Keynsham Cricket Club battle hard but fail to keep place in league

Published on: 09 Sep 2013

It was a sad day for Keynsham Cricket Club on August 24 as they lost their struggle for survival in the West of England Premier League when they were beaten by Bristol CC at the Frank Taylor Memorial ground on Wellsway. 

At the same time the seconds, who lost against the same club at Failand, threw away any chances they had of winning their league; to compound it all, the club were unable to raise a Saturday 3rd XI.

The Bristol game, where the bowlers had done their job by bowling out the visitors for 158 (Sam Wheller 4-37, Reggie Keates 3-18) but the batsmen again failed to come up to scratch being bowled out for just 107, came at the end of a three match losing streak. The last match of July against Ilminster was abandoned due to rain with Keates again shining with 4-11 and Paul Robbins 4-41 which was a disappointment but they then lost to Taunton St Andrew, Ashcott/Shapwick and Bath with the batsmen having to shoulder the blame, no-one scoring higher than Dan Jarman’s 49 in any of these games.

The seconds had won all three games leading up to August 24, beating, Taunton St Andrew, Ashcott and Bath. Ben Whittington with 44 from the bat and 4-6 with the ball was backed up with 321 in the Taunton game, Ant Cains top scored with 41 with evergreen John Courtney taking 4-28 versus Ashcott. Whitttington scored 58 not out against Bath where Tom Bryan took 3-34 and Courtney 3-26.  Three dropped catches put pay to Keynsham’s chances in the Bristol CC game, Pete Tweedie scored 46 and Jack Weston 43 in K’s total of 202-8 and the best bowling analysis by far was young Johnny Rood with 7-3-12-1 as Bristol won by 5 wickets.

The Saturday 3rds completed just two games, losing both. Antony MacLoughlin scored 78, Scott Tweedie 62 and Ian Fiebelkorn  44 in Keynsham’s total of 235-9 chasing Bristol CC’s 238-4 – John Rood’s  8 overs costing just 21 runs.  Dan Gerrish took 2-25 and hit 52 as they went down to Mels CC by 12 runs.

The Sunday 1st XI had some fine performances as they won two of their three games. With the bat Tom Bryan scored 74 not out and Scott Tweedie 44 v Bitton, Alex Taylor 88 and Harry Jones 63 against Westbury Wilts, 44 each for Jones and Tristan Hawkins v Filton Wayfarers. Bowling honours went to Sam Polling’s 3-13 and Courtney 3-19 (v Westbury) and Chris Britton with 4-25 at Filton.

The Sunday 2nds tied with Churchways CC (Andy Kitchen 71, young Harry Mattingly 2-8). They lost to Hinton Charterhouse by a street, Kitchen again top scoring with 54 and lost again against Brislington failing to chase down 188 with Pete Browne top scoring on 44.

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