Bredon Thirds celebrate first win of season

Bredon Third XI are celebrating their first win of the 2017 season
Bredon Third XI are celebrating their first win of the 2017 season

Bredon’s Third XI are celebrating their first win of the 2017 season.

Batting first at their Birlingham home ground, they posted 255 for 5 against Worcester Nomads.

They then bowled the visitors out for 158.

It was a thoroughly deserved win for our development side (a mixture of junior and senior players), who have battled hard throughout the season and seen a steady improvement in their performances.

First-round cup defeat as Bredon Third XI warm up for season

The Third XI bowed out of a cup competition at the first round at Birlingham today.

Bredon battled first, leaving Feckenham needing 103 to win, which they achieved with six wickets to spare.

It was a good warm-up match for the Thirds, though, who start their season in earnest with a match against Ombersley Taverners First XI next Saturday.

The First XI’s terrific start to the season continued with a home win against Belbroughton, Bredon winning with eight wickets to spare.

The Second XI enjoyed their first win of the season, posting 103 for 3 after Alvechurch and Hopwood were all out for 99.

Worcester too strong for Bredon Third XI

Worcester were just too strong for Bredon Third XI at Birlingham today.

A powerful display of bowling by the visitors restricted Bredon to 140 for eight.

Bredon started well, with a young Ollie McGrath and his dad, Johnny, forming a solid opening partnership.

Martin Hopkins followed up with some steady batting, there was a debut from Glenn Buckley, and Sean Styles was dismissed by a thunderbolt delivery.

Jacob Clements-Hunt steadied things for a while before Will Rollett struck out boldly in a last-ditch bid to improve Bredon’s runs tally.

Bob Portch wasn’t required to bat or bowl, but did a sterling job in the field and the scorebox.

After the interval (featuring a magnificent tea by Lucy Donovan, see picture below), the home side did their best to pin back Worcester’s batsmen, but they were not to be denied.

Ollie Washbourne claimed a couple of excellent wickets, and there was some strong fielding from Will Wilson.

Captain Derek Ebbage marshalled the field and magnanimously stepped aside from battling and bowling duties to give the side’s younger players some match experience.

Thanks to our opponents for a game played in great spirit.

Score: Bredon 140-8 (45) Worcester 141-2 (21)

cricket tea at birlingham
Delicious! Lucy Donovan’s superb tea helped ease the disappointment of defeat at Birlingham


At the double! Dad and son get Third XI off to flying start

Dad and son
What a partnership! Johnny McGrath and his son, Ollie, had cause to celebrate at Birlingham

Johnny McGrath and his son, Ollie, playing for Bredon Third XI, had cause to celebrate on Saturday.

Bredon’s first wicket against Bewdley at Birlingham was bowled by Johnny and caught by Ollie.

Although it was a fine start, it was not enough to set the Thirds on their way to a win. They lost by 47 runs.

Youth and maturity combine to earn first win for Bredon Third XI

bredon third XI cricket team
Youth and maturity combine to earn Bredon Third XI their first win of the season

After a delayed start due to a heavy storm, Bredon was put in the field.

Tom Ellis had his first match this season and opened the bowling.

Bredon took three early wickets before the heavens opened up once again.

We eventually returned to play 20 minutes later to blue skies and sunshine.

Young William Wilson was given ball on his senior debut (he plays for the Under 13s) and bowled an impressive five-over spell with great control in wet conditions.

At the other end it was Oliver Washbourne’s turn (Under 13s) with his full lighted leg spin.

Oliver, who has proven his position this season in the third team, showed great spin control, causing the batsmen difficulty, and picking up a couple of wickets.

Also on his debut again from the Under 13s, Cole Notley took the ball and, demonstrating his leg spin, beat the bat several times with a solid five-over spell.

Derek Ebbage worked well behind the stumps with the spinners, with many close stumping decisions unfortunately not going our way.

Bromyard ended up 187 for 9 after 40 overs.

Bredon batted after tea to a reduced total and overs, needing 154 off 34 to take their first win of season.

Derek and Anthony Washbourne took to the crease with a great start from Derek, who hit some early fours to keep Bredon above the run rate.

Then it was the turn of Jonathan Thomas, also on his debut.

He soon got into the swing of things, smashing lots of boundaries and racing to his 50.

Bromyard then took control, and with some solid bowling from their youngsters they took several quick wickets.

But Bredon battled on with a gritty innings from Jonathan, who hit the winning run with a few overs to go.

It was a great end to a showery day in a glorious setting with the first win for the Thirds.

Thanks to the youngsters who turned out. It shows the strength coming through the juniors, which is good for the future of the club.

It was also good to see some old Bredon faces, whom I’m sure will have had some tired muscles on Sunday. Well done, guys!

Thanks, also, to Adrian the groundsman for a perfect setting and playing facility.

Mark Notley