Caines 7 wicket haul blows Martinstown away!
Batters, Caines see off Martinstown!
The minstermen headed west to Martinstown with Tom Caines, George Bartlett and Ed Bartlett returning to the side after missing last week and with Frank Turrill making his first appearance of the season. James Miller won the toss and on a good looking track, opted to bat first. Colin Randall and George Bartlett made a fast start, however, in the 7th over Bartlett departed lbw for 7 with the score on 36. Mark House then joined Randall and set about building a partnership. Martinstown bowled tightly early on but Randall and House kept the scoring rate at around 5 an over as there partnership grew as the overs went by. Randall brought up his first half century of the season as the partnership raced towards 100 with the team enjoying a powerful maximum over deep long on from Randall and some excellent leg side flicks from House. With the partnership standing at 117 and the score 153-1, Randall was dismissed on 76 runs which came from 109 balls and included 12 fours and 1 six. Having produced a fine partnership, the minstermen then suffered a slight wobble as they looked to ram home their positive position with 15 overs to go, leading run scorer David Guest was stumped for 7 (160-3), Harrison Bowles received an absolute beauty that pitched on middle and leg and hit the top of off stump next ball (160-4) and then just as House passed his own first half century of the season, coming from exactly 100 balls and containing 6 fours, he too was dismissed caught trying to capitalise on a ever wearying home attack, departing for 53 (180-4). Tom Caines and James Miller then shared a partnership of 39 as they took the minstermen passed 200 and on towards maximum batting points, Caines falling with the score just 1 run shy of that mark for 23. Frank Turrill (9*) then joined Miller for the final overs, the skipper blasting a maximum of his own to the short boundary at the northern end of the ground as the minstermen completed their 50 overs with a good score of 255-6, Miller finishing unbeaten on 39* from 31 deliveries.
In reply, Martinstown made a solid start and had reached the end of the first power play of 10 overs on 48-0, opening bowlers Ed Bartlett and Martin Barker finding conditions tough as the home side looked to take advantage of any width put on offer. Having got to 53-0, Bartlett then broke through with a well directed bouncer and the very next ball Caines claimed his first scalp of the day with the important wicket of Nicholls by trapping him in front for 29. The wicket of Nicholls then preceded to open the floodgates. In his next over Caines had his second as Ed Bartlett held onto a sharp chance at short mid-wicket (60-3) and then Ben Ratcliffe held on to a spinning skier at point to give Caines his third as Martinstown slipped to 67-4. Ratcliffe then got in on the act with the ball himself in the following over as Miller held on to a sharp chance behind the stumps at the second attempt (68-5). Caines then had his fourth in the next over as House's resistance was ended as he was adjudged lbw (68-6) and a couple of overs later Caines had his 5fer as Clarke played for the spin but Caines' guile and drift was too much and the pad was struck again (88-7). Camp (27) was the only player in Martinstown's lower order to offer any resistance and he played a counter attacking innings that included 3 fours and 2 sixes before he too was done by the flight of a Caines delivery with Miller whipping the bails off and making the score 105-8. Two balls later, Caines got his 7th of the piece as Barnard was given his marching orders, Caines finishing a marvellous spell of bowling that was made up of 10 overs, 2 maidens, conceded 33 runs but claimed 7 wickets to finish with the best bowling figures by a Wimborne bowler for some years. Credit too must go to Ben Ratcliffe who raced through his 7 overs (1-20) thereby keeping the pressure on the home sides batting. Harrison Bowles then claimed the final wicket lost all 10 of their wickets for 59 runs! Wimborne winning by the handsome sum of 146 runs.
Next week see's the visit of Sherborne to the Leaze with the minstermen lying in second place in the DPL table after the first month of the season and looking to apply pressure to leaders Swanage who sit 11 points ahead at the top. See you next week!