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Match Reports Archive - 2013 Season
Sandy CC U15 v Ickwell CC U15
The first competitive match of the season was in the ECB U15 Cup Match, and Sandy hosted Ickwell at the Sunderland Road Recreation Ground. Sandy won the toss and elected to bowl first on what proved to be a good batting wicket. Tom Germany and Zahaan Hussain quickly reduced Ickwell to 10 for 2, before Fallows and Hirst started to go on the attack for the visitors. Fallows then fell to an excellent one-handed catch by Edward Lamb, fielding at first slip, from Hussain’s bowling. Two more wickets fell to leave Ickwell on 54-5 from 11 overs. Hirst and Barrow then produced Ickwell’s best partnership, putting on 38 runs before Hirst eventually fell for 43 runs, his innings containing 10 boundaries. Ickwell finished on 105 for 6 from their 20 overs. Sandy also lost early wickets in their reply, and like Ickwell found themselves on 10 for 2. Sandy lost wickets at regular intervals, and at the half-way point their score was similar to Ickwell’s, 50-5 from 11 overs. Sam Nugent and Ben Febery-Watts then produced a crucial 6th wicket partnership that kept the home side in with a chance of victory. The 16th over proved crucial, Nugent hitting three boundaries to put Sandy in sight of the winning line. Both batsmen held their nerve, as the pressure increased and the conditions darkened, to take Sandy through to the victory total of 106-5 from 19.2 overs. Sandy through to the next round of the cup after this 6 wicket victory.
 
Clifton CC 2nd XI v Sandy CC
The first senior league match of the season was on the following day, in the Beds Invitational Saturday Cricket League. Having gained promotion last season, Sandy played their first match in the Second Division at Clifton, against Clifton CC 2nd XI side. Clifton won the toss, and asked Sandy to bat first. Although Sandy lost an early wicket, Kevin Morrallee got Sandy off to a quick start with some aggressive hitting, and was joined by James Kier, who batted with equal aggression. Kier was eventually out for 49, leaving Sandy’s score on 97-2. Having scored 79, Morrallee was fourth out with the score on 146, and the other main contributor was youngster Edward Lamb, who scored 27. The Sandy innings finished in the 36th over, with the score on 190. Clifton also started with some aggressive batting from Ooms, but Darren Wheatley pegged them back with two wickets in one over, and James Kier also struck twice. Sandy turned to spin, and Graeme Lamb bowled Ooms (37) with the first ball of his spell. Trevor Bridger (24) and his son, Lewis (42) made useful contributions for Clifton; but Graeme Lamb (4-32) and young Sam Nugent (2-40) wrapped up the win for Sandy. Clifton finished on 134 all out, and Sandy won by 56 runs.
 
Bedford CC v Sandy CC
The opening weekend finished with a hat-trick of wins, when the Sunday team travelled to Bedford CC in the Beds County Sunday League Fourth Division. Bedford batted first and were immediately faced with an excellent opening spell from Dave Baker-Dugmore, who finished with bowling figures of 9-1-21-1. Sandy kept the pressure on with some tight bowling, backed up by excellent fielding, and Bedford were losing wickets regularly. Zahaan Hussain and Sam Nugent, both U14 squad players, contributed well with two wickets each as Bedford were dismissed for 105 in the 35th over. Sandy reached the required total without any major scares, for the loss of just one wicket. The top three batsmen all made useful contributions; Dave Carr (43*), Kev Morrallee (36) and Paul Daniels (16*), as Sandy reached 106-1 in the 22nd over. Sandy won by 9 wickets.
 
Biggleswade CC U14 v Sandy CC U14
Sandy CC U14’s started their Development Division season off with a match against Biggleswade CC U14’s. Sandy were asked to bat first, and lost a wicket in the second over. Dom Higgins & Ryan Bambury took the score along to 32-1, and then with the introduction of spinner Boyd, Biggleswade took three quick wickets to leave Sandy on 41-4 after 10 overs. Zahaan Hussain (31) then formed a crucial partnership with Dom Higgins (46*), and the two batted through until the final over, accelerating the scoring well as the innings progressed. They put on 77 runs for the 5th wicket, and Sandy finished on 120-5 from their 20 overs. Biggleswade got off to a good start, the hosts kept the scoreboard ticking over, and at the half way point the score was 39-1 from 10 overs. However, the Biggleswade batsmen were unable to accelerate as Higgins and Hussain had for Sandy, and fell further behind the required run rate. Two run outs ensued as Biggleswade took risks for quick runs, and the innings eventually finished on 82-5 from 20 overs, Sandy winning by 38 runs. Credit to M. Smith (23) from Biggleswade, who opened the batting, and was only dismissed in the final over.
 
Sandy CC v Kempston Methodists CC
The second Beds Invitational Saturday League match for Sandy saw them host Kempston Methodists on a damp & windy Saturday afternoon. Sandy won the toss and asked Kempston to bat first. Baker-Dugmore and Wheatley opened the bowling for Sandy, and extracted some good pace & bouncy out of the wicket. The innings was interrupted briefly by rain, and on the resumption of play, Wheatley finally made the breakthrough for the hosts. Sundar briefly went on the attack for Kempston, but once he and opener Carter (36) had both fallen to Adam Ridley’s bowling, the Kempston innings lost some momentum. Ridley finished with bowling figures of 4-23, and Kempston finished on 138-6 from their reduced 35 overs innings. Kev Morrallee again went on the attack early in the Sandy reply, until he was finally out for 51, with the score on 79-1. Ian Hurst (34) was second out with the score at 124-2, and although Sandy lost two more quick wickets, they reached the winning target in the 25th, finishing on 139-4. Sandy won by 6 wickets, just in time, before the thunder and lightning arrived.

Graveley CC v Sandy CC
After an excellent start to the season, Sandy suffered their first defeat away at Graveley in the Beds Invitational Saturday Cricket League (BiSCL). Sandy fielded a very young team in this fixture, and it was U15 Jack Lamb who top-scored with 35, as Sandy were reduced to 105 all out. Graveley reached 108 for 2 in the 25th over, to win comfortably by 8 wickets.
 
Queens Park CC U15 v Sandy CC U15
The next round of the ECB U15 Cup saw Sandy visit Biddenham Upper School to play Queens Park. Queens Park asked Sandy to bat first, and soon took wickets to reduce Sandy to 9-3. Sandy never really recover, and found difficulty scoring runs against some very accurate Queens Park bowling. Only Dom Higgins (11) and Sam Nugent (14*) made any real contributions as Sandy were dismissed for just 42 runs. Bowling highlight for Queens Park was Hussain, who finished with figures of 4-2-8-4. Queens Park completed their win in the tenth over, finishing on 43-1, and winning by 9 wickets. Queens Park play Luton Town & Indians in the next round of the cup.
 
Sandy CC U14 v Elstow CC U14
Sandy hosted their second U14 match, and batted first against Elstow. Opener Edward Lamb was the mainstay of the innings, scoring 38 runs, with other useful contributions from Sam Nugent (16) and Tom Germany (10*), Sandy finished on 98 for 7 from their 20 overs. Mention must go to Elstow bowler Luca Jackson, who  achieved a hat-trick in his two overs. Elstow lost and early wicket, but Banghar (34) & Hudson (21) formed a good partnership to put Elstow in a strong position. Edward Lamb then dismissed both batsmen, and went on to take two more wickets, finishing with bowling figures of 4-0-8-4. No other Elstow batsman managed to reach double figures, and a tense finished saw Elstow finish on 97-9 from 20 overs, meaning Sandy won by just 1 run.
 
Blunham CC 3rd XI v Sandy CC
Sandy’s second Beds County Cricket League (BCCL) fixture took them to Roxton, where they played Blunham 3rd XI. Sandy won the toss and asked Blunham to bat first, and Dave Baker-Dugmore & James Kier soon made inroads into the Blunham batting order. Blunham were dismissed for 96 in 33 overs, the main contribution coming from Tom Jiggins, who scored 45 runs. Wickets were shared out amongst the Sandy bowlers, Sam Nugent (3), James Kier (3) and Baker-Dugmore (2). In reply, it took Sandy into the 25th over to complete their second win of the season, scoring 101-3. Dan Price (59*) and Dan Lloyd (20) formed the match winning partnership, as Sandy won by 7 wickets.
 
Sandy CC v Dunstable CC 3rd XI
Sandy suffered their first BCCL defeat, as they hosted Dunstable CC 3rd XI in this Fourth Division match. Sandy were asked to bat first, with captain Dave Baker-Dugmore producing the main contribution with 36 runs. Darren Wheatley was next highest scorer, with 19, as Sandy were bowled out for 84. Adam Lewis taking 3-3 from seven over for Dunstable. The visitors reached the winning total in the 16th over, finishing on 88 for 5, with Richard Kilduff scoring 57*. Dunstable won by 5 wickets.
 
Sandy CC v Kempston Methodists CC
Sandy hosted Kempston in this BiSCL T20 Division Two match, and inserted the visitors. Kempston made a good start, with their openers sharing a 50 run opening partnership. Callum Grindley (4-0-21-1) finally made the breakthrough for Sandy, and Adam Ridley took the second wicket in the very next over. However, all of the Kempston batsmen made useful contributions to their finished total of 151-3 from 20 overs. Sandy made a good reply, as Mark Howlett and Jack Lamb formed a good opening partnership. Jack Lamb was eventually dismissed for 33, with the total on 83. Kempston kept taking wickets, which resulted in Sandy falling behind the required run-rate, and crucially Howlett was dismissed on 51. Edward Lamb (22*) added some momentum at the end of the innings, but Sandy fell just short, finishing on 141-6. Kempston won by 10 runs.
 
Sandy CC v Henlow CC
Sandy looked to get back to winnings way in this BCCL home match against Henlow. The visitors chose to bat first, and were soon in trouble, with Baker-Dugmore, Kier and Cooper all taking wickets. Graeme Lamb then chipped in with 3 wickets, and Henlow were dismissed for 66 in the 30th over. Paul Roberts top-scored for Henlow with 20*. Sandy won in the 16th over, having scored 68-3, with Kev Morrallee scoring 31. Sandy won by 7 wickets.
 
Sandy CC v Clifton CC 2nd XI
Clifton made a good start to this BiSCL match, and scored consistently throughout their innings on a good batting wicket at Sandy. Morris (40) and Barnes (28) built a good platform; the two Bridger brothers, Luke (70) & Lewis (50), then increased the momentum as Clifton finished on 235-5 from their 40 overs.  Sandy’s spinners, Nugent (3) and Eplett (2) were the only Sandy wicket-takers. Kev Morrallee (37) gave early momentum to the Sandy innings, but the 2nd wicket partnership between Ian Hurst and Mark Howlett proved to be the crucial partnership of the match. Hurst was eventually out for 103, but Mark Howlett (75*) batted on to see the hosts through to their victory total. He hit the winnings runs with just two balls to spare, as Sandy reached 237-3, winning by 7 wickets. Sandy move to 2nd in the table.
 
Clifton CC 2nd XI v Sandy CC
The following day Sandy and Clifton played each other again, this time in the BCCL Fourth Division. Clifton chose to bat first and were dismissed in the 39th over for 206, top scorer was Panton (50). Sandy’s reply was dominated by opener Kevin Morrallee, who scored 120*, as Sandy scored 209-3, winning by 7 wickets with 10 overs of their innings still to be bowled. This win takes Sandy to 2nd spot in the Fourth Division table.
 
Langford CC U14 v Sandy CC U14
Sandy visited Langford in this U14 Development Division match, and were put into bat by the hosts. Sandy lost a wicket in the 2nd over, but this proved to be the only wicket that they lost throughout their innings. Edward Lamb (50*) and Tom Germany (50*) batted throughout to take Sandy to 124-1 from 20 overs. Langford opener, Conor Robson, also completed a good half-century in the hosts reply. But once Robson had retired, Langford’s innings lost some momentum, and the hosts finished on 103-4 from 20 overs. Sandy won by 21 runs in this keenly contested match, which was a credit to both sides.
 
Sandy CC U14 v Ampthill CC U14
Sandy won the toss and chose to bowl first against Ampthill. The visitors got off to a steady start, punishing any short bowling. Tom Germany eventually broke the opening partnership in the 6th over, and other wickets went to Lamb, Foster, Nugent and Morrallee. Will Murray made the main contribution for Ampthill, the opener scoring 20 runs. Ampthill’s innings closed on 85 for 6, from 20 overs. Sandy lost an early wicket when Matt Foster was run out, and Zahaan Hussain (14) followed in the 7th over, with the score on 37. Dom Higgins (24*) batted well as more wickets fell at the other end, and finally found a willing partner in Matthew Morrallee (16*). Both batsmen played some good attacking shots to any loose deliveries, and their unbroken partnership of 48 saw the home side through to victory. Sandy reached 86 for 5 from 14.4 over, winning by 6 wickets.

Kempston Methodists CC v Sandy CC
Sandy won the toss, and asks the hosts to bat first in this BiSCL Division Two match. Opening bowlers G. Lamb and K. Morrallee applied pressure with only one running coming off the first six overs, Lamb eventually taking the first wicket in the 8th over. Kempston struggled to raise their run-rate, eventually reaching 50 in the 21st over. Young bowlers Nugent (2) and Grindley (1) claimed wickets to leave Kempston on 56-4. Marriott (30) and M. Holdway (10) took the Kempston score onto 100, until Eplett took 2 wickets with consecutive balls to start a Kempston collapse, the first being a superb one-handed "catch of the season" from Sam Nugent. Eplett went on to finish with bowling figures of 5-2-9-4, as Kempston lost their last six wickets for 17 runs, finishing all out for 117. In reply, Sandy lost their first wicket for 23 runs, but Morrallee and Howlett looked to be taking Sandy along comfortably. However, both fell within a few runs of each other, followed quickly by Ridley, to leave Sandy on 72-4. Young batsmen Grindley and Febery-Watts showed great attitude to add 23 runs for the 5th wicket. Lee Eplett then came in to add an attacking 20, taking Sandy to 119-6 in the 31st over. Sandy winning by 6 wickets.

Eaton Bray CC U14 v Sandy CC U14
Sandy made the long away journey over to Eaton Bray, and having won the toss, decided to insert the opposition. The relatively inexperienced home side struggled and soon found themselves at 11-4. They were unable to recover from this position, and were eventually dismissed for 27 runs. The wickets were shared out amongst the Sandy bowlers, with Ben Febery-Watts taking 3 wickets for just 1 run. Sandy took just 3.5 overs to complete a comprehensive 10 wicket win, with openers Merrick Child (17*) and Tom Winetroube (7*) playing some good shots.

