SOME powerful 2nd and 3rd XIs were fielded for the start of the I’Anson Competition last Saturday, with the six fixtures restricted to Divisions Two and Three and playing the new limited-overs format.
On a nippy day at Hollowdene, Frensham II never really warmed up and suffered a crushing 10-wicket defeat to Grayshott II. The visitors bowled Frensham out for 95 after Martin Breddy had elected to bat. Rob Gregory was the chief destroyer with 5-12 in six overs, while only Tom Eastwood and Adam Goulder reached 20 for Frensham.
Young openers James Cavannagh and Ali Wheble chased down the modest total in 24 overs. Cavannagh, in a hurry to get the job done, hit three sixes in his unbeaten 58, while the very promising Wheble batted with the patience not always shown by his dad in his younger days.
Brook marked their debut in Division Two with a good win at Shalford. Deciding to bowl first on a grassy strip, the home team failed to make much use of the conditions in the early overs and Brook openers Toby Pheasant and skipper Tom Williams put on 70 in 14 overs before 14-year-old Ollie Rowe broke the stand with his second ball and went on to take 4-12 off his six overs.
Captain Dave Rowe then handed over keeping duties and wrapped up the innings with 4-4 in four overs. Father and son had claimed a combined 8-16 as Brook collapsed to 143 all out.
Shalford never really got going in reply, with the disciplined Brook bowlers offering few scoring chances. Bryan Winson, coming in at 68-5, led a spirited fightback with 48, well supported by the two youngest players, Rowe Jnr and and Clare Huttly. However, Alex Johns returned to finish the job, taking 5-15 in nine overs, and Shalford were dismissed for 109, their consolation being two losing bonus points.
Another Tilson appeared on the scene as Thursley beat old rivals The Bourne by five wickets. Steve Fuller opted to field first and his bowlers exploited the conditions to dismiss the visitors for 124. Aleem Fazal and Shahzad Ahmed took three wickets apiece and Nick Farr was second top scorer with 25 behind Extras on 37.
Andy Rooke soon bowled fellow veteran Keith Tilson, but then Scott Tilson came in to make a name for himself with 51 not out off 39 balls, including seven fours and a six. Sags Mohamed (36) gave strong support and Thursley won in 23 overs.
Batsmen were more dominant in the Division Three games and Rhys Dodson, playing for Grayswood II, scored the first I’Anson century of the season. Grayswood recorded a convincing 155-run victory away to Dogmersfield II.
Dodson looked class on his debut for the club, scoring runs all round the wicket, while Alex Thomas was the perfect foil with 85 in a partnership of 220. Dodson eventually fell for 128 off 109 balls, including 19 fours and three sixes, and Grayswood closed on a formidable 286-8 from their 45 overs.
Openers Dhaniyal and M Khan (42) played their shots as Dogmersfield raced to 70-0 off seven overs. But then Cameron Kent joined the attack and ripped through the batting with 6-26 in 8.1 overs. Dodson added three wickets to his ton and Dogmersfield were bowled out for 131 in the 24th over.
Headley II, bolstered by some 1st XI men, recorded a comfortable 138-run win against Milford. The eye-catching change in the new format was the rule on leg-side wides. With no margin for error, 92 runs in total came from wides during the game, with Milford contributing 66 to Headley’s total as part of a grand total of 78 extras.
Callum Hawtin’s controlled 79 for Headley did at least contribute the top score in the match. Hawtin was the backbone of the innings and with opener Richard Jackson making 32 and number 6 Ian Neville a useful 28 not out, the home side posted an imposing 263-6.
Gordon Gwilliam looked in good touch for Milford, but the run-rate began to rise as Headley blocked off the boundaries. Gwilliam (32) holed out off Mike Hughes who, bowling in tandem with leg-spinner Charlie Neville, got the visitors on the run. Algie Trotman claimed the last wicket, leaving captain Dom Johnson with a win in his first game in charge.
Puttenham II lost to Grayshott III in a high-scoring game that featured first-team players on both sides. Put in to bat, Puttenham were 122-8 at one stage, despite a half-century from opener James Andrews. But two rather useful tailenders, Aks Ilyas (51 not out) and John Crouch, shared a significant partnership of 82 and the home side reached a competitive 207 in the 45th over.
Grayshott lost Nathan Phillimore for a duck, bowled by Ben Plant, and Nick Brett removed Andy Wheble for 20. However, Robbie Judge took control with an innings of 95, including 11 fours and two sixes, and his fine stand with captain Stuart Kennedy (55 not out) saw Grayshott to a well-timed victory, with just three balls to spare.