Sat 18
1st XI
Win
League
Lechlade CC - 1st XI
253/4
160
Cricklade v Lechlade Match Report

Cricklade v Lechlade Match Report

By Rhys Mills
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Cricklade Hit The Top


Cricklade continued to take giant strides through GCCL Division 6 with a comfortable win against strugglers Lechlade at Southam on Saturday which sees them head the table.
Danny Lloyd again won the toss and decided to bat on another batting paradise (one day Groundskeeper Willy will prepare something that occasionally gives the bowlers something to look forward to). The home team made a steady start with the skipper (23) and Paul Paginton putting on 50 for the first wicket before Danny inexplicably missed a straight one.
This did happily lead to the most (only) entertaining part of the day as Reggie Davies proceeding to blitz the young bowling attack, hitting an aggressive and stylish 67 in only 53 balls (10 fours and one six). This at least had the effect of off-setting the dullest innings of the season so far from Mr Paginton who, despite being the set batsman, only contributed 25 to a stand of almost 100. The entertainment factor cranked up another level when Reggie was out and we were witness to our best tantrum of the season so far (5 thuds from the changing room, followed by a record lap of the ground).
Rhys Mills and Shaun Bradley came and went quickly (Rhys’s attempts to bludgeon the ball into submission failing miserably, and Harry Potter just failing miserably), which at least did give some time for an entertaining (and stylish) knock from our stand-in wicketkeeper, super Sammy Pinchin (27 in 18 balls), allowing Cricklade to reach a decent total of 253 for 4 despite Paginton (94 not out) failing to get to 100 while batting the whole innings.
As is now customary, Cricklade picked up early wickets thanks to Lechlade batters dragging Andy Cox’s wide half volleys onto their own stumps and the prospect of a competitive game quickly disappeared. Reggie’s thorough testing of the middle of the wicket failed to trouble Lechlade’s 25 stone, 65 year old opening bat or their teenage middle order, and it was left to Adam Robbins (3 for 27) and the Sensei (2 for 22) to remove the troublesome youngsters before (once again) Andy Cox (4 for 22) was allowed back to remove the bunnies. By the close Lechlade had been dismissed for 160, largely thanks to 57 extras and the worst display of wicket-keeping in living memory.
Bizarrely, the opposition skipper (obviously hypnotised by repeated forward defensive blocks) decided that the Big Van World Man of the Match was Paul Paginton. Yes, really.
This week the first XI make the journey to Gloucester to face fellow-promotees Hardwicke for what should be a more competitive match. C’mon Crick
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Match details

Match date

Sat 18, May 2019

Kickoff

13:00

Meet time

12:15

Competition

Division 6

League position

1
Cricklade CC - 1st XI
10
Lechlade CC - 1st XI