Bradley Stoke Cricket Club’s second XI faced Chipping Sodbury on Saturday at the Baileys Court cricket ground in a very close contest which they won by three wickets, the game going down to the last over.
Bradley Stoke fielded first and did well by restricting Chipping Sodbury to no more than 210. They finished on 207-4 at the end of the first innings, the pick of the bowlers, Lee Prinsloo, taking two wickets out of the four; the bottom of the batting order all scoring above 30 and helping to post the competitive score of 207-4. This was helped by an outstanding innings by Chipping Sodbury’s number 4 batsman Nick Anderson, who scored 71 not out whilst playing some wonderful shots in the meantime.
208 was the target to beat in the second innings for Bradley Stoke and they didn’t get off to the best of starts, with opening batsman Sririam Bellamkonda being dismissed for only 8 runs, he was replaced by Joe Coles who could not do any better – after hitting a couple of boundaries, he was dismissed for just 10 runs, leaving Bradley Stoke on just 34-2. Gareth Price, who came to the crease to sure the batting up was caught and bowled by Campling with a shot played with no real passion. This meant John Tickner came to the crease and made things a bit more stable with a 54 partnership with Chris Phillips, who ended on 61. Tickner finished on 30,meaning the tail order hit the rest of the runs, Lee Kelford and Tom Laver doing the job before George Baggot came to the crease and hit the winning runs with a powerful boundary.
They won the game with two deliveries to spare, meaning the Bradley Stoke Second team won by three wickets and remain at the top of the league with a top of the table clash next week against Bristol YMCA.
Photo: Archive image of the Baileys Court cricket ground.
Listen to Connor Summers’s interview with Gareth Price of Bradley Stoke Cricket Club’s Second XI:
Audio clip courtesy of Connor Summers and Bradley Stoke Radio
Bowls: Bradley Stoke Bowls Club
Men’s North East League team: Home versus Bristol Arrow; won 8-2 (46-43) on 27/6 – 5th position out of 10.
Men’s Bristol & District League team: Away versus St Andrews Park; won 9-1 (55-36) on 27/6 – 5th position out of 10.
Ladies League team: 28/6 they did very well and won 38-20.
Article by Connor Summers
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