Andover Cricket Club 1st XI (Sat) v St Cross Symondians on Sat 06 May 2017 at 1pm
Andover Cricket Club Lost By 6 wkts

Match report On a sunny afternoon at a resplendent London Road, Nordlock sponsored Andover entertained a strong St Cross Symondians side in their first clash in the premier division of the Southern League.

After losing the toss, captain Matt Hooper was asked on a surface that looked ideal for batting. Andover openers Storm Green and Ali Hooper made the most of the benign conditions to get Andover off to a strong start. Using robust defence and ruthless attacking stroke play they cashed in on the early powerplay to motor Andover to 50 off the first 10 overs. Hooper (32) was typically bullish on anything short before succumbing to a well disguised slower ball with the score on 88. Last season's top run scorer Glyn Treagus followed soon after without troubling the scorers.
Green was joined by new army recruit Dave Watson and the pair started to rebuild the Andover innings. Green looked in particularly fine form and continued to punish the bad ball, including a mammoth six over the car park at London Road. At the drinks interval, Andover had reached 115 for 2.

Following the drinks break, Green (65) and Watson (20) were dismissed by some skillful spin bowling and Andover looked in danger of throwing away their decent start with the innings faltering at 140 for 4. A new look middle order of Matt Knight and Harry Blackburn set about repairing the damage. With some flowing drives and good running between the wickets the pair took the town side up to 175 before Blackburn was caught at cover with 10 overs of the innings remaining. Captain Matt Hooper soon followed suit attempting his trademark sweep shot.

Sensing an opportunity, St Cross turned to their Dutch international opening bowler, Logan Van Beek, and Hampshire star Asher Hart to try wrap up the Andover innings. Hart soon accounted for Knight, who was dismissed for a well made 45 leaving Andover on 190 for 7 with 5 overs of the innings remaining. Some lusty lower order hitting from Babu Veettil and Mike Adams took Andover up to 220 from their allotted 50 overs, a disappointing total considering their strong start.

New ball pairing Mike Adams and Babu Veettil started Andover's defence of their total. St Cross capitalised on the early fielding restrictions to race to 40 off their first 6 overs before Mike Adams removed one half of the St Cross opening pairing thanks to an unconventional slip catch from Glyn Treagus. New signing Sayeem Waliullah then picked up the other St Cross opener with a well flighted delivering leaving St Cross on 50 for 2 and the match evenly poised.

However, St Cross overseas star Van Beek was then joined by Hampshire star Joe Weatherly and the pair proceeded to take the game away from Andover with mix of brisk hitting and well timed strokes. The pair put on over 100 before Mike Adams removed Van Beek for 59, taking the score up to 170 for 3 with 20 overs remaining. Although Weatherly followed soon after for a classy 74, the damage had been done and St Cross reached Andover's total with 10 overs of the innings remaining.

A tough start for Andover in ECB Southern Premier league but they are able to take plenty of positives into tomorrow's away day at South Wilts.

Andover Cricket Club 1st XI (Sat) Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
9nb 1b 9lb 
for 10 wickets

(49.4 overs)
Storm GREEN b  CAME 65 98 7 2 66.33
Ali HOOPER b  STOKES 32 47 4 68.09 1
Glyn TREAGUS lbw  MARSH 0 1 0
David WATSON b  CAME 20 37 54.05
Matt KNIGHT b  HART 45 53 3 84.91
Harry BLACKBURN ct  Weatherley/CAME 11 18 61.11
Matthew HOOPER ct  Trussler/STOKES 6 14 42.86 1
Sayeem WALIULLAH b  van BEEK 0 1 0
Babu VEETTIL ct  Marsh/van BEEK 12 14 2 85.71
Mike ADAMS ct  van Beek/HART 5 13 38.46 1
Danny FOY Not Out  1 3 33.33 1

St Cross Symondians Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Logan van BEEK9.0030215.003.33
Ashur HART8.4025212.502.88
James MARSH7.0028128.004.00
Matt STOKES9.0051225.505.67
Joe WEATHERLEY7.003100.004.43
Harry CAME9.0044314.674.89

St Cross Symondians Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
15w 8lb 
for 4 wickets
220 (38.5 overs)
Tom FOYLE ct  Adams/Waliullah 35 47 5 1 74.47
Matt STOKES ct  Hooper A/ADAMS 5 12 1 41.67
Logan van BEEK ct  Foy/ADAMS 59 60 5 3 98.33
Joe WEATHERLEY ct  Hooper M/ADAMS 74 75 5 3 98.67
Harry CAME Not Out  13 29 2 44.83
Ashur HART Not Out  11 10 1 110.0
James MARSH  
Tayyab FAROOQ  
Charlie AYERS  

Andover Cricket Club 1st XI (Sat) Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Babu VEETTIL7.504500.005.74
Mike ADAMS10.0246315.334.60
Sayeem WALIULLAH3.0017117.005.67
Matthew HOOPER4.002300.005.75
Danny FOY6.013600.006.00
Glyn TREAGUS8.004500.005.63

  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Lesley Morgan