Sandy CC v Graveley CC
Having lost to Graveley earlier in the season, Sandy were looking to gain revenge in this BiSCL match, particularly as both teams were in the top three of Division Two. Graveley won the toss and decided to ask the hosts to bat first. Sandy suffered an early blow when Mark Howlett was caught in the first over, and U13 Edward Lamb followed soon after, leaving Sandy on 19-2. Captain Lee Eplett came to the wicket to join vice-captain Ian Hurst, and they began to try and build a successful partnership. They gradually started to increase the scoring with very positive running, combined with occasional boundary hit, and brought up the 100 in the 23rd over. The partnership had exceeded 150 runs by the time Eplett was eventually dismissed for 79. Dave Baker-Dugmore was run for 12 as Sandy kept looking to attack, and Hurst was 5th out for 78 (including an all run 6!). Sandy's innings eventually finished on 230-8 from their 45 overs.
Graveley made a good start, but Baker-Dugmore eventually made the breakthrough with the total on 40. The Graveley middle-order then stumbled as Graeme Lamb and Darren Wheatley bowled tightly. Sandy held their catches as six more wickets fell for just 22 runs, and Graveley were reduced to 62-7. Graveley youngster Harry cartwright decided to go on the attack, and as the overs ticked by the visitors started to get themselves back into the game. Cartwright put on 89 with Cross, before the later was dismissed by young bowler Tom Germany, who bowled a good spell under difficult circumstances. Harry Cartwright was eventually bowled by Graeme Lamb for 79, with the score at 181-9. Baker-Dugmore returned to take the last wicket in the 41st over, and Graveley were dismissed for 202. Sandy winning by 28 runs.

Henlow CC v Sandy CC
The following day Sandy's Sunday team travelled to Henlow for the BCCL Division Four match. Earlier in the season Sandy had dismissed Henlow for 66, and a strong Henlow team were keen to make amends, deciding to bat first. The innings started badly when a mix-up ended with a run out in the second over. Baker-Dugmore and Wheatley kept the pressure on the batsmen, and more wickets fell. Sandy's fielders backed up their bowlers well, and they held on to every catching chance that was given. Captain Baker-Dugmore set the example with two good catches, followed by Cooper Snr who also held on to two good chances. Lloyd and Morrallee bowled in good areas to make the batsmen take risks, and Henlow were dismissed in the 24th over for just 64 runs. Wicket-takers were Lloyd (3), Morrallee (2), Wheatley (2) and Baker-Dugmore (2). Baltruschat top scored for Henlow with 19.
Morrallee and Lloyd got the Sandy reply underway, with Morrallee racing to 29 before being out LBW. Hurst joined Lloyd, as Henlow turned to spin from both ends, trying to apply pressure. The batsmen decided not to take risks, and just eased their way towards the Henlow total. Hurst (14) was out to Spicer, his 2nd wicket of the day, but the victory had nearly been sealed. James Cooper came in to confirm the win in emphatic style, hitting a six over the square-leg boundary. Lloyd finished unbeaten on 13, as Sandy won by 8 wickets in the 19th over, with their score on 65-2. The result saw Sandy move to the top of the table.

Sandy CC v Clifton CC 2nd XI
The following Sunday it was Sandy who chose to bat first, looking to maintain their top position. Morrallee once more gave Sandy a good start, eventually falling for 41. Sandy were unable to really build on the positive start, with a number of players making starts, but not going on to make big contributions. Baker-Dugmore was the next highest scorer, making 34. Davidson took 4 wickets for Clifton, as Sandy were all out in the 39th over for 167.
Clifton lost an early wicket in their reply, but the rest of the top order all managed to contribute double-figure scores to the total. Baker-Dugmore took 3 wickets, and Wheatley took 2; but Sandy were unable to stop Clifton winning with six overs still remaining. Walyatt top scored with 35 as the visitors reached 168-6, to win the match by 4 wickets.
 
Bedford CC U14 v Sandy CC U14
Sandy looked to keep their unbeaten run going in this U14 Development Division match. Bedford batted first and Sheemar (34) and Basssin (26) formed a good opening partnership. Once the Sandy bowlers started to make in-roads, wickets fell on a regular basis with 4 of the Sandy bowlers taking 2 wickets each. The only other Bedford batsman to reach double figures was Kneller (18). The Bedford innings finished on 134-8 from 20 overs.
Both Sandy openers fell cheaply in their reply, and it took a good partnership between Dominic Higgins (37) and Zahaan Hussain (36) to keep Sandy in the game. They put on 66 for the third wickets, and with Edward Lamb also contributing, the game headed towards a close finish. Sam Nugent held his nerve to see Sandy home with just three balls remaining, Sandy finished on 136-6, to win by four wickets.
 
Blunham CC 3rd XI v Sandy CC
Third-placed Sandy took on the Division Two leaders in this BiSCL match, on a hot Saturday afternoon. Sandy chose to insert Blunham, who got off to a lively start. Young spinner, Sam Nugent, took two wickets to peg Blunham back. Eplett and Kier were the pick of the Sandy bowlers, and it looked like they would keep Blunham down to a total of just over 150. However some loose bowling allowed the last three Blunham batsmen to contribute over 50 runs, and they finished on 210-9 from 40 overs.
Sandy lost an early wicket, but then Mark Howlett and Edward Lamb formed a good 2nd wicket partnership, Lamb eventually falling for 32. Howlett proved to be the mainstay of the Sandy reply, and was eventually out for 83. As pressure to maintain the run-rate increased Sandy lost wickets regularly, and fell just short of the required total. Sandy finished on 206-8 from 40 overs, as Blunham won an excellent match by just 4 runs.
 
Sandy CC v Blunham CC 3rd XI
Sandy played Blunham again the following day in the BCCL Fourth Division. Blunham lost a wicket in the first over, but kept scoring quickly. Sam Nugent bowled a good spell for Sandy as the Blunham innings started to falter. Blunham were dismissed for 169 from 35 overs.
Having lost a wicket in the first over, Dave Carr and Paul Daniels started to rebuild the Sandy innings. Good bowling from Blunham meant that Sandy were always under pressure to try and keep on target. James Kier came in to score some quick runs, and give Sandy’s reply some much needed momentum. Kier was bowled going for another big hit, but Dan Lloyd remained undefeated to see Sandy home, with the winning runs being hit from the 1st ball of the last over. Sandy finished on 170-5, and returned to the top of the division.
 
Sandy CC U14 v Henlow CC U14
Sandy played their last U14 league fixture against Henlow, who won the toss and chose to bat first. Henlow’s batsmen struggled against the Sandy bowling, with only one players managing to reach a double-figure score. Matt Foster took 3 wickets, and Dominic Higgins 2, as Henlow were bowled out in the 12th over for 50 runs.
Although Sandy lost two quick wickets, debutant Tyler Wheatley scored 23*, as Sandy scored 54-2 in the 9th over. Sandy won by 8 wickets, completing an undefeated league campaign.

 


Match Reports Archive - 2012 Season


Saturday, 8th September
Aston CC v Sandy CC

Sandy finished their Saturday matches with a friendly at Aston Cricket Club. The idyllic village setting, on the outskirts of Stevenage, was bathed in sunshine on this glorious Saturday afternoon. Aston won the toss and inserted Sandy. Captain Lee Eplett opened alongside Kev Morrallee, and Sandy were soon on the attack. After just three overs, Sandy had raced to 28 runs, but Eplett was out for 19. The rest of the Sandy innings belonged primarily to Morrallee. Whilst others struggled to score, Morrallee consistently waited for the bad ball, and then hit it to the boundary. He reach 100 in the 22nd over, having hit 18 fours and 3 sixes, and with Sandy’s score at 149-6. The very next over he gloved a ball that rose from a length, and was caught by the wicketkeeper for 105. Darren Wheatley then added a useful 21, and Graeme Lamb 11*, as Sandy finished on 189 all out with seven overs still to be bowled.
Wheatley bowled an excellent opening spell for Sandy, and with there being some irregular bounce in the wicket none of the Aston batsmen looked comfortable against him. He took two wickets in his opening 6 over spell, and then Sandy turned to the spin-twins, Lamb & Eplett. They bowled consistently, even though there was not much turn off the wicket. Eplett took 3-10 from his four overs, one being a catch by debutant James Hodgson, and Aston soon had six wickets down. The seventh wicket partnership between Cowell and Lence got the home side back in to the match, until Wheatley was introduced back into the attack. He got another ball to lift from a length, and Cowell was out for 35, having gloved the ball through to ‘keeper Hurst. Kev Morrallee was also brought into the attack, and his accuracy brought two further wickets. Adam Ridley then bowled Lence (53), and Aston were dismissed for 162 in the 38th over. Sandy winning by 27 runs, after an excellent end of season game, played in a great spirit.


 




Sunday, 26th August
Sandy CC v Leighton Buzzard CC 2nd XI

With Sandy placed third, and Leighton Buzzard sitting a place higher; this was a must win game for the hosts if they were to maintain hope of promotion from the Beds County Cricket League Division Four. The visitors arrived in positive mood, and on winning the toss decided to bat first. Buzzard got off to a flying start, with runs coming quickly in the first few over. Darren Wheatley eventually broke the opening partnership, and shortly afterwards took his second wicket to leave the visitors on 65-2. James Cooper also bowled a consistent line and length as Sandy slowed the Leighton Buzzard run rate. Matt Crease, making his Sandy debut, took two wickets with his slow left-arm spin as the visitor moved to 105-5. An attacking sixth wicket partnership helped push Leighton Buzzard's final total to 173-7 from their 40 overs.
Sandy's reply started disasterously, the hosts quickly being reduced to 10-4. Dan Lloyd and Matt Crease tried to restore some stability, adding 40 runs in their 5th wicket partnership. When Matt Crease eventually fell for 49, Sandy were at 73-6, and still needing a hundred more runs to win. James Kier (37) and Dave Baker got Sandy back into the match with a positive 8th wicket partnership, until Kier was caught with the score on 125. The ninth wicket fell shortly afterwards, with the hosts score at 134-9. Baker was last man out, run out for 25, and Sandy were all out for 140 with 8 overs still remaining. Leighton Buzzard won by 33 runs, and sealed promotion to the Third Division. Sandy face another year of Fourth Division cricket, but can reflect on a greatly improved performance on the previous season, when they only narrowly avoided relegation.


 




Saturday, 25th August
Pavenham & Felmersham CC 2nd XI v Sandy CC

Sandy travelled to Pavenham for their last Saturday league match of the season, looking to give four of the U14 squad some experience of senior league cricket. Sandy inserted the home team, and Darren Wheatley made an early breakthrough for the visitors. Two more wickets fell quickly, and Pavenham were struggling at 23-3 from 14 overs. Adam Ridley bowled tightly from one end, whilst the junior players bowled good spells from the other end. Zahaan Hussain picked up his second wickets to reduce Pavenham to 42-4 after 18 overs. Crucially this proved to be the last wicket to fall, as a few catches went down, but Pavenham had still only score 112 after 34 overs. However the home team scored over 100 runs in the last 11 overs to finish on 213-4 from their 45 overs, with N. Mace completing his undefeated century.
In reply, Sandy were reduced to 12-2 in the fourth over. Kev Morrallee (40) and John Beaumont (14) added 48 for the third wicket, but when they both fell in consecutive overs, Sandy were struggling at 64-4 from 14 overs. Darren Wheatley then held the middle order together; producing good partnerships with Dom Higgins, and Zahaan Hussain. Wheatley was finally out for 53, with the score at 136-6 in the 35th over. Two more wickets feel quickly, and after 39 overs, Sandy's score was 153-8. Sam Nugent and Callum Grindley gained some valuable batting experience, and Terry Harragan showed all of his fifty years of competitive league experience to ensure Sandy batted out their full 45 overs. Sandy finished on 166-9 from 45 overs, meaning that Pavenham won by 47 runs. Disappointing for Sandy to finish on a losing note, but great to see four youngsters contribute positively in a senior league match. This lose means that Sandy finish runners-up in the Bedfordshire Invitational Saturday League Third Division, but gain promotion to the Second Division for the 2013 season.


 




Sunday, 19th August
Eggington Foresters CC 2nd XI v Sandy CC

Sandy travelled to Eggington on this very hot Sunday afternoon, looking to maintain their push for promotion in this Beds County League Division Four match.
The hosts chose to bat first, and lost their first wicket when Dan Price took a catch off James Cooper's bowling. However, the 2nd wicket partnership between Azad (109*) and Ali (62) proved to be the crucial partnership of the innings. Sandy's bowlers suffered in the afternoon heat as the two batsmen accelerated the run rate. It looked like the hosts would post a score near to 300, but three more late wickets managed to stem the flow of runs, and the hosts closed on 241-4 from their 40 overs.
Sandy made a positive start in their chase against the demanding total, with Chester Ringsell hitting a quickfire 50. Once he was dismissed, Sandy lost wickets at regular intervals. Young player, Dominic Higgins, played some attacking shots in his senior league debut. However, the visitors struggled as the run rate continued to climb. Ian Hurst (32*) looked to prolonge the innings, but with none of the last five batsmen being able to reach double figures, Sandy finally succumbed for 159. Eggington winning comfortably by 82 runs. Sandy slip to third place, and now face a crucial home match against 2nd placed Leighton Buzzard 2nds, which they must win to have a chance of promotion.


 




Saturday, 18th August
Sandy CC v Ampthill CC 4th XI

Sandy hosted the BiSCL Third Division leaders in this top of the table clash. With Sandy having a free week the previous Saturday, Ampthill had taken the opportunity to move above them to top the division. Sandy followed their policy of inserting the opposition, having won the toss. Once again Dave Baker bowled with good pace at the start of the innings, which proved too much for the visitors top order batsmen. By the end of his seven over spell, Baker had bowling figures of 7-3-10-5, having bowled all five batsmen (four of them getting "ducks"), and leaving the visitors innings in tatters at 24-5. Darren Wheatley added the sixth wicket shortly afterwards, and also finished with excellent bowling figures 10-6-15-1. Sandy maintained the pressure with Chris Bollig bowling ten overs for just 10 runs; whilst the three youngsters, Germany, Foster & Hussain took three wickets between them. Ampthill were dismissed in the 36th over for just 76 runs.
Sandy lost their first wicket with the score on 23, but two of their experienced batsmen saw them through to a comfortable 9 wicket win. Ian Hurst (31*) and Mark Howlett (37*) added 54 for the 2nd wicket. Sandy reaching 77-1 with more than half their overs left, for an emphatic win that took them back to the top spot, and more importantly, sealed their promotion from the third division.


