Wolverhampton III (h) 14th September 2019

Last match of the season (and last home game at Elford, we hope). On a lovely sunny day Eren Ranu won the toss and decided to bat first, a brave decision after last week’s debacle. Paul Baker and Andy Hawkins got off to a steady start taking the score to 37 when Andy was caught in the gully by Oliver Brown bowled Tariq Ali for 20.Two quick wickets followed, then Bhavi and Paul added another 22 taking the score to 70 when Paul was bowled Inam Ul Haq Muhammad for 25. The scoring rate was good but we kept losing wickets, Bhavi for 22, first ball after drinks, and Lee Allen for 18. Aaron Nauria went to the crease with score on 111 and batted superbly till he ran out of partners. The last wicket partnership had added 27 taking the score to 169 when Richard Homer was bowled by Tariq Ali for 10 leaving Aaron stranded on 41 not out, (46 balls 7 x 4’s), his highest 1st eleven score. Tariq Ali was the pick of the bowlers, taking 5 for 64 from 13.3 overs, backed up by Oliver Brown with 3 for 23. 

As the Springvale innings had only lasted for 33.3 overs, Wolverhampton had an additional 16 overs for their reply. A good start for Springvale, Rayon Ebanks, bowling Shokat Malik for 4 in his first over. Andy Hawkins struck in his third over, trapping Stuart Drury leg before for a duck. The next over saw Rayon pick up his second wicket, Jaswal lbw for 3. A spectacular diving catch by Kieran Patel gave Rayon his third victim Aswin Jose for 12, and when Andy had Jamshed lbw for 21 the score had reached 46 for 5 from 16 overs, and Springvale were well on top. Unfortunately, that was the last success for Springvale, and despite Eren trying 7 bowlers Inam  Nuhammad, 82 not out, and Naveed Khalid, 37 not out took Wolverhsmpton to the win with 5 wickets in hand and 27 overs to spare. Rayon’s 3 wickets came from 10 overs a t a  cost of 39. Andy took 2 for 25 from 15 overs. A disappointing end to the season against a side that we usually do well against!  

Milford Hall (a)  8th September 2019

     There’s no easy way to put this. Springvale 19 all out!!! (Beats the previous all time low of 26 all out against Whittington in 2017) Danny Stacey 2 wickets for 5 from 7 overs, Tom Webb 6 for 7 from 9 overs, and Mark Thompson 2 or 6, 2.1 overs.

       Milford knocked them off without loss in 17 minutes, from 4.3 overs.

Bloxwich (h) 31st August 2019

            Bloxwich won the toss and invited Springvale to bat first. Paul Baker and Andy Hawkins started steadily, only 30 runs coming in the first 11overs. However the run rate increased and, eventually, when the first wicket fell, Paul caught behind by Mark Everall bowled fourth change Thomas Fellows for 74 the score had reached 183 from 43 overs, by far the highest opening partnership of the season, and just 23 runs short of the record set by Paul and Ash Hartshorn against Rugeley in 2017. Paul’s knock lasted 146 minutes, 132 balls, including 12 x 4’s. Three overs later Everall took his second catch to dismiss Andy, bowled Aaron Allcock for 108. (159 minutes, 136 balls including 15 x 4’s and 1 x 6). With only four overs remaining, the chase for runs cost three more wickets and Springvale finished on a creditable 236 for 5, Rayon Ebanks 16 not out from 11 balls. Danny King put in a good spell, only 35 runs coming from his 15 overs.

          John Darby and Danny King opened for Bloxwich and defied all efforts of the Springvale bowling attack, to amass 176 runs from 38 overs when third change Paul Baker had Darby smartly stumped by Brad Benson for 89, 122 balls including 13 x 4’s. Four balls later Paul bowled the other opener, King for 72, 106 balls, including 11 x 4’s. Fourth change Eren Ranu bowled Shakeeb Akhtar in his first over, but that was the last success, Bloxwich winning by 7 wickets with three overs to spare, Tom Fellows 36 not out and Joe Samuels 19 not out. A good day for batsmen, but a bad day for Springvale!    

