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May 23rd 2015

Solihull Municipal 2nds vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 6
Lost by 116 runs

Elford crashed to a heavy defeat away at Solihull as they could only muster 9 men. Despite the holes in the field, Elford bowled and fielded admirably. Danny Haines (2-27 off 12)  swung the ball around to pick up a wicket in the first over again, thanks to a sharp catch at slip by Lenny Allsopp. Conscious of the gaps, Elford worked hard to restrict the home side, with Allsopp, Baldwin and Brookes all picking up a wicket each, while Alex Gill bowled well without much reward. Municipal closed on 165-7 off 50, which would have made a more interesting target with 11 men and a ‘top order’. Unfortunately it didn’t take long for Solihull to take full advantage as they ruthlessly dispatched Elfords 9 men, for a meagre 49ao. Stand in skipper, Paul Baldwin was the only batsman to make it into double figures with 19.

Elford 2nds Vs Ward End Unity 2nds
Warwicksre Div 10w
Lost by 6 wkts

Elfords 2nd also slid to a disappointing defeat as they too were a man down, playing with 10. Batting first, Elfords top order all made starts without pushing on. Paul Jones 38 and Stef Hollingsworth 26 were the top scorers as Elford posted a modest 126. Both Rob Drabble (1-11 off 6) and in particular Steven Green (1-11 off 12) bowled miserly economical spells too slow the run chase. Hollingsworth and Hill both picked up wickets and at 64-4 the game was somewhat in the balance. However Elfords target was always going to be in danger with 10 men, which Ward End eventually took advantage of to win by 6 wickets.

May 16th 2015

Elford 1sts Vs Peugeot 1sts
Warwickshire Div 6
Won by 110 runs
Elf 284-3
Peu 174

Elford returned to winning ways with an impressive 110 run victory in their first home game of the season. Haviing been put into bat on a slow but good batting track, Elford took full advantage through Paul Baldwin and Martin Sperrink. The pair put on 123 for the first wicket before Sperrink fell for 35 (an innings without a single boundary!). Baldwin was joined at the crease by Rich Collett after a 7 year absence from the game, but soon made his presence felt between the wickets. He notched up an impressive 61 off 32 balls in a partnership off 104 off exactly 10 overs. Jordon Brooks blasted a quickfire 25 off 17 as Elford pushed the fielders around. Baldwin eventually carried his bat with a career best 128* (17 fours 1 six) off 150 deliveries helping Elford finish on 284-3.  Elford got off to a fling start as Danny Haines took 2 wickets in the first over to put the visitors on the back foot. Peugeot rebuilt, but even with several chances going to ground Elford maintained a tight grip on the game. With regular wickets falling to each of the bowlers in turn, Elfords total looked safe, but still needed 4 wickets for victory. An aching looking Paul Baldwin then turned hero with the ball as he took the last four wickets, helping dismiss the visitors for 174 in 46th over for 24 points.  

Olton & West Warwicks 4ths Vs Elford 2nds
Warwickshire Div 10w
Lost by 5 wickets

A makeshift Elfords 2nd XI struggled with the bat in their first away game of the season. Only John Shorthouse 49 and Matt Brindley 29 made it into double figures as Elford staggered to 147 ao. Stand in skipper Stef Hollingsworth helped Elford fightback with the ball to take 3-28 off 10, while youngster Johnathan Hill and Steven Green also both picked up a wicket a piece. Elfords total was ultimately just too small, as Olton comfortably chased the target inside 35 obvers.

May 9th 2015

Bronze 2nds vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 6
Lost by 31 runs
Bro 174-9
Elf 143ao

Elford fell to their first defeat of the season in a disappointing run chase away at Bronze. Danny Haines (2-28 off 12) and Tony Allen (1-16 off 10) got Elford off to a good start as the pair hooped the ball around with a miserly economy rate. So much so, that at the 25 overs drinks break Bronze had only amassed 55-3. However, Bronze fought their way back into the game and helped by an array of extras and spilled catches. Brookes, Leech and Baldwin all picked up a wicket a piece, but it was young Alex Gills day with the ball late on; as not only did he take his first wicket for the club, he also took a hatrick in the penultimate over!  Chasing 175 to win, Elfords top order wobbled losing 3 wickets for 5 runs at 30-3. Once again, Rich Ashworth led from the front with a hard hitting 53 but eventually was bowled, being out for the first time this season. Elfords tail put up as much resistance as possible and with several late boundaries the game was still in the balance right into the final overs. Elford eventually closed on 143 after one big shot too many, some 32 runs short of victory.

Elford 2nds Vs Wythall 2nds
Warwickshire Div 10West
Winning Draw
Elf 215-6
Wyt 138-4

Half centuries from Paul Jones (88) and opener Steve Sadler (62) helped Elford 2nds claim a winning draw at home to Wythall 2nds. Having amassed 215-6 off 45 overs in an innings that included 3 run outs, Elfords bowlers helped keep the visitors attack at bay. Skipper Rob Drabble bowled a economic spell without a breakthrough, while Steve Green had more success with 2-33 off 10. Youngster Jonathan Green took his first wicket of the season with 1-19 off 5 while John Goldsworthy was sharp in the field to claim a run out. Wythall eventually closed on 138-4 a long way from victory or defeat, leaving Elford with 15 points.

May 2nd 2015

Corley 2nds Vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 6
Winning Draw
Elf 269-4

Elford continued their good start to the season with a winning draw away at Corley on a very cold afternoon. The home side invited Elford to bat first on a very firm and true wicket, to the delight of the batsman. Elfords top order all made starts with Baldwin(19), S Leech(18) and Robinson(21), but it was the combination of Alex Gill and Rich Ashworth which took the game away from the hosts. The pair rebuilt from a wobble at 74-3, to put 194 for the 4th wicket as Ashworth in particular exploited the good track. He opened his account with 3 successive fours to eventually end unbeaten with a career best 144 not out of 90 balls (20x4 4x6).  Youngster Alex Gill provided the anchor role hitting 40 before being caught hitting out off the penultimate delivery. Corley were eager to match Elfords runrate and made a good start before the slow bowling of Neil Robinson (3-28 off 9) and Lenny Allsopp (2-28 off 8) started to straggle proceedings. Corleys middle order started to falter as they slipped from 82-1 to 126-6. The lower order consolidated and despite some lively bowling from Jordan Brookes and Jack Leech (2-15 off 6) towards the end, Corley held on to claim a draw in a good spirted game.

Elford 2nds vs Walmley 5ths
Warwickshire Div 10w
Lost by 5 wkts
Elf 202ao
Wal 203-5
Elford 2nds lost their opening game of the season as they struggled to defend a lead of over 200 at home to Walmley. Batting first, several Elford batsman made good starts including John Shorthouse(24) and Matt Brindley (27). Stef Hollingsworth top scored with 51 batting at number 5, while Paul Jones and Chris Browne both chipped in with runs. Elfords bowlers showed early promise as the evergreen Rob Drabble and Steve Green (3-33 off 9) had the visitors in trouble early on. However, Walmleys middle order regrouped and fought back and despite a wicket late on from Steve Sadler, as the visitors eased home with 5 wickets to spare.

April 25th 2015

Lyndworth 2nds Vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 6
Won by 5 wkts
Lyn 135ao
Elf 136-5

Elfords 2015 campaign got off to a winning start as they travelled to Lyndworth in the first meeting between the clubs, in the newly re-organised Warwickshire League. Elfords decision to field first was soon rewarded, as Danny Haines soon started to swing the ball and subsequently find the edge of the bat. Tony Allen also exploited the new ball to bowl 6 maidens and pick up 2 deserved wickets with 2-33 off 12. Haines finished with 3 for 35 of 12 as the pair bowled out, reducing the hosts to 47 – 5 off 20 overs. However is was the slow right arm of Neil Robinson that did the most damage as he ‘tweaked’ the ball to take 4 for 12 off 6. Jack Leech took the wicket of the hard hitting Sajjad for 48 with a ‘skyer’ to Haines. Backed up by tight fielding and good catches all round, Lyndworth were dismissed for 135 inside 40 overs. Elford lost Baldwin for 2 early on, but recovered through Sperrink (17) and skipper Sam Leech (40). Sperrinks dismissal sparked a mini collapse as Elford lost 4 wkts for just 19 runs, at 87-5. Any nerves were soon eased as Rich Ashworth and Jordan Brookes played two very fluid and business like innings respectively. Both remained unbeaten as the end with Ashworth on 31 with several large boundaries in the final overs, while Brookes finished with 21 with almost all his runs coming through the covers.

