Isham C.C. News
Saturday July 4th
We are pleased to announce that we have changed our playing kit supplier to local company Karl Sports. This will make ordering kit far easier and means we will be supporting a local business. We are also now able to get short and long sleeve jumpers. Click on the links on this page to see the new range. Karl Sports has recently expanded and have moved to a new larger shop in Kettering.
Isham Cricket Club are pleased to announce that we have secured three new Playing Kit Sponsors for the upcoming season. RK Electrical & Development Ltd, Hawkers and Isham Financial Centre will all be sponsoring the club playing kit. The club wishes to thank the new sponsors for their generous support. All playing kit will now feature the three logos and will be worn by all Isham senior sides. Links to all three businesses are now live. Please have a look at the services they offer and mention Isham Cricket Club if they can be of service to you.
Week - 6 1st XI go top of Division 1, 2nd XI lose out and Zingari climb into promotion spot!
The 2nd XI posted their biggest score of the season against visitors Weekley & Warkton 2nd XI but it still wasn't enough for the victory. The home side set 220 - 9 off their 50 overs. Ollie Brown led the way falling 8 runs short of his maiden NCL century with some big hitting, finishing on 92. Lyon, 32 and Barlow, 27 both chipped in to take the score past the 200 mark for the first time this season. At the tea interval Isham were confident of taking something from the game but this was not to be the case as one man stole the show. Weekley opener Lee Fox smashed his way to 149 not out , to see the visitors home inside 42 overs. Langley finished with two out of the three wickets taken but Isham were never in the hunt with Fox in such devastating form.
Away at Barby, the Zingari XI made it two wins out of three in the NCL on Saturday. Isham won the toss and put the home side in to bat. Tight bowling from Short, Houghton and Kerr restricted the Barby innings to 153 - 7 off their 45 overs. Keeper Rosshart
Man of the Match - Damien Conyard secured the victory
In reply Finedon were steady throughout but Isham kept taking wickets at crucial moments to keep the contest evenly matched. A middle order stand between Daniels and Materna had swung the balance in favour of the home team and with 10 overs left they needed 30 runs with 3 wickets left. Wickets from Wilson and Adam left the final pair needing 11 to win. Parker smashed his first ball for 6 further lowering the target. A composed Conyard then wrapped up the game for Isham, bowling Parker off the next ball leaving the hosts 5 runs short. Once again Isham showed commitment and staying power in the final 10 over of the game to come out on top. The win see's the sitting at the top of NCL Division 1, 19 points clear of second place Weekley.
took three catches behind the stumps in a superb display. The run chase was made to look comfortable by the Zingari top four who all scored twenties and thirties allowing Short and Houghton to chase down the victory in the 43rd over. The win moves the Zingari up into third place and a promotion spot in NCL DIv 14.
Isham Captain Chudley won the toss and elected to bat. The run rate started well but a few early wickets fell too. This brought Chris Harrison to the crease and joined shortly by fellow Lefty Ellary White. Ellary sped things up with 31 off 21 before missing one hitting off stump. Harrison did a great job anchoring the innings with a run a ball 47. Another 3 wickets fell quickly after Elliott James had smashed the biggest six of the night bringing Oliver Brown and Jake Wilson to the crease. Some big hits and quick running meant they put on 36 in the final two overs. Brown taking the opening bowler for 19 off of the final over! Isham set Wellingborough 162 to win.
Wilson and White took the new ball and started brilliantly with White picking up an early wicket. Shaun Wills and Simon Court carried on where the openers left off, bowling well as they picked up wickets regularly in the middle overs. Harrison was looking sharp behind the stumps taking a fantastic legside stumping off Court and a run out due to a mix up between the Wellingborough batsmen. Ellary returned for his last 2 overs and was the pick of the bowlers going for just 11 runs off his 4 overs! After a great effort in the field from all the lads left Wellingborough needing 40 from the final over and with no extra deliveries Isham wrapped up the win by 23 runs! Onto the next round!
Week 7 - 1st XI extend lead at top of Division 1, Zingari top of Div 14 & 2nd XI 1 place off promotion spot!
