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First XI Match Report

It’s safe to say it wasn’t a day for the batsman at Condover on Saturday!

After again winning the toss and deciding to bowl, we started well thanks to some tidy new ball bowling from Robbie Barker and Will Davis. We picked up 2 key wickets early in the visitors innings whilst also keeping the run rate down. Some great fielding and a tricky pitch meant that we bowled Wheaton Aston out for 117 after 37 overs. Robbie with 1, Will with 2, Sam Rogers with 1, Zoe Griffiths and Rowan Cresswell both taking 3 each.
In reply, the visitors were excellent with the ball which made things even harder on a rapidly deteriorating pitch. Charlie Rogers and Mark Griffiths battled for a near 50 run partnership before the captain was superbly caught and bowled for 28. A traditional Condover collapse ensued as the old guard of Griffer and the officially now retired Mike Rogers dug in. The pair, who closely resemble the old men from The Muppets, blunted the Aston attack before Griffer was bowled for a hard earned 18. Joll followed not long after for 15 in his final innings. With Will and Sam at the crease we still had the chance to win it late. This was until Will was caught one handed at mid off. Sam and Zoe managed to keep out the last couple of overs meaning we had to settle for a losing draw scoring 100-9.
A strange game but very competitive with some excellent bowling from both sides. Wheaton Aston certainly look one of the best sides in the league, good luck to them until our next encounter!
We are away at table topping Broseley next week.

Team News

First XI – Home to Wheaton Aston

Charlie Rogers (c)

Robbie Barker

Jordan Barker (wk)

Josh Leese

Sam Rogers

Will Davis

Zoe Griffiths

Joe Lafferty (debut)

Mark Griffiths

Mike Rogers

Second XI – Away at Forton

Graeme Hughes (cap)

Andy Brooks

Chris Henderson

John Mansell snr (wk)

Graham Geary

Tony Preston

Rich Gilbert

Paul Evans

Lucas Ridgeway

Sam Love

Matt Love  (debut)

 

 

 

 

 

All Stars coming soon to Condover

We are once again hosting the ECB All Stars programme at Condover.

The 8-week programme starts on Sunday 15  May from 10.00 – 11.00.

The programme is for 5-8 year olds and costs £40 payable when you register on the ECB site.

To register please visit the ECB All Stars website and search for Condover – Link below

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) – The Official Website of the ECB

 

First XI Match Report

The firsts made it 2 wins out of 2 this weekend as we completed a comprehensive victory away at Acton Reynald. Three changes to the team saw Rowan Cresswell make the step up, Mark Griffiths return to outdoor cricket for the first time post covid and Mike Rogers make one final appearance as he came out of retirement.

After winning the toss and deciding to bowl, our attack picked up from where they left off last week. Robbie Barker bowled some top deliveries with the new ball picking up 2 wickets. Ben Jones and Zoe Griffiths also claimed 2 each as youngster Rowan took 3 in the last 10 overs. A decent first innings effort restricted Reynald to 136-9 from their 40 overs.
In reply the familiar opening pair of Robbie Barker and Charlie Rogers once again came to the fore as they put on 142 for the first wicket. Robbie ended up unbeaten on 58 whilst the captain brought out some classic jug avoidance finishing on 49 despite hitting the winning runs with a six. We chased down the target after 25.4 overs.
A good start to the season and we’ll look to continue that in our next fixture at home to Wheaton Aston, who have also started their 2022 campaign strongly.

2 XI Match Report

30th of April saw Condover 2nd IX play their first game of the 2022 season at home against Harcourt who were relegated last season and looking to bounce straight back up again.

Condover put out a strong team with a mixture of youth and experience looking to regain some pride after a heavy defeat the week before against the other relegated team Pontsbury.

For what must be the 325th time in a row the Condover captain lost the toss and was asked to bat first.

Chris Henderson and Andy Brooks set about the task with wise heads against some tight and energetic bowling and navigated Condover through the fist 10 overs without the loss of a wicket which looking at the history books last happened the weekend of the Queens coronation.

After Henderson decided to throw caution to the wind and play a shot other than a forward defensive he top edged a ball and was dismissed for 28 solid runs. This brought young debutant Paul Evans to the crease. Paul never looked like he’d been away from the game and most of his first 16 runs came from succulent front foot drives through the slips. Once Paul decided that he had paid for all of the bat and not just the edges he played some majestic shots on his way to 51 with a punch shot through the covers being a highlight which if the ball hadn’t hit the fence may still be travelling.

Condover batted out their allotted 40 overs with Andy Brooks finishing with 81NO.

Condover started their defence knowing that with it being W/L/D they had to bowl the opposition out to get a win so opened with two young quick bowlers in Anthony Smith and first time opening bowler Lucas Ridgeway. Both bowled well with the occasional loose ball but did their job like seasoned veterans and at the change of bowlers Condover had the edge however Harcourt then proceeded to up the run rate and soon it was neck and neck again.

Sam Love produced the over of the match with a double wicket maiden and at the final over of the match Harcourt needed 20 runs to win and Condover needed 3 wickets.

