20th June 2009
Hills Plymouth v Landore
(First XI)


Hills Plymouth                                                                           243 for 9 in 50 overs

Landore                                                                                     207 for 8 in 50 overs

Hills, batting first, made another poor start, with two of their top 3 failing to score. Dan Davies was caught behind in the second over off Williams, and Stephen Baber followed in the same manner off Copp. David Kelly looked in good form until he played Williams onto his stumps on 21. Hills were 30-3 when Steven Manning and Jeremy Crooker came together in the middle. They set about the bowlers with aggression, adding 92 runs in 16 overs. Crooker fell lbw to Rees for a fine 42, including 6 fours and a six. Chris Shopland joined Manning, who dominated their 71 partnership.

Shopland was caught behind off Barber for 12, but Hills were now in command. Manning eventually became the wicketkeeper’s fourth victim off Siberry for a magnificent 112, which included 17 fours and two sixes. Mark Chamberlain added 13 runs until he too was caught behind off Siberry, then Jason Castaldi was run out for 16. Andrew Lewis was bowled by Williams, leaving Nick Thomson and Johnny Baber to finish with 9 and 2 respectively.

Landore made a confident start, reaching 37 without loss. Off-spinner-turned-opening-bowler David Kelly took most of the punishment, while Steve Manning fared better at the other end, taking the first two wickets, K Davies to a fine catch by Chamberlain for 17, C Davies clean-bowled for 24. A solid third-wicket stand was broken by Jeremy Crooker when Rees was caught by Stephen Baber for 31. Crooker took a second wicket next ball, bowling Pennock for 27.

Some great fielding by Castaldi saw Lewis run out for 6. then spinner Dan Davies trapped Barber lbw for 8. J Copp plundered a quick-fire 39 before Manning came back into the attack and had him caught by wicketkeeper Johnny Baber. Next ball Manning claimed another when he himself took the catch to dismiss D Davies. Manning jut missed out on a hat-trick, but ended with excellent figures of 4-39 in 13. The visitors were now struggling on 183 for 8, but the last two wickets proved elusive, and the innings concluded on 207.

Hills claim 17 points, Landore 11. 

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