Match Reports

 

1st XI match report

Saturday, 14th May 2022
Cheltenham CC 1st XI
Vs
Corsham CC 1st XI

 

A stunning 94 not out from Pete Woodland led Cheltenham to their first win of the season – an 8 wicket victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Corsham.

 

Woodland carried his bat in a brilliant knock that contained 15 fours to help his side chase down their target of 211 with the minimum of fuss.

 

The opener was given strong support by Worcestershire batsman Gareth Roderick who made 74 in a match-winning second-wicket stand of 161 with Woodland.

 

Earlier Corsham had got off to a fast start but lost both openers inside the first 10 overs. They rebuilt with a partnership of 35 before Jack Humphreys picked out Max Shepherd at deep backward square leg to give Steff Hunt a deserved wicket.

 

Hunt (1-30), along with spinners Max Shepherd (1-28) & Sam Didcote (1-39) wrestled back control of the game during the middle overs. Bowling with excellent control, they tied down the Corsham middle order, forcing them into mistakes as they sought to force the pace. Every time a partnership began to develop, Cheltenham made important breakthroughs to leave the visitors on 145-6. By this time left arm spinner Harrish Kannan had come into the attack and his ability to change his pace and keep cool under pressure ensured the Corsham were unable to launch a late assault of any consequence. Kannan, bowling right through the death overs finished with 2-27 from his nine overs, supported well by the returning Liam Walker (2-49). On a good batting pitch and lightening fast outfield, Cheltenham were the happier of the two sides as Corsham finished on 210-9.

 

In reply, Cheltenham openers Woodland and Kieran Smith looked in no trouble against the Corsham openers – seamer Matthew Henley and spinner Tom Foley. The pair reached 45 without loss before the introduction of Gloucestershire fast bowler Paul Van Meekeren forced a breakthrough, nicking the outside edge of Smith’s bat with the right hander on 13. This brought Roderick to the crease and he began in watchful fashion against Van Meekeren and Ahmed Jamal. While both bowlers carried a threat they also contributed to the Cheltenham run chase by sending down 20 wides between them. With these regular donations, Woodland and Roderick – while aways clinical at putting away the bad ball – were able to take their time and remained unwavering in their control of the chase. Both players showed their class with a combination of elegant drives and crunching square cuts in a partnership that took the life out of the Corsham attack.

 

When Roderick finally fell for a well-made 74 (112 balls, 6 fours) only 5 more runs were required. Fittingly it was Woodland (94* 113 balls) who finished the chase with a 15th boundary of a memorable innings. Cheltenham’s first win of the season lifts them into 3rd place in the fledgling table ahead of a trip to winless Warminster this Saturday.