Charlton Down 62-1 V Hamworthy Rec 2nds 60ao Saturday Div 3 15/7/2017
Charlton Down continued their impressive unbeaten run and extended it to eleven matches with an emphatic 9 wicket victory over an experienced Hamworthy 2nd team.
With Kim Park spinning his way to a 5 for 12 haul off just 5.3 overs.
Hamworthy’s experienced batting line up found run scoring difficult against the miserly bowling brothers of Matt and Dan Stevens. Dan Stevens was particularly stingy conceding only seven runs from seven overs and picking up two wickets. Stevens was almost unplayable at times as each Hamworthy batsman were unable to get a bat on the moving ball of Stevens. After 14 overs Hamworthy had only scored 24 runs for the loss of both openers Tom Wood, Mike Fisher and Gordon Frazier. A double bowling change saw James Pretty(1-20) bowl Greg Regan for 3 with the score on 28-4 and then the controlled spin of Kim Park struck five times in as many overs, together with a run out saw Hamworthy collapse to 60 all out in only 25.3 overs. Park bowled with great control, his line and length forced the Hamworthy batsmen into some poor shot selection and picked up another five wicket haul for the season. Charlton down passed the 2000 run mark for the season and also over the100 wickets for the season so far.
Charlton Down’s openers were soon on the back foot with the pace of Gerard Benfield having them in all sorts of problems. Wimborne footballer, Benfield is by far the quickest bowler to play at the Herrison Oval for some time, extracting good bounce which was passing by the chins of Jae Miller and Jack Eveleigh. At the other end saw Dorset Over 50’s bowler Mike Fisher extracting good movement and had Jack Eveleigh leg before wicket with the score on 7-1. Benfield was unlucky not to have picked up two or three wickets as the inside and outside edges of Miller and Voss raised to the boundary.
However Miller and Nick Voss batted well to see Charlton to victory in only the 15th over to secure the second double of an already amazing season.