The Wrap – Week 16

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Weekend Wrap - Week 16

Table topping Hayes hosted Blackheath with 3 games to go and Hayes still top of the league.

Beau Couldrey once again had the benefit of opting to field first.

Blackheath got off to a fast start before Stuart Eddicott continued his excellent season, dismissing both openers in fine spell of 10-1-42-2.

Opening partner Will MacVicar bowled a tight 5 over opening spell, followed up by his final 5 overs towards the end of the innings and he returned the splendid, miserly, figures of 10-3-13-2.

Will has shown with both bat and ball how good a cricketer he is and has been a terrific asset to the club since his arrival in 2021.

Jo Cotton, continuing the dynasty, came on as first change and was also amongst the wicket and ended up with 2 in 6.5 overs as Hayes continued to take wickets

The Blackheath batsmen had a habit of getting on to double figures and being dismissed.

Alex Blake joined in the fun with 3 wickets in his 10 over spell and with the visitors being dismissed for 162, all looked bright for Hayes.

Gareth Severin has been in impressive form recently but looking to find the boundary early, he holed out 2nd ball.

James Bamber and Will MacVicar set about repairing the damage and looking comfortable – however both were to fall with the score on the 30’s.  Both were adjudged LBW – Will had no complaints but James was very unlucky.

Tomas Gallagher joined the LBW victims, falling for 3 and suddenly Hayes were 46-4.

Alex Blake then set about the Blackheath attack, with Beau Couldrey for company.

At 83-5 Hayes looked to be recovering but then Alex (27) suffered another contentious LBW decision, being adjudged out after snicking the ball into his pads.

Beau Couldrey was batting well, but conscious runs were needed and not many wickets in hand, he tried to push the score on and was eventually out for 30, caught in the deep.

Fin Baker was undefeated on 16 but ran out of partners as the tail didn’t wag and Hayes fell to their second defeat of the season to Blackheath.

All eyes switched to Tunbridge Wells where Minster were chasing – a win would put Minster into the driving seat with only 2 weeks of the season remaining – however they contrived to lose their last 5 wickets for 4 runs and were comprehensively beaten!

Hayes remain top and travel to local neighbours, Beckenham, next week.

The 2’s made the reverse journey to Blackheath and were asked to field after skipper Sam Davis lost the toss.

Hayes fielded a young side – with the exception of Graeme Morrison! – and bowled and fielded excellently. 

Tom Davis, Johnny White, Luxan Sureshan all bowled well but the highlight was the bowling of 16 year old Lucca Baker – taking 4 wickets.

The Blackheath opening bats suggested to skipper Sam Davis that the Hayes attack was the best they had faced all season and were pleased to finish on 190.

Sadly, the Hayes reply was soon in trouble but, following up on his bowling, a great batting performance from Lucca Baker nearly saved the game, scoring a brilliant 61*.

Johnny White also batted well with xx but ultimately the poor start meant the 2’s lost by 30 runs.

Two games to go and looks like Hayes will have to win both to avoid finishing in the bottom two.

The 3’s hosted Old Colfeians, who won the toss and elected to bat first.

Will Hadley and Oli Molsher opened the attack and bowled tightly – Oli taking 1-15 in his 6 overs.

MD Belal has been in top form with the ball lately and Saturday was no exception as he took 3-22 in his allotted 9 overs.

Matt Warne bowled 9 overs and took 3-29 – Sam Carter bowling 5 overs for only 7 runs as Old Colfs finished on 143-8.

Marcus Browne (10) and Matt Warne (37) opened the Hayes reply but with their dismissal, the batting struggled (theme of the weekend) and Hayes looked to be slipping to defeat and surrendering top spot in the league.

Oli Molsher and Mark Wheatley then formed a crucial partnership – Mark finish undefeated on 33 and Oli 40 not out as Hayes got home with 3 wickets left.

With 1 game left, the 3’s lead the league, but 2nd place London Knights have 2 games in hand – a close finish!

The 4’s travelled to Mayow Park to visit Streatham & Marlborough and were invited to bat first.

On a rough park pitch the Hayes batting struggled and it was left to Sam Aylwin (18), Zoe Hainsworth (25) and Dipesh Joshi with a fine 38, to put runs on the board – all the Hayes wickets were clean bowled!

Hayes finished on 138, being dismissed in the 32 over.

A 66 run opening partnership by the home openers showed batting was possible – they were dismissed by Sam Aylwin and Ben Manners, with Ben going on to take 3-25.

Aside from Sam, David Tappenden took a wicket but the home side got home in the 30th over, having lost 5 wickets.

With 2 matches to play, Hayes remain comfortably placed in mid-table.

Sunday saw the 1st XI in T20 Quarter Final action.

Alex Blake deputised for Beau Couldrey and with Bickley winning the toss, Hayes were invited to bowl first.

Alex Blake opened the bowling with Will MacVicar and they were soon amongst the wickets as Bickley struggled.  Will’s 4 overs went for only 8 runs as he took 3 wickets – Alex taking 1-20 in his 4.

The change bowlers offered no respite for Bickley as Fin Baker took 2-8 in his 4, Stuart Eddicott 3-12, as Bickley were restricted to 65 in their 20 overs.

Jo Cotton and Connor Byrne didn’t take a wicket but conceded only 7 and 9 runs as the Hayes bowling remained on top throughout.

The run chase was comfortable – albeit Hayes lost 3 wickets for 8 runs at one stage – but with Gareth Severin (24), Alex Blake (14) and Will MacVicar 18* in the runs, victory was achieved in the 14th over.

A good win after the collapse on Saturday and now a semi-final against Folkestone – at Hayes, awaits.

The Sunday 2’s hosted friends Waggoners and elected to bat first.

Openers Sam Millard and Alfie Peck made steady progress until Alfie fell for 31, Jack Belton then joined Sam before he was dismissed for 27 – Sam Aylwin then chipped in with 39 but the question was would Sam Millard make his century!?

On 97 it all looked good but then disaster struck and Sam was cruelly out 3 runs short – a great innings, with 16 boundaries.

Hayes got to 248-8 in their 40 overs.

Waggoners started strongly and despite the best endeavours of the Hayes bowling, they proved too strong, getting home in the 39th over for the loss of 5 wickets – Steve Molsher, Alfie Peck and Alex Stirling taking wickets, with 2 run-outs.  Sam Millard taking a catch behind to make the most of his good day!

The Women made the long journey to Ickenham in a key Championship match.

Losing the toss, Hayes were made to field and despite taking early wickets, some stubborn resistance from the home side batting saw them make 202-7 in their 40 overs.

Sydney Gorham (3-19) being the pick of the bowlers, with Zeena Bilal taking 2 wickets and 1 a piece for Rosie Murray and Anoushka Kolkarni.

Despite 42 from Zeena Bilal, the Hayes batting faltered and with Beth Egan’s 16 being the only other meaningful contribution, the side were skittled for 120.

Hayes still remain top of the league and will look to bounce back next week.

A key week for the club next week as the Mens 1st XI take on Beckenham (away) and with 2 matches remaining they are Top of The League – The 3’s are also Top and the Women are Yop too – a good season for the club!

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