August 23rd 2014

Nuneaton 3rds Vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Won by 8 wkts

Elford got back to winning ways with an impressive victory and early finish away at Nuneaton. Having asked the home side to bat first, Elford got off to a flyer as Danny Haines took a wicket with the first ball of game thanks to some sharp catching at slip with Rich Ashworth. Haines made it back to back 5 wicket hauls as exploited the best of a pitch that offered a bit of bounce. Haines finished with 5-36 off 13, while Tony Allen hooped the ball around at the other end to take a season best 4-15 off 9. With Nuneaton back in the hutch for 87 with barely 30 overs played, the teams went straight back out. Elford made a tentative despite a breezy 10 by Malc MacDonald, who was also struck in the head by a beamer for his troubles. Steve Prichard played the captains innings hitting a unbeaten 33, supported by Paul Jones also with an unbeaten on 22, to help guide Elford to a 8 wicket victory and an early finish.

Elford 2nds Vs Wythall 2nds
Warwickshire Div 5a
Lost by 9 wkts

With several regulars missing, a young Elford 2nd XI fell to a 9 wicket defeat at home to Wythall. Batting first, James Brindey looked in good form with the bat again before falling on 35, while youngsters Elliott Allsopp 21 and James Earp 23 both made starts. However it was an unbeaten 60* from Lenny Allsopp which helped steer the home side past the 200 mark. unfortunately Elfords bowling couldn’t match anything Wythall had to offer and with several bowlers missing, Wythalll cruised home losing just the 1 wicket to the spin of James Earp.

August 16th 2014

Elford 1sts Vs Moseley 3rds
Warwickshire Div 5
Lost by 91 runs

A spirited display by Elford wasn’t quite enough, as they eventually fell considerably short at home to promotion chasing Moseley. Having elected to field first, Elford found themselves chasing the ball from the start as Mosleley took advantage of a slow hard wicket. To make matters worse, Elford were reduced to 10 men in the 3rd over as N Robinson injured himself diving in the outfield. T Allen made the initial breakthrough but at 221-1 off 38 overs, Elford were up against it. Danny Haines came back on and sparked a recovery of sorts as the luck started to turn. Haines took 5 wickets in 4 overs to finish with 5-60 off 15, while Paul Baldwin (3-52) hunted down the remaining wickets at the other end. Helped by a great run out by Jack Leech, Elford dragged themselves back into the game as Moseley were dismissed for 258. Unfortunately, Elfords top order soon disappeared including a diamond duck in the first over. Martin Sperrink (21) and Sam Leech 68 batted well, leading  a semi recovery and looked quietly set before the pair fell in relatively short succession.  Tony Allen 19 and Danny Haines 18* offered a little resistance in the tail, but Elford fell some way short of the total on 167ao.

Wolvey 2nds vs Elford 2nds
Warwickshire Div5a
Winning Draw

Elford 2nds had to settle for a winning draw despite amassing a hefty 280-8 away at Wolvey. The star of the show for Elford was Matt Brindley who smashed a career best 162*, in what was Elfords third highest individual score of the last 20 years. There were several cameos from  Elliott Allsopp (33) and Johnny Shorthouse (15) but the day and the innings belonged to Brindley. Wolvey put up a stubborn reply and lost only 4 wickets in their chase, although fell along way short of the target on 172-4.  Rob Drabble bowled an economical 2-25 off 15, while Lenny Allsopp also bowled tightly with 1-34 off 15. Youngster Jonathan Hill picked up the other remaining wicket in a memorable afternoon for the club.

August 9th 2014

Olton & WW 3rds Vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Lost by 68 runs

Elfords ‘stop start’ season suffered another setback as they fell to a disappointing defeat away at bottom of the table Olton & West Warwick. With almost half the team playing their first game in a month due to postponements and holidays, Elfords rustiness with the bat proved to be their downfall. The initial signs had been good as Elfords opening bowlers had got Elford off to a great start, restricting the home side to 74-4 of 25. Paul Baldwin 3-33 off 15 and Danny Haines with a miserly 1-12 off 11 had helped choke Oltons innings. Despite some lofty middle order hitting, Elford maintained a control of the game with Neil Robinson cleaning up the tail with 4-42 off 9. Having been set 168 to win off 54, Elford got off to a disastrous start losing 2 wickets for 1 run inside the first 3 overs. Proceeding barely got any better, as Elfords batsman struggled to maintain any presence at the wicket. Rich Ashworth showed his class with a breezy 33 before being adjudged LBW. Elfords tail crumbed away, ironically leaving the highest partnership of the day being the last wicket, as Danny Haines 16* and Skipper Steve Prichard 11 put on 27 before being bowled out for 99 inside 25 overs.

July 12th 2014

Elford 1sts Vs Bridgetrust OB 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Won by 6 wkts

Elford returned to winning ways as they beat top of the table Bridgetrust OB to end the visitors unbeaten start to the season. Having claimed the toss, with a lack of opposition at the start, Elford asked Bridgretrust to bat first. Baldwin and Haines both got the new ball to swing and bounce but it was the introduction of the spinners that kept Bridgetrust in check. Neil Robinson bowled very well taking 3-55 off 15, while Skipper Steve Prichard finally backed himself to bowl, taking 2-36 off 8. Alan Giles showed sharp glovework to take 2 stampings as Elford turned the screw. Baldwin (1-40 off14) came back for a 3rd spell at the death to Keep the visitors restricted to 189-6. Elfords top order all made the best of the flat track and lighting outfield. After a slow start, Elford started to exploit the holes in the field with Opener, Martin Sperrink top scoring with 39. With notable contributions all the way down, Captain Steve Prichard 21, Sam Leech 37 and Rich Ashworth 26 all chipped in as Elford closed in on the target. It was left to Paul Jones 36* and Neil Pipkin 7* to knock of the runs with several overs to spare on a long and warm afternoon.

Bridgetrust OB 2nds Vs Elford 2nds
Warwickshire Div 5a
Lost by 85 runs

Elford 2nds five match winning streak came to an end as they fell well short at league leaders Bridgetrust OB. Missing several regulars, they struggled with the bat as they failed to chase down 236, having being bowled out for 151, 85 runs short. Skipper Rob Drabbled took 4-58 while Jordan Brookes (5-75) continued his good form with the ball this season taking another 5 wicket haul albeit a little more expensive than usual. With only Steve Sadler (19) making into double figures at the top of the order, it was left to a late rear-guard from Chris Browne who hit an unbeaten 52 supported by Lenny Allsopp 37 that briefly threatened to give Elford hope of victory.

July 5th 2014

Aston Manor 3rds Vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Lost by 5 wickets

Elford slid to a disappointing 5 wicket defeat away at Aston Manor as they were left to rue another lost toss. Having moved to a newly prepared and damp track, Elford were invited to bat first on a bowler friendly deck. Skipper Steve Prichard toiled with the bounce to score 28 off almost as many overs while Rich Ashworth raced to 36 with several huge sixes before being caught with a ball that popped. Sam Leech notched up 18 in boundaries while Malc MacDonald uncharacteristically hit 9 off 28 including several forward defences with the mongoose. At 115-5, Elfords tail, which has often dug them out of similar situations crumbled away, leaving them bowled out for 143 inside 40 overs. With an attacking field set, Elfords opening bowlers Haines and Baldwin created several chances off a drying but useful pitch and soon had the game delicately poised. Baldwin (3-59) took 3 quick wickets while Haines  (1-21) eventually found the edge to see a catch snaffled at 1st slip after being parried by 2nd! At 29-4, Aston Manors young middle order showed their potential as they played calmly punishing any loose delivery, often with a six! Rich Ashworth took a caught and bowled wicket late on, but with the damage done, Aston cruised home with 5 wickets and 36 overs to spare. 

