Charlton Down 105-0 v Wimborne & Colehill 3rds 104ao Div 3 12/8/17
PROMOTED AS CHAMPIONS!!!!
Enforced three week interruption due to the rain and wet wickets was soon forgotten as the Saturday team clocked up their twelfth consecutive victory, too remain unbeaten, with a ten wicket win over a depleted Wimborne and Colehill 3rds.
Our comprehensive victory also sealed us promotion to Division Two as champions, with three games remaining, as nearest rivals Sturminster Marshall lost to bottom of the league Poole Town 3rds. A strange league this season???
Wimborne and Colehill batted first and found the accuracy of Matt and Dan Stevens hard to score. The miserly Dan Stevens(2-8)(only one scoring shot from the bat in 7.2 overs!) struck first bowling Fred Pennell for 5 with one coming back off the seam with the score on 7-1 this soon became 21-3 when Matt bowled Rob Pilato 6 and Adrian Prince for 2. The second wicket was the perfect nipping back to hit top of off stump)
A double change of bowling saw double success with the “old dog”Mark Homewood(1-12) trapping Charlie Pilato leg before with a beautiful ball swinging in and straightening going no where other than hitting middle stump!. And spinner Kim Park(1-6) saw wicketkeeper Rob Deadman take a sharp catch behind to dismiss Harry Pengelly with the score on 42-5. Kim conceded just 6 runs from 8 overs!
The superb fielding continued in the season especially with some fine diving stops by Jack Dunford the gully man and a good close diving catch from Jae Miller. Also Nick Voss was kept in the game by Sam Roles, every returning ball and it didnt matter where he was standing!!
A further change saw “golden arm” Javed Gill produce another devastating spell of 4-18 to reduce Wimborne and Colehill to 64-9 off 37 overs. The final pair of Adrian Loader and captain Tim Bartlett surprised us all by adding 40 quick runs before Tim Bartletts sterling innings of 32 off 96 balls came to and end when the impressive returning Dan Stevens bowled him and secure maximum points.
Our innings saw Jae Miller and Nick Voss looking confident as they took no pity on some short and wayward bowling. Our fifty came up in the 10th over with a lovely straight four by Miller back over the bowlers head. Jae was particulary ruthless hitting seven fours in his run a ball 60 not out. Nick played carefully and eased us to victory in the 21st over for the loss of no wickets and to clinch the Division Three title and promotion for the fifth consecutive year.
To gain promotion for the fifth consecutive year and as champions for the fourth time is a great feat by any Club but for a small village like Charlton Down is incredible, whatever standard you play in. A good mixture of youth and experience is the key, playing cricket hard but most importantly to enjoy, have some fun and giving the young lads a chance to perform at a standard where they will hone their cricketing skills for their challenges ahead. Drip feeding the Club’s emerging new youth players, into the Sunday team has started and next will be the Saturday team, coming through from the small but ever growing youth system will be the challenge over the next few years.