 




Saturday, 11th August
Biggleswade CC 2nd XI v Sandy CC

Sandy travelled the short distance to play Biggleswade in this BiSCL Division Three match, looking to maintain their position in the promotion places at the top of the division. Having won the toss, Sandy inserted Biggleswade and opened the bowling with Darren Wheatley and Dan Price, who bowled tightly early on. The match was turned on its head with introduction of Dave Baker, who  bowled with good pace on a difficult wicket. Baker took 4-8 in four overs and reduced Biggleswade to 34-4. With younger players coming in to bat, Sandy took pace off the ball. Lee Eplett (3-3) and Adam Ridley (2-11) finished the innings off, with Biggleswade all out for 73.
Sandy lost wickets early on in their reply, and were reduced to 22-3. Dan Price (26) and John Beaumont steadied the innings, although both were eventually dismissed. Sandy reach their target in the 24th over, with the score at 77-5, to win by 5 wickets and move top of the third division.


 




Sunday, 5th August
Dunstable CC 3rd XI v Sandy CC

Sandy looked to continue their good Sunday league form away at Dunstable CC. Dunstable won the toss and asked Sandy to bat first. Sandy scored consistently, with a number of batsmen making contributions through the innings. Chester Ringsell (36) got the side off to a good start; followed by useful contributions in the middle order from both Cooper's, junior (28) and senior (48). Dave Baker then added some late runs (30), and Sandy finished on 187-7 from their 40 overs.
In reply, Dunstable's innings faulted from the start. Only two batsmen managed to reach double figures, as the home side were bowled out in the 31st over for just 77 runs. Sandy producing an impressive away display to win by 110 runs.


 




Sunday, 29th July
Sandy CC v Clifton CC 2nd XI

Sandy hosted a youthful Clifton 2nd XI in this Beds County Cricket League Division Four encounter.
Clifton batted first, and in a rain affected innings, were bowled out for 135 from 35 overs.
In reply, Sandy required just 18 overs to complete an 8 wicket win, finishing on 136 for the lose of just two wickets.


 





Saturday, 28th July
Sandy CC v Caldecote CC
Caldecote visited Sandy in this Beds Invitational Saturday League Division Three match, looking to complete the double over the hosts. Having been bowled out for only 24 by Caldecote in the early reverse fixture, Sandy were determined to gain revenge.
Caldecote batted first, and openers Welch and Kodikara played with attacking intent to quick put on fifty for the first wicket. The partnership was eventually broken by James Kier with the total on 66. Chester Ringsell then dismissed Jason Welch in his first over, and the direction of the match was to change decisively. Ringsell (3-21) and Kev Morrallee (2-6) kept the pressure on the Caldecote middle order and with wickets falling regularly, the run rate fell sharply. The visitors slumped to 99-7, and when Kier was brought back into the attack, he took three more wickets in his first over back to finished the innings off, and claim 4-18. Caldecote were all out for 114 in 35 overs.
Caldecote made an early breakthrough in the Sandy reply, Dan Price being bowled by Lorimer with the score on 29. Chester Ringsell then took hold of the match, smashing his way to 88* from just 13.5 overs, in a partnership of 87 with Mark Howlett (22*). Sandy reached 116-1, and won by 9 wickets. The result moved Sandy to the top of Division Three.

 




Wednesday, 25th July
Biddenham CC U14 v Sandy CC U14

Sandy CC U14's travelled to Biddenham on a glorious Wednesday evening for their final Development Division match of the season. Biddenham won the toss and chose to bat first, and make a positive start. The openers punished anything loose, and with a fast outfield, anything that beat the fielding ring carried through to the boundary. Taking pace off the ball proved to be crucial, and once the spinners were introduced into the attack, Sandy started to have some success. Sam Nugent and Zahaan Hussain disposed of the Biddenham openers, and Cybil Laobena claimed two more wickets. Ryan Bambury bowled two good overs for Sandy, and eventually Biddenham finished on 128-6 from 20 overs.
In response, Sandy suffered an early lose, as lack of foot movement led to Sam Nugent being bowled. This brought Jack Lamb to the crease to partner Harry Chinn. Although they struggled early on, they built a good partnership, with Jack Lamb playing some powerful shots to any loose deliveries. The attacking intent and quick running caused the Biddenham bowlers to loose their consistency, and more wides were being bowled. Inevitably the partnership was broken when Jack Lamb was run out for 32, attempting a suicidal single. Edward Lamb came in to join Harry Chinn, with Sandy now well on target for a win. Edward played some good attacking shots, including a glorious on-drive for four. Biddenham's bowlers appeared to have succumbed to Sandy positive play, and the match was won with two consecutive wides, Sandy won by 8 wickets, with two overs to spare. Harry Chinn batted well to carry his bat for 37*
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Sunday, 22nd July
Sandy CC v Eggington Foresters CC 2nd XI

Sandy hosted Eggington in this Beds County League Division Four match, with Sunderland Road Rec still showing the effects of seemingly weeks of rain. With Sandy just one place ahead of Eggington, this promised to be a close match. The visitors chose to bat first, and lost their first wickets when Kier bowled Iqbal. James Cooper then took two more quick wickets, and Dave Baker bowled a good spell, bowling with good pace. As Eggington struggled to score quick runs, they started to take more risks. Top scorer Aziz (37) risked a quick single, leading to Kev Morrallee producing a brilliant run out with a direct hit. With Wheatley again bowling with great accuracy, Eggington found scoring opportunities few and far between. Cooper came back on to take his third wicket, and Lloyd claimed two wickets in the 39th over to finished the Eggington innings. The visitors all out for 126 from 39 overs.
Captain (Ringsell) and vice-captain (Lloyd) opened for Sandy, and their innings proved the complete opposite to Eggington's. Chester Ringsell was quick to punish any loose delivery, and after 4 overs Sandy had already raced to 33 runs. As Lloyd calmly accumulated runs, Ringsell kept up his attack, smashing one deliver back over the bowlers' head and onto the astroturf facility. He hit 15 boundaries, and when he was eventually out for 84, Sandy were on 124. Three balls later and the match was over, Sandy reaching 127-1 from just 14.5 overs. Lloyd finished unbeaten on 24, and Sandy had won by 9 wickets.


 





Saturday, 21st July
Dunstable CC 4th XI v Sandy CC

After two weeks of no cricket, due to continuous rain, Sandy travelled over to Dunstable for this Saturday league fixture. Dunstable won the toss and asked Sandy to bat first. Aaron Pickering went for a "golden duck", and Ian Hurst followed in the 9th over, to leave Sandy on 12-2. Dunstable's young side kept the pressure on with some tight bowling, and Sandy slumped to 28-5 from fifteen overs. Sandy's sixth wicket partnership, between Mark Howlett and Adam Ridley, proved to be the turning point of the match. They added 68 runs before Ridley was out for 45, with the score at 96. Darren Wheatley kept the momentum going with some big shots, as Sandy added another 50 in the last ten overs. Mark Howlett finished on 65*, having come in after just two balls of the match, and constructed a crucial innings to bat throughout the 45 overs. Sandy finished on 147 for 8.
Dunstable found run scoring as difficult as Sandy's batsmen had. Edward Lamb made the first breakthrough, taking an excellent caught & bowled, and conceding just 9 runs from his five overs. Wheatley kept the pressure on as he bowled through his spell, and finished with figures of 10-6-11-1. Dunstable had to eventually take more risks as the run rate increased, and invariably wickets were lost. Sandy held their nerve in the field, and Dunstable could not find enough boundaries to keep up with the required run rate. By the last over Dunstable were still over twenty runs short, and eventually finished on 130-8. Sandy won by 17 runs, against a youthful Dunstable side, who played some very good cricket.


 




Tuesday, 10th July
Bedford CC U14 Development v Sandy CC U14

Due to heavy rain this match was played on the artificial wicket at Bedford CC, and after two blank weeks, Sandy were glad to once again play some cricket. Dom Higgins won the toss and decided to bat first. Sandy made some changes to the batting order, to keep giving all players to gain experience, and Zahaan Hussain and Sam Nugent opened. With Sam always looking for quick singles, Sandy looked to put pressure on the fielding side. However, Bedford held their nerve, and Zahaan was run out in the third over. Sandy had a mini collapse, Matt Foster and Ryan Bambury both out in the 5th over, with the score at 26-3. Sam followed shortly afterwards, and with no batsman yet reaching double figures, Sandy were four down for 32 runs. Edward Lamb and Tom Germany steadied the innings with a partnership of 28, until Tom was out in the 11th over. Unfortunately Max Levy followed next ball, and Sandy were 54-6 after 11 overs. Edward went on to top score with 19, and Dom Higgins batted well through to the end, scoring 17* and finishing the innings with a six over the midwicket boundary. Sandy's final total, 89-9 from 20 overs.
Bedford's lost a wicket in the 2nd over of their reply, and their batsmen were struggling to pierce the Sandy fielding ring. The pressure told, with wickets falling, and Bedford struggled to 27-5 from 8 overs, two of the wickets being run outs. The match was then briefly stopped for a short rain break, and on return it was Bedford's batsmen who's concentration levels were maintained. Sandy's bowling became more erratic, and the extras total climbed steadily. At last, the batsmen started to find boundary shots, as Sandy's bowlers struggled for consistency. As the last over began, Bedford required 7 runs to win. The first ball was despatched for 4, followed by a couple of singles, and Bedford were nearly home. The fifth ball was again sent to the boundary, and Bedford were 93-7 with one ball to spare, winning by 3 wickets. Sandy will need to reflect that they scored 67 runs from the bat in their total of 89, yet Bedford only scored 46 runs, the other 47 all being extras. Zahaan Hussain proved what could be done, bowling his two overs for just 3 runs.

 




Sunday, 1st July
Sandy CC v Henlow CC 2nd XI

Sandy batted first in this Beds County Sunday League Division Four match. The top four batsmen for Sandy all made a start, reaching double figures, but none of them were able to go on and build a large score. As normal, Sandy then suffered a middle-order collapse, with the next four batsmen all falling for single-figure scores. It was left to Darren Wheatley (26) and Graeme Lamb (17*) to score some important late order runs for the home team. Sandy finished on 165-9 from their 40 overs.
Sandy made an early breakthrough, and Henlow struggled to score fluently. James Kier eventually took a couple more wickets, but Fas was holding the Henlow innings together. As the overs ticked by, and with wickets inhand, Henlow attempted to increase the run rate as they closed in on the Sandy total. As the match went into the final over, Henlow still required double figures to win. With one ball to go, Henlow required four runs to win, but opener Fas (90*) was no longer on strike, and Wheatley bowled a dot ball. Sandy hold on to win by just 3 runs, and move up to 2nd place in the table.


 




Saturday, 30th June
Blunham CC 4th XI v Sandy CC
Sandy won the toss and inserted the home team in this Bedfordshire Invitation Saturday League Division Three match. Darren Wheatley once again bowled a tight opening spell, and finished with bowling figures of 10-5-17-1. Captain, Lee Eplett, came on first change and along with Dan Price took two wickets apiece. Blunham were unable to build any lasting batting partnerships, and wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Kev Morrallee came into the attack and took a number of late wickets, finishing with 4-21. Blunham finished on 149 all out.
Sandy also lost wickets at regular intervals in their reply. Morrallee and Price both got into the twenties before getting out, and it was veteran John Beaumont who held firm in the visitors middle order. He batted through to the end, scoring 36*, and seeing Sandy through to 150-8 in the 38th overs. Sandy won by 2 wickets, in yet another close finish.


 




Sunday, 24th June
Ickleford CC v Sandy CC

After heavy overnight rain, 10-man (due to a late player withdrawal) Sandy travelled to Ickleford to find a wicket that caused much debate as to its fitness for play. After a 30 minute delay, Sandy started their innings. Kevin Morrallee rode his luck on the way to a quick 37, including 2 sixes in one over, before being caught of spinner Crouch. Chester Ringsell continued in similar fashion, quickly punishing any loose delivery, until a mix-up with Cooper resulted in the skipper being run out for 27. As Sandy’s middle order produced a mini collapse, James Cooper held the innings together at the other end. He smashed over 20 off one over, and was eventually out for 61. The last two wickets for Sandy added over 40 valuable runs as the innings drew to a close, the final total being 185-8.
Dave Baker bowled with good pace as Ickleford began their reply, although any loose deliveries were quickly despatched. At the other end, Cooper bowled an excellent spell, conceding just 13 runs from his nine overs. Baker took two quick wickets, before being replaced by spinner Graeme Lamb. His spell proved crucial for Sandy; taking 4-26 from his nine overs, including Ickleford’s top scorer Pursey (49), caught brilliantly by Baker at deep extra-cover. Ringsell came on to take three late wickets, and wrap up a 46 run win, as Ickleford were dismissed for 139.


 




Saturday, 23rd June
Sandy CC v Pavenham & Felmersham CC 2nd XI

Although there was standing water on the outfield in the morning, the wicket and field dried sufficiently for play to start on time in the afternoon. Pavenham batted first, and Sandy made a promising start as James Kier dismissed both openers. The visitors third wicket partnership of Beatley (89*) and Bedford (59) added 113 runs, aided by a number of costly dropped catches. The partnership was eventually broken by Matthew Foster, one of the club’s junior players, taking a wicket in his first senior match. Pavenham’s batsmen pushed on, as there innings finished on 229-4.
Sandy’s innings started poorly, and they slumped to 20-4. Ringsell played in typically attacking style, smashing a quick 63, before being caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary. The two young Lamb brothers then came together, with seemingly only match already out of Sandy’s reach. However, the visitors found it difficult to dislodge the brothers; as Edward (18) and Jack (60) put on a 60 run partnership, and all of a sudden Sandy could sense an unlikely win. Once Edward Lamb was dismissed, captain Lee Eplett came to the crease, producing an attacking innings. As the rain started to fall, and the light deteriorated, the last over began with Sandy needing 14 to tie, 15 to win. Jack Lamb was run out off the second ball, unselfishly going for an unlikely 2nd run. Sandy eventually finished on 219-9, losing by 10 runs.


 




Tuesday, 19th June
Sandy CC U14 v Eaton Bray CC U14

Sandy were asked to bat first by the visitors, and Harry C and Dom H were soon building a significant partnership.They produced a good mix of attacking shots, mixed in with some positive running. Eaton were unable to cut out the quick singles, and with a few catches being put down, the score kept climbing at a good run rate. Dom, in particular, mixed up a good variety of shots to complete his half-century, and retired with the opening partnership over 100. Callum G kept the momentum going, and Harry C fell in the last over for 44. Ben F-W finished the innings in a positive mode, and Sandy finished on 169-1 from 20 overs.
Tom G showed Sandy's bowling intent, taking 2 wickets in the first over, and the signs looked ominous for the visitors. Wickets were falling regularly, as Sandy rotated their bowlers. The wickets were spread amongst seven different bowlers, and Eaton Bray were evetually dismissed for 30, in the 12th over. Sandy record their first victory, by 139 runs; against a very inexperienced Eaton side, who showed great character in a difficult match against a far more experienced Sandy side.


