Sunday XI v David Smart's XI August 5th 2018

Herculean Harry melts Smarties in scorching summer sun

Sunday XI v David Smart's XI August 5th 2018
09 Aug
Sunday XI v David Smart's XI August 5th 2018
Posted by: Mat Armstrong
Year: 2018

A stunning all round performance from younger Blackwell sibling, Harry, led M & B to a surprisingly convincing 5 wicket win over regular adversaries, Dave Smarts X1 on Sunday. Captain for the day, James Bowler, was surprisingly cheerful, despite informing his team mates that he had lost the toss and three hours in the blast furnace was awaiting them. Smart's X1 got off to a rollicking start with 13 coming off the opening over, an edge here and there together with some blistering drives, as Alkesh Vaja failed to find his rhythm. Harry Blackwell found a full off side line and length from the word go and was unlucky to find the edge and go to the third man boundary in his first over. Although Vaja found the pace and knocked keeper Hess back a few times, along with his glasses, he continued to leak boundaries, forcing Bowler to remove him from the attack after three overs as Smart's X1 raced to 43 off 5 overs. Vaja was replaced at the River End by reluctant left arm seamer, Benny Howard, who found a controlled line and length straightaway, courtesy of his controlled run up. Blackwell continued to hit a full off stump line and was rewarded in his 5th over with the wicket of J Langham for 11 as Smart's X1 posted 50 for their first wicket in the 10th over. The wicket brought Starvin Bhavin Vaja to the crease, the first of the two Vaja clan, guesting for the opposition. Bhavin was off the mark third ball as Blackwell surprisingly strayed onto leg stump and the flicked to the unguarded fine leg boundary for four. Blackwell made the key breakthrough in his 6th over as he dismissed the dangerous G Langman for 37, courtesy of a stupendous caught and bowled. Scooping a well struck drive just off his boot laces one handed in his left hand on his follow through, leaving everyone dumbstruck. Despite playing very little over the last couple of years Bhavin played himself in, with his dodgy sounding bat, before starting to open his shoulders. Senior Blackwell, Louis, replaced Harry at the Road End and settled immediately, finding appreciable turn and bounce. After a couple of overs though Bhavin got his number and hoisted him over mid off for 6, as the batsmen began to get score more freely off Blackwell. Howard was replaced, after a fine six over spell by Thomas Noakes, who after two tight opening overs was then hit to leg by Murphy for a number of boundaries. The 100 was brought up in the 22 over by Smart's X1, which was a plus for M & B as the score had stood on 43 after 5 overs. Still Bhavin and Murphy were starting to build a handy partnership as Bhavin started to score freely off Blackwell, striking another 6, which just eluded Bowler on the deep mid on boundary. Jono Wright got the next wicket as Wright was caught behind as he tried to drive at the left armer's angled ball across him. Armstrong replaced L Blackwell(8/1/44/1) and his first ball full toss was dispatched to the midwicket boundary to bring up Bhavin's 50. He repeated the dose two balls later and was glad to bowl at new batsman Jackson for the last two balls of his over. Jackson obligingly drove his second ball to the imposing figure of H Blackwell who caught the catch two handed, diving to his left. The players retreated to the boundary for the second of their drinks breaks with Smart's X1 on 159 for 4. Bhavin made his intentions known first ball after the break by whipping Wright's straight full length delivery onto the practice netting over widish midwicket for 6. Wright quickly exacted revenge by having Bhavin caught behind as he tried to cut a ball, leaving him walking back to the pavilion for a well compiled 63, made in 20 overs, which contained 5 4's and 3 6's. The majority of the run scoring in the latter overs was left to Thomson, who smashed a quick fire 33 in 7 overs, notable for dispatching Jono Wright over the River net twice for 6. Although Smarts X1 score 71 off the final ten overs, 230 for 7 off 40 overs was at least 20 short of a par score, with the lightening outfield. Harry Blackwell had the standout figures of 7/1/22/3, well backed up by Jono Wright's 7/0/35/3. Skipper James Bowler excelled in the field, and took a number of blows to the body whilst continually fielding drives at mid off.

