and Bailey Peacock to see the team home with the scorecard telling me Harry scored 15 off 17 balls and spent 74 minutes at the crease (hence not sure Owen should be left alone again with a box of Kleenex, an iPad and Wi-Fi and expected to produce an accurate record of the game! Harry spent about 12 minutes at the crease to put the 'error' in context - however, that did produce a fantastic 4 back past the bowler to win the game.
The Bashers now play Bristol CC on Friday night at home. Music, BBQ and great cricket to come - come and support the lads!