 




Sunday, 17th June
Offley & Stopsley CC v Sandy CC

Sandy were in need of getting back to winning ways, have lost their last two Beds County League Division Four matches. Sandy were put into bat on what appeared to be a low & slow wicket. Sandy were soon in trouble, losing two wickets early on, and it looked like the batsmen were going to struggle again. Both captain (Ringsell) and vice-captain (Lloyd) were soon back in the pavilion as well, as Sandy looked unlikely to reach three figures. But James Cooper and Dan Price started the recovery, both still maintaining a positive approach. Price was then run out, and Kier followed a few overs later. Mark Howlett then joined Cooper, and produced the main partnership for Sandy, until Cooper was dismissed shortly after reaching his half-century. Howlett remained to the end, scoring over 40, as Sandy finished with a competitive total of 172-8, from 40 overs.
Offley struggled to build any worthwhile partnerships early in their innings, as wickets fell at regular intervals. Kier took early wickets, and Sandy's bowlers kept the pressure on the home batsmen. Lloyd and Cooper were introduced, and both were soon in the wickets. Offley were eventually bowled out for 70 from 26 overs. Sandy back to winnings way, with a 102 run victory.


 




Sunday, 17th June
Sandy CC U12 v Harrold CC U12

Sandy's U12 side batted first in this Development Division match, having lost the toss. Edward L (24) and Tom W (17) scored freely in their four overs, to get Sandy off to a blistering start. Their partnership of 49 set Sandy's innings up perfectly for the rest to follow. Jack T and Joseph K batted well, not losing any wickets, and taking the total to 163 from 8 overs. The Sandy score kept edging forward, and although a few wickets fell, the score was on 176 from 16 overs. Eventually Harrold had more inroads into the Sandy batting, including a couple of runouts. Sandy eventually finished on 169 from 20 overs, losing 6 wickets in total.
Harrold couldn't match the start that Sandy had made, although some positive running showed attacking intent. Harrold did not lose their first wicket until the 10th over, and then the 2nd wicket followed immediately after. Tom W's quick thinking to stump the batsmen off a wide delivery; and after 12 overs, Harrold had scored 147, 25 runs behind Sandy at the same stage. The next four overs proved to be crucial, with Sandy taking 2 more wickets, but Harrold also scoring a number of boundaries. After 16 overs Harrold were 171, ahead of Sandy's final total. Sandy took 2 more wickets in the final 4 overs, but could not prevent Harrold from staying ahead. Harrold finished on 185 for 6 wickets, winning by 16 runs. This young Sandy side equitted themselves well against their more experienced opponents. Special mention to Jack T, who took an excellent catch during the Harrold innings.


 




Saturday, 16th June
Caldecote CC v Sandy CC

Sandy were brought down to earth with a bang in this Beds Invitational Saturday League Division Three match, having previously been undefeated. Caldecote won the toss and decided to bat first. Caldecote made a sound start to their innings, but then suffered a double blow, with Darren Wheatley claiming the wickets of both openers. Another steady partnership took the score up to 65, before the third wicket fell; followed immediately by two more wickets. No other Caldecote batsman managed to reach double figures, as Lee Eplett (3-18) and James Kier (4-16) swept through the rest of the Caldecote batting. Caldecote's innings finished on 96.
Sandy's reply started badly, and unfortunately went from bad to worse. Both openers went without scoring, and by the end, none of the Sandy batsmen could manage to reach double-figures. The Caldecote opening bowlers, Kodikara (4-11) and Jackson (5-4), tore through the Sandy batting in just 15 overs. Sandy were dismissed for just 24, losing by 72 runs.


 




Tuesday, 12th June
Biggleswade CC U14 v Sandy CC U14

Sandy won the toss, and Zahaan decided to bowl on what looked a damp and slow-paced wicket. Sandy's bowlers produced their most accurate lines so far this season, and Biggleswade's openers struggled to get the ball past Sandy's fielders. The bowlers tended to take pace off the ball, and this policy appeared to be paying dividends as the score crawled to 18 from 8 overs. In the middle overs Sandy just let things slip, giving a few too many extras away, and dropping a couple of catches. Biggleswade had to take more chances, and consequently lost wickets when Merrick Child took two in the 13th overs. Sandy used all ten bowlers, with captain Zahaan Hussain probably the pick, taking 1-4 from his 3 overs. Biggleswade did well to finish on 75 for 3 from their 20 overs, opener Smith carrying his bat for 24*. Sandy will probably think that 75 was 15-20 runs more than they should have allowed.
Sandy's reply couldn't really have started any worse. After four overs the top four batsmen (Chinn, Nugent, Child and Morrallee) were all back in the pavilion, three of them not troubling the scorers. Max Levy went the same way shortly after, and with 5 overs gone, Sandy were 7 for 5 wickets. Two of the visitors more experienced players (Tom G and Dom H) came together, hoping to rebuild Sandy's innings. They put on 30 important runs, Dom eventually falling for 16 in the 13th over. Tom G was out shortly after, and Ryan B followed quickly, becoming the sixth "duck" of the innings. But the match wasn't over yet, as Zahaan and Tom W looked to bat out the full 20 overs. Tom W was run out from a direct hit, as the pair had to take risks to keep the score ticking over. As the tension built, Biggleswade's bowlers started to lose their accuracy, and the extras total mounted up, keeping Sandy in the match. Eleven runs were required from the last over, and two wides suddenly gave Sandy a glimpse of victory. But Smailes, who had already taken 2 wickets, got his line and length back to bowl Cybil, and complete the win for Biggleswade by just 4 runs.


 




Sunday, 10th June
Sandy CC v Kempston Hammers 2nd XI

Sandy looked to get back to winning ways in the Beds County Div.4 match against Kempston Hammers. The visitors won the toss and inserted Sandy on a wicket that was still slightly soft after the heavy rain during the week.
Sandy found is difficult to get the ball away early on against the two left-handed opening bowlers of Kempston. With a quarter of the overs already bowled, Sandy were 19 for 3, and in trouble. Dan Lloyd and James Kier (18) eventually started to build the first significant partnership; this was followed by a sixth wicket stand between Lloyd and Hurst (22), that proved to be the highest partnership of the innings. Dan Lloyd was eventually out for 35, and unfortunately he was the first wicket in a hat-trick by Plowman, as Sandy's innings crumbled further. Graeme Lamb hit some attacking blows to quickly reach 13*, as Sandy were bowled out in the 38th over, for just 126.
Sandy needed to keep things tight early on, and Darren Wheatley & James Kier both bowled well. The pressure eventually told in the 7th over, Wheatley dismissing both openers, courtesy of catches by wicketkeeper Dan Price. Kier followed this up by taking a wicket in the 12th over, and Kempston were 31 for 3, with still nearly 100 runs required. Although Sandy managed to create a number of chances after this, they were not taken, which Sandy couldn't afford with such a low score to defend. Paul Daniels eventually took a fourth wicket in the 22nd over, to break a 50 run partnership, but this proved to be the last breakthrough for the Sandy bowlers. Kempston passed Sandy's total in the 36th over, to win by 6 wickets. Sandy will need to pick themselves up, and quickly put a winning run together.

 



Sunday, 10th June
Biddenham CC U10 v Sandy CC U10
At last the sun came out again as Sandy travelled to Biddenham in this U10 Development Division match. Sandy were put into bat, and after the first four over, James B and James W had taken the total to 113 against some tight Biddenham bowling. Jack T and Joseph K came in next, and Joseph quickly scored the first boundary for Sandy. After 12 overs the Sandy score was 133, and although the batsmen were struggling to get the ball past the close fielders, Sandy had managed to keep all their wickets in tact. Alex came in and hit his first ball for four, only the 2nd of the innings, and he then had to show his defensive qualities to keep out the two best overs bowled in the innings. Sandy finished on 150 for the lose of only 2 wickets, from their 20 overs.

After the first four Biddenham had reached 117, just four runs ahead of Sandy's score at the same stage. Biddenham's 2nd pair then pushed on to put Biddenham into a commanding position, and even though Nathan E took the first wicket, Biddenham raced to 146 after eight overs. Jack T then bowled a maiden over, and James W took the 2nd Biddenham wicket in the 14th over; but this did not set Biddenham back, as the scoreboard kept ticking over. Biddenham's innings finished on 206 for 2 wickets, winning the match by 56 runs.
Good effort from Sandy, especially to lose only 2 wickets during their innings. Had Sandy held onto their catches, Biddenham would have lost four or five more wickets. Special mention to Zoe, who kept a calm head whilst captaining the team.

 



Tuesday, 29th May
Queens Park CC U14 v Sandy CC U14

Sandy travelled to Biddenham Upper School to play Queens Park in this U14 Development Division match. Tom Germany won the toss and decided to bat first. Sandy lost two early wickets, but Ryan Bambury and Harry Chinn settled down to rebuild the innings. Tom Winetroube then joined Ryan as Sandy scored steadily, and at the halfway point the score stood at 49 for 4. Sandy then lost two more quick wickets, and the scoring ground to a halt. Sandy scored just 6 runs from the next five overs, and it took a quick 11 from Ben Febery-Watts to finally push Sandy's score to 86 all out, from 19.4 overs.
Harry Chinn made the breakthrough for Sandy, Edward Lamb taking a good catch at gully. Matt Foster nearly got another with a direct hit from a throw from fine leg, but the batsman had just got home. Tom Germany went one better, completing a run out with another direct throw. But the score kept ticking over, and after ten overs the scores were close with Queens Park 43 for 5. QP's opener took advantage of a free hit, driving the ball for four, before Sam Nugent came back into the attack and bowled a wicket maiden. As the overs ticked by the tension built, and after 16 overs QP were 70 for 7, still requiring 17 to win from 4 overs. Tom Winetroube took a great catch for the 8th wicket, with the score on 79 from 18 overs, 8 to win. Sandy captain turned to his best bowlers on the night, Sam Nugent bowling the 19th over, and taking a wicket to leave the score on 85 for 9. QP needing 2 from the last over. Harry Chinn was given the last over, and QP's opener (Amaan) scored 2 from the 2nd ball to win the match; having carried his bat through the innings, and being the only QP batsman to reach double figures (25*). QP won by 1 wickets. Highlights for Sandy were an outstanding team fielding display, good bowling from Chinn (2-4) and Nugent (3-10), and Ryan Bambury's first innings for the club (15). Areas for improvement; more positive running/calling when batting, and a little more consistancy of line/length when bowling. All round though, a very encouraging display.

 



Sunday, 27th May
Sandy CC v Ickleford CC

Sandy looked to continue their fine start to the season, with a home match against promoted Ickleford. Sandy won the toss and decided to bat first. Sandy made a steady start, reaching 30 before losing their first wicket. Dave Carr (56) and Chester Ringsell (30) kept up a good run rate, and at the halfway mark Sandy had scored 97 for the lose of 2 wickets. It was at roughly this point that Ickleford introduced their spinners into the attack, and this proved a pivotal point of the match. Sandy's middle order batsmen struggled to score as pace was taken off the ball, and wickets began to fall at a steady rate. Of Sandy's last eight batsmen, only two managed to get into double figures. Sandy were finally dismissed for 153 from 36 overs, with the Ickleford spinners claiming 7 of the wickets.
Ickleford's reply started similarly to Sandy's, as they also lost their first wicket in the 8th over, with the score on 25. Dave Baker bowled with good pace early on, and Darren Wheatley chipped in with two wicket from his 9 overs. After 15 overs the Ickleford score was 59 for 3. Dan Lloyd took the fourth wicket in the 24th over, but this was to be the last breakthrough for Sandy. Watson and Morris completed their 50 run partnership to win the game for Ickleford in the 34th over, as Sandy suffered their first defeat of the season by 6 wickets.

 



Saturday, 26th May
Sandy CC v Blunham CC 4th XI

Sandy CC won the toss and decided to bowl first. Although Blunham lost an early wicket, the 2nd wicket partnership between Pallister (28) and Barrow (84) produced the bulk of the runs in their innings. Sandy rang the changes by using a total of seven bowlers, but it was the two most experienced bowlers (Eplett 2-36 and Morrallee 6-23) who really did the damage. Of the ten wickets that fell, eight were caught, and Blunham were dismissed for 185.
Kev Morrallee was once again the mainstay of Sandy's reply, and his partnership with Dan Price (30) took Sandy 90, and they never looked back from there. Morrallee was eventually out for 71, with the Sandy score on 145, needing just over 40 more runs to win. Chester Ringsell then came to the wicket and hit an aggressive 39 not out, taking Sandy to a winning total of 187 off just 28.2 overs. Sandy win by 6 wickets.

 



Sunday, 13th May
Sandy CC v Dunstable 3rd XI

After a very wet early May, and the loss of a number of match due to waterlogged fields, Sandy Cricket Club eventually got its season underway on Sunday, 13th May. The home fixture against Dunstable 3rd XI saw the wicket in good condition, but the outfield still being very damp.
Dunstable won the toss and decided to bowl first, putting the pressure on Sandy to set a competitive total. The season could not have started more abruptly, with Kev Morrallee being bowled first ball of the match. John Clulow and Paul Daniels then began to rebuild Sandy’s innings with scores of 66 and 52 respectively. Dan Price also chipped in with a useful 28, as Sandy finished on 188 for 5 off 40 overs. This appeared to be a good total, although potentially was 20 run short on a wicket that was playing well. In reply, Dunstable started poorly, with both openings failing to score; and Darren Wheatley producing a good opening spell and finishing with bowling figures of 9-3-13-2. Gilbert and Woods rebuilt the Dunstable innings, and started to put some pressure back on Sandy. Eventually their partnership was broken by John Clulow, and wickets then fell regularly until the they were all out on 136. Sandy won by 52 runs, with John Clulow taking 3-15 and Paul Daniels 5-42.

