The report must first be dedicated to those who were at the ground well before the scheduled start time as there was junior cricket being played and many senior players were in attendance. Aaron Blackmore was there in the early hours to support the next generation and put in a good shift in both overseeing the juniors and making the clubhouse ready for the afternoon. The same must be said of Sam Skelding and Rich Franks who gave up their mornings in the name of cricket and better yet, in the name of Fillongley cricket. Joe Simms and Billy Blackmore were also the stars of the show as they put time and effort in the clubhouse to prepare it for the afternoon. Many parents and fans were also in attendance and credit must go to them for lending so much support to the club.
By the afternoon the Wellesbourne side had arrived and Fillongley elected to bat having won the toss. The tried and tested pairing of Franks and Blackmore opened up and this provided a 138 run partnership in next-to-no time as Aaron Blackmore struck three 6s and ten 4s before being dismissed for a well-crafted 89. Ahsan Sayed came to the crease and was watchful early on. Rich Franks fell just three short of what would have been an enjoyable 50 which brought Daud Sayed to the crease. Sadly neither Daud nor Saj Ali (the next man in) could replicate the form that we have seen them produce so far this season but we know that form is temporary and class is forever so we look forward to next week where they will likely make batting look easy once more. Andy Carty was in at 7 and started steady as there was a rebuilding job to be done. This proved to be the right strategy as Andy later ended on a better than a run a ball 50. Brendan Morgan came in towards the end to deliver some lusty blows which resulted in a final first innings total of 287 off 40 overs.
Tea was again fantastic (those playing at home this year have been spoilt – many thanks Sarah Gilder). After tea Fillongley took to the field after awarding Joe Simms has NVKO cap (the 90th player to represent Fillongley in the competition!). Daud Sayed and Andy Moore yielded a wicket each immediately before a change was made and Brendan Morgan came on at the Blackhall Lane End. Bren toiled away and was let down by the skipper who shelled what was dubbed by many as “the easiest catch throughout the history of amateur sport”. Apologies to all who witnessed it. Harry Tregonning took one end and bowled some tight lines before Saj was giving an opportunity. With a lack of penetration, Ahsan Sayed came on at the Blackhall Lane End and bowled 8 steady overs yielding 2-29 in the end. Harry returned and bagged 2 wickets for himself before Brendan came back on for a spell and Andy Moore completed the fixture with 2 quick wickets which left him with 3 for the day. In all, a fair effort from Wellesbourne with special mention to their number 4 who made a stylish 75 (an extra special mention must go to their number 4 for running out two of the opposing batsmen courtesy of some good throws from Andy Carty who pressed the ‘X’ button at just the right moment). In all, the total of 287 proved just too much. The road to Lords continues…
Updated 13:19 - 2 Jun 2016 by Brendan Morgan