The final outcome was Condover securing a winning draw (if that really is a thing) with Sam Love taking three wickets, Graeme Hughes taking three and Lucas Ridgeway taking one.

Special mentions to Leon Kosciuczyk who bowled his dependable line and length on a pitch that gave him nothing, Graham Geary who as always was everywhere in the field, Andy Rubery for his entertaining fielding and Jon Mansell Snr who had the unenviable task of keeping on a track that had unpredictable bounce. I’m sure he’s wearing yesterdays bruises as a badge of honour.

A great performance by the team and with buoyed confidence we head to Forton for our next battle.

Team News – 30th April

1st XI v Acton Reynold (A)

 

Charlie Rogers (c)

Robbie Barker

Jordan Barker (wkt)

Josh Leese

Sam Rogers

Will Davis

Zoe Griffiths

Ben Jones

Rowan Cresswell

Mark Griffiths

Mike Rogers

2XI v Harcourt (H)

 

Graeme Hughes (c)

Andy Brooks

Chris Henderson

John Mansell snr (wkt)

Graham Geary

Lucas Ridgeway

Sam Love

Leon Kosciuczyk

Anthony Smith

Andy Rubery

Paul Evans

2 XI Match Report

Condover 2’s got their 2022 season underway with a road trip to Pontsbury.

With a team made up of youthful enthusiasm and old men with bad backs the Condover team were looking forward to getting back on the field and showing what they can do and challenge for the title.

After losing the toss yet  again the Condover team were asked to bat and Pontsbury opened their bowling with two lively and accurate bowlers who gave the Condover openers of last years batter of the season Andy Brooks and Condover debutant Chris Henderson plenty of trouble. The openers got off to a steady start until Henderson was given LBW which started a batting collapse that would make the England’s Hobart effort look tame.

The Pontsbury team bowled Condover out for 66.

After a quick turnaround the Condover team started their defence well with some very tight and accurate bowling from Richard Gilbert, Lucas Ridgeway and Sam Love and it looked like Condover would make Pontsbury work very hard for the victory.

After two wickets in one Leon Kosciuczyk over the big hitters came out and knocked off the runs in the 22nd over.

Although beaten the Condover team left the ground with their heads held high after fighting to the very last run with exceptional field, tight bowling and a great team spirit which bodes well for the next clash at Condover against Harcourt.

1 XI Match Report

Condover Won by 6 wickets

The first team started off the 2022 campaign with a strong display against newly promoted Guilsfield this weekend.
With typical first game temperatures and weather, we won the toss and elected to field as Olly Upton made his first team debut. Some very tidy bowling from the opening pair of Robbie Barker and Will Davis kept the run rate down as both bowlers beat the edge several times. Will finally made the breakthrough thanks to a top catch from George Daly at mid off. Ben Jones came into the attack and proceeded to bowl one of the best first team spells in recent years claiming figures of 5-14 from 10.5 overs with 5 maidens in a row. Some further top fielding from George and Will meant that the visitors reached drinks at 60-5. We eventually bowled out the opposition for 112 with 2 overs left after some dogged resistance. Zoe Griffiths and Olly battled well in tough conditions for bowling, Will picked up 3 wickets, Sam Rogers 1 and there was a run out for skipper Charlie Rogers.
In reply some short pitched bowling from the Guilsfield opener saw Robbie fall early. Charlie joined former 1st team captain James Upton at the crease. The two coaches put on 85 runs for the second wicket as they set about chasing down the target. James played some top shots as he reached his half century in his first game for the 1s since 2018. However he fell quickly afterwards edging behind to the keeper. Charlie didn’t play his finest shot as he went not long afterwards as he was caught for 30. This left Jordan Barker to see us over the line by smashing 14 not out all in boundaries including a winning six (show off)!
A great way to start the season, next week we travel to Acton Reynald looking to build on this weekend’s performance.
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TEAM NEWS

Our lineups ahead of tomorrows season openers. Both games are in the W/D/L format starting at 1pm. Debuts for Chris Henderson and first team debut for Olly Upton.

Junior Coaching Programme 2022

Up to 10 League Cricket Matches

  • Under 11 (school years 4-6), Under 13 (years 7&8) & Under 15 (years 9&10)
  • Junior Registration 6.15pm Friday 29th April
  • Junior membership is £30.00, with a £10.00 discount for additional junior members in the same family

10 Weeks of Junior Coaching

  • Friday night Coaching for U11’s, U13’s and U15’s – starts 6th May
  • Nets and drills coaching – delivered by ECB qualified coaches
  • Suitable for children in school years 4-10 inclusive
  • Free for paid up members or £3 per session for non members

8 Week ECB All Stars programme

  • Starts Sunday 15 May – 10.00am -11.00am
  • Suitable for children aged 5-8 years old
  • Register by searching for ECB All Stars
  • £40 payable when you register with the ECB

For more information please email: info@condovercricket.club

Please bear in mind that all the above activities are delivered by members of Condover CC on a voluntary basis.

Children of all ages and abilities welcome.