SNCL,D3: Gawcott & Hillesden head to second placed Maids Moreton after gritty wins

Gawcott & Hillesden make two changes to their line-up as they head to second-placed Maids Moreton in the South Northants League, division 3 on Saturday.

Matt Griffiths and James Carlin come in for Finley Clark and John Patterson, who are both unavailable.

James Carlin

Gawcott & Hillesden: Alex Piggott (Captain), John Richardson, Kyle Bennion, Colin Piggott, Matthew Folkes, Matthew Griffiths, Jonny Dale, Tim Hawkes, Luke Stafford, James Carlin, Andrew Thompson.

Last time out, Gawcott & Hillesden dug in to win by seven wickets.

Gawcott & Hillesden won the toss and decided to have a bowl first on what can only be described as a wet and muddy wicket and this looked to be a good decision after Jonny Dale and Colin Piggott started strongly reducing the hosts to 30 for 4.

Braunston Paddox fought back, but yet again we do what we do best and with some bad bowling, poor fielding, some lucky shots and some big hitting Braunston went in at tea very happy after reaching 200-8 .

Openers Alex Piggott and John Richardson set about chasing this target and got off to a flying start reaching 53 off the first 8 overs before Piggott was caught and bowled for 21 before the second wicket went down just three balls later.

John Richardson

Colin Piggott joined Richardson and the pair put on a century partnership to take the score to 153 for 2. When Piggott was bowled for 44 it still left the visitors needing 50 from the last 8 overs,

For a second week running, a great knock at the end by Matt Folkes helped Gawcott & Hillesden take the game with 2 overs remaining as Richardson finished unbeaten with a magnificent century.

Matt Folkes

Commenting at the end of the game, skipper Alex Piggott said:

A special mention goes to Luke Stafford for two outstanding catches but there is no doubt who was the star of the show, as John Richardson carried his bat through the innings to end on a magnificent 103 not out.

Bowling figures
Colin Piggott 10 overs 2-34
Jonny Dale 4 overs 2-23
Finley Clark 3 overs 0-37
Kevin Clark 9 overs 1-30
Matt Folkes 6 overs 0-19
Kyle Bennion 4 overs 1-34
Luke Stafford 4 overs 2-18

Alex Piggott 21
John Richardson 103*
Kyle Bennion 
Colin Piggott 44
Matt Folkes 19*

Last Sunday, Gawcott hosted Lidlington in the first friendly game of the season. After losing the toss, stand in captain Jonny Dale’s team was put into the field. Colin Piggott and Kyle Bennion started Gawcott off positively, bowling solid spells and restricting Lidlington to 10-2 after 8 overs, the former bowling 4 maidens in his 4 overs with no wickets and the latter taking a spectacular caught and bowled as one of his two wickets.

This spell was followed by more positive and solid bowling, with Tim Hawkes and Luke Stafford impressing, backed up with some sound stops from keeper Dennis Wheeler. Matt Folkes finished the Lidlington innings off, but the highlight of the innings was undoubtably Andrew Thompson’s first spell for the club, claiming his first wicket with a stunning boundary catch from Alex Piggott, quickly followed with a good catch from the consistent Luke Stafford, restricting Lidlington to 108.

Andy Thompson

Gawcott started their innings solidly, with Alex Piggott and John Patterson starting strongly, only for Patterson, Bennion, Dale and Hawkes to fall quickly.

Colin Piggott joined his brother at the crease, as they started to rebuild a positive innings.

Alex Piggott retired on 30 and Colin Piggott on 18, bringing Matt Folkes and ex Lidlington player John Richardson to the crease. Unfortunately the fairy tale return for Richardson wasn’t meant to be, nicking a decent ball behind that was quickly snaffled by the keeper for a golden duck.

It was left to Matt Folkes and Luke Stafford to guide Gawcott home, successfully chasing down Lidlington to finish on 109-7.

Bowling figures:
Colin Piggott: 4-4-0-0
Kyle Bennion: 5-1-15-2
Jonny Dale: 7-2-27-1
Tim Hawkes: 6-1-18-1
Luke Stafford: 7-1-19-3
Matt Folkes: 6.4-1-12-1
Andy Thompson: 3-0-15-2

Alex Piggott – 30 retired
John Patterson – 11
Kyle Bennion – 6
Jonny Dale – 6
Tim Hawkes – 0
Colin Piggott – 18 retired
Matt Folkes – 23 not out
John Richardson – 0
Dennis Wheeler – 0
Andy Thompson – 0
Luke Stafford – 2 not out

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