Elford 2nds Vs Aston Manor 4ths
Warwickshire Div 5a
Won by 3 wickets

Elford 2nds collected maximum points for the 5th consecutive game as they continue to turn their season around, climbing to second in the table. Having fielded first, Elford bowled out Aston Manor for 135 in 43 overs with youngster Jordan Brookes (6-33) showing his potential with the ball claiming his second 6 wicket haul of the season.  Despite losing 7 wickets in reply, Elford chased down the total with 12 overs to spare thanks to Matt Brindley who scored his first 50 for the club.

June 28th 2014

Bedworth 3rds Vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Won by 11 runs

Elford travelled to Bedworth 3rds on another damp afternoon and soon rued the fact they lost the toss with the opening batsman staring at another green and sticky wicket. Sam Leech fell cheaply after last weeks heroics, while fellow opener Sperrink battled hard for 15. Captain, Steve Prichard (20) and wicket keeper Paul Jones (27) both made starts with out going on, leaving it to Tony Allen to hold the inning together. He finished unbeaten on 44 as Elford stuttered and struggled to score on a bowler friendly surface. Having posted 148, Elford got off to a flyer as Haines got a ball to jump finding the splice and latterly a diving Malcolm MacDonald, to take a great one handed catch at short leg, (the first of two on the day). Paul Baldwin (2-23) clean bowler the other opener to set Elford on their way.  Usual 1st XI skipper Jason Jakeman playing to the surprise of Elford, showed his class as he adapted to the pace of the pitch well hitting a quick fire 63. Meanwhile stand in skipper A Gandon, played the captain innings before being dismissed by Sam Leech for 42. At 129-3, Bedworth then proceeded to collapse losing the last 6 wickets for just 7 runs as Elford claimed an unlikely victory. Spinner, Neil Robinson was the pick of the bowlers with 4 – 47 off 11.

Elford 2nds Vs Bedworth 4ths
Warwickshire Div 5a
Won by 83 runs

Elford 2nds notched up their fourth straight win batting first to climb to second in the table with a 83 run victory at home to Bedworth 4ths. Steve Sadler (30) & Dom Hinks (27) had laid the initial foundations before Matt Brindley cemented the innings together, top scoring with 46. Elliott Allsopp chipped in with 23, while keeper Alan Giles played a late cameo with 20 as Elford posted 215ao. It was then the turn of the evergreen Rob Drabble to lead the way as he took his first 5 wicket haul of the season with 5–36 off 15. Lenny Allsopp continued his good form with the ball taking a miserly 2-20 off 13. Youngsters James Earp (1-33) and Liam Garner (2-23) also both took wickets to help Elford reduce the vistors to 132ao and claim maximum points.

Streetly vs Elford
Lichfield Div 1
Lost by 5 wickets

Elfords struggles in the top Sunday division continued as once again they matched for many periods of the game before falling ultimately short. Dan Bailey top scored with 52, while Matt Stone and Rob Evans both 39 respectively, leading Elford to a quick fire 191aooff 33 overs. Unfortunately, Streetly were more than a match and knocked off the total with the loss of 5 wickets in the 36th over. Skipper Sam Leech took 2-12 off 4, while Matt Stone and Dan Bailey also took a wicket a piece.


June 21st 2014

Elford 1sts Vs Nuneaton 3rds
Warwickshire Div 5
Winning Draw

Elford claimed a winning draw in an open ended game that swung in the balance on numerous occasion. In their first game at home since the opening day of the season, Elford were asked to bat first on a hard but grassy wicket. Opener Sam Leech led from the start and was quick to latch onto anything wide or short. Opener Martin Sperrink (14), Wicketkeeper, Paul Jones (13) and Captain Steve Prichard 11 all made start before being dismissed while Rich Ashworth hit a quickfire 18 of 12 balls. At 189-4 off 33 overs, Elford looked set, but the tail fell away cheaply leaving the inform Neil Robinson stranded and unbeaten on 24. Having being bowled out for 226 in 48 overs, Elford got off to a good start as Danny Haines (1-24 off 11) soon found the edge of the bat to make the initial breakthrough. Unfortunately several sharp catches didn’t stick and Nuneaton began to build a platform despite Haines exploiting some variable bounce. The golden arm of Jack Leech soon turned the game again as he bowled well taking 3 – 38 off 9 including 2 wickets in 2 balls. With the shadows longing and the game heading the entire distance, Nuneaton started to hit out despite some tight death bowling from Paul Baldwin. Needing 14 off the last over to win, Elford and Baldwin held their nerve to seal a winning draw late in the day.

Wythall 2nds Vs Elford 2nds
Warwickshire Div 5a
Won by 43 runs

Elford 2nd claimed maximum points on a warm afternoon to climb to 3rd in the table. Batting first it Stef Hollingsworth who once again top scored continuing his rich vain of foem this season. He hit 67 while playing his part in several useful partnerships  with Chris Browne (29) and Matt Brindley (37). Jordan Brooks played a cameo down the order hitting 23 as elford posted 216-9 off 50 overs. Elfords bowlers were also in good form as Skipper Rob Drabble led the way taking 2-32 off 10. Stef Hollingsworth bowled a miserly 2-14 off14 including 7 maidens, while Matt Brindly also chipped in with a wicket. It was left to Jordan Brookes to blow away the tail with an impressive 4-41 off12 as Wythall were dismissed for 173.


June 14th 2014

Moseley 3rds Vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Lost by 7 wickets
Elf 211ao
Mos 212-3

Elfords Topsy-Turvy season continued as they run out second best away at Moseley. Having been asked to bat first on a true and flat batting wicket, Elfords top order struggled with the exception of Rich Ashworth who anchored the top order. With wickets falling at regular intervals, Ashorth who had  raced to 47 off 33 balls, holed out on the boundary leaving Elford exposed on 93-5. Skipper Steve Prichard (19) tried to steady the innings but after he was caught and bowled sharply, Elfords tail was called into action. The experienced due of Paul Baldwin and Neil Robinson put on 88 to help recover Elford from 108-7. Baldwin was eventually run out for 41 while Robinson edged behind after a hard hitting 52. Defending 212 on a quick outfield was always going to be difficult and with the clouds gathering, Moseley opened their shoulders from the off. After a flying start Elford dragged them selves back into the match thanks to two smart catches from Prichard and Smith. At 44-2 Elford kept the home side quiet until the drinks break, but with wickets in hand, Moseley made short work off the total chased down the target inside 36 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. Paul Baldwin was the pick of the attack with 3 -52 off 12 in a performance Elford will want to put behind them.

Elford 2nds Vs Moseley 4ths
Warwickshire Div 5a
Won by  5 wkts
Mos 154ao
Elf 155-5

Elford 2nds continued their good start to the season with a 5 wicket victory at home to Moseley in the reverse fixture.  After Skipper Rob Drabble had made the initial breakthrough, it was the spin twin partnership of Stef Hollingsworth and Lenny Allsopp who did the damage as the due took 8 wickets between them Hollingsworth took a fine 3-40 off 15 while Allsopp notched up another 5 wicket haul with a miserly 5-31 off 15. Jordan Brooks took the final wicket to wrap up Moseley innings for 154. Elfords reply was a little shaky and looked vulnerable with 5 of the top order back in the hutch with scores all under 11. However the experience of opener Steve Sadler and the inform Stef Hollingsworth turned the game once again. Both were left unbeaten to guide Elford home by 5 wickets. Sadler carried his bat with 29* while Hollingsworth scored his 2nd half century of the season with 51*.

