CRICKET: Dennett’s delight as Corsham stump the champions
CORSHAM skipper Peter Dennett believes his side gave an overdue glimpse of their true potential as they stunned reigning Wadworth 6X West of England Premier League champions Bath by 42 runs.
Paul Robbins added an important 45 with the bat from number six before taking two Bath wickets to deliver the shock result.
Dennett said: “It was very pleasing and much needed.
“We haven’t been showing a great deal of form so far this season. In fact there has been a lot of bad form.
“Our batting wasn’t great again. We were about 50 or so short of what we were after so we knew we had to bowl and field well.
“We bowled to plan and with discipline and we also set some good fields.
“It shows what we can do when we stick to what we’re doing.’’ Electing to bat, Dennett's men lost early wickets and were 61-4 at one stage until a fifth-wicket partnership of 64 between Sam Collier (27) and Paul Robbins (45) steadied the ship.
Dennett chipped in with 31, as had opener Toby Davies earlier, as Corsham made it to 188-9 from their 50 overs.
Sam Mount took 3-35 for the home side, and Adam Kelly and Simon Marchant added a couple of victims each.
Bath’s reply started solidly with openers Alex Barrow (18) and Robin Lett (12), but James Amey (2-21), in only his third first-team game dismissed both those dangermen and Ashur Morrison (2-36) and Robbins (2-15) also made inroads.
Bath number three Tom Rouse made 49, but only one other batsman reached double figures as they were dismissed for 146, Jon Parker wrapping up the tail with 3-11 in seven overs.
Dennett added: “We’ve got (new leaders) Frocester at home on Saturday so it’s probably out of the frying pan and into the fire a bit for us.
“They are probably the strongest side in the league so we’ll show the respect but we’ll be full of confdence.’’
Calne captain Dan Knight reckons good teamwork has been key to his side’s improved fortunes after they dented Marlborough’s Wiltshire Division ambitions on Saturday.
Knight’s men followed up their previous week’s victory over Trowbridge with a two-wicket success at the Savernake Forest Ground.
“We’re playing more as a team and everyone seems to be together,’’ said Knight.
“There is a good atmosphere among us and the last two results have been good.’’ Opener Nick Crabbe, recalled to the first team after a knock of 63 not out for the second team the previous week, continued his fine form for Marlborough with a well-paced 69.
Peter Day with 35 and a quickfire 30 from James Richardson added further significant contributions, Sean Adams taking 4-29.
Adams then scored a vital 66 not out with crucial support from youngster Matt Richards (36) as Calne reached their victory target despite Marlborough's Paul Smith recording career-best figures of 4-20.
Burbage & Easton Royal closed right up behind leaders Great Bedwyn as they inflicted a first defeat of the Wiltshire Division season on their local rivals.
Burbage’s 215-6 was compiled with the help of 58 from wicketkeeper/opener Sourish Mukherjee, 60 from Dan Wootton and 25 from Thilina Batangala.
John Palmer took 3-12 in just three overs for Bedwyn, while there were wickets for Robert Palmer, Max Andrews and Richard Bosson.
Bowlers Darran Freegard (4-25) and Adam Lavis (3-37) rattled through the Bedwyn line-up, the only highlights being 47 from opener John Palmer and 57 from namesake Robert as the visitors finished on 161 all out.
Marshfield maintained their bid for honours as they saw off Purton by seven wickets.
Hosts Purton elected to bat but were dismissed for 164 inside 46 overs, Deepak Ramani top-scoring with 34.
Thomas Lamb and Calum Burnstone took three wickets each, with Tom Bright also taking two.
Opener William Pascall scored an unbeaten 57 to lead the reply, James Williams adding 35 and Russell Lodge 41 as they got home in the 34th over for the loss of three wickets.
Jeremy Smith blasted a superb 160 from 153 balls as Winsley clinched a 67-run triumph over Devizes.
Opener Smith struck 20 fours and three sixes and shared a 209-run partnership with Tim Gibson (81) as Winsley amassed 310-6, James Dunford taking 3-70.
Devizes were all out for 243 in the 46th over, despite 97 from Jonathan Skull and James Langan’s 48.