C & R Hawks (a)  24th August 2019

.       Eren Ranu won the toss and elected to bat first on a hot sunny day. Paul Baker and Andy Hawkins opened for Springvale, but had a terrible start, losing Paul Baker caught and bowled Jack Taylor, second ball for a duck. Matt Bennett followed shortly after caught Finlay bowled Riley for 5. Eren joined Andrew at the wicket and they took the score to 40 when Eren was bowled by Andrew Bristow for16. Two more quick wickets put Springvale under more pressure, but Dave Geran and Andy took the score to 85 when Dave was bowled by William Morgan for 11. Lee Allen contributed two sixes in his knock of 13. When Andy was eventually out for 64 (150 minutes, 108 balls including 9 x 4’s), caught at midwicket bowled Sam Gadd, the score had reached 144. The tail continued to wag with Brad Benson and Rayon Ebanks, adding a further 48 runs when Rayon was lbw to James Riley for 28 in only 16 balls including 2 x 4’s and 3 x 6’s. Brad was Riley’s next victim, bowled for 35 from 52 balls, and Springvale finished with a creditable 197 all out. Riley was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 27 from 6 overs.

       For a team who haven’t won a match all season, C & R Hawks openers, William Morgan and Andrew Bristow started confidently against the Springvale attack of Rayon Ebanks and Eren Ranu, reaching 66 in 18 overs when third change Kieran Patel induced Bristow to lob into the covers where Dave Geran took a comfortable catch. Andy Hawkins chipped in with two wickets, bowling Morgan for 36 and trapping Jack Finlan lbw for 6. At 85 for 3 C & R Hawks were still in with a chance and Oliver Gadd started to take control, adding 38 runs for the fourth wicket when the return of Rayon bought his innngs to an end, bowling him for 35. That was it and the shutters came down, the next thirteen overs producing 23 runs and 2 wickets, and C & R ended on 146 for 6 A disappointing result but a welcome 14 points.

Wednesbury (h)  17th August 2019

           Wednesbury lost the toss and Eren Ranu decided to bat first, losing Lee Allen for a duck in the first over bowled Gavin Lord. Eren joined Paul Baker at the wicket and the score moved steadily to 51 when Paul was run out for 30. Then the usual “wickets fell regularly” statement, and it was only due to Eren scoring 54 (82 balls, 5 x 4’s and 2 x 6’s, somewhat slow by his standards) that Springvale managed to reach 142 all out from 49.4 overs. Ish Singh was Wednesbury’s best  bowler with 4 for 34 from 15 overs, including the wicket of Eren, caught Ashley Wright on the long on boundary. Warren Stevens took 3 for 46.

           In the absence of regular opener Rayon Ebanks, Eren Ranu and Lee Allen opened for Spingvale without any success, wicketwise, and the score had reached 51 when it was second change Kieran Patel who made the break through getting Omar Patel, having been dropped first ball, was caught in the deep by Eren for 32, A splendid piece of fielding from Kieran to run out Vaughan Whistance and two wickets for Dave Geran including Abdul Salom, caught Richard Homer for 36, were the only other successes, and Wednesbury ran out comfortable winners by six wickets in 38.1 overs. Ashley Wright and Gavin Lord were the not out batsmen with 25 and 22 respectively

Pelsall (a)  10th August 2019

         Match cancelled.Waterlogged pitch.

Swindon (h)  3rd August 2019

         Swindon won the toss and decided to bat first on a bright sunny day against a weakened Springvale side, missing several regulars. Rayon Ebanks and Lee Allen opened for Springvale, Lee getting an early success in his second over bowling Jamal Shah for 8. The score had reached 30 when Rayon bowled the other opener Waqar Ahmad for 7. First change Kieran Patel struck in his first over, bowling Prabhat  Talwar for 14. Lee Allen took his second wicket thanks to a brilliant reaction catch in the gully by Jas Poonia. When Kieran bowled Dave Stibbon for 29 the score had reached 97 for 6. The next three wickets added 20 runs and at 117 for 9 Springvale hopes were high. Unfortunately the next 14 overs saw the Swindon tail add another 59 runs taking the score to 176, when Charenjeet Singh was caught Paul Baker bowled Sunil Chand for 46, having been dropped earlier in the over. Kieran was the top wicket taker with 3 for 29, backed up by Lee, 2 for 22 and Paul Baker 2 for 19.

         Despite the Swindon’s last wicket partnership Springvale were still left with a reasonable total to chase, and despite losing Paul Baker, bowled Brad Smith for 11, had proceeded comfortably to 75 from 24 overs, helped to a great extent by a plentiful supply of extras, when Lee Allen was bowled third change Charenjeet Singh for 26. From a position of strength, requiring 102 to win at a run rate of 3.66, the situation deteriorated, only 11 runs coming from the next 10 overs when Brad Benson was bowled Stibbon for 12 (120 minutes 87 balls). With the required run rate up to 6, the remaining batsmen folded, only a further 18 runs being added, leaving Springvale 104 all out from 42 overs. S.J Singh took 3 for 15, backed up by Dave Stibbon 1 for 12 from 10 overs and Ravjot Chahal 2 for 15 from 8 overs.