May 31st 2014

Attock 3rds Vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Won by 5 wkts

After last weeks total wash out, Elford travelled to league leaders Attock and came away with a valuable victory on a damp and sticky wicket. After winning the toss, Captain Steve Prichard immediately opted to field first to exploit the pitch. Danny Haines (2-27) opened the account thanks to a brilliant one handed backward diving catch by Paul Jones at 2nd slip, followed by a slower ball to bowl the other opener. Although his luck might have ran out after 4 catches went down and the stumps were struck without the bail coming off! The return of a ‘steamlined’ Paul Baldwin to Elford colours kept the pressure up as he took 2 – 28, while Jack Leech bowled back of length to great effect taking 3-13 off 8. From 82-3, Attock lost their last 7 wickets for 30 runs, leaving Rich Ashworth (2-15) to make short of the tail as Attock were bowled out for 112 in 39 overs.
Elford took their time in chasing down the total on a pitch that still offered a lot to the bowlers. Martin Sperrink battled hard for 16, while Paul Jones looked measured for his unbeaten 27. Tony Allen had looked set on 13 before holing out, leaving it to Neil Robinson to hit the winning runs off his first delivery, in an inning helped by 38 extras!

Elford 2nds Vs Attock 4ths
Warwickshire Div 5a
Won by 35 runs

Elford 2nds got back to winning ways as they successfully defended 199 at home to Attock in the reverse fixture. Despite several starts from the top order (Hollingsworth 19  & Browne 18 respectively), Elford looked in real trouble at 101-7 before Malc MacDonald and Lenny Allsopp turned the game around. MacDonald wielded his infamous ‘Mongoose’ to great effect hitting 5 sixes to top score with 57, supported by the evergreen and inform Lenny Allsopp (32),  as the pair put on 92. Youngster Jordan Brookes continued his good form with the ball taking 3-29 off 7.2, while Allsopp, Brindley, MacDonald and Hollingsworth all took a wicket a piece. Helped by 3 run outs and good fielding, Elford bowled the visitors out for 165 to take maximum points.


May 17th/18th 2014

Ward End Unity Vs elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Losing Draw

WEU 224ao
Elf 157-9

Elford and Ward End played their parts in a rollercoaster of an afternoon in a game that swung in balance on several occasions. On an afternoon that couldn’t have contrasted any more than the week before, Elford got off to a flying start as Danny Haines found the edge of the bat with the very first ball of the match. Nick Smith returned to the side and started where he left off with several more wickets to his name. At 41-3 Ward End rebuilt and looked in a ominous position exploiting the short boundary and mid-day sun. However, Skipper Steve Prichard managed to exploit some turn to get Elford back into the game at 135-4. Neil Robinson enjoyed some success with the ball after taking the pads off with 2-27 off 7 while Tony Allen was the work horse with 2-69 off 15. Several sharp catches later and Elford dragged the game back around, leaving Rich Ashworth to mop up the tail with several quick wickets, bowling the home side out for 224. With the bounce getting increasingly lower, Elfords openers approached the game very differently. Sam Leech top scored with 32 off just 15 balls while Martin Sperrink dropped anchor and held the innings together with 16 off 92 balls. Rich Ashworth (16) and Paul Jones (6) were both unlucky to drag the ball onto their own stumps, while Elfords middle order began to fall away. Steve Prichard (26) and Tony Allen (22) stemmed the fall of wickets before falling late on, chasing batting points. It was left to Nick Smith and Danny Haines to see the final overs out to claim a share of the points on a warm and good natured afternoon.

Elford 2nds Vs Ward End Unity 2nds
Warwickshire Div 5a
Winning Draw

Elf 232-7
WEU 153-6

In the reverse fixture, Elford 2nds secured a winning draw after two early season defeats. Winning the toss and batting first on an excellent track Elford slumped to 66 for 6. However, a tremendous partnership between Steph Hollingsworth and the evergreen Lenny Alsop pushed the score past 200 with sensible batting and excellent running between the wickets. Steph fell an agonising 4 runs short of his maiden century (trying to reverse sweep!),  hitting a career best 96, while Lenny anchored the innings unbeaten on 66. Elford were able to post a respective score of 232 at the end of their 50 overs. After impressing with the bat, the due then starred with the ball as Allsopp took a miserly 3 – 10 off 13 while Hollingsworth took 3-52 off 12, as Elford restricted the visitors to 153-6 off 50 overs on an excellent batting track.

Aston Manor 1sts vs Elford Sun XI
Lichfield Div 1
Lost by 36 runs

Elford Sun XI travelled to Aston Manor and produced a spirited performance despite eventually falling short. Atson Manor had looked set to post a large score  at 127-3, but Elfords bowlers got themselves back in the game to bowl the home side out for 212. Rob Evans 3-14, Lenny Allsopp 2-22 and Matt Stone 2-18 were the pick of the bowlers. In reply, Elfords batsman all made starts without going to lead the attack. James Evans top scored with 28 including several large sixes, while youngster Elliott Allsopp was left unbeaten on 24 batting at 6. Despite a good runrate, Elford unfortunately ran out of batsman, faltering at 176ao inside 33 overs.

May 10th 2014

Bridgetrust OB 1sts vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Lost by 10 wickets

Elf 75ao
BT 76-0

Elford endured a torrid and frustrating afternoon away at Bridgetrust OB, suffering their first 10 wicket defeat in over 5 years. After a delayed start due to rain, Elford got off to a ominous start by losing the toss and  being asked to bat. The task was made more difficult as they lost a wicket in the first over on a classic ‘sticky wicket’. Sam Leech offered the only highlight and resistance as he returned to Elford colours with a hard fought 42. Unfortunately the other batsman failed to offer much support between the rain showers and collapsed from 61 -3 to 75 ao inside 6 overs! After more rain, Elfords afternoon was compounded further as Danny Haines slipped while bowling and was left to spend the rest of the innings at slip. After yet more showers, Bridgetrust were eager to finish the game but had to wait till nearly 7 in the evening before they finally wrapped up proceeding with all the wickets remaining.

May 3rd/4th 2014

Elford 1sts Vs Aston Manor 3rds
Warwickshire Div 5
Won by 7 wickets

AMCC 157ao
Elf 161-3
Elford got their 2014 campaign off to a winning start as they successfully chased down Aston Manors total on a glorious afternoon for cricket. With several new faces and a few familiar ones, Elfords new Captain, Steve Prichard asked the visitors to bat first on a hard looking track for early May. Debutant Nick Smith made the initial breakthrough to claim 2 for 17 off 8 while Rich Ashworth looked lively with an impressive 2 for 14 off 7 with only 3 runs conceded in his first 5 overs. Danny Haines was also amongst the wickets to claim to 2 for 39 after toiling away unsuccessfully in his first spell, leaving it to Tony Allen to clinically pick off the tail with 4 -41 off 13. Aston Manor finished on 157, made more remarkable since the number 11, Conner Woakes top scored with 52 in a last wicket stand of 67!  
Elfords run chase was a steady accumulation, rather than a race across the finish line. Openers Martin Sperrink (30) and Chris Browne (19) put on 65 the first wicket as they picked off any stray deliveries. Rich Ashworth, also on debut looked in good touch with the bat as he picked up the rate with Paul Jones. Jones (19), like Sperrink and Browne before him was eventually adjudged LBW, leaving it to Ashworth to finish the game with an impressive 48 off 41 as Elford claimed a 7 wicket victory.

Aston Manor 4ths Vs Elford 2nds
Warwickshire Div 5a
Lost by 122 runs

AMCC 200-9
Elf 78ao
Elfords 2nds started with a defeat but took away several positives in a spirited display in the field. Jordan Brookes hard work in the winter nets paid off as he took a career best 6 -31 including a hat trick as the host set a target of 200-9 off 50 overs. Unfortunately their batsman didn’t suffer the same fortune as they were skittled for just 78!

Streetly Sun XI vs Elford Sun XI
Lichfield Div 1
Won by 7 wickets

Elfords Sun XI also got off to a flying start with a win away at Streetly. P Baldwin and T Allen got Elford off to a good start with the ball, before Jack Leech, back in Elford colours after several years down under took an impressive 4 – 16 off 7.5. Aussie, Dan Bailey matched his wicket haul with 4 – 28 off 8, as the home side were bowled out for 130 in 40 overs. Elford made relatively short work of the total as keeper Dan Hackett top scored with 53, while Bailey hit 40 in a good all round performance. Youngster Elliott Allsopp was left to hit the winning runs with an unbeaten 14.