 



Sunday, 20th May
Leighton Buzzard 2nd XI v Sandy CC

Sandy’s second Sunday league match was on 20th May, their first away match at Leighton Buzzard. Sandy travelled with a much weakened side, but started well by winning the toss and inserting the home side. Chris Bollig and Darren Wheatley opened the bowling, and both bowled their full allotment of overs straight through. After their combined 18 overs, Leighton Buzzard’s batsmen had only scored off 7 of the overs, the other 11 being maidens. This meant that the home side were under pressure to score quickly for the rest of their innings, and they had no option but to take risks. There was some good ground fielding to back up the bowlers, but Sandy will know that had they held more catches, Leighton Buzzard would have score fewer than the final total of 147 for 9 off 40 overs. In contrast to the home teams start, Sandy’s innings got off to a positive start. Kev Morrallee scored a quick half-century, and by the time he was out Sandy were already over halfway to reaching their required total. His opening partner, Dan Lloyd 46*, carried his bat through until Sandy had reached their winning score of 148 for 2 from just 31.2 overs. After two completed matches, Sandy are currently in third position with 59 points from a possible 60.
(NB. Sandy consequently lost all points, due to playing unregistered players)
 

Saturday, 19th May
Ampthill CC 4th XI v Sandy CC

Sandy returned to Saturday League cricket for the first time in a few years, and their first Saturday league match was an away fixture against Ampthill 4th XI, played at Marston. The wicket was still quite soft, which didn’t encourage attacking play from the batsmen. Sandy won the toss and asked Ampthill to bat first. Darren Wheatley and Chris Bollig both produced good opening spells once again, but were unable to break through Ampthill’s opening partnership. It eventually took a brilliant one-handed catch from Aaran Pickering, to provide the breakthrough off Kev Morrallee’s bowling, with the total on 58. Morrallee then continued to produce a great spell of bowling, finishing with bowling figures of 10-4-15-2. Lee Eplett also took 2 wickets, and after a promising start, Ampthill finished on just 127 for 7 from their full quota of 45 overs. Once again, of more catches had been held, this total could have easily been under 100. Kev Morrallee got Sandy off to another positive start, whilst wickets fell regularly at the other end. He was eventually out for 44, and Sandy still had some work to do. Darren Wheatley added an important 23, with a number of big attacking shots to keep the momentum going. Ampthill tried to apply more pressure, but Sandy’s captain (Eplett) and vice-captain (Hurst) saw them home with a dozen overs left. Sandy finished on 128 for 8, winning by 2 wickets. It was encouraging to see one of the club’s junior players make his senior debut, as Zahaan Hussain batted well and was unlucky to be run out by a direct throw from the boundary.

 


Sandy Cricket Club - 2011 Season Match Reports
 

UNDER 12 COUNTY LEAGUE NORTH (10th July 2011)
Biggleswade CC U12 v Sandy CC U12
Sandy once again travelled with a man short, and how costly would this be by the end of the match?
Sandy asked Biggleswade to bat first, and soon had the home side in trouble. After 6 overs the score was 24 for 5, with wickets going to Dom H (2), Matt F, Tom W and Sam N. An excellent 6th wicket partnership took the score to 56 after 12 overs, but Sandy then put the batsmen under pressure again, conceding just 22 runs from the last 7 overs. Biggleswade finished on 80 for 8 from 20 overs, highlights for Sandy: Dom 3-5, Sam 2-15, Tom W 2-18, and Ben F-W's 2 overs without conceding a run.
Sandy lost early wickets again, which was then followed by a middle order collapse against spin (again), and after 10 overs the score was 26 for 6. Opener Sam then formed a great 7th wicket partnership with Tom W, and they added 25 runs in 4 over, giving Sandy a possible winning position. Sam was finally out for 14, and when Tom G was 9th man out at the end of the 18th over, Sandy's innings had fallen 12 runs short with 2 overs still remaining. Tom W finished on 13*, and who knows what might have been, had Sandy managed to field a full team of 11 players? The 33 run, sixth wicket partnership for Biggleswade, was certainly the turning point of the game.

 


UNDER 12 COUNTY LEAGUE NORTH (2nd July 2011)
Harrold CC U12 v Sandy CC U12

Sandy U12s travelled to Harrold for the second time this year with a player short, due to a late withdrawl. Harry won the toss and asked Harrold to bat first. Sandy got off to a great start, Dom taking a wicket in the first over, and Sam following up with a maiden in the second over. Unfortunately from then on most of the highlights belonged to Harrold. Sandy fought hard to contain the Harrold batting, and after 10 overs the score was 47 for 2. Harrold sent in their more attacking batsmen, and the score rattled along for the last 10 overs. Although further wickets were claimed by Tom G, Luke and Sam; there were also missed catches and runout opportunities. Harrold's innings finished on 127 for 4, but disappointingly 39 runs were given away with wides.
Sandy, like Harrold, made a poor start to their innings, with both Sam and Dom being bowled in the first over. Harry (13) played a captain's innings and supported by Tom G (12) they started to rebuild for Sandy. By the time they were both out, the score had reached 34 for 4 from 11 overs. Sandy were unable to make any progress against Harrold's spin bowler, and wickets fell on a regular basis as the pressure was applied by the bowlers. The scoring rate came to a virtual stop, and Sandy were eventually dismissed by the end of the 18th over for 59 runs, of which only 37 had been scored off the bat.
Harrold appear to be the strongest team in the division, and Sandy now need to reflect on the game, and assess which areas they need to develop for the future.


 




UNDER 12 COUNTY LEAGUE NORTH (19th June 2011)
Sandy CC U12 v Bedford CC U12

Bedford won the toss and asked Sandy to bat first. Edward and Sam got them off to a good start, with the run rate at a steady 5-an-over. Edward was out first, scoring 19, and unfortunately Sam went five balls later, for 7. Although Sandy now had two new batsmen at the crease, the scoring rate actually increased. Dom and Tom stayed together until the 16th over, when Dom was bowled for 23. Whilst Bedford's quicker bowlers were all conceding runs, it was the slower bowlers who caused Sandy the most problems. This was confirmed by 3 wickets falling in the last over, meaning that Sandy finished on 108 for 6 from their 20 overs.
Bedford's openers soon got into their stride, and combined with some irratic early bowling, had soon raced along to 52 from just 5 overs. Hitting any loose ball to the boundary, and having the confidence to take quick singles at will, the run-rate never lessened. Sandy rotated their bowlers, to ensure that everyone had a chance to contribute to the game, but the runs kept mounting up. Both openers went on to retire, having reach 30. Only Harry C and Tom W looked like stemming the flow of runs, but the two new batsmen also showed good technique. The winnings runs came off the first two balls of the 14th over, and Bedford had completed a comprehensive 10 wicket win, with 6 overs to spare.
Sandy can take heart from a sound batting performance, scoring their highest total of the season so far. Now we must look to bowl a better length, which will help challenge and pressurise the better batsmen we play against. The Sandy wicket is too good a batting surface on which to bowl short deliveries on, a lesson Bedford's bowlers may well also have learned today.

 




UNDER 12 COUNTY LEAGUE NORTH (5th June 2011)
Bedford CC U12 v Sandy CC U12

Sandy batted first against Bedford, with Edward and Sam opening the innings. Edward got off to a flying start, before being bowled in the 4th over for 18. Tom then joined Sam, and they took the score onto 41, when Sam was stumped for 17. Tom G was given out LBW, taking a pain blow on the toes; Dom top scored with 25 (including a six), but a flurry of quick wickets slowed Sandy's momentum. Tight bowling meant that only 12 runs were scored off the last 5 overs, and Sandy's innings finished on 97 for 7 from 20 overs.
Bedford's opening pair made a steady start, and then started to accelerate with some positive batting. Sandy's bowlers struggled to contain the scoring, and the opening stand of 47 was eventually broken by Tom G. Bedford's other opener then retired (not out) on 31, at which point Sandy's bowlers then gained some measure of control, with Tom W bowling well to concede only 3 runs from his 2 overs. But Bedford regained some momentum, as Sandy rotated 9 bowlers in total, and won in the 16th over. Bedford scored 99 for 1 off 15.5 overs, for a well deserved victory.
Sandy can take much heart from a good team display, with a number of batsmen reaching double figures, and a good fielding display.


 


 

Sandy vs Dunstable 3rds – 29/5/2011
Despite torrential rain in the days preceding the game the square was still pretty dry, as was the outfield. Having won the toss Chester opted to bat first and opened with Kev. Right from the start the bowling was pretty wayward from Dunstable though the pitch did its best to assist them with indifferent bounce and the ball sticking in the wicket; at least for the first few overs. The familiar gale force breeze hammering across the ground soon removed any residual moisture and the pitch played pretty well after the first 5-10 overs. Unfortunately, before then, Chester pulled one that stuck a bit and managed to top edge it – out for 4 and much muttering could be heard as he returned to the pavilion. Paul Daniels joined Kev and together they put on 183 runs for the third wicket. Kev was understandably unamused to be given out LBW on 92 but Eplett the umpire had the reassurance of hawkeye backing his decision. Well, not so much hawkeye, more the non striking batsman and the square leg umpire who confirmed it had been plumb in front and back in the crease respectively. Looking to put the game beyond reach Dazzler was sent in to wield the silver arrow to devastating effect. Unfortunately the ploy did not pay off - out for 0. Unabashed Chester sent in Baker with the same instruction – swing from the hip and put the bowlers under pressure. Baker started with a watchful block and then smacked a lovely four. In normal fashion he then tried to play the same shot to a full, straight ball and watched as the bails flew. At the non strikers end Paul D put his head in his hands and wept (metaphorically, obviously). Not to worry, a proper batsman was in next, Jon Clulow would support Paul in getting the score to 300+. Unfortunately, in trying to push the score on he also fell for a single figure score, possibly surprised by a rare straight ball as the extras continued to mount. Dan Price got out but the author was in the changing room so has no idea how. Paul Daniels fell trying to push on and Lloydie was looking good until he advanced down the pitch, missed it and was stumped. His defence? He had forgotten the wicket keeper was standing up… James Kier played a lovely cameo though he was unimpressed with Eplett who refused to run at one point on the basis that ‘that bloke hasn’t stopped one all day’ though in Eplett’s defence the ball did go for four. Eplett added a few and Rob Tant hit a nice 4 and protected his wicket to prevent Dunstable claiming all ten points.
The Sandy dressing room resounded with jokes about Dave Bakers bowling and how many extras he would leak given that he hadn’t bowled yet this year. Did I say jokes? Mean prophecies… To be fair to Mr Baker none of the sandy bowlers could get it right to start with, with the exception of Dazzler who was unlucky not to pick up wickets in his first spell. Given the unreliability of his bowlers Chester was left with little choice but to take a defensive approach and try and cut off the boundaries as Dunstable got off to a flyer. Eplett and Daniels exercised a degree of control though Eplett was lucky to be given more than one over given his first 6 balls went for 12 runs. There was an almighty shout for a caught behind against the one of the openers but it was not given – even though the Dunstable umpire at square leg admitted he heard the knick… The same opener then got another let off when Dazzler lost sight of the ball as it flew towards him at mid off. At least the bowler had the malicious pleasure of seeing the ball smash into Dazzlers chest; it takes more than that to fell the mighty scaffolder though and despite having a glorious red, seam marked lump in the middle of his chest Dazzler returned to bowl a good second spell. As the game appeared to slip away from Sandy Lloydie uttered his rallying call ‘ for F##ks sake! We’re playing like we’ve already lost!’ The field came up and Baker made amends running in and bowling with real pace and venom. With Darren and James bowling tightly from the other end Dunstable inched towards the total. It all came down to the last over, some excellent out fielding meant fours were turned into twos and it came down to the last ball. 1 run would be a draw, 2 a win for Dunstable. Dave B held his nerve and sent down an unplayable delivery, Jon collected it and ran in to run out the Dunstable batsman – no run and Sandy had won! Far too close for comfort but the points were in the bag. After a couple of disappointments over the last couple of weeks Sandy are back on track. Or are they???


UNDER 12s COUNTY LEAGUE (29th May 2011)
Sandy v Blunham

Sandy struggled to fulfil the fixture, but eventually with two U10's (Harry V & Connor H) helping out, and the last minute recruitment of a friend-of-a-player (Harry C), the team was cobbled together.
Sandy won the toss, and elected to bat first with Edward & Sam. They made a good start until Sam was bowled for 8 in the seventh over. Edward continued his good form from the previous match, batting on to retire for 33*. Sandy were unable to really build on the good start, losing wickets on a regular basis during the second half of the innings. After 20 overs, Sandy's innings finished on 87 for 6.
Blunham's innings started poorly, and after 5 overs their score was 15 for 3. The highlight being a brilliant catch by Cybil, to dismiss one of the Blunham openers in the 2nd over. Although Sandy kept taking wickets, Blunham kept up with the run rate to stay in the match. Merrick came on and took two wickets in one over, and after 12 overs, Blunham were 53 for 5. Sandy continued to rotate their bowlers, giving everyone a chance to stay involved in the game; and although Sam and Matthew M each took wickets, Blunham remained in the match. Harry C bowled with good pace in his first match to slow the scoring, but Blunham went into the last over needing only 2 runs to win. As the tension grew, even the passing adult football players stopped to watch the proceedings. Blunham held their nerve to seal victory, finishing on 88 for 7 off 19.2 overs.
Sandy can be pleased with a good team performance, especially as there were a number of less experienced players in the team. Everyone contributed to a great match, and although Sandy need to work on conceding fewer runs through extras, there were many positives to take from the performance.


 




UNDER 12s COUNTY LEAGUE (15th May 2011)
Sandy v Biggleswade

Sandy hosted Biggleswade for their first home league match this season. Biggleswade won the toss, and asked Sandy to bat first. Sandy lost their first wicket in the 2nd over, Dom caught for 0. Edward and Tom G then started to sensibly build their innings. Pushing singles and hitting the odd poor ball to the boundary, they kept scoring at a steady rate until Edward was eventually out for 25, when the total was on 89. Tom G carried his bat through the innings to finish on 23no, whilst Sandy's final total was 102 for 2. Rogers and Boyd were the wicket-takers for Biggleswade.
Biggleswade's innings started similarly to Sandy's, when 'keeper Connor K took a good catch behind the stumps off Matt's bowling. Sandy rotated their bowlers to keep everyone involved, and Biggleswade struggled maintain the run rate required. Further wickets fell, Ben took a caught & bowled, and good fielding resulted in Biggleswade's top scorer (Boyd) being run out with a direct hit. Another wicket fell as Luke took a good catch off Edward's bowling, whilst the score was on 68. Biggleswade scored 78 for 4 off their 20 overs, meaning Sandy won by 24 runs. Good all round team effort from both teams, and played in a really good spirit.


 




UNDER 12s COUNTY LEAGUE (8th May 2011)
Harrold v Sandy

Sandy travelled to Harrold for their first County League match, and faced a strong Harrold line-up that included a number of County squad players. Harrold elected to bat first, with both openers going on to retire having each scored 30 runs. The bowler who caused them the most problems was Sam, bowling spin on a damp wicket. He was unlucky not to get one of the openers out, the ball just dropping short of Matt, and was definitely Sandy's most threatening bowler. Harrold finished on 128 for 1 off their full 20 overs.
The Sandy reply did not start well, Edward out LBW in the first over, to a ball that kept low. Dom briefly went onto the attack, but departed shortly afterwards. Sandy then lost wickets regularly to some very accurate bowling, with only Tom W being able to bat for any length of time, and eventually top scoring with 10. Sandy were dismissed in the 17th over for 55, losing by 73 runs.