Tim Smart kindly let Will Cunliffe open the batting, despite only fielding for 10 overs in the M & B innings. Perhaps still suffering from travel lag, Cunliffe got a delivery which lifted from Jackson and was caught behind in the 3rd over with 9 on the board. Alexander Hess and Benny Howard laid the foundations for the M & B innings by posting 50 for the second wicket. Hess started slowly but then began to work out Master Vaja's cunning yorkers, by batting well outside of his crease. The result a 6 over widish mid off followed by another driven boundary. Howard rotated the strike well and scampered between the wickets, between the odd driven and cut boundary. Hess was next to go for 30, caught by skipper Smart at mid off to leave M & B59 for 2 in the 11th over, with the game evenly poised. Monsieur Le Clerq was next to enter the fray, after a few dot balls he unfurled an off drive for 4 followed by a pull to the square leg boundary next ball, as the bowler pitched short. After that appetizer the main course was rather a let down as Monsieur Le Clerq edged Hughes to Starvin Bhavin at first slip, who pouched a good catch. This brought Matt Hayden look alike Harry Blackwell to the crease and he quickly went about rotating the strike as his commanding presence at the crease, with his bat held aloft, exuded confidence. He deposited spinner Langham for a 6 and a 4 in his first over. Blackwell put on 35 for the 4th wicket before Howard was bowled for 32, trying to make room to hit on the off side through the covers to the persevering Hughes. The wicket brought the elder Blackwell to the crease with the game evenly balanced at 110 for 4 in the 20th over. Louis was actually the more dominant in the short partnership with is brother as he was quick to pull the short ball against the spinner and pounced on an over pitched ball to deposit to the cover boundary. Louis played across the line at the spinner although appearing well forward and was given out by fellow player Jono Wright, leaving Louis walking off shaking his head for 19. His dismissal meant skipper Bowler appeared at 7 with M & B ahead at 141 for 5 in the 23rd over, needing to score at marginally over 5 an over for the remaining 17 overs, which was well within their capabilities, with H Blackwell still at the wicket. By now Harry was scoring at will all round the wicket. With M & B waiting for strike bowler Tim Smart to appear, to their relief this never happened as Smart decided to bring on a few lesser bowlers, who were dispatched to all parts by Blackwell, mainly straight but also over widish mid on as the target came tumbling down. Two straight sixes off G Langman meant the scores were tied as Harry brought up his 100 with his 5th 6, to go with his 9 4's. It was left to Bowler to loft the first ball of the 33rd over mid-on to bring M & B victory by 5 wickets, courtesy of a commanding all round performance from Harry Blackwell, probably too reliant really. Skipper Bowler remained undefeated on 17 as the 6th wicket put on an undefeated partnership of 93 in only 10 overs. Hughes and J Langham were the standout bowlers for the Smarties.

Senior Section
Twitter

Latest News Articles

Training restarting at MBCC!
Training restarting at MBCC!

Hi all,

A message from coach Henry! The ECB is allowing us to…

Shabbir Mookhtiar - Jun 11, 2020
Online nets booking
Online nets booking

Training in the nets at the club is up and running again, at last. …

Shabbir Mookhtiar - May 28, 2020
Re-opening the Nets
Re-opening the Nets

Dear all,

We are delighted to say that we are now re-opening the…

Shabbir Mookhtiar - May 22, 2020
15th May '20: Nets update following ECB announcement
15th May '20: Nets update following ECB announcement

Hi All,

The ECB has just issued guidance on the use of nets for…

Shabbir Mookhtiar - May 15, 2020
2020 Season: Letter from the Chairman
2020 Season: Letter from the Chairman

MAIDENHEAD & BRAY CRICKET CLUB (Founded 1798)

1st…

Shabbir Mookhtiar - May 02, 2020
COVID-19: Update on cricket nets and pre-season
COVID-19: Update on cricket nets and pre-season

We are receiving a lot of queries about the effect of Coronavirus on…

Shabbir Mookhtiar - Mar 15, 2020
Maidenhead and Bray Cricket Club A.G.M 2020
Maidenhead and Bray Cricket Club A.G.M 2020

Annual General…

Tameena Hussain - Mar 01, 2020
Club Development Plans including Jubilee Changing Rooms
Club Development Plans including Jubilee Changing Rooms

Dear Members,

Spring is approaching us and the promise of summer…

Tameena Hussain - Mar 01, 2020

About Maidenhead & Bray Cricket Club

The Cricket Club is situated in the beautiful village of Bray, Berkshire, on the banks of the Thames, overlooked by the Church of St Michael. The main ground is widely acknowledged as one of the most picturesque in the country.

Est. in 1798 and a member of the Morrant Thames Valley League, with three senior teams and a thriving colts section both boys and girls

Contact Information

  • Address: The Pavilion, The High Street, Bray, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 2AA
  • Clubhouse Number: 01628 622669
  • Mobile Number:
  • Club Email Address: cricketat@mandbcc.co.uk
  • Website Address: www.mandbcc.co.uk

Cook My Grub

Cook My Grub - Deliciously Local!

Cook My Grub is an online marketplace which offers a refreshing new way to search and order fresh, authentic and healthy home cooked food in your local area

Visit their website ×

Horse Guards

Horse Guards

Horse Guards revives heritage spirit brands, re-introducing them to modern consumers. This include their latest brands, Pink Gin & Wing Walker Rum.

Visit their website ×

Savills UK

The experts in local and international property

Savills offers a wide range of specialist services from financial and investment advice to valuation, planning and property management.

Visit their website ×

Wicket Academy

Coaching Cricket to build Competence, Confidence & Character

Wicket academy have designed their coaching sessions to meet the needs, wants and demands of junior cricketers, with a specific focus on developing competence, confidence & character in a fun/safe environment.

