Cound plunders hosts attack for his highest Croft score
Avoncroft 2nd XI picked up a victory against Five Ways Old Edwardians during a rain affected game. With consistent rain during the week leading up to this fixture both teams anticipated it being a bowler friendly day all round and with Captain Josh Cound losing the toss, Avoncroft were swiftly put into bat.
This move paid dividends for Five Ways as they picked up the wicket of Chris Pitt with the very first ball of the game after it kept low to dismiss him LBW. This brought Josh Cound to the crease who looked to build a partnership, however Jon Brunt was caught on 9 in the 5th over leaving Avoncroft reeling at 17-2. Cameron Wilkes then joined his Captain at the crease as they enacted a rebuilding process on a difficult wicket and together put on a 62 run partnership over 15 overs where Josh Cound passed his 50 before Wilkes was dismissed for 9.
Ed White came to the crease but was dismissed early on after a good catch from the Five Ways mid-off fielder meaning Jack Bennett came to the crease for his Avoncroft debut. Together Cound and Bennett quickly upped the run rate as the pitch settled down and the outfield became quicker. Smart running and powerful hitting meant that they quickly brought up their 50 run partnership before the first rain delay of the game meant that play was stopped for 30 minutes before being able to resume.
Shortly after the delay Josh Cound brought up his maiden ton for the club and together with Bennett continued pushing the score up, Bennett was eventually dismissed for an important 37 and brought to an end a 119 run partnership with Cound which ultimately changed the game. Billy Arnold came to the crease with a few overs to go and ran well to ensure that Avoncroft closed their innings in a strong position with a final total of 235-5 and Josh Cound remaining not out on 147.
Avoncroft headed out to bowl looking to defend a revised target of 216 due to the overs lost to rain and looking to proceed in the same vein as last week. The bowling performance started off well as Martyn Cound picked up a wicket in the first over and Andy Pittam soon picked up a second to leave Five Ways at 12-2. Shortly afterwards Daniel Wood created a run out with some fine fielding at square leg to dismiss the number 3 and with some tight lines being bowled Five ways began falling behind the required run rate.
After both openers had bowled their spells Ed White and Josh Cound came into the attack with White picking up 2 quick wickets before the rain came and no further play was possible. Five ways ended their innings 78-5 off 20.2 overs leaving them well below the required score and Avoncroft picking up their second win in a row and now look forward to facing Kempsey away.
Match Report by Josh Cound, 12/06/2017
For full scorecard details of the match and all other matches, use the below button to be directed to the club results page, hosted by Play Cricket.Click here for scorecard