 



Leighton Buzzard Away 8 May 2011
With the skipper away sunning himself the team he had pulled together before leaving met in the Bell car park for the hour long trek to Leighton B, only to discover there were only 9 players. No one had Depaqs number and reserves had already been bought in to cover for a mysterious injury to Lloydie. Despite much frantic ringing round of mates, mates of mates and even people that no one was mates with, no more players could be found.
Leading from the front Chester decided we should go anyway, at which point Eddy Collins - a heroic stand in for Lloydie - and Coops decided they would go, to the petrol station; and promptly disappeared for half an hour.
The drive over was unremarkable apart from the fact that a chink in Coopers armour was found with his little car proving incapable of coping with anything more hill like than a speed bump. At last, something that Cooper cannot do, get there quicker than anyone else?
Chester continued the good run by promptly losing the toss and despite having laid it on thick with the oppo captain was unsuccessful in getting us first bowl.
Batting line up worked out Chester and Eddy strode out to open the batting. The pitch, which had been under covers until immediately before the game, misbehaved wonderfully. The bounce was either low or extravagent (ok, low with one ball spitting in the entire innings) with the LB bowlers bowling either brilliantly (one bowled 5 overs, all of which were maidens with one wicket) or with liqourice allsorts. Chester, looking to stamp his authority on the bowling, managed to lay bat to ball for an aggressive stroke up and over point. Only problem was it didnt quite get up and over and an easy catch ensued. Az tried an aggressive third run only to see a great return arrive straight over the stumps so he kept on going, straight back to the pavillion. Lee then aided the cause by adjudging Coops to have been LBW, only for Dazzler Wheatley to wander over from square leg to mention that he thought it had been a bit high, and for a bit high he meant that it probably wouldn't have hit if the stumps had been another 6 inches taller...
Tareeq and Eddy tried their best to anchor the innings but with the ball nipping round all over the place they soon perished. Dazzler played his own game but being the best part of 8 foot tall is a distinct disadvantage when a ball that pitches mid track hits the stumps 3 inches off the ground. He played the right line just swung straight the top of the ball, an outcome that resulted in a stream of language only a scaffolder could come out with as he wandered back to the pavillion.
The end result? top scorer was extras, with only Lee and Eddy getting into double figures. All out for 60 and a decision made to have tea after the game had concluded...
It was agreed during the interval that we were going to go down fighting. So 9 players? no worries, a slip, a gully and silly mid off - that'll intimidate them!
It worked, one opener thought he would pull the ball for 4, after all there were only 2 players on the leg side and one of those was at mid on. Unfortunately for him, one of those players was super Coop. Batsman middles the ball, everyone looks to the boundary but no, as calm as you like cooper snaffles it! 1 down, 9 to go.
On the basis that nothing ventured = nothing gained Chester threw the ball to Eddie, pointing out that not having played for 8 years was no excuse for not bowling. This cycle continued with pretty much everyone getting an over or 2. Rob picked up another wicket thanks to Simon plucking another catch out of the air. 2 down.
Darren got frustrated bowling good balls and threw down a wide, wide ball outside off. The batsman nearly gave himself a hernia reaching it and played on. A bail shoots up in the air, laughs and lands back on the stumps. Not out? indeed!
Riding their luck the LB batsman see their team home comfortably.
So a tale of 4 hours, 1 to get there, 2 to play an entire match and 1 to get back again.
Wait 'til they get to Sandy, with the 9 first team players that were missing back (hopefully) it should be a different kettle of fish.

 




Under 12 Development League
9th May, 2010
Sandy U12 v Harrold U12

Sandy started their league campaign on a windy and cold morning. Dominic won the toss and decided to ask Harrold to bat first. Harrold made steady progress, but were restricted to mainly scoring singles. Sandy's bowlers struggled to maintain accuracy with the strong wind blowing across the ground, and consequently Harrold's score increased due to a steady serious of wides being bowled. James took the first wicket for Sandy in the 13th over, and the other bowler to claim a wicket was Connor, in the last over. Harrold's innings finished on 193.
Sandy started well in their innings, but soon started to lose wickets regularly. The main contributions came from Dominic (6) and Aaron, who top scored with 9. Sandy finished on 125, having lost 9 wickets in their 20 overs.
Harrold won by 68 runs.



Under 10 Development League
16th May, 2010
Blunham U10 v Sandy U10

Both teams arrived with extra players, and in the interests of getting as many children involved as possible, the match was played as 12-a-side.
Blunham batted first, and tight bowling from Edward and Luke soon restricted the home side. Edward took 2 wickets and Luke 1, leaving Blunham on 101 after 4 overs. Max and Tom continued the good work, both taking wickets in their bowling spells, and Blunham still had only 109 of 8 overs. Sandy continued to use all of their 12 players to bowl, and the game was evenly placed after 16 overs, with Blunham on 132. Blunham's latter batsman went on the offensive over the last 8 overs, scoring a further 62 runs, to see Blunham finish on 194 from 24 overs.
Sandy's reply also struggled early on, due to some accurate bowling from the Blunham bowlers. Sandy were struggling to find gaps in the Blunham field, but Connor started to bat with some aggression and hit his first boundary of the season. Toby and Joseph batted with some positive intent to take Sandy's score to 131 from 20 overs. Edward and Tom completed Sandy's batting, taking the final score to 145 from 24 overs. Main contributions were Max (7), Connor (7) and Edward (8).
Result: Blunham won by 49 runs.



Under 12 Development League
23rd May, 2010
Biddenham U12 v Sandy U12

Sandy were asked to bat first on this scorching Sunday morning, and Jack & James got Sandy off to a steady start, reaching 111 off their four over. Aaron and Luke came next, and more steady batting coupled with not losing a wicket, saw them push the score up to 129. The momentom increased when Matt and Tom W came to the wicket. Some aggressive pull-shots from Matt and also quick singles saw Sandy reach 150 from the first 12 overs, and crucially only one wicket had fallen. More consistent batting from Ben and Sam kept the scoreboard ticking over, with again no more wickets falling. The highlight of the innings followed when Dominic and Tom G came in for the last four overs. Dominic immediately smashed a four and six in the first over, and with more boundaries following in each of the next three overs Sandy reached a total of 201 for only 2 wickets, one of which was a run out. Top scorers: Jack (15), Matt (15) & Dominic (30).
Biddenham's reply was steady, but they could not find the boundaries that Sandy's batsmen had managed. Sandy rotated their bowlers continually, and Dominic, James and Luke all took a wicket each. The fielders backed up the bowlers, with good work leading to one run out and another 2 or 3 close calls. Ben made a great attempt diving forward to attempt a catch, but just failed to hold on. Aaron came on to bowl near the end of the innings, producing the fastest bowling we have witness so far this season. Biddenham finished on 169, leaving Sandy the winners by 32 runs.
Much improved performance from Sandy, who played the match with a far more positive attitude, and played some great cricket.



Under 10 Development League
30th May, 2010
Potton U10 v Sandy U10
Sandy batted first on this windy morning at The Hollow, Potton. Sandy made a steady start, but then lost wickets in three consecutive overs, and after eight overs the total was 99. This brought Edward and William (on debut) to the wickets. They hit three boundaries between them, and by the end of the 12th over Sandy's score was 123. Jack, Joseph and Jake helped the total along to 134, crucially not getting out in their four overs. Tom & Charlotte quickly pushed the score on, but wickets in the last two overs pegged Sandy's score back again, to finish on 142. Top scorers: Edward (15), Tom (8) & William (7).
Potton started in similar fashion to Sandy, losing wickets early on to Edward and Luke, and after four overs their total stood at 100. Max came on and bowled a maiden over, but Sandy were unable to make further breakthroughs. Consequently Potton's score steadily increased and surpassed Sandy's. Although Tom came on and bowled a maiden over late on, Sandy were unable to take any more wickets and Potton cruised to a final total on 186. Potton won by 44 runs.
Special mention for Tom, who batted well, showed great promise behind the stumps, and then gave up the gloves to come on and conceed only 3 runs off his two overs.


Under 12 Development League
5th June, 2010
Queens Park U12 v Sandy U12
Sandy won the toss and asked Queens Park to bat first. Sandy bowled steadily on a hot morning and Queens Park found it difficult to pierce the ring of inner fielders. Dom took a good catch and Tom W produced an excellent run out, leaving the score at 116 for 2 after eight overs. Max came on to bowl and took two wickets for 5 runs from his two overs, and there was one more run out. Queens Park finished on 157, with only one boundary scored, whilst Sandy contributed over 50 runs to the total with wides & no-balls.
Jack and James opened for Sandy, and despite losing a wicket early on, picked up the run rate with some well run quick singles. Dom then carried on from his previous innings, striking some early boundaries to push the score along. Matt also hit a number of boundaries in his innings, and after 12 overs Sandy's score was 158. Although two more wickets fell, Sandy's score progressed ahead at a steady rate and finished on 181 for 5, winning by 24 runs.
Highlights were two wickets for Max, and top scores of: Dominic (20), Matt (13), Jack (9) and Tom W (9).
Sandy will again need to concentrate their efforts on reducing the runs they gift to opponents through wides and no-balls.


Under 12 Development League
13th June, 2010
Bedford U12 "A" v Sandy U12
Bedford won the toss and chose to bat first. The opening pair batted aggressively and after the first four overs the score had reached 128. Although not scoring as quickly, the middle order batsmen still kept accumulating runs and after 12 overs the score stood at 141. Bedford's final pair again increased the run rate, and the innings closed on 179 for 8 wickets (including 50 extras).
In reply, Sandy found scoring difficult in the early stages as Bedford bowled a consistent line and length. The pressure told, as 6 wickets fell in the first eight overs, and Sandy's score was 97. Although Aaron and Ben started to recover, it was Luke and Connor who gave the Sandy score some respectability, as no wickets fell in their 4 over innings. Dominic once again came out and batted aggressively, but the lose of more wickets pegged Sandy's score back again, to finish on 128 for 10 wickets.
Highlights: Luke bowled two over, conceding 1 run and taking 1 wicket.
Good overall fielding display that contributed to the 8 wickets that Sandy took.
Top score once again from Dominic (14), and sensible batting from Luke and Connor.


Under 12 Development League
20th June, 2010
Sandy U12 v Bedford U12 "B"
Sandy's captain, Connor, won the toss and asked Bedford to bat first. Aaron opened the bowling with a lively pace, and in his second over took the first wicket thanks to a spectacular diving "catch of the season" from Ben. Matthew followed up with a wicket in the next over, but Bedford's total had still advanced to 118 after 4 overs. Brothers Edward & Jack kept things tight in their spell, and Sam continued the good work. Sandy backed up the tight bowling with good fielding, leading to a run out from Edward with a direct hit. James then got a wicket with his first ball, and after 16 overs Bedford's total stood at 144. Good batting from the last pair added a further 27, and Bedford finished on a very competitive 171.
Jack and Tom W opened the batting for Sandy, and each found the boundary rope as they finished on 119 after 4 overs. Sam and Matthew added a further 20 in their four overs, and crucially Sandy had still not lost any wickets. The score kept advancing at a steady rate, with Sandy's batsmen now realising how important it would be to not lose wickets. It was not until the 14th over that the first wicket fell, with Connor being bowled. Edward and Tom were the last pair in, knowing they could not afford to get out. Tight bowling from Bedford increased the tension, and with the 19th over being a maiden, the last over began with the scores level. Edward lofted the third ball over the infielders for a two, and then remained calm to see out the rest of the over and win the match for Sandy, by just 2 runs. Easily the closest result yet this season, and both teams played the game in excellent spirit. Great effort from Bedford.
Highlights for Sandy: tightest bowling so far this season, backed up by good fielding. Sensible batting with a realisation of the importance of shot selection to keep your wicket intact.


Under 12 Development League
4th July, 2010
Bedford "A" v Sandy
Sandy travelled to Bedford with only eight players, and with Bedford having eleven players, it was decided to play a 24 overs match. Each Sandy batting pair would bat for six overs, and Bedford kindly helped Sandy make up the fielding numbers.
Bedford batted first and did not lose their first wicket until the 5th over, when Matt took a caught and bowled chance. Bedford's score continually climbed and was only pegged back by two sharp runouts. Matt came back on and took another wicket in the 17th over, but then then Bedford's score had advanced to 188, including a number of overthrows given away. Bedford's two best batsman came in last, and as Sandy's bowlers tired, they took full advantage. The last four overs conceded 67 runs, with 28 coming off the last over. Bedford finished on 266 for 4 from 24 overs.
Sandy lost early wickets, but a late flurry of runs from Ben (15), saw the score come back to 102 after 6 overs. Tom and Dominic batted next, and the moment swung back in Sandy's favour. Dom smashed four 6's and three 4's in his 39, and after 12 overs Sandy had scored 147 (just 6 runs behind Bedford at the same stage). Sandy couldn't maintain the momentum, and despite Aaron (10) and Matt (24 including two 6's) both scoring well, Sandy finished on 184 for 10 from their 24 overs. Bedford winning comfortably by 82 runs.


Under 12 Development League
11th July, 2010
Sandy v Biddenham
Sandy entertained League leaders Biddenham, hoping to repeat their win at Biddenham earlier in the season. Sandy won the toss, and Edward chose to bat first.
Aaron (reluctantly) and James were chosen to bat first. Sandy had reached 120 for the lose of no wickets after 4 overs, with Aaron hitting three impressive boundaries in his score of 16. Sandy batted sensibly and after 12 overs the score stood at 153 for the lose of only 1 wicket. Two more wickets fell in the next four overs to peg Sandy's score back to 152, before Dom again provided the required momentum to force Sandy's score to a respectful total. He hit five boundaries in his score of 21, and after 20 overs Sandy's total was 185 for 4 wickets.
Biddenham lost early wickets in their reply, and with Aaron conceding just one run and taking one wicket from his two overs, after eight overs Biddenham's score was 101 for 3. Biddenham started to score more freely, but good fielding produced two runouts, and after 16 overs the score was 145. The match was effectively sealed by Luke in his two over spell. backed up by good catching, Luke became the first Sandy junior this season to achieve a bowling hat-trick, finishing with figures of 2-1-3-3. Biddenham finished on 151 for 8 from 20 overs, as Sandy completed the double over them.
Highlights: Aaron (14), Ben (9), Dom (21), and Luke the "hat-trick king". Complimented by good catching and two runouts whilst in the field.


