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Poole Town 3's manage to dig out a result on Jurassic Coast

Updated: May 4, 2021

Poole travelled to Swanage to open up the 2021 season with grey skies and cloud cover assisting with little traffic on a Bank Holiday weekend.

New skipper Craig Rochford won the toss and chose to bat despite the slightly green top, the depth in the batting line up gave him confidence of posting a good score after seeing off the new ball. This confidence was tested when Ben Pocknell nicked off to first slip having only added a solitray run in the third over. David Spencer looked solid in his approach before being bowled by a ball that that summed up early May cricket, early through the shot to a ball that should have flown over off stump but instead died and hit half way up the stump. Ben Wright then edge through to the 'keeper leaving Poole struggling after 10 overs on 31 for 3. Matt Hobbs and Chak Beagley looked to add runs before Hobbs chipped to cover and at 40 for 4 and to the delight of both scorers (pencils fellas .........) a decision to alter the batting order and send in Nick Williams to steady the ship was takeb and he duly obliged, settling down the impressive Beagley while himself calmly going about rotating the strike and picking up the run rate. Chak Beagley was impressive in his application working singles and employing the middle of his new Aldred blade to keep sending the ball to the boundary before edging behind on 47, just short of what would have been a deserved opening day 50. George Moses added a quick fire 13 before popping one up to cover. Skipper Rochford came to the crease to support Nick Williams in adding runs, before a rain delay meant an early tea. Williams senior continued his impressive knock after the break before being bowled for 41, soon followed by Rochford in the same manner. Youngster Patrick Reynolds in his 3rd team debut added 33 with Henri Abel before the innings closed, Reynolds 14, Abel 17 and Poole finished with a total of 199.

Due to the rain Swanage were left chasing a revised total of 167 off 30 overs. With Matty Williams and Henri Abel trusted with the new ball Poole set about chasing early wickets, Williams snaring opener Freddie Long with help from a terrific diving catch from Chak Beagley at cover and Abel dismissing David Alcock quickly after trapped infront lbw. Tom Wells soon followed him back to the pavilion being caught by Reynolds off the bowling of Abel. With only 6 overs available per bowler due to reduced time left in the game Patrick Reynolds was then given the ball and picked up the wicket of Swanage skipper Simon Goldsack thanks in no small part to Ben Pocknell holding a catch that went high enough to puncture a cloud in the grey sky above. Pace off quickly became a necessity with Swanage opener Mike Nash looking capable of keeping up with the run rate and the ball given to Nick Williams to tie up one end which he again duly delivered, backed up with skipper Rochford slowing down the run rate from the pavilion end and David Spencer seeing out overs from the opposite end. A mention to Swanage opener Nash who carried his bat through the 30 overs for 54* and a big thanks to Swanage for their hospitality on the opening weekend.

Poole Town 199-8 of 40 overs

C Beagley 47

N Williams 41

R Barker 3-47

Swanage 122 - 6

Nash 54*

Abel 2-28

N Williams 1-12

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