So the season gets in to full swing this Saturday as our First XI take on Worfield CC in the opening game of the Shropshire Premier Cricket League at the Quatt Oval. Our 2nd XI travel away to Worfield CC 2nd XI and our 3rd XI are also away to Beacon CC 3rd XI.
April weather has been much kinder this year which has meant that we have been able to play some useful pre-season friendlies against Enville and Stourbridge.
The first friendly against Enville saw the debut of new signing Ryan Willetts from Stourbridge who preceded to open the batting and score a measured 66 before retiring. The evergreen Terry Hughes weighed in with a majestic half century before also retiring. The Quatt XI posted a reasonable total of 210 all out on a slow pitch. In reply Enville were pegged back early on by some good (swing) bowling from Gareth Jones who took 2 wickets with the new ball. The Enville skipper Branch then went past 50 before succumbing to spin bowling this time from Gareth Jones who finished with excellent figures of 5-19 (2 wickets bowling swing, 3 wickets bowling spin). Enville were finally bowled out for 148, Quatt the winners by 52 runs.
The 22nd April saw the visit of Stourbridge CC to the Quatt oval to compete in 1st XI and 2nd XI friendlies at our excellent facility.
In the 1st XI game, Stourbridge batted first and battled to score 184 all out from their 50 overs on the same pitch the Enville friendly was played on the previous week. Quatt bowled very tightly against the Birmingham League outfit to restrict them, Jonathan Edwards was the pick of the Quatt bowlers with 3-28, Stourbridge captain Josh Banks scoring a hard-fought 56. In reply, Quatt got off to a good start with Elliott Parker scoring a fluent 32. He was joined by new overseas player Ricardo De Nobrega, in at number 3 on debut, who scored an excellent 72 not out after only arriving from Perth on the Thursday morning before the game. Unfortunately Quatt’s middle order weren’t able to support ‘Ricky’ due to some tight bowling from Dan Such (2-33) and Mikesh Patel (3-35), which meant that the 1st XI finished 14 short on 170 all out. However, it was a solid performance all round against a very good opposition.
In the 2nd XI friendly Quatt batted first and scored 218 off the allotted 45 overs. After an early loss with Scott Knowles (run out first ball), it was up to the experienced long time players of David Street and Barry Jones to build the innings. Street passed fifty before Barry finished off the innings with a pull over square leg for six. Although an older than average side, the seconds went out to bowl and showed good energy in the field. The pick of the bowlers were Dave Jones and Ste Taylorson taking three wickets a piece. However, Stourbridge showed persistence and ended up winning the game in the 44th over with one wicket left in hand.
The midweek season has already got underway, with the Quatt ‘Colts’ midweek side losing to the Pack Horse Inn by 32 runs in their opening game. The Quatt team consisted of 7 juniors, with Skipper Alex Biddle handing full adult cricket debuts to Max Fleming, Joe Cotham and Harry Northcott. Quatt bowled first in the game and were off to an excellent start with 15 year old George Marsh bowling the opposition captain Parkes with the second ball of the game. The juniors bowled and fielded very well taking some excellent high catches, to restrict the Pack Horse Inn to 127-6 off their 12 8-ball overs. Will Beards took 2-19 and Simon Summers took 3-23. In reply Ryan Willetts scored another unbeaten half century in two innings (53*) for Quatt CC guiding the juniors through to a total of 95-5 off their allotted overs. The game provided some excellent exposure to adult cricket for our juniors, many of whom will be regulars in the 3rd and 2nd XI this season. The midweek side take on Arley CC this Wednesday.
The ladies season has also got underway with a game at home against Astwood Bank. Having lost the toss, the ladies were put into bat. Astwood Bank’s bowling was strong and it was hard for the ladies to get off to a quick start. With a relatively young side Quatt were bowled out for 48 after 22 overs. With a quick turn around Quatt went out to bowl with positive outlook to see how many Astwood Bank wickets could be taken. Molly Batkin and Jordi Mathews opened the bowling but were unsuccessful in taking and wickets. A change in bowling attack was needed with the return of Hayley Robinson we were able to achieve the one wicket before Astwood Bank achieved the 49.
Updated 16:22 - 26 Apr 2017 by Quatt CC