Under 12 Development League
Saturday, 24th July
Sandy v Queen's Park
Sandy batted first, with Edward (12) and Dominic (24) getting them off to a flying start. Dom hit two more sixes during his innings, and after 4 overs Sandy's score had raced to 139. Queens Park hit back with a wicket in the fifth over, but the 3rd pair of Aaron (16) and James (11) increased the momentum again. Jack (12) added more valuable runs at the end, and Sandy finished on 202 for 1 wicket from their 20 overs.
Sandy's bowlers soon found an accurate line and length, and after 4 overs Queens Park's score was 101, with Dominic taking a wicket in the 2nd over. Two more wickets fell in the sixth over (bowled by Edward), one of them being a runout. Then two more maiden overs followed, one by Josh in his first match for the Under 12's, and after eight over the score had been reduced to 95. Sandy continued to produce their most accurate bowling so far this season, and more wickets fell to Ben, Dom and Aaron (3), and also three more runouts. Thanks to a late flurry of runs in the final over, Queens Park edged their score back into three figures, and eventually finished on 110 for the lose of 11 wickets.
An excellent team performance by Sandy in their last home match of the season. Only one wicket lost during their batting, and great ground fielding backed up a fine bowling display.
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2009 Season
Sandy U12 v Langford U12 (Friendly) - 16th August 2009

Langford batted first in this friendly and found Sandy's bowlers difficult to score against early on. Matthew and Tom restricted the openers so that after four overs Langford's score still stood at 100. The scoring started to steadily increase as Langford's batsmen looked to push on, however Sandy's bowlers generally maintained a good line. New players, Brandon and James, both produced accurate bowling spells and Brandon took a wicket in his first over for the club. Langford's final total was 150, and Sandy's star bowler was Matthew, who finished with bowling figures of 3 wickets for ten runs, from 4 overs.
In reply S
andy started brightly with Matthew and Chris taking the total to 117 after 4 overs, followed by Dominic and Brandon pushing on to 132, despite a run out in their first over. Langford's bowlers then found a better line and length to restrict Sandy, and with two wickets falling in one over the scores started to level out. More tight bowling meant that Sandy's total had only increased by 2 runs after the next four overs, the total being 139 from 16 overs. Sandy's last pair crucially held their nerve to ensure no more wickets fell and after 20 overs their winning total stood at 164.

Sandy Sunday X1 v Dunstable 3rd X1  2nd August 2009

Sandy won by 6 wickets


Dunstable elected to bat first on a very damp but firm wicket. Az Nawaz opened the bowling with a fine spell of 5 overs 4 maidens 1 wickets for 1 run but the other bowlers were unable to strike with the same accuracy, and the wickets which fell were shared about. Dunstable enjoyed a brief spell of runs courtesy of Randall (67) who was supported by Gilbert (17) and Cooper (17).   Az came back on, bowled another maiden and took two more wickets for 0 runs finishing with 3 wickets for 1 run.  Dan Lloyd took 2 wkts for 29, Kevin Morrallee 1 wkt for 35, Simon Perks 1 wkt for 39 and Darren Wheatley 1 wkt for 43.  At around 415pm Dunstable were all out for 172 and tea was taken.
Sandy opened with Kevin Morrallee and Dave Carr but soon lost the 'out of sorts' Kevin for 5 and Dave Carr for 20.  This brought Dan Lloyd and Az Nawaz together for a 92 run partnership which handed the initiative back to Sandy.  Naz made a very good 52 and Daniel a very responsible 54 not out as he guided Sandy home ably supported by Olly Dalrymple


Bedford U12 Development B v Sandy Under 12 - 2nd August 2009

Due to holiday commitments Sandy travelled with only 7 available players, and thanks must go to Bedford for lending 3 players to allow the game to go ahead. Bedford won the toss and decided to bat first, and their opening pair were immediately put under pressure with tight bowling from Edward and Dominic, culminating in a double wicket maiden for Dominic. After the first four overs Bedford's total stood at 104. Bedford's second pair batted with more aggression and took the total to 130, but Sandy's bowlers came back with more tight bowling to restrict Bedford to 146 at the end of their innings. Both Aaron and Dominic (again) bowled maiden overs for Sandy, in what was undoubtedly the best bowling display from Sandy so far this season.
However Bedford's bowlers were not to be out done, and bowled accurately throughout the innings. Jack and Dominic opened for Sandy and after four overs Sandy's total had been reduced to 99 after 4 dismissals. Sandy continued to struggle against the tight bowling until Edward and Sam came to the crease. Excellent running between the wickets whilst they skilfully manoeuvred the ball into gaps showed the rest of the team what type of batting was required to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Sandy had scored 130 after 12 overs and were in a good position to win the game. However Bedford struck back with three more wickets over the next seven overs to reduce Sandy's total to 139 with one over to go, leaving Sandy needing eight to win from the last over. Bedford's bowler gave nothing away in the last over and with a wicket from the last ball Sandy fell eleven runs short.
The bowlers dominated this tightly fought match, and the scores were kept close right up to the tense last over. The deciding factor, Sandy lost 9 wickets in comparison to Bedford's 5.

Sandy v Luton Cricketers  Millman League Div 1 Saturday Aug 2nd

Match abandoned rain

Playing against the league leaders Sandy elected to bat first on a placid wicket, opening with the Welch brothers Ben & Jason.   Runs came at a steady pace and with exception of an odd chance or two took control scoring at a respectable pace.  Both batted with confidence and it was beyond the half way mark that the first wicket fell, but not before Ben had completed a valuable century.  Jason at this point took the lead and upped his rate and just before tea, chasing his hundred fell 8 runs short to a sharp catch.   Sandy contrived to lose 6 wickets in reaching 235 runs at tea.
With the clouds gathering, Luton Cricketers started their run chase, but were to be thwarted after 20 overs as the heavens opened forcing the game to be abandoned; both sides having to share the points.

Sandy Sunday X1 v Potton Town 2nd X1  26th July 2009

Potton won by 151 runs

Potton elected to bat first and were restricted to 29 runs in the first 10 overs due to some tight bowling by Chris Bollig and Darren Wheatley, during which Sandy captured 2 wickets.  However a good stand developed by the pair of Ellis and Cooper pushed the score along and when on 92 for 5 wkts at the halfway stage, Sandy thought they had the game under control.  They did not expect the middle order to react as they did with a solid 41 from Davey supported by captain Cooper who went on to finish unbeaten on 64. With a swash buckling 22 in 7 balls from Williams at the end, Potton mustered 226 for 7 wickets at tea. Simon Perks took 3 wkts for 43, Darren Wheatley 2 wkts for 29 and Chris Bollig 2 wkts for 72 (having conceded only 24 runs in 7 overs and 48 in his last 3!)
Sandy started disasterously losing openers Kevin Morrallee for 6 and Dan Lloyd for 8 and soon found themselves peering into a black hole!!  They spluttered to 75 all out with Jack Flint(18)  the only player to reach double figures.  Potton had won convincingly against a Sandy side who sat well placed on the top of the league.

Sandy v Pilgrims Oakley  Millman League Div 1  25th July 2009

Pilgrims won by 78 runs


This was a woeful Sandy performance against the 10 men of Oakley, on a very tricky and un predictable/sub standard wicket.  Oakley batted first and found runs difficult to score off a tight opening spell particularly Az Narwaz.  At the halfway point of their innings and after 23 overs they had scored 87 runs without loss.  The drinks break worked for Sandy, as both openers McFarlane & Hough fell quickly followed by 3 more and at 98 for 5 wkts it seemed that Sandy had contained them.  This was not so and a good middle order innings from Bailey (45) supported by Mayhew (23) ensured they reached a good score and were all out for 184.  Az bowled well for 4 -15 as did Ben 3-22 and Darren Wheatley 2-35.
Sandy lost an early wicket, and when Dan Hall was run out by a direct hit  thrown from the deep, Sandy knew at that point they had to 'dig in'  Ben Welch was joined by Az Nawaz and these two built a healthy partnership until Az was bowled by one which skidded low for (25) and when Ben top edged for 45, the innings collapsed with four ducks.
Pilgrims were worthy winners.


Sandy Sunday X1 v Eggington  19th July 2009

Sandy won by 5 wickets


Batting first, 2nd placed Eggington found runs hard to come by due to the tight attack of Kevin Morrallee 5-39 and Chris Bollig 3-28 and were well supported by short spells from Az Narwaz 1-5 and Darren Wheatley 1-0.  They were all out in 22 overs for 84, half the allotted quota.
Sandy did not have it all their own way in as much as they lost 5 wickets before winning with Dave Carr scoring 25 and Az Nawaz a quick 22 the main scorers in 17 overs!
Currently Sandy head the table by some 30 points.


Sandy v Pavenham & Felmersham  Millman League Div 1  18th July

Sandy won by 300 runs.


Sandy won the toss and predictably elected to bat first.  It must be said that the bowling was rather on the weak side, but what followed was totally unexpected.  Dan Hall and Jason Welch opened the batting in grand style posting 102 runs on the board after only 10 overs!  The first wicket fell on 146 in the 15th over as Jason holed out on the long off boundary for a good 46 runs.  Dan was joined by Colin Finding who soon caught the run bug and these two progressed to 298 before Colin was run out for 37.  In the meantime Dan Hall had smashed his way past his ton and the opposition just did not know how to bowl to him; he hit everything bowled to him.  His 100 must surely be the fastest achievement witnessed at Sandy; and there was more to come!  First 150, then 200 before exhausted he finally was dismissed for 233; which was a magnificent achievemnt from him and especially as he was one of our former Sandy Colt cricketers.  Useful contributions were made by Ben Welch 33 and Mark Howlett 21 not out, as tea approached Sandy reached 420 for 6 wickets.  This again was another club record being the highest ever score recorded.
Set a target of almost 10 an over, Pavenham briefly shone but were losing early wickets.  They soon threw the towel in and were all out for 120.  The wickets were well shared out between Dan Hall 2-31, Ben Welch 2-29, Matt Nicholson 1-29, and Jason Welch who starred with 3-22.


Sandy Sunday X1 v Caldecote  12th July 2009

Sandy won by 8 wickets


Caldecote elected to bat on a placid track but could not command the tight bowling of the Sandy attack, and in their 46 overs could only muster 156.   This was soon reached with Kevin Morrallee smashing his way to 85 not out with a useful contribution from skipper Colin Finding 23 and 31 not out from Mark Howlett in only 20 overs.

Sandy Under 10 v Blunham Under 10 (12th July 2009)

Blunham batted first and made a steady start, with the score at 127 after the first four overs. Sandy at last made a break through in the sixth over with Ben F-W taking a wicket, however a total of 10 wides in the four over session ensured that the Blunham total kept rising to 148 after 8 overs.
Captain Harrison rotated the bowlers, and the introduction of Max L bowling leg-spin brought about another wicket in the 11th over. The Blunham score had risen to 180 by the 13th over and Sandy really needed to take wickets to peg the score back. On cue Sam N, followed again by Max L took a wicket each, but more wides followed to take the score to 184 from 16 overs. With no more wickets to fall, the Blunham score progressed to a final total of 211 from their 20 overs.
With a large total to chase, Sandy went on the attack with Captain Harrison and Jack L opening the batting and racing to 125 after 3 overs. However Blunham struck back with two quick wickets and after 4 overs the score stood at 120. Blunham's bowlers bowled a tighter line and Sandy's batsmen found it difficult to push the scoring on. Although they picked up plenty of singles, boundaries were becoming scarce, and with more wickets falling the score was standing at 141 after 12 overs.
Matthew and Sam batted with intent and positive running, but Blunham's score was starting to look beyond Sandy, and another run-out pushed the score back again. Max L and Connor K were the last pair in, and with Blunham bringing back their opening bowlers to  keep a tight bowling line the game concluded with two wickets in the final over. Sandy finished on 161 for the lose of 8 wickets. Mention of some good bowling from Blunham, that constricted Sandy to just three boundaries, all of which came in the first three overs of the innings.
Sandy need to learn from this example from Blunham, which showed how a consistent line and length creates pressure on batsmen and ultimately leads to more wicket taking opportunities. Blunham took 8 Sandy wickets and conceeded 38 runs in wides, where as Sandy took 4 wickets and conceeded 72 runs in wides. This aside, Sandy still produced many positives during the match against a good Blunham side.



Sandy Sunday X1 v Luton Town Indians  5th July 2009 

Sandy lost by 8 runs

The Indians won the toss and chose to bat, and on a very fast outfield scored early runs quickly.  This did not deter Sandy as wickets fell regularly and soon the score was 96 for 6 wkts. A mixture of cavalier hitting and some ragged bowling enabled them to amass a total of 244 at tea. This was very dissappointing, considering the good early work.  The most successful bowlers were Chris Bollig 3 wkts for 31,  and Darren Wheatley 2 wkts for 44.
When batting Sandy got off to a shaky start losing their run machine Kevin Morrallee(7) and Dan Lloyd(4) cheaply.  With Dave Carr 'steadying the ship' and the arrival of Az Nawaz, these two built a healthy stand to put Sandy in with a chance, but once they were dismissed the task became much harder. Dave scored 74 and Az 26.  The middle order reacted positively and valuable runs from Steve(14) & Matt Nicholson(18) and captain Simon Perks(28), supported by  Chris Bollig(12*) the game slowly swung towards a Sandy victory. The Indians were on the run and pannicking somewhat.
In the end, and running out of overs, the Indians held their nerve and scraped home by 8 runs.


Bedford A Under 10 v Sandy Under 10 (5th July 2009)

Sandy captain Jack Ca won the toss and chose to bat first against Bedford A.

Thomas G and Edward L opened the batting and although only one run came off the first over they soon got into their stride, and after their four overs had hit 6 boundaries and taken Sandy's score to 138.

Jack Co and Harrison Y batted next and importantly did not lose a wicket in their four overs. The highlights being a lovely square cut four from Harrison and also a four for Jack to the long leg boundary.

Captain Jack and Joe F-W (in his first match) came to the crease and although they found it difficult to score runs no wickets were lost. However the pressure finally told and whilst trying to snatch some quick singles there were two run outs in one over.

Sandy needed to up the run rate, and Sam N and Matthew F soon signalled their intent to do soon. Positive running allowed them to pick up many singles to go with the five boundaries scored in their four over, adding 37 runs to Sandy's total. The highlight of the four overs being a six hit to the midweek boundary by Matthew F.

Brothers Ben and Joe F-W were the last pair in, and with Bedford bringing back their strongest bowlers, the brothers found it difficult to score fluently. With two wickets being taken in the last four over, Sandy's score was pegged back and eventually finished on 187.

