SOTON II’s vs Salthill cc Match Report

Salthill were home again, Southampton community II’s with only 2 wins this season, game played on a rapid outfield in 27degrees!

Southampton batted first, Ashley and Mike Rooke bowled steadily, an early drop, 4 an over, but combining to remove the opener (one of 4 Ashley Court catches) at the 49 mark, another 12 runs and the other opener run out by Rupert Fisk. The Southampton number 3 (Jesul) batted through and was the 8th wicket to fall for a top score on the day of 42. Adrian Elsbury  was brought on to bowl in the 9th over and was roughly treated conceded 35 runs off 4 overs (3×4 3×6) before giving way to Dave Wells who conceded 31 runs off his 4 overs, Dave struggled (4×4 1×6) to bowl into a gusting wind that at times blew the sight screen along the path like a dinghy in full sail. The ever reliable Steve King came on at the other end and took 2 for 26 before Rupert and Liam Dawtrey finished off the bowling with 2 for 35 and 2 for 22 respectively. Steve is probably dealing with dislocated fingers this morning after being hit at slip by a ball that came off the edge twice as fast as Rupert delivered it. Salthill stuttered throughout the innings, conceding 170 runs from 38 boundaries,  every bowler conceding at least 9 runs in an over.

Replying to 240 Salthill made a steady start Alec Wallsgrove and Liam compiling 31 for the first wicket before Alec (13) was dismissed shortly followed by Rupert for a duck, Liam (11), Ashley (4) and Patrick Elsbury(1). Surprisingly Damian Koblintz (top scorer on 17) and Adrian put on the largest stand of our innings (35!) before Adrian couldn’t resist driving at the straight one (minus a leg bail). Mike Rooke batted out to the end for a creditable 8, Steve (4) and Dave finished off his day with a golden duck, Andy Beal came in as last man and smashed us past another batting point with 2 fours! Finishing on 110 all out with just 14 fours on an outfield that shot every mishit and edge to the boundary, very disappointing, but after defeating league leaders last week, Salthill were hoping to build on last weeks victory