Week 8 - 1st XI rained off, 2nd XI get winning draw & Zingari stay top despite no game!
On the first wet Saturday of the season the 1st XI game at home to Burton Latimer was called off before a ball was even bowled. Only one game in Division 1 had any play which means that Isham reamin 24 points clear at the top of the table.
The 2nd XI eventually managed to take the field in a game reduced to 23 overs each, away at Irthlingborough. Batting first in tough conditions for both sides they notched up 151 for 6. The top 6 all contributed in what was effectivley a T20 bash. Arron Langley 41 not out & Jim Lyon 36 leading the way. As tea had already been taken early, Irthlingborough went straight out to bat. An early wicket from Wills removed skipper Whiting in the first over. Fellow opener Pashler soon followed with Kerr taking a catch off Parmar. The next four batsmen all made starts and got into double figures but tight Isham bowling from Wills, Parmar & Langley with the wet ball meant none of them went on to make a big score. With the run rate soaring, Boro had no option but to hold out for the draw. A flurry of four late wickets was not quite enough as the home side finished on 106 for 8. The result leaves the 2nd XI in the hunt for promotion.
The biggest winners of the day were the Zingari who had no game scheduled. The rain meant only one other game took place in Div 14 so they remain 13 points clear at the top despite not playing.
Isham knocked out of T20
Next Home Fixture
Isham C.C. 2nd XI
After two weeks of rain affected games it was a relief for all sides to see the sun shining. The 1 st XI were at home to Old Wellingburians, who despite being bottom of the table, had in recent years been a thorn in Isham's side. Isham lost the toss and OW's decided to bat first. Skipper Ingram, who is one of the leading scorers in NCL history opened up and at 45 for none OW's were looking comfortable. Isham needed a breakthrough and it was Ellary White who stepped up, taking the first four wickets, reducing OW's to 84-4. After the promising start OW's never really recovered. Opener Wilson came back for a second spell and took the last five wickets to wrap the innings up, 142 all out. The Isham innings started with Robinson playing in his usual attacking style. Perkins, who has been the stand out batsman of the season so far , started steadily but for once fell early for 8. Harrison came in and played his usual anchor role with some text book shots. Robinson fell for a brisk 27 and Wilson scored 15 before being trapped in front. Skipper Chudley joined Harrison and an unbeaten partnership of 52 meant Isham had secured 25 points inside 31 overs. They remain at the top of NCL Div 1 with a 23 point lead over Weekley and Warkton.
The 2nd XI were away to Mears Ashby in NCL Div 6. Winning the toss, the home side elected to bat first . Wills made an early break through removing opener Gunasekara for 0. This however did not lead to a flurry of wickets and Ashby steadied the ship moving to 60. Skipper Reid turned to Hobbs to bowl some of his stump to stump medium pace and it proved to be a game changing decision. Hobbs followed up with 7-39 off 11 overs, tearing through the Mears Ashby batsmen. Ashby lost their last five wickets for 15 runs and finished on 138 all out as they were unable to deal with Hobbs' accuracy. It is not always easy chasing down a small total and this proved to be the case. Skipper Reid and keeper Brown, scored 42 and 39 respectivley which accounted for a large amount of the chase, but the rest of the team struggled. It was ironically left to number 9 Hobbs to hit the winning runs as Isham passed their target in the32nd over, 8 wicket down. The win means they remain in fourth, one spot off a promotion place.
The Zingari couldn't complete the triple as they lost to Stoney Stratford. Batting first they made 123 all out with debutant Martyn Hicks top scoring on 49. Stoney were never really troubled in the chase, loosing only three wickets, two of which fell to Peter Short. Despite the loss the Zingari remain third in NCL Div 14 in a promotion place.
On another rain affected Saturday the 1st XI were involved in a mix up of rules away at Wellingborough Town that ultimatley cost both teams the chance of scoring more points. Batting first, Town's inning was inturupted by rain and tea was taken early. On resumption both sides were informed there were 28 overs left to play.Wellinmgborough finished their 50 overs on 185-7 leaving Isham 19 overs to bat. During the change of innings the two sides were wrongly informed by the umpires that there was no win/loss or draw available to either team and they were only playing for bonus points. This in effect ended any interest in the game as the two teams played out 19 overs of meaningless cricket. Post game follow ups have resulted in the umpires admitting they got it totally wrong. The 1st XI remain leaders of Div 1 and are still 22 points clear of secong place.