In reply Bedford were unable to match Sandy in boundary scores, but with a regular supply of wides being bowled the Bedford score increased at a steady rate. After 12 overs the Bedford score stood at 167, of which only 28 runs had been scored off the bat, the rest being extras.

Bedford had lost only one wicket by this time, and it was clear that Sandy needed to take more wickets to push the Bedford score back. Ben F-W was unlucky not to hang on to his attempted diving caught-and-bowled.

Sandy rotated their bowlers well, but with others catches not being held the Bedford score steadily closed in on Sandy's total. As the last pair came to the crease Bedford were only ten runs behind Sandy, and with ten runs coming from the 17th over (including a six) the scores were level with three over remaining.

Thomas G took a wicket the next over, but another boundary six put Bedford ahead again. With Sandy unable to take further wickets the Bedford score moved further ahead, and another six hit in the last over confirmed the Bedford win by 24 runs as they finished on 211.

Sandy batted well again in this match, and actually scored more runs from the bat than Bedford. The ground fielding was positive and enthusiastic, however conceeding 50 runs in wides/no balls, and dropping a number of catches ultimately cost them the game.

Saturday Xi v Norman fleet XI (Friendly) - Match Cancelled

Harrold Under 12 v Sandy Under 12 (28th June 2009)

 

Sandy travelled to Harrold expecting a challenging match against a very experienced Harrold side.

Jack L won the toss and asked Harrold to bat first. Edward L and Dominic H opened the bowling for Sandy and Harrold got off to a flying start with three boundaries in the first over. However Dominic got a wicket in his first over to holt the flow of runs. After the first 4 overs Harrold's score was 130.

Harrold's fluent batting kept the score ticking over and to try and combat this Sandy made constant bowling changes, however the bowlers were unable to make further breakthroughs and by the end of the 12th over the score was 197 for the loss of 2 wickets. The fourth Harrold pair accelerated the scoring, adding 47 runs in their four overs, and by the end of the twentieth over the score finished on 265 for the loss of 3 wickets.

Sandy's reply began promisingly with Harrison Y and Jack L opening, and Jack showed good intent by scoring boundaries of the first and second overs. Harrold then bowled a tighter line and by the end of the fourth over the Sandy score was 118 for 1 wicket. Edward L and Dominic H batted next and began to attack any loose bowling, scoring runs consistently in their four over, taking the score up to 144 by the 8th over without losing a wicket. Ryan T and Ben H (both playing their first competitive game) found the Harrold bowling difficult to score from, but stuck to their task and should be pleased with their efforts.

Ben F-W and Jonathan H (also playing his 1st match) came to the crease with Sandy well behind the Harrold score. Ben attacked immediately with two boundaries, but a wicket next ball pegged Sandy back again and Harrold's experienced bowlers soon found a good line and length once again.

Ben and Jack batted again, but with 5 wickets being taken in the last four overs Harrold cruised to a comfortable win. Sandy's final score being 139.

This proved to be as challenging a game for an inexperienced Sandy side as was expected. Harrold played some excellent cricket, but Sandy showed signs of good attacking cricket and should look back on this game as a learning experience to see the levels of consistency they need to/want to achieve.

Thanks also to Harrold for offering to make up the number of fielders to an under-strength Sandy side, which was very much appreciated.




Bedford B Under 10 v Sandy Under 10 (21st June 2009)

Bedford B won the toss and asked Sandy to bat first. Matthew F and Jack C opened cautiously until the fourth over when Matthew hit three boundaries to take the total to 122. Harrison Y and Edward L then edged the score forward to 130 after eight over for the loss of only two wickets. The momentum swung Sandy's way with attacking batting and positive running from Dominc H and Sam N. They scored seven boundaries between them and after 12 over Sandy had raced to 170. Charlotte E and Max Levy batted sensibly next, until they lost three wickets in the last seven balls of their four overs, including a run out from a rather hopeful quick single. After 16 overs the score was 164 for the loss of 7 wickets. Ben F-W batted out the last two over, and a number of very attacking shots produced 28 runs and took Sandy's final total to 192.

Edward and Dominic opened the bowling when Bedford B replied, and some accurate bowling saw Bedford at just 103 for the loss of two wickets after the first 4 overs. The next Bedford pair took the score to 131 after 8 overs. Sandy came back with two more wickets in the next four over spell and after 12 overs the Bedford score stood at 152. Two more wickets helped to slow the scoring and after 16 overs Bedford's total was 160, just 4 runs short of Sandy's score after the same number of overs. The next two overs produced 15 runs for Bedford, meaning they required 18 runs from the last two over to win. However those last two over produced only one scoring shot (a boundary), the last over from Matthew F being a maiden. Sandy won by 13 runs

An good all round performance from Sandy, some very positive batting and running between the wicket. An excellent fielding display produced run outs, stumpings and many runs saved in the field. With some added accuracy to their bowling, the team have the potential to produce even better displays in the future. Much credit also to Bedford B, who were within reach of a win right up to the last over (well bowled Matthew), and played the match in an excellent spirit.

NB: Each team starts their innings with 100 runs.


Sandy Sunday XI v Blunham 2nd XI 21st June 2009

Sandy won by 7 wickets

Despite a few rumours to the contrary Blunham turned out with a very similar side to the one faced for the 274 run thriller over at their place. Sandy promptly won another toss and grabbed an early wicket with only 35 on the board, things were looking quite promising.

With the score moving on to 151 before the next wicket fell, things were getting a little bit testy for the Sandy boys but we held our nerve admirably with a concerted effort from the bowlers and helped out massively by the fielding, Steve Nicholson in particular showing up his lad on more than one occasion with his turn of pace in the field.

Thankfully after Mr Eplett disposed of the big hitting Ackroyd, with the help of a well pouched catch from Bambi things really looked up with the final wicket falling just over 40 runs later. A great turn around and a testament to the tenacity shown by Sandy in the field. Kev picked up 4/33, with one each to Az, Matthew, Daz, Lee and Simon.

Next came the batting, a slow start by KP's standards only 10 of the first 2 overs but with 69 for Kev and 82 for Dave Carr victory was within our grasp, dan Lloyd decided to keep us going in that vein with a quick fire 25 before Az eventually knocked off the final runs of the 199 required in just 25 overs. Batting first would have been quite interesting with the boys in such good we looked on for about 400.

A great team effort lads, let's keep it up.


Sandy v New City Millman Division 1 Saturday 13th June 2009

Sandy won by 8 wickets


Last season's league champions New City won the toss and elected to bat on a very fast track which was full of runs.  Paul Welch, playing his first game of the season, opened the bowling with Az Nawaz and managed to keep the the scoring in check.  The first wicket fell at 37 Paul having an opener caught at cover by Shilton. Az got in on the act soon after, taking 2 quick wickets both at the same score 37. New City began to creak and were soon 77 for 8 wickets.  A late flurry of runs from both tail enders saw them reach 136 all out, in 39 overs.  Wickets were well shared about with Az Nawaz taking 3 for 28, Ben Welch 2 for 16 runs, Paul Partridge 2 for 45 runs, Dan Hall 1 for 0 runs, Paul Welch 1 for 20 runs and Dave Shilton 1 for 25 runs.

Opening for Sandy again were the Welch brothers who completely dominated the attack scoring 50 before Jason fell for 26.  John Ambrose came to the wicket and scored 12 with 3 shots before being given out lbw off his hip!  Ben continued his on slaught of the bowling reaching his 50 and the total of 100 with a characteristic boundary.  No more wickets fell and in 27 overs Sandy were worthy winners by 8 wickets. Ben Welch was undefeated on 73 and Paul Partridge on 18.  Sandy now move into 4th place and have the top three to play.


Sandy Sunday XI v Harrold 14th June 2009

Sandy Lost by 6 Runs

Having been put in the field on a baking hot day Sandy set about their task admirably with a clutch of early wickets. a choice Simon would have picked anyway as it was important to secure 10 points in the field. With Harrold on the ropes and the selection problems of the week seeming a distant memory the heat eventually took its toll as the 'tail' began to wag for Harrold with great knocks from their 6 and 8.

Eventually being set 207 to win having secured the last 2 wickets in the final over with a stoic performance from Christopher Bollig (5 fer), and despite Simon putting a few hearts in mouths by almost dropping what turned in to an easy chance.

The Sandy innings started with its usual flurryof activity in the shape of Kev Morrallee (KP) getting us off to great start with a rapid 52 before holing out to the fielder who departed about 2 minutes later to go to work, talk about bad timing. A few ill chosen shot spelled the end for some of our batsmen including an almighty swipe across the line to the straight one from the skipper and it all looked out of reach.

Then in marched Darren Wheatley (Bambi) with a bat with a middle on it for a change (Kev's). Having smashed 2 massive 6's off the spinner Sandy were in for a tense finish needing only a handful with plenty of time to get them.

Unfortunately it was all too much and Sandy eventually fell 6 runs short, a crying shame given the efforts and our first loss of the season.

Sandy Sunday XI v Eggington Foresters 6th June - Match Cancelled

Sandy 1st XI v Luton Cricketers 7th June - Match Cancelled

Sandy Sunday 1st X1 v Dunstable Town 3rd X1  31st May 2009


Sandy won by 7 wkts

Batting first, Dunstable found runs hard to come by on their home track, against Sandy's opening attack of Dave Baker and Az Narwaz. Wickets began to fall regularly and soon Dunstable were in trouble at 100 - 6wkts. A late flurry of runs by the tail, from L.Copcutt 27 and C.Newton 32, plus high extas of 34, mainly wides, saw Dunstable to 184 all out in 40 overs.  Dave Baker took 3 wkts for 49, Kevin Morrallee took 2 wkts for 15 and Dan Lloyd took 2 wkts for 22 with Dan Price catching 3 behind the stumps.
Sandy opened the batting with Kevin Morrallee and Dave Carr  who moved the score along quite briskly particularly Kevin who smashed 98 runs before falling to a catch.  Dave Carr weighed in with a stylish 26 runs and Dan Lloyd 11 runs; these being the only wickets to fall as Sandy reached their target in half the allotted overs, Az Narwaz 17 not out and Dan Price 7 not out at the end.


Sandy v Pilgrims Oakley Millman Div 1 Saturday 30th May 2009

Sandy won by 85 runs


Sandy won the toss and elected to bat on a plumb track. Jason and Ben Welch opened and after a steady start, accelerated the rate appreciably. The first wicket fell with the score at 73 when Ben top mis timed a pull and was caught at mid on for 43. Dan Hall joined Jason and they continued to plunder runs with Dan scoring a quick 38 before holing out on the long on boundary. Enter Paul Partridge and he joined in the run spree in support of Jason who eventually fell caught on 78. Paul continued to ‘milk’ the bowling until he eventually fell, also caught, with his score on 67. Az Nawaz had already joined ‘Bungy’ at the wicket and had begun to build a respectable score, as the innings drew to a close at tea of 291- 6. He finished on 33 not out.

Chasing a formidable total for victory, Pilgrims struggled to achieve the required rate and although they had two 50 run partnerships they could not master the Sandy attack finishing on 206 – 9. D.Simms 60 and C.Frost 43 batted well for Pilgrims. Sandy bowlers Ben Welch 2-32, Az Nawaz 2-37, and Matt Nicholson 2-15 were the main wicket takers.


Match Report 23/5/2009 Pavenham & Felmersham v Sandy First XI

Sandy won by 18 runs

Sandy won the toss and elected to bat on a very fast track. Ben Welch and Kevin Morrallee opened but found early runs hard to come by and were soon in trouble at 32-3 after 7 overs. Enter Paul ‘ Bungy’ Partridge who with Ben Welch put on an over 150 run partnership guiding Sandy through the 200 land mark. Ben Welch deserves much credit for some powerful and elegant stroke play and reached 77 before being bowled. Paul Partridge carried on and he too was bowled, but off this pads, when he reached 84. Captain Colin Finding was now at the wicket and with good middle order support Sandy mustered 266-7 at tea.

Pavenham started brightly but soon fell behind the clock due mainly to some steady bowling from Dan Hall and Kevin Morrallee and as Sandy started to claim wickets with Ben Welch and Ollie Dalrymple claiming scalps. With the score at 166-6 and not many overs and wickets left, the game seemed to be heading emphatically in Sandy’s favour. However, the tail began to wag and Pavenham edged rapidly towards their target. It went to the wire and Sandy kept their nerve claiming their last wicket off a run out, winning by 18 runs. It was pleasing to see the debut of two new players Ollie Dalrymple a quality player and Matt Nicholson who at 15 yrs old shows great promise as an all-rounder.



Sandy Sunday XI vs Potton Town 17th May 2009

Sandy won by 161 runs

Sandy elected to bat in very blustery conditions and set about the Potton attack with conviction. The score simply raced along and the hundred went up in 14 overs mainly attributed to Kevin Morrallee and who went on to score his second ton in a week. He was the first wicket to fall on 194 have savaged 145. Not to be out done Daniel Lloyd moved on to his century carrying his bat for a well earned 119 not out and with support from Az Nawaz Sandy reached tea on 323 for the loss of 4 wickets. For Potton Town only Steve Highland had any real success taking 3 – 48.

Potton opened with T.Clarke and the hard hitting P.Stevenson. T.Clarke went cheaply and this brought in Chris Gale to join P.Stevenson and for a brief while they hit their way and were up with the clock. Enter Kevin Morrallee, again, and soon Potton were struggling as they lost quick wickets and were all out for 161. Kevin returned the excellent figures of 7 overs 2 maidens 6 wickets for 25 runs. Other wicket takers were Darren Wheatley 2-31, Az Nawaz 1-53 and Dave Baker 1-51.


Sandy Sunday XI vs Blunham 10th May 2009

Sandy won by 4 wkts


Blunham 2nd X1 were our hosts on Sunday and having won the toss elected to bat. Scoring steadily they soon reached 62 before losing their first wicket when Kevin Morrallee had their opener caught at the wicket by Dan Price. Blunham continued to pile on the runs and amassed 273 - 6 wkts at the end of their alloted 50 overs, when tea was taken. Kevin Morrallee and Dave Carr opened the innings for Sandy and they struck the ball to all parts of the ground reaching 100 in just over 12 overs. Kevin Morrallee was in particular, in a savage mood as he launched boundary after boundary as the Blunham bowlers toiled for their first scalp. He completed his century and eventually fell with the score at 187 he having contributed 123. Not to be outshone, Dave Carr took up the mantle and stroked the ball around graciously edging towards his century, but concerned that Sandy were steadily losing wickets at the other end, as the Blunham bowlers clawed their way back in to the game. Dan Price contributed a brief but effective knock, as Sandy moved toward their target. The winning runs came with a boundary and Dave's stylish innings of 103 not out. Credit to Blunham who never gave up and were rewarded with 6 wickets.



 

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