Winsley skipper Simon Orchard took 3-38 and there were two wickets each for Benjamin Strange, Neil Harris and Kevin Hendy.
There was nothing to separate the top two as Potterne’s Premier Two clash at Clevedon ended in a tie.
Potterne's batsmen were in good form, posting 253-3 in their 50 overs.
Number three Sahan Wijerathne finished unbeaten on 74, with skipper Neil Clark doing likewise with 78.
Clevedon’s reply started well, but Wijerathne and Ed Young (both 2-36) started eating into the order, despite 59 from Masoor Khan, 51 from Conner Crane and knocks of 46 and 44 from Will Carpenter and wicketkeeper Will Plummer respectively.
Potterne fell two wickets short of outright victory as Clevedon finished on 253-8.
Meanwhile Goatacre suffered a four-wicket defeat at the hands of promotion candidates Keynsham.
Brad Dawson’s side made a steady start with the bat on their home ground.
But wickets at regular intervals meant that they were unable to forge any meaningful partnerships with wicketkeeper Toby Horton top scoring with 45, while Keynsham bowler Sam Wheller claimed 5-49.
In reply the visitors made a solid start as the opening pair Russ Wakefield and Tom Bancroft put on 96.
The former carried on to hit 64 as Keynsham sealed the win with 20 balls to spare.
Biddestone put themselves in the thick of the hunt for the Glos/Wilts Division title as they lowered the colours of leaders Rockhampton by 26 runs.
Partnerships of 66 between Martin Swayer (47) and Niel Bredenkamp (36) and 60 between Sawyer and Dwaine Perry (60) set Biddestone on the way to 226-8 from their 50 overs.
Andy Flynn added 30 for the visitors as Rockhampton’s William Cartlidge, Guy Brothwood and James Hancox took two wickets each.
Opener William Tyler made 46 and Brothwood 76 for the hosts, who fell victim to six leg before decisions.
Perry finished with 4-26 and there were two wickets each for Naeem Khan and Bredenkamp.
Chippenham were comprehensively put to the sword by Gloucester City Winget, who compiled 327-7 in their 50 overs.
Richard Howell clubbed 123 and Scott Montgomery 118 as Chippenham’s bowlers were made to toil.
Chippenham’s reply subsided to 131 all out by the 34th over.
Tom Abbott and Andy Davis hit 42 and 43 respectively, but Corsham lost by three wickets to Bath in Premier One (2nd XI).
Corsham reached 201-9, but despite 3-36 from Simon Crampton, Bath got home with 205-7.
Goatacre lost at Downend as the hosts chased down their 171 in under 29 overs in Premier Two (2nd XI).
Harry Warner top-scored for Goatacre with an unbeaten 37, Tom Ponting (24) and Keiran Seal (17 not out) at ten and 11 pushing the score up, after Mark Hunt’s 29.
Downend opener Christopher Binnie hit a rapid 94 before being bowled by Hunt, but the hosts easily secured a seven-wicket win.
Rahul Dhyani’s 73 and Nick Down’s 38 wasn’t enough for Marlborough as Chipping Sodbury chased down their 176 in 26.4 overs in the Glos/Wilts Division (2nd XI).
Dhyani’s knock included 10 fours and a six in 92 balls, but Down’s 38 was the only other score above 10.
Andy and Oliver Rawlings took a wicket each to reduce Sodbury to 44-2, but Tom Makepeace (88 not out) and Jeremy Swatton (55 not out) guided the hosts home.
Jamie Hayes hit an unbeaten 74 in Potterne’s 133-2 and they defended the total as Dumbleton were dismissed for 131.
A 149-run partnership between Chris Casey (82) and Akito Jacques (65) sent Biddestone on the way to 281-9 against Rockhampton.
James Howells took 3-54 as Rockhampton ended on 225-8.
Haydn Amor (109) and Oliver Lavis (66) paved the way for Burbage & Easton Royal’s 101-run win over Great Bedwyn in the Wiltshire Division (2nd XI).
Tom Andrew’s 119 was in vain for Devizes (174), who lost by 15 runs chasing Winsley’s 189-7, in which Matthew Henly scored 42.
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