Cricket Reports 2016

/Cricket Reports 2016

Monday July 11 v Sherborne Town CC

Pilgrims 199-5 (declared – 35 overs). Sherborne Town CC 149-8 (32 overs). Match Drawn.

Weary from the previous night’s opening festivities of The Cricket Week, the Pilgrims gingerly made their way up to Sherborne Town CC for the annual fixture which proved, yet again, to be a cracking game of cricket.  

With the absence of skipper F Taylor The Pilgrims accordingly won the toss and made the sensible decision to bat first. The innings got off to a reasonable start with the aggressive Will Smibert smashing a quick-fire 24. Charlie Leach anchored the Pilgrims’ innings with a well-constructed 62 and Andrew […]

Sunday August 27th v Eton Ramblers at Eton

Match drawn.

Pilgrims: 286-9 dec ( T. Pope 96, Alex Pusinelli 52); Eton106-9 ( T.Pope 5-23)

Another fine day beckoned with the prospect of a youthful Pilgrims XI going to Eton to play The Ramblers. Captain Pusinelli got  us off to a fine start by winning the toss and putting the Ramblers in for some early morning foot pounding.

However the Ramblers, undeterred by the loss of the toss, bowled with much purpose and we were soon teetering on 43-5.

At this point a strong counter-attacking stand by Captain Pusinelli and Pope added 91 in quick time before Pusinelli helped a full toss on leg stump […]

Sunday July 31 v Hampshire Hogs at Warnford

Lost by 116 runs.

Hampshire Hogs 347 for 6. Pilgrims 241.

After some struggles to find a team, we ended up with 9 men. The toss sadly was lost and the Hogs chose to bat. Our opening bowlers struggled with line and length and with plenty of gaps it was clear we were in for a tough day. The openers both raced along to half centuries but thanks to some tidy bowling from James Vitali the run rate was halted to a mere 6 an over. Harry Fielder came good and took 2 quick wickets and was unlucky not to have […]

Friday July 15 v Canford Cygnets at Canford

Won by 106 runs.

Pilgrims 243 (S Walsh 101 not out). Canford Cygnets 137.

Following a winning draw against the Town on the Monday and wins thereafter against a strong MCC side, the Bryanston Butterflies, and the Claysmore Cormorants, we approached their final match of the 2016 Week with much confidence that they could perform well, despite a number of walking-wounded from the previous night’s scrimmaging.

The wicket had been a road all week but with a downpour just before the 11.30am start and, following F Taylor customarily losing the toss, Canford decided to put us into bat. The decision proved to be a […]

Thursday July 14 v Clayesmore Cormorants at Iwerne Minster.

Won by 104 runs.

Pilgrims 221 all out (F E Taylor 39, F Hughes-Onslow 35, G Wayman 32) Claysmore Cormorants 117 all out (Nurton 4-22, Hughes-Onslow 3-26

Despite some initial reluctance on behalf of the Pilgrims to play at Iwerne Minster CC instead of an unavailable Clayesmore School, especially when the clear alternative seemed to be to play at The Upper where a record-breaking score had been posted the day before, on arrival we were met by a stunning setting and a beautiful day. The wicket itself was not quite so attractive with […]

Wednesday July 13 v Bryanston Butterflies at Sherborne

Won by 77 runs.

Pilgrims 374-6 dec ( F E Taylor 84, W.Smibert 31). Butterflies 297.

Upon arriving at the upper, bright and early, we realised that we would be playing on the same wicket which had provided a 7 wicket win and impressive chase against the MCC the previous day. As the toss loomed both teams had amassed only 8 players and so bat first seemed like the logical decision to allow the remainder of the team to arrive. Both captains however were set on the decision to bowl first on what appeared to be something of a road. Here […]

Tuesday July 12 v MCC at Sherborne.

Won by 7 wickets

MCC 211-9 (P.C.A. Dunne 64, G.A. Adair 64; A.D. Nurton 5-22, A.K. Murdoch 2-73). Pilgrims 215-3 (C. Wake 88*, F.E. Taylor 78, H.P. Lamb 2-30, T.H. Schmidt 1-38).

In line with tradition, the MCC went into bat first. The “Sherby Squeeze” was felt early by the MCC, with 8 maidens being bowled in the first 12 overs.

The MCC were wise of the Pilgrims opening attack, causing them to drop their star batsman, G.A. Adair, from opening to number five. This obviously had nothing to do with his antics from […]

Saturday July 2 v The School at Sherborne.


Lost by 26 runs.

The School 166. Pilgrims 140.

Once again captain F Taylor lost the toss and we were, unsurprisingly, put into bat. However, undeterred by this setback we applied ourselves very well in the field and with the ball bowling the School out for a modest 166. Humphrey Gibbs and James Vitali bowled particularly well with figures of  3 for 20 and 2 for 10 respectively.

In good batting conditions this modest target was very attainable in the allocated 40 overs and, indeed, we looked to have secured their first victory over the School in a number of years following a great start to the […]

Sunday June 5 v Radley Rangers at Radley.

Lost by 7 wickets. Pilgrims 177 ( W. Smibert 72 ); Radley 178-3.

We won the toss and on an evenly paced pitch will is my blood took full advantage scoring a superb 72 before he was caught at point. Oliver Clifford and Henry Cheal both got into the 30s but wickets kept falling and we knew that we would have to bowl well to defend what was a modest total given the conditions and that we were  two men short. In the event our bowling failed to trouble the Rangers who overhauled our total in just 28 overs with only James Vitali  and […]

Sunday June 12 v Uppingham Rovers ,Cricketer Cup first round at Uppingham

Lost by 74 runs. Uppingham Rovers 230 (H. Hughes 69, J.Vitali  4-41); Pilgrims 156-9. (O. Esse 5-36)

We won the toss and decided to field. Our opening bowlers Rob Rydon and James Vitali  bowled  tightly and with Andy Nurton and Humphrey Gibbs keeping up the pressure Uppingham were only 100 after 30 overs with four wickets down. However, aided by 25 extras and  some vigorous batting in the last 10 overs, when they added another 70 runs,  they were able  to set a reasonable but eminently  gettable target of 231. An opening stand of 52 off the first 16 overs between […]