At Orlingbury Road the 2nd XI were also affected by the poor weather, playing Caribean United who won the toss and decided to bat . A rain interupted innings finished with Utd scoring 169-9 off 37 overs. The 2nd XI had only 30 overs to chase down the total but it was always too much and they finished on 127-7.
The Zingari were away to Great Oakley 3rd XI . Oakley carried on their recent run of form with the bat, scoring 247-6 off 42 overs. Such a high score was always going to be a challenge and the Zingari fell well short - all out for 92 inside 27 overs. Despite the loss they remain at the top of Div 14.
Isham's run of good form came to an end at the hands of East Haddon after they were beaten at home in the second round of the T20 competition. Batting first the home side looked to have put themselves in a potential match winnning posistion as the opening pair of Perkins and Court were 100 for 0 off the first ten overs. Perkins was the starring role hitting 69 with some exceptionally clean hitting. After both openers were out in the 11th and 12th overs there was a complete collapse as 4 wickets fell in 6 balls. Isham finished on 141 for 9 from their twenty overs which was dissapointing after such a promising start. In reply Haddon's batsmen controlled their innings well and even though there was a late flurry of wickets they reached their target with exactly one over remaining.
Aaron Langley - 2 wickets & 41 not out
The 1st XI continued their unbeaten campaign with a hard fought victory away at Wellingborough Indians. Isham managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat as they defended their lowest score of the season. Winning the toss stand in skipper Court elected to bat on a damp and stickey wicket , chasing a maximum 30 point victory. At tea this looked like a poor decision as the away side were bowled out for 132 in a poor batting display. Five batsmen made it into the teens and twenties but no one could go on to produce a big total. Isham all out in the 40th over. The Indians reply started slowly which only built pressure on the batsmen, allowing the bowlers to dominate. White struck first removing opener Panchal in the fourth over. Wickets followed regularly with some very tight bowling and fielding. As ever, with such a low score the result was always in the balance but once opener Sharma fell for 41 Isham sensed victory was there to be taken. Wilson led from the front with his first 5 wicket haul of the season and was supported well By White and Conyard taking the other 5 wickets between them. The victory was sealed in the 34th over as the home side were bowled out for 109. Another 30 point win for the 1st XI extending their lead at the top of NCL Div. 14 to 24 points.
The Zingari managed to go top of NCL Division 14 without setting foot onto the pitch! Their home fixture was cancelled against Brixworth 4th XI who pulled out, unable to raise a team. This meant the Zingers took the maximum 30 points , enough to take them to top spot.
The 2nd XI fell just short of victory at home against Gretton overs. Skipper Reid won the toss and elected to bat. A steady start took the score to 32 before Barlow was caught for 9. Kelland and Reid then settled in , both scoring fifties . With wickets in hand this allowed Langley and Telford to play some shots at the end of the innings to take Isham to 183-7 off their 45 overs. After tea Gretton set about chasing down a challenging total but early wickets from Wills and Teford left them struggling. Baines sensing that any chance of victory had gone decided to dig in and set anchor. At the other end wickets continued to fall to Wills, Hobbs & Parmar but overs were running out. Isham did manage to get the no.11, Park, in to bat but he held out along with Baines who batted 40 overs for 30 runs. The winning draw takes the 2nd XI to fourth spot in NCL Div. 6, one place off promotion.
The 1st XI produced another superb team display away at Finedon on Saturday to snatch a win in an extremly close finish. Electing to bat first Isham were off to another flyer with Tim Robinson once again the catalyst. His quick-fire 76 meant Isham raced to 100 inside 10 overs. Finedon slowly pulled the game back with Parker taking regular wickets. Useful contributions from Harrison and Wilson along with a late flurry of runs from Conyard meant another 200 plus score was posted as Isham finished on 234 - 9 off their 50 overs.
Olly Brown makes 92