Lichfield ll (h) 20th July 2019

        With rain threatening, Springvale won the toss and decided to bat first. A bright start from Andy Hawkins and Matt Bennett took the score to 28 from 5 overs when Andy was caught behind by James Foxley for 12. Late arrival Paul Baker joined Matt at the wicket and for the next two hours scored freely against the Lichfield attack. When, eventually Matt was out caught at point, bowled fourth change Ben Douglas for 86, the score had reached 184, a partnership of 156, just 8 runs short of the existing record of 164 set by Steve Lee and Simon Lockley in 1996. Matt’s innings lasted 97 balls including 15 x 4’s and 1 x 6. Eren Ranu contributed 15 from 14 balls when he was stumped, and Paul’s innings was brought to an end when he became Douglas’s third victim, bowled for 83 (106 balls, 11 x 4’s and 1 x 6). The score was now 217 for 4 from 40 overs and then rain stopped play. Tea was taken and when the match restarted 11 overs had been lost. Springvale scored another 42 from their last 10 overs, leaving Lichfield a revised total of 236 from 39 overs to win. Lichfield’s top bowler was Ben Douglas with 5 wickets for 51 from 10 overs.

        The Lichfield reply started disastrously, losing Robbie Stone for a second ball duck caught Brad Benson bowled Rayon Ebanks. James Foxley and Matt Cooper added 44 for the next wicket when Rayon got his second victim, getting Cooper lbw for 14. Andy Hawkins and Dave Geran cleared up, sharing the next 6 wickets, Andy getting two in two balls but failing on the hattrick ball, and Dave going one better, succeeding with his hattrick ball. Lee Allen and Kieran Patel took one wicket each and Lichfield had collapsed to 86 all out in 26.2 overs. Andy’s three wickets cost 28 runs, and Dave’s cost 15. A welcome 20 points against rather poor opposition.

Cannock (a)  13th July 2019 (at Whittington)

Things back to normal, tosswise, and Springvale were invited to bat first, Brad Benson having called incorrectly. Last week’s successful partnership of Paul Baker and Andy Hawkins opened, hoping for a repeat performance. Unfortunately Andy was bowled Ryan Pearce for a duck, and when Matt Bennett followed shortly for 5 bowled Nick Bell, Springvale were 21 for 2. Sean Dearn contributed 14 to a stand of 27 when he was caught by Oscar Bhageerutty, Bell’s second victim. Then the rest of the batting folded, with nobody reaching double figures, and it was only due to the determined resistance of Paul Baker with 50 (106 balls including 8 x 4’s) lbw to Zak Shingler, that enabled Springvale to reach 99 all out from 37 overs.

Cannock had to negotiate a tricky 10 overs before tea in which they lost 3 wickets for 24 runs Rayon Ebanks getting all three, having Zak Shingler caught LeeAllen for 11, and bowling Oscar Bhageerutty for 7 and Joe Tennant for a duck, first ball. After tea, with the game evenly poised, Mike Chadderton and James Boden dug in and adding a vital 39 runs before second change Dave Geran broke the partnership getting Chadderton caught Lee Allen for 25. When Kieran Patel trapped Boden lbw for 11 (64 Balls) the score had reached 72 and it was still anyone’s game. However Mark Boden and Phil Heighway ground out another 23 runs from 10 overs to put Cannock in sight of victory. Kieran had Heighway caught by Rayon Ebanks for 12  but Boden with a stubborn 16 not out saw them to victory by 2 wickets. Rayon’s three wickes cost 18 runs and Kieran bowled a tidy spell of 8 overs 5 maidens 2 wickets for 12. A poor batting performance left the bowlers with too much to do.    

Wightwick & Finchfield (h)  6th July 2019

For the first time this season Springvale won the toss, after 11 consecutive losses, and acting captain Brad Benson decided to bat. Rain delayed the start and when it eventually stopped it was decided to take tea. Paul Baker and his latest partner Andy Hawkins opened proceedings in a match reduced to 35 overs per side. They made a bright start, with the season’s best opening partnership of 67, when Andy was bowled by Safi.Zabiullah for 43 (41 balls, 5 x 4’s). Matt Bennett came to the wicket, and another 59 was added to the score when Paul was bowled by 4th change Alex Jones for 54 (75 balls, 7 x 4’s) followed shortly after by Matt Bennett, bowled Brad Hughes for 27. Then wickets started to fall regularly, but Eren Ranu kept one end going with a spectacular knock of 45 from only 31 balls with 4 x 4’s and 1 x 6, finally lbw to Zabiullah. Springvale finished with a competitive score of 195 for 8 from their 35overs. Zabiullah and Hughes each took 3 wickets.