August 24 2013

Elford 1sts Vs Stockingford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Losing Draw

Sto 211-7
Elf 166-8

Elford once again had to settle for a share of the points as their run chase faltered towards the end of the innings. Having invited the visitors to bat first, it was birthday boy Tony Allen who enjoyed the most success with the ball picking up a seaon best 4 – 32 off 15 as wobbled the ball on a consistent line. Stand in skipper Steve Prichard continued were Allen had left off picking up 3 – 55 off 10 as Elford helped restrict Stockingford to 211-7 despite some big hitting towards the final 10 overs.  Sperrink (16) and Hicks (44) got Elford to a steady start but not for the first time this season, Elford lost wickets in quick succession. From 66-0 of 19 they crashed to 102-6 off 34 as Stockingford straggled the game. Tony Allen looked in good form with 29 before being adjudged LBW, while Robinson (17) and Prichard (15*) started to open their shoulders to increase the runrate late on. Eventually it was left to Haines (9*) and Prichard to secure the 75% of the losing draw and make sure they were left unbeaten to claim a spoil of the points in a close game that somehow avoided the rain!


August 17 2013

Bedworth 3rds Vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Won by 8 wkts

Bed 46ao
Elf 49-2

Elford returned to winning ways with a short and emphatic victory away at Bedworth. Having put last week’s disappointment behind they went in search of a much needed win with an increasingly tight table. With memories still fresh from several season ago, Elford won the toss and didn’t hesitate to ask Bedworth to bat first on a green wicket. A decision they were soon rewarded with as Danny Haines and Paul Baldwin took the game away from the home side as they exploited the best of the wicket. Haines took season best figures of 6 -32 off 10 while Baldwin took a economical  3-13 off 10, as they pair ripped through the innings. With Bedworth bowled out for 46 in 20 overs, Elford made sure of the points sending in the pitch hitting due of Malc MacDonald 20 (with his trademark mongoose) and John Goldsworthy (10). The pair took 19 off the first two overs as Elford turned the screw. Both were eventually out trying to attack, leaving a measured unbeaten 16 from Tony Allen to see the game out in just under 7 overs and finished before 3pm!


August 10 2013

Elford Sun XI Vs Streetly Sun XI
Lichfield Div 2
Won by 3o runs
Elf 226 -7

Ste 194ao

Elford Sun XI completed the season in style with a 30 run victory in the Division 2 title showdown at home to Streetly. Needing at least 4 points from the final game, Elford knew a victory would secure the title. Despite Skipper Sam Leech being out for a diamond duck, run out without facing, they recovered through James Evans and Tom Gilbert (34). Paul Baldwin played his part with a breezy cameo, quickly scoring 46 while Evans went out to score his second Sunday century with 122.  Having set a competitive 227 for victory, Streetlys runs came through Craig Moore who hit 108 and was the mainstay in the innings. Tom Gilbert picked up 5 for 11 off 5 in a great bowling spell, while Rob Evans(1 for 9 off 6) bowled with good pace and economy  early on. J Evans, L Allsopp and S Leech all picked up a wicket a piece to secure the points and the title, as the visitors were eventually bowled out for 194 in the final over.

Elford 1sts Vs Star Alvis 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Lost by 74 runs

Elford came unstuck with the bat as they fell apart against run away league leaders Star Alvis. The early sides had been good for Elford as Danny Haines picked up 3 wickets with the ball swinging around. Paul Baldwin also found the edge at the other end to help reduce Alvis to 89 for 4. Unfortunately for Elford, their fielding let them down as over 7 catches of varying difficulty went down. Leech picked up 3 wickets towards the end as Star Alvis were pegged back to score a steady 213 for 8. Once again, Elford had looked in a strong position keeping up with the runrate going into the drinks break, but a collapse of epic proportions ensued. 7 wickets went down for just 20 runs inside 9 overs as Elford capitulated from 119-3 to 139 all out on a day to put behind them.

Star Alvis 2nds vs Elford 2nds
Warwickshire Div 5a
Lost by 5 wickets

Elford 2nds battle against the drop looks a little bleaker as they lost their 7th game in the last 8 fixtures. Having been asked to bat first, Elford had posted 199-6 with the main contribution coming from Chris Browne who hit his second half century of the season with an unbeaten 58. Numerous other batsman all made starts without going on including Brooks 29, Hinks 18, Allsopp 18, Godsmark 17 while Roshan Barnes 18 supported Browne at the end with an unbeaten 18.
Like the batting, Elfords bowlers toiled and made inroads without but without really controlling the game. Lenny Allsopp was the pick of the attack with 2-38 off 11, while Dillon Wellar also picked up 2 wickets as Alvis reached the target with the loss of 5.


August 3rd 2013

Moseley 3rds Vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Losing Draw

Mos 255-9dec
Elf 177-8

Elford were once again left to settle for a draw, as for second Saturday running, rain played a large part in the outcome of the game.  Having asked Moseley to bat first, Elford got off to a good start with Danny Haines picking up a couple of early wickets, helped by a great one handed catch by Malc MacDonald at the second attempt. With the game delicately poised on 110-3 off 21 overs, the Thunder and rain arrived, flooding the top of the outfield in a very short amount of time. With an early tea taken and 25 overs lost, Moseley came back out, intent on posting a competitive score. The home side took full advantage of any loose bowling, exploiting several easy and difficult dropped catches, piling on the runs. Tony Allen (4-25 off 4) came back on at the death, to take a triple wicket maiden to stem the flow, while Haines also finished with 4 wickets. Having declared on 255-9 off 40 overs, Elford had 35 overs to either chase down the unlikely total or get as close to a winning draw total as they manage. After Allen departed early for 15, Martin Sperrink 53 and Steve Prichard 46 steered Elford to a good position on 136-2 off 25 overs. With 10 overs remaining, Elford swung the bat hitting boundaries and losing wickets in equal measure. Finally with a couple of overs to go, 10 man Elford decided to make the game safe, with Neil Robinson stoically defending off the last over.

July 26 2013

Ward End Unity 1sts Vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Losing Draw

Elf 170ao
WEU 163-7

Elford and Ward End Unity shared a spoil of the points on a roller coaster of an afternoon for both sides in game that was as unpredictable as the weather. Elford, batting first on a slow low track got off to a bad start, stalling badly as 28-4 of 12 overs. Captain Paul Baldwin led the fighback with Neil Robinson (19) as the pair put over 60 for the next wicket. With Elford looking to increase the runrate, Lenny Allsopp picked off the singles with Baldwin before opening his shoulders to hit 41 before being caught in the final over. Baldwin was eventually bowled for a well top score of 67 as Elford posted 170 off 50 overs. With ever increasing dark skies looming, Elford got off to a great start with Danny Haines taking the first 3 wickets as the ball seemed around. Eventually the rain came and enforced the players off in the 24th over at 55-3, 1 short to constitute a game. Despite the dark clouds overhead, the rain relented and the players cam out to a reduced 44 over innings. Baldwin made a instant breakthrough o increase the pressure, but Ward End kept the scoreboard ticking over picking up singles as Elford defended the boundaries. Tony Allen snared another wicket at 72-5, before Ward End sensing a chance at a winning draw opened their shoulders. Ward End eventually needed 23 off the final over to win, and lost a wicket with their first ball as Steve Prichard was thrown the ball! Despite several big shots it wasn’t enough for Ward End as handshakes were exchanged after a dramatic finish, leaving Elford with a losing draw on runrate.

Elford vs Four Oaks Saints
Lichfield Div 2
Match Tied

FOS 229-6
Elf 229ao

Elfords penultimate fixture of the season also finished in dramatic fashion as they tied at home to Four Oaks Saints to gain promotion from Div 2. Four Oaks had posted a competitive 229 thanks mainly to Zimbabwean Ryan Ervine (70) and Australian Jarrod Martignago (91), while Elfords own Australian Tom Gilbert was the pick of the bowlers with 2 -27 off 8. Elfords reply centred mainly around James Evans (73) and wicket keeper Danny Hackett (43 including 4 consecutive sixes). With the run chase on and wickets starting to fall, it was Matt Stone who opened his shoulders. With seven needed off the last over and 1 wicket remaining, Stone hit Ervine for six off the first ball, only to middle the next ball to cover, being caught on 50, to tie the game.