Visit their website ×

Tutortoo

Tutortoo offers bespoke, one-to-one and quality tutoring for your child

All tutors are handpicked, fully DBS checked and specialists in the subjects they teach. Operating in Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead and surrounding areas, and offering tuition to students of any age, in a range of subjects, Tutortoo is here to help your child.

Visit their website ×

Cliveden Conservation

We specialise in conserving, protecting and reinstating stone, plaster and decorative arts

Cliveden Conservation is an award-winning company and one of the country’s leading experts for the conservation of stonemasonry, terracotta, plaster, wall paintings and the decorative arts. The company operates three workshops in Berkshire, Somerset and Norfolk that are strategically positioned to provide conservation on both a practical and consultancy basis to different areas of the country.

Visit their website ×

Goyals of Maidenhead

Goyals is a schoolwear outfitters based in Maidenhead in Berkshire

Goyals is a family owned business that has been supplying school uniforms in the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire area for more than 40 years, including Maidenhead, Windsor, Slough, Burnham, Taplow and Marlow.

Visit their website ×

Louis Baylis Trust

Supporting local organisations and charities

Visit their website ×

Amazon.co.uk

Raise some money for the club by making your Amazon purchases through our site.

Click on the link below and it will take you to the Amazon site where you can make your purchases. A percentage of your purchase will be provided to the club at no cost to you, its as simple as that!!

Visit Amazon ×

Berkshire Cricket

Berkshire Cricket Ltd

Berkshire Cricket is the governing body for ALL cricket within the County of Berkshire and one of the leading non-professional Counties in England, recently enjoying substantial success on the field with both men and women's County teams.

Visit their website ×

Claires Court Schools

Claires Court School

Claires Court, an Independent School in Maidenhead, Berkshire, offers a unique education from Nursery to Sixth Form.

Visit their website ×

Club Details

Maidenhead & Bray Cricket Club Limited Reg No. 03192424 Registered In England

Registered Address: Victoria Cottage, Grove Lane, Winkfield Row, Bracknell, RG42 6ND

Club Secretary - Shabbir Mookhtiar - Club Secretary

Material from this website may not be copied or distributed, or republished, uploaded, posted, or transmitted in any way, without the prior written consent of the owners of said content. Please get in touch with Club Admin for further details.

Privacy Notice

Under new laws coming into effect in May 2018, we need to provide you with certain details concerning how your personal data will be used and protected.

Maidenhead and Bray Cricket Club takes the protection of the data we hold about you as a member seriously and are committed to respecting your privacy. This notice is to explain how we may use personal information we collect and how we comply with the law on data protection, what your rights are.

Names of data controller: Maidenhead and Bray Cricket Club
Categories of personal data we collect
Our sources of the personal data: We obtain personal data from
Automated decisions we may take: None
Purposes for which we process personal data: The club will process the personal data for
Who we will disclose your personal data to
The legal basis for the collection and processing of your personal data is for:

administration and programme delivery:

that it is necessary to fulfil the contract that you are going to enter into or have entered into with us for dealing with medical needs: that you have given your explicit consent or in your vital interests.in all other cases: that it is necessary for our legitimate interests which are to build a programme to encourage participation in cricket and does not prejudice or harm your rights and freedoms.

Your right to withdraw consent

Where you have given your consent to any processing of personal data, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. If you do, it will not affect the lawfulness of any processing for which we had consent prior to your withdrawing it.

Location of your personal data
How long we will keep your personal data for

We will not retain your personal data for longer than is reasonable and necessary for the purposes for which it was collected. We shall retain your personal data for such time as you are registered with Maidenhead and Bray Cricket Club as a member. 2 years after you cease to be a member of Maidenhead and Bray Cricket Club or play an active part in the Club, we shall delete your data.

Your rights in respect of your personal data

You have the right of access to your personal data and, in some cases, to require us to restrict, erase or rectify it or to object to our processing it, and the right of data portability.

Our contact details

mail. Maidenhead and Bray Cricket Club,The Pavilion, the High Street, Bray, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 2AA

email. cricketat@mandbcc.co.uk

phone. 01628 622669

website. http://www.mandbcc.co.uk

Complaints

If you have any concerns or complaints about how we are handling your data please do not hesitate to get in touch with the named person at the club. You can also contact the Information Commissioner Office.

Cookies

This website uses the following cookies:

Item Purpose More information
Twitter Features for sharing via Twitter, and viewing tweets by other people. Twitter Privacy Policy
PHPSESSID General purpose cookie Used within sessions ie login
Collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

Security and data retention

We employ security measures to protect your information from access by unauthorised persons and against unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction and damage. We will retain your information for a reasonable period or as long as the law requires.

Accessing and updating

You are entitled to see the information held about you and you may ask us to make any necessary changes to ensure that it is accurate and kept up to date. If you wish to do this, please contact us

Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes to our privacy policy in the future will be posted to the website and, where appropriate, through e-mail notification.

Contact

All comments, queries and requests relating to our use of your information are welcomed and should be addressed to Club Administrator

×