The Springvale opening attack of Rayon Ebanks and Eren Ranu didn’t cause too much trouble to the Wightwick & Finchfield openers and it took the introduction of Andy Hawkins, who broke the deadlock in his first over, getting Rizwan Bukhari caught Eren Ranu with the score at 42. A change of ends for Rayon bought instant success, bowling the dangerous Wasim Aslam for 26, and 3 balls later bowling Matt Wilcox for 2. With the score at 48 for 3 Springvale were in the driving seat, but Zabulliah threatened to change everything with a flurry of hits, reaching 23 in only 14 balls when he was bowled by Andy. The score slumped to 112 for 8 and 20 points were in sight. However some spirited resistance from numbers 9 and 10 batsmen, George Davis and Waqar Ali started some concerns and the score had advanced to 156 when Lee Allen settled the nerves by bowling Ali for 31. One more run was added and Eren bowled Brad Hughes and Springvale had won by 38 runs. Andy was the pick of the bowlers taking 4 wickets for 17 from 7 overs. A splendid win which should give some encouragement to our promotion hopes. 

Wolverhampton (a)  29th June 2019

At 86 for 9 chasing 142, Springvale were down and out, but thanks to a record 10th wicket partnership they managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

            In the absence of the official scorer/match reporter (again) a brief report extrapolated from play cricket.

On the hottest day of the year Wolverhampton won the toss and decided to bat, scoring 141 all out in 49 overs, Gunjot Singh top scoring with 45. Andy Hawkins took 4 for 18 from 10 overs, backed up by Kieran Patel with 3  for 21 from 10 overs

            The Springvale reply started strongly reaching 62 for 1 from 15 overs. Eren being the first wicket, caught Imran Jamshed bowled Tariq Ali for 15. Second change Jamshed  accounted for Paul Baker 29 and Matt Bennett 15 Then the wheels fell off and Springvale collapsed to 86 for 9 from 30 overs. “They think it’s all over” is a well known saying, but David Geran and Rayon Ebanks  had other ideas and with a magnificent record unbeaten partnership of 56, beating the existing record of 51 not out set by Mark Kraushaar and Akhtar Pervaiz against Pelsall in 2011, took Springvale to an improbable win!!  David's contribution was 27 (dropped on the boundary earlier) and Rayon's 23.  Jamshed’s 5 wickets cost 14 runs

Milford Hall  (h)  22ndJune 2019

            A bright sunny day, Milford called correctly, acting captain Brad Benson continuing the losing toss syndrome, and decided to bat first. Michael Astley and Aaron Afford had no problems with the Springvale opening attack of Rayon Ebanks and Andy Hawkins taking the score to 83 when second change Dave Geran trapped Afford lbw for 37. Dominic Afford joined Astley and the score had reached 131 from 35 overs, when fourth change bowler Richard Homer tempted Astley into slogging the ball to Dave Geran who took a comfortable catch. Astley had scored 57 from 102 balls including 5 x 4’s. The next over saw the demise of Dominic Afford, caught and bowled Kieran Patel for 30. The rest of the batting then collapsed with Lee Allen taking 3 for 32, and Richard Homer 3 for 27, only Lee Seville offering any resistance with 26 not out. Milford finished on 183 all out from 49 overs.

            Paul Baker and Brad Benson opened. Brad was the first to depart, caught at slip by Michael Astley, bowled Ryan Young for 11. From 34 for 1 the score had moved to 73 from 28 overs when Paul, on 40, pulled a long hop from fourth change Aaron Afford to Rob Miles at square leg. With the run rate escalating, batsmen started to take more chances, enabling fifth change Sam Jeavons to pick up 5 wickets for 18 runs from his 5 overs, including the vital wicket of Matt Bennett caught at deep midwicket for 56 (78 balls, 6 x 4’s and 2 x 6’s) and Springvale ended up on 149 all out in 48.2 overs with only three batsmen reaching double figures. Aaron Afford backed up with 3 for 22. A disappointing result from a match that could have been won with more support  from the lower order batsmen. 