19 July 2013

Elford 1sts Vs Bulkington 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Lost by 211 runs

Bul 296-5
Elf 85ao
Elford had a day to forget as they capitulated in a poor performance at home Bulkington. Missing several regulars, Elford decided to bowl first on a good looking slow and flat track, a decision they were soon left to rue. Elfords attack bowled with spirit but with numerous catches going down and sloppy fielding, Bulkington took full advantage. Neil Robinson was the pick of the bowlers with 2-43 off 11, while Lenny Allsopp took and smart caught and bowled. Paul Baldwin came back late onto to snare two a couple of wickets, but Bulkington had amassed a mighty 296-5 at the close.
Elfords innings was a shortlived affair as they were bowled out for under 100 for the first time in over a year. The innings included 4 LBW dismissals and 4 ducks as nothing went the way of the batsman. Only the cameos from youngsters Elliott Allsopp 21 and Jordan Brookes (including two huge sixes) provided any light relief as Elford were the masters of their own downfall, skittled for 85.

Bulkington 2nds Vs Elford 2nds
Warwickshire Div 5a
Lost by 206 runs

Bul 245-9
Elf 230-6
The seconds had a closer encounter in the reverse fixture at Bulkington. Batting first, Bulkington had posted 245-9 with Dillon Wellar the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 45 off 15. Skipper Rob Drabble (2 for 53) picked us his obligatory couple of wickets a game while left armer Craig Harcombe scooped 1 – 44 off 13. Elford got off to a bad start losing a wicket before a run was on the board but recovered through 2 good partnerships to ensure a close finish. Dom Hinks 59, Chris Browne 61 and Dillon Wellar 61 put on 200 together as Elford reached 200-3. With overs running out, Elford fell 15 runs short with 4 wickets remaining to claim a spoil of the points in a losing draw.

12 July 2013

Wilnecote 1sts Vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Won by 6 wkts

Wil 192ao
Elf 193-4

Elford made it back to back 24 point victories with a 6 wicket victory at local rivals Wilnecote. On another glorious hot summers afternoon, Elford like last week lost the toss but this time were asked to stand in the sunshine first. Danny Haines made the first breakthrough finding the edge of A Edwards bat. Ryan Mckenna (34) and P Davies (41) steadied the nerves of the home sides innings as the pair steadily accumulated the runs. Despite a slightly lose start, the spin pair of Neil Robinson (3-60) and Lenny Allsopp (2-42) soon had the batsman in trouble. Wilnecote slumped from 98-2 to 106-5 as the due put the shackles on the homeside. Despite several drop chances going down youngsters Jordan Brookes and Elliott Allsopp showed the way as both took several good catches. T Bell (40) smashed several straight boundaries late on, before Baldwin (2-47) and Haines (2-24) came back onto wrap up the innings for 192.
Wilnecote got off to a great start, reducing Elford to 18-2 off 5 helped in part by an excellent leg sided catch by keeper Yorke to dismiss Prichard. Chris Browne (21) and the inform Paul Jones (52) started the fightback as the score was slowly chipped away at. Skipper, Paul Baldwin took off from where he left last week, scoring another unbeaten half century to help lead Elford past the finishing line. Brindley picked up 3 – 66 for Wilnecote, but it was Lenny Allsopp who blazed a quickfire 37 off 25 balls to make sure of proceedings, leaving Elford with a hard fought victory over their local rivals.

5 July 2013

Elford 1sts vs Nuneaton 3rds
Warwickshire Div 5
Won by 67 runs

Elf 232-6
Nun 165ao

Elford returned to winning ways with a comfortable 67 run victory over bottom of the table Nuneaton.  To the delight and bewilderment of Elford, having lost the toss they were asked to bat first on the hottest afternoon of the year. Missing their usual openers, Elford got off to a rocky start at 12-2 off 5. Steve Prichard (19) and Paul Jones (40) helped steady the innings as they built the foundations. After Prichard was dismissed with an excellent diving catch and Paul Jones was yorked missing out on a Chinese late cut, Paul Baldwin and John Goldsworthy built a partnership. Baldwin hit an unbeaten 64 running between the wickets well, while Goldsworthy blasted 56 including several huge blows. The pair put on 113 to guide Elford to 232-6. Elford got off to a great start as Baldwin and Haines dismissed the openers bowling with accuracy and swing. Neil Robinson and Lenny Allsopp both bowled well with differing rewards, Robinson taking 3-45 while Allsopp toiled unluckily without a wicket. Baldwin and Haines came back on towards the end and despite Nuneatons lower order showing character and continuing to play their shots, were eventually bowled out for 165. Captain, Paul Baldwin finished with 4-48 while Danny Haines took 3-27 to deny the skipper and a half century and 5 wicket haul!

Wolvey 2nds Vs Elford 2nds
Warwickshire Div 5

Wol 298-4
Elf 102ao

Elford 2nds had an afternoon to forget as they toiled with little reward crashing to a 196 run defeat. Fielding first they wiltered in the warm sunshine as Wolveys batsman piled on the runs. Rob Drabble was the pick of the bowlers with 1 -38 off 15. Elfords reply was relatively shortlived as only 3 batsman made into double digits, (Simon Godsmark 29, Chris Browne 28 and youngster Josh Stanley 11,) as they were eventually dismissed for 102.

Lichfield 2nds Vs Elford Sun XI
Elford Sunday Side also returned to winning ways with a very close win over Lichfield 2nds. Batting first, Elford hit 202 thanks mainly to contributions from the ever impressive Tom Gilbert (100), Skipper Sam Leech with 37 and Dan Hackett 18. Elfords opening bowlers failed to made inroads until Jordon Brookes made the breakthrough finding the edge of the bat of Fielding (30). However with the sun beating down and runs flowing Elford were losing a grip on the game until Alan Giles and Sam Leech wrestled back control. Giles took 3-22 off 7 while Leech took 4-31 as Lichfield fell just a few runs short despite some big hitting in the final overs.

29 June 2013

Elford 1sts Vs Peugeot 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Lost by 4 wkts

Elf 180ao

The second week running, Elford lost the toss as well as the game as they struggled on a green wicket. With the game switched to Whittingtons Bit End Field ground, due to the unavailability of Elfords usual home, Peugeot didn’t hesitate to ask Elford too bat first. Martin Sperrink led the way, top scoring with 43 on a difficult pitch to get set on. Sperrink and Paul Jones (20) added 57 for the 3rd wicket, but Elford struggled to get any momentum in their partnerships. Paul Baldwin played a uncharastically aggressive innings hitting 18 of as many balls, while Lenny Allsopp (19) and Neil Robinson (25) battled with the uneven bounce to land some heavy blows late on. Elford were eventually bowled out for 180 in the 49th over.

With the pitch still providing assistance to the bowlers, the ball seemed to do much for Haines and Baldwin as the pair beat the bat consistently. Tony Allen and Steve Prichard both wobbled the ball to good effect both picking up a wicket to keep the visitors in check. However a breezy 68 from Peugeots number 5, G Khan helped take the game swiftly away from Elford. Despite his dismissal late on and Paul Baldwins best efforts with 4 -26 off 13, the pressure had been lifted and Peugoet reached the target with 8 overs and 4 wickets to spare.

Coventry Dunlop 2nds Vs Elford 2nds
Warwickshire Div5a
Lost by 7 wickets

Elf 105ao
Cov 111-3

10 men Elford 2nds travelled to league leaders Coventry Dunlop and promptly came back with a solitary point. Things had looked good early on as Dom Hinks 45 and Stu Edgar 27 had set the foundations. Missing several regulars though, Elfords innings unravelled as they crashed from 69-2 to 105 all out, with no other batsman getting into double figures. Elford were staring down the barrel of a 10 wicket defeat until Stu Edgar made a break through at 86-1 . D Wellar and A Hinks also picked up wickets late on, but Dunlop never looked in any danger finishing the game with a six.

Wall 1sts Vs Elford Sun XI
Lichfield Div 2
Lost by 18 runs

Elford Sunday XI lost their first game of the season as they fell 18 runs shorts away at Wall. Having restricted the home side to 40-3 at the drinks break, Wall fought back into the game with an unbeaten 97 from Subhani. Tony Allen was economic with 1 -24 while Lenny Allsopp picked up a couple of wickets as Wall posted 184. Elford made hard work of the target despite several batsman getting in. Rathbone chipped in with 24, Gilbert 30 and Skipper Sam Leech with several lofty blows to score 27. With an ever increasing run rate Rob Evans equalled his best score and almost snatched the game blasting an unbeaten 39 as Elford fell just short on 166.

22 June 2013

Stockingford 1sts Vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Lost by 1 wicket

Elf 107ao
Sto 108-9

Elford fell to their first defeat of the season, albeit by the narrowest margin as Stockingford reached Elfords total with 1 wicket and 4 balls to spare. On a wet and green wicket, it was Elford who had the pleasure of setting a target. Tony Allen and Martin Sperrink made a slow and steady start inbetween the rain showers, but their departure sparked a collapse. Elfords innings unravelled from 29-1 to 66-6 inside 15 overs, as a steady procession to the changing rooms ensued. A late partnership between Paul Baldwin (24) and the unbeaten Neil Robinson helped Elford post 107 before Elford were bowled out for the first time this season in the 47th over.

With boundaries at a premium, Paul Baldwin(2-20 off 13) and Danny Haines (1-30 off 13) both bowled tight spells, beating the bat repeatedly helping to dent the top order with 3 early wickets.  With the game drifting towards the home side, Tony Allen got Elford back into the game buying 2 wickets for 22 off 5. It was left to Lenny Allsopp 3-12 and Neil Robisnon 1-15 to straggle the tail as Stockingford almost tripped at the finish. With 7 needed of the last over and two new batsman at the crease, Stockingfords number 10 hit the first ball to deep mid off only to be dropped one handed with a desperate dive. The number 11 then hit an almost identical shot to split the field and take home the points, in a incredibly tight and low scoring game.

15 June 2013

Elford 1sts Vs Bedworth 3rds
Warwickshire Div 5
Winning Draw

Bed 144-7
Elf 131-6

Elford were left to settle for a winning draw after a summer downpour put the skids under their chances of winning the game. A Thundery rain storm after just 10 overs, lost well over an hours play reducing the game to 79 overs. Despite the covers protecting much of the track, large damp patches were left all over the square and run ups. Bedworth resumed on 10-1 off 10 overs and set about setting a competitive target. Danny Haines was amongst the wickets hitting middle stump 3 times to take the first 3 wickets. Lenny Allsopp and Neil Robinson stifled the middle order with a nagging delivery line both picking up a wicket. Skipper Paul Baldwin claimed a LBW, while also producing a great reflex piece of fielding to take a run out as Bedworth closed on 144-7 off 50 overs.
With Elfords innings reduced to just 29 overs because of the rain, Elford got off to bad start as they lost 3 early wickets as they tried to score quickly. However, Lenny Allsopp (37) and Steve Prichard (33) rebuilt the innings putting on 79 for the 4th wicket, allowing Elford back into the game. With the Elford already past the winning draw percentage, it was left the lower middle to have a swing and get as a close to the target as they could. Despite their best efforts, Elford closed frustratingly 13 runs short of victory with 4 wickets left after 29 overs.

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8 June 2013

Star Alvis 1sts vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div5
Losing Draw

Alvis 219-8
Elf 202-9

Missing several regulars, Elford went to league leaders Star Alvis and enjoyed a share of the spoils in a tight finish. Having been asked to field first, Elford had helped restrict the home side to 219-8 off 50 with the inform Neil Robinson the pick of the bowlers with a six for 55 while skipper Paul Baldwin took 2 for 40.  Elford made a steady start but with wickets coming as easily as runs, the game was delicately poised on 90 for 4. Once again it was Paul Jones who made the difference with the bat as he continued from he left off last week with another very good innings. Jones and  Alan Giles (32) put on 90 and looked set steer Elford home, but when Jones fell on 71 Elford  ran into trouble with with wickets starting to fall. Baldwin and Robinson took the safe approach with 1 wicket left and batted on the last two overs to ensure a losing draw some 17 runs short, to leave both teams still unbeaten.  

Elford 2nds vs Star Alvis 2nds
Warwickshire Div5a
Lost by 5 wickets

Elf 66ao
Alvis 67-5

Also missing several regulars, Elford Second XI crashed to a 5 wicket defeat as their batsman failed to get going for a second week in a row. Despite scoring runs for fun in recent weeks, the wheels came off the Elford innings as only Chris Browne made into double figures hitting an unbeaten 22 batting at number 3! He made up a third of the score as Elford were skittled for 66 inside 23 overs. Elfords bowlers put up a spirited performance with the ball, as Rob Drabble, Jordan Brookes and Dillon Weller were all amongst the wickets, but the visitors never looked in any real danger and reached the total in just 15 overs.   

Four Oak Saints vs Elford Sun XI
Lichfield Div 2
Won by 7 wickets

FOS 194-7
Elf1 98-3

Elford Sunday side made it four out of four to clear at the top of Division two with a comfortable 7 wicket victory away at Four Oaks. After a losing several early wickets, an unbeaten century from Tom Gilbert (104*) led the way back, carrying his bat in the process. Ian Redgate also looked in good form with an unbeaten 45, as Elford chased down Four Oaks target of 194 with 3 overs to spare. Earlier, captain Sam Leech was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 21, with the other wickets shared amongst the bowling attack.

1 June 2013

Elford 1sts vs Moseley 3rds
Warwickshire Div 5

Mos 174
Elf 175-5

Elford returned to winning ways as their bowlers enjoyed a more fruitful afternoon in the sunshine. Having elected to field first on a green but firm track considering the recent rain, Elford were rewarded by good bowling performances and safe pairs of hands in the field. Danny Haines 4-42 off 15 and Neil Robinson 5-52 off 15 were the main threat with the ball, while Rob Collet took the remaining wicket. Alan Giles kept tidily on a difficult bouncing track while Tony Allen took 3 outfield catches as Moseley were bowled out for 174.

Chasing down 175 for victory, Elford made a steady start with extras the top scorer early on. However despite the good foundations of an innings set, Elford crumbled from 42-1 to 72-5 in the space of 10 overs. With the game in the balance and the visitors with the momentum, Elford middle order dug their heels and slowly rebuilt. Paul Jones, batting with a fractured finger led the comeback taking 22 balls to get off the mark before leading the side to victory with an unbeaten 68. Supported by a typically stoic innings from the Captain Paul Baldwin 15 and a breezy cameo from Neil Robinson 8*, Elford reached the target with 4 balls to spare. 

25 May 2013

Elford 1sts Vs Ward End Unity  1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Losing Draw

WEU 312-1
Elf 240-5

Elford wiltered in the sunshine, after having asked the opposition to bat first on a glorious summers afternoon. Ward End Unity made full use of an excellent flat track, batting patiently and with a little luck as Elford once again spilled several sharp catches behind the bat. Things went from bad to worse for Elford as they lost Wicket Keeper Paul Jones at the drinks break with a fractured finger. Despite down to 10 men, Elford sensed a change in fortunes as Tony Allen made the breakthrough with the fall of wicket at 110 off 28 overs. Ward End had different ideas and with a solid platform built, they fully exploited the holes in the field increasing the scoring rate at ease. They eventually closed on 312-1 off 50 overs, with Nayar carrying his bat with an unbeaten 171.
With the track suiting the batting team, it was Elfords turn to put the bowlers under a little pressure. Openers Tony Allen 51 and Martin Sperrink 42 both batted well setting up Elford with a good platform to build on. Despite a brief wobble, the game drifted towards an inevitable draw, as Elford never really looked like reaching the target or Ward End Bowling the home side out. Elford made sure they reached the 75% of the target thanks to Baldwin 23* and Prichard 28* before the innings closed on 240-5 off 50.