Bloxwich (a)  15th June 2019

            Despite dreadful weather all the week, the match started on time. Springvale, having failed to win a toss all season, continued in the same vein, Eren again failing. With the uncertain weather Bloxwich decided to field first. Paul Baker and Eren Ranu opened, but a dreadful start left Springvale 8 for 2 after 4 overs, Paul bowled Aaron Allcock, for 2 and Eren bowled Nathan Langley. also for 2. Bhavi went cheaply, but Matt Bennett and Andy Hawkins settled in and took the score to 52 for 3 from 20 overs when the rains came. After a delay of 2.3/4 hours play resumed, but Matt only lasted for 3 minutes after the break, caught behind by Jamie King bowled third change Tom Fellows for 33. Andy was lbw to Daniel Alford for 19 but the rain came again and the match was abandoned after 27 overs, Springvale finishing on 71 for 7.  Aaron Allcock took 2 for 17 from 9 overs.    

C & R Hawks (h)  8th. June  2019

            Despite rain lashing down everywhere, Eren sent a message that the Elford ground had good drainage and everyone should turn up expecting to play. The weather forecast was predicting that the weather would clear up later, so both teams decided to wait. Eventually the rain did cease and, amazingly the conditions, although wet, were not unplayable and the game was started with a reduction of overs to 24 per side. C & R Hawks won the toss and elected to bat first. Thomas Clarke and Jack Finlan opened for C & R against the Springvale opening attack of Rayon Ebanks and Andy Hawkins. The first success came in the 4th over when Bhavika Kolyibandara atoned for an earlier misfield and brilliantly ran out Finlan with a direct hit. Two overs later Andy got his first wicket, Kieran Patel taking a comfortable catch at deep extra cover to dismiss Oliver Gadd for 5. Rayon dismiissed Clarke, the other opener for 26 courtesy of a catch at long off by Richard Homer.  At 41 for 3 after 10 overs, the game was evenly poised, but the change bowlers. Kieran Patel and Lee Allen changed the momentum, Kieran taking 4 for 13 from his 5 overs and Lee Allen 1 for 9 from his 5 overs including two maidens, bringing the score to 65 for 8 from 20 overs. A flourish from the last 4 overs took the total to 90 for 9 with Jack Taylor 19 not out.

            Paul Baker and Eren Ranu started the reply for Springvale with Paul content to take a back seat while Eren attacked the C & R bowlers. When Paul was dismissed for 14, caught Clarke bowled Bristow the score had reached 62 from only 11 overs. Eren followed 10 runs later for 48 (47 balls, 4 x 4’s and 2 x 6’s), bowled Mike Debenham, leaving Bhavi, 11 not out and Brad Cavell 5 not out to finish the game with 6 overs to spare. A much needed win, but credit must be given to Eren and the C & R captain Tom Clarke for their determination to get the game on

Wednesbury (a)  1st June  2019

Pelsall (h)  25th May 2019

Swindon (a)  18th May 2019

Despite a pessimistic weather forecast, it turned out to be a hot suuny day when Eren Ranu lost Springvale’s fifth consecutive toss. However, surprisingly, Swindon decided to bat first. Matt Fisher and Jamal Shah found scoring difficult against the Springvale opening attack of Rayon Ebanks and Andy Hawkins, only 27 runs coming from the first twelve overs. First change Lee Allen got the breakthough in the 24th over, bowling Shah for 35 with the score on 70. David Stibbon was Andy Hawkins first victim, caught Eren Ranu, having contributed a quick 32 (32 balls 4 x 4’s and 2 x 6’s) to a partnership of 45 for the next wicket. Andy took two more wickets, bowling old Springvalian Dain Blunden for one and getting Waqar Ahmad caught specactularly by Sean Dearn for 10. With the score at 134 from 40 overs, the game was evenly poised. However the next 10 overs produced another 93 runs, putting Swindon in the driving seat at 227 for 7 from 50 overs, Fisher top scorer with 62 (136 balls, 8 x 4’s).  Andy Hawkins was the pick of the bowlers, his three wickets costing 32 runs from 15 overs.

Paul Baker and Brad Benson opened for Springvale, bur Brad was bowled Charenjeet Singh for a duck, followed by Paul bowled first change Andy Davies for 22. When Eren departed for 18 caught Stibbon bowled Davies, Springvale were struggling at 60 for 4. Jas Poonia contributed 24, lbw to Stibbon, but Springvale then limped to a losing draw and one batting point on 129 for 8 thanks to a stubborn 26 not out from Bhavika Koliybandara. A below par performance all round, only 6 points.

Brewood (h)  11th May 2019

Lichfield (a)  4th May 2019

            No report as yet.

Cannock (h)  27th April 2019

            No report as yet.

Wightwick & Finchfield (a)  20th April 2019

No report as yet.