Ward End Unity 2nds Vs Elford 2nds
Warwickshire Div5a

Won by 9 wickets
Elford 2nds made it back to back victories with a 9 wicket victory away at Ward End in the reverse fixture. Having bowled out the home side for 170, it was the Elford batsman that once again were in good form chasing down the total in 30 overs. Dom Hinks top scored with another unbeaten innings on 66 while Chris Brown was left unbeaten on 55. Last weeks hero Simon Godsmark was the only wicket to fall on 27. Earlier, Lenny Allsopp tormented the batsman with 4-26, while skipper Rob Drabble scooped 2 wickets.

18/19 May 2013

Bulkington 1sts Vs Elford 1sts
Warwickshire Div5
Losing Draw
Bul 314-7
Elf 184-8

Elford suffered a frustrating day in the field as a combination of dropped catches and cavielier batting saw Bulkington pile on the runs. Despite Danny Haines making clean bowling the opener, the other opener, Uddin went out to score 180 after being dropped 5 times. With boundaries coming at ease, Bulkington amassed a test score very quickly, as Elford changed the attack without avail. Ed Collett was the pick of the bowlers with 3-60 off 9 including the wicket of Uddin. Having racked up 314-7, Bulkington declared after just 41 overs.

Faced with the daunting task of batting for 59 overs to chase down 315 to win, Elford got off to the worst possible start losing Tony Allen in the first over. With a mountain to climb, Elfords top order dug their heels in and batted with a steely resolve. Martin Sperrink had looked like a wall but a disastrous run out dispatched him for 26. Paul Jones (11) and Chris Browne (16) both batted for long periods before being dismissed. However, after Stand in skipper Rob Collett was bowled for a breezy 6, Bulkington sensed victory. It was left Steve Prichard 60 and Neil Robinson 20* to bat from the 35 over mark to almost the very end of the innings to help claim a share of the points. A late wobble wasn’t enough to put the skids under the innings as Robinson saw Elford to safety.

Elford 2nds Vs Bulkington 2nds
Warwickshire Div5a
Winning Draw

Elf 234-1
Bul 193-7

Elford 2nds had to settle for a winning draw as Simon Godsmark and Dominic Hinks shared a record opening partnership for the club. Godsmark hit 111 including 10 fours and 4 sixes, while Hinks was unbeaten on 81 as the pair put on 218 for the 1st wicket, setting a new record. Youngster Elliott Allsopp finally got to the crease in the 47th over to score 10* to shake off his padrash! Having set the visitors 235 to win, it was the turn of Allsopp senior to take centre stage taking 5-29 off 15 as Bulkington chased down the total. Eventually, Elford ran out of bowling options as Bulkington ran out of overs, leaving Elford with a winning draw.

Guildfordians 1sts Vs Elford Sun XI
Lichfield Div 2
Won by 4 wickets

Elford Sunday XI made it three out of three as they travelled to Guildfordians to pick up a 4 wicket victory. Having fielded first, Elford help restrict the home side to 205, thanks mainly to the James ‘Jevs’ Evans who continued his impressive start to the season with another 5 wicket haul, (5-42 off 6). Lenny Allsopp claimed another 2 wickets, before Tom Gilbert produced a great piece of fielding with a one handed run out, while Tony Allen picked up the final wicket. Elford chased down the total with the loss of 6 wickets, as James Evans backed up his bowling with a jug avoidance 49. Danny Hackett top scored with 79, while Mark Rathbone chipped in with 20. It was left to skipper Sam Leech (12*) and Tony Allen to see the result through with 2 overs to spare.  

11/12 May 2013

Elford 1sts Vs Wilnecote 1sts
Warwickshire Div 5
Match Abandoned

Wil 143-9

Elfords first home game of the season against local rivals Wilnecote was eventually washed out, after a frustrating afternoon avoiding the showers. Wilnecote had won the toss and elected to bat first on a hard a dry track despite the wet weather. Danny Haines got some early lift and picked up the first wicket of the game with 2-31 off 9. Despite the ball moving around off the seam, it was Elfords slower bowlers who got the best of the conditions with Neil Robinson 3-42 and Lenny Allsop 1-35 causing the problems. With the rain showers as a frequent as dropped catches, the players were on and off the field 5 times in Wilnecotes reduced innings of 47 overs. R McKenna 35, A Edwards 35 and P Davies 33 were the main runs scorers for Wilnecote, who slumped from 99-3 to 141-9 as Elfords bowlers took the upper hand. Skipper Paul Baldwin came back on to take Wilnecotes Captain, Corcoran while Robinson finished off a good afternoon with a great run out. With Tea taken early and time fast running out, it was decided to shake hands at the close of the innings and share the points.

Elford Sun XI vs Lichfield 2nds
Lichfield Div 2
Won by 8 wickets

Elford Sunday XI continued their good start to the season with a rain effected victory at home to Lichfield 2nds. Having asked the visitors to bat first, Elford helped restrict Lichfield to 192 off their 40 overs with Rob Stevens scoring 113 of their runs. The ‘spin kings’ of Lenny Alsop 3-27 and Gaz Leech 3-44 were the main dangermen while skipper Sam Leech scooped 2-47. With the rain persisting throughout, Elford opened their shoulders to keep ahead of the runrate. Mark Rathbone notched up his first half century of the season with 57 while Tom Gilbert top scored with an impressive unbeaten 90. Having endured enough of the miserable conditions the captains shook hands on Elford on 140-2 off 29 overs, with a victory for Elford on runrate.

4 May 2013

Nuneaton 3rds vs Elford 1sts
Won by 1 Wicket
Nun 140
Elf 141-9
WCL Div 5

Elford won their opening game of the league campaign, albeit after making hard work of chasing down a modest  141 for victory. With the sun finally shining, Elford travelled to Nuneaton 3rds and their decision to bowl first was soon vindicated as Danny Haines snared the first 4 wickets of the innings. Nuneaton stumbled to 62-4 before Khan opened his shoulders for the home side to score a quickfire half century. The introduction of Rob Collet into the attack proved his ondoing. He took 4-11 off 6 including the danger man Khan to put the skids under Nuneatons innings. Backed up by good fielding notably 3 great catches from John Goldsworthy, Alan Giles and Collet himself, Elford took back control. Paul Baldwin came back onto finish the tail, bowling out Nuneaton for 140 off 40 overs.

With 60 overs to chase down 141 to win, Elford made steady progress in chasing down the taget. Martin Sperrink (32) was the anchor at the top of the innings providing a platform for others to play around him. Rob Collet (21) and Paul Jones (20) were in good form as Elford looked set on 107-3 off 31 overs, before Nuneaton clawed their way back into the game. Elford lost the next 6 wickets for just 29 runs as defeat looked a very distinct possibility. It was left to the Alan Giles and Danny Haines to see Elford chase down the final few runs for victory, in a very close finish. 

20 April 2013

Elford 1sts vs Coleshill 2nds
Won by 45 runs
Elf 187-8
Col 142-7

With the sun shining, blue skies in abundance and even a little dust on the track, the ground and pitch looked at its best considering that it was snow covered a few weeks ago! A mixed Elford 1sts XI entertained Coleshill 2nds in the first pre-season friendly of the year. Batting first, Elford notched up 187-8 thanks mainly to unbeaten half centuries from Tony Allen (66*) and Steve Prichard (50*) while Paul Jones chipped in with cameo 29 including the first 6 of the year. ‘Golden Arm’ Ed Collett returned to the side after a ‘fatherhood sabbatical’ and picked up 3-14. Neil Robinson picked up a wicket with his first delivery of the season while Paul Baldwin found the edge of the bat with his second delivery. After an early wobble, Coleshill recovered from 29-5 to post 142-7 in a good natured and sun drenched pre season warm up.