FLEET CRICKET CLUB
Fleet CC's first recorded match (a comfortable win against a Royal Engineers team) was noted in the 'Fleet Reporter' in September 1893, and the Club has
been based at the current ground off Reading Road North since 1905.
The Club is generously sponsored by local firm restaurant Zaal - fine Asian Cuisine.
The Saturday 1st XI and 2nd XI both play in the Morrant Thames Valley League (divisions 3a and 7a respectively). In 2004 the Saturday 3rds joined the Thames Valley League. The Sunday 1st X1 play regular friendly matches against a host of local clubs. In addition, the club has a thriving Junior section and fields junior sides from Under 9 through to Under 15.
The club is Clubmark accredited, welcomes all new members and has a large clubhouse for hire with licenced bar.
Club Captain / 1st
XI Captain – firstname.lastname@example.org
FOLLOW FLEET CC IN 2018 - Every match report
Men's Squad in 2015
|Date||1st X1 Fixtures for 2018|
|28 July||High Wickham|
A comprehensive win over top of the table High Wickham on Saturday saw Fleet CC bounce back from their disappointing losing draw at Cove the previous week.
With a full strength 1st XI on display, Fleet were in buoyant mood as they made the long trip around the M25 – knowing that a win here would greatly improve their promotion chances.
Captain Howard Bywaters lost the toss and was invited to bowl on what looked to be a good batting track. Fleet’s bowlers kept things tight as Dan Wakeling fired out the Wickham top 3. Seamer Jacques Pienaar once again had the ball doing bits at the other end, and despite going wicketless for the first time this season finished with an economical 16 overs for just 35 runs.
Change bowlers Comfort and Bywaters kept things tight, picking up regular wickets, as Fleet managed to restrict High Wickham to just 161-9 off their full 52 overs.
In reply, Fleet were unlucky to lose Fijian batsman James Price early on with the dependable Harry Bywaters following soon after, however it was plain sailing from this point onwards.
Opener Jake English provided a well-made 60 alongside a fluent 84* from Howard Bywaters. Bywaters and Gurney (12*) saw the side home in what has been one of the most assured performances of the season from this Fleet side.
Fleet sit second in Division 3a and next week entertain Bagshot in a crunch match that sees 2nd play 3rd.
The second XI won again to keep their spot at the top of division 7a with runs once again from James Martin. However plaudits have to go to man of the match David Hilditch – complementing his 6fer in the first innings with an aggressive 28 not out to see his side home in the chase.
|2 July||Wooburn Narkovians|
Fleet CC enjoyed a bumper weekend, bouncing back with maximum points after both sides suffered a setback to their promotion chances with disappointing losses last weekend.
The first XI hosted bottom of the table Wooburn Narkovians. Knowing that getting a positive result was of high importance, captain Howard Bywaters opted to bowl first after winning the toss in order to take the draw out of the equation.
On a good Fleet track the task was set to the Fleet bowlers to take early wickets and restrict Wooburn to a chaseable total. An early suicidal runout helped their cause as openers Dan Wakeling and Jacques Pienaar applied early pressure. Regular wickets were picked up and Wooburn never threatened to post an imposing total. Wickets were shared around with Pienaar cementing his place as the league’s leading wicket taker with 4-23 alongside Wakeling (2), Leavold (2) and Bywaters (1). Wooburn were dismissed for a below par 133.
In reply, Fleet lost an early wicket but after then it was plain sailing as Harry Bywaters (67*) and Kiwi import James Price (57*) looked in little trouble. The home side coasted to a 9 wicket win in 32.5 overs.
The second XI had a good win away to Wokingham, chasing 156 for the loss of 5 wickets. James Martin anchored the chase with an assured 67* and congratulations goes to Harry Freeman with his maiden senior 5fer, collecting an impressive 6-27.
On Sunday, Fleet completed their weekend as they hosted their annual President’s day, which saw a President’s XI full of ex members take the field against a mixed Fleet side. A thrilling game ensued which saw the Fleet side take a narrow victory – Russell Cairns took 12 off the last over with 2 big sixes to overhaul the President’s 161.
This weekend saw the culmination of a remarkable June for Fleet CC. Both the 1st and 2nd XI won with maximum points for the 4th weekend in a row, to bring their cumulative total for the last 4 weeks to an astounding 200 points.
The 1st XI took the long trip to Falkland with a full strength side where they elected to bat in the sunshine on what they assumed to be a typically flat Falkland track. Things did not pan out as expected however as Fleet lost regular wickets, with only Howard Bywaters (38) and David Gurney (20) providing any resistance, as the side slumped to a very under-par 126-7. Fleet were rescued by a late partnership between Wakeling and Leavold. Wakeling finishing on a hard hitting 45 not out to get his side up to what proved to be a competitive 202.
reply, Fleet opted to take the old ball – opening with left arm
spanner Howard Bywaters and seamer Jacques Pienaar, fully recharged
after a week away in a villa in Majorca. Both bowlers made early
breakthroughs as Fleet took wickets throughout, however the game was
always in the balance as Falkland pressed for a win.
returning Pienaar (5/61), this time with the new ball, picked up his
third 5fer in as many games to cement his place as the league’s
leading wicket taker with 30 at the half way stage. Falkland required
just 14 runs when a good catch was taken on the long-off boundary by
Harry Bywaters to complete a hard fought win in tough conditions.
will hope to further increase their promotion chances next week as they
visit 3rd placed Purley-on-Thames.
The 2nd XI came out on top in a thriller at Calthorpe Park against Yateley. After declaring on 245 -6, Yateley were well placed to win before losing their final wicket in the last over just 5 runs short. Tom Chillery was once again in the wickets as he collected 5/98 in 21 overs.
|9 June||Harefield 2nds|
had a day to remember at home to Harefield on Saturday with a
comprehensive win over top of the table to take the number one spot
Bywaters was delighted to win the toss and be able to bat first on a
good looking Calthorpe Park track.
side immediately set the tone as opener Jonathan Comfort got off to a
quick start; before being undone by an unplayable ball from the
Harefield opener to depart for a quick 24. The platform was then set by
Harry Bywaters (28) and Krish Patel with a solid 46 at the top of the
allowed the skipper, Howard Bywaters, and the returning George Nye to
really put the pressure on the Harefield attack. The duo took their side
well past 200 allowing fleet to declare on a daunting 279 off just 45
overs. Bywaters and Nye both departed for 92 and 76 respectively.
Harefield reply never got going as early wickets put an end to any hope
of a realistic chase, and the game was all about whether Fleet could get
the 10 wickets required for the maximum 25 points.
did this with ease as Harefield were dismissed for just 76, with seamer
Jacques Pienarr collecting 5.
The 2nd XI added to a good day at Fleet by completing a 68 run victory over Newbury 2s to go second in division 7a.
the previous week’s washout, Fleet were delighted to be hosting Cove
2s in resplendent conditions at Calthorpe Park on Saturday.
Howard Bywaters won the toss and made the easy decision to bat, with his
side looking to post a big first innings total. Things did not go
totally to plan however as Fleet lost a flurry of top order wickets,
leaving themselves in the dangerous position of 45-4. Jacques Pienaar
(30) and Jonathan Comfort (20) steadied the innings in the middle order,
allowing a late push from keeper Krish Patel (20) and Tom Chillery (16)
to get the home side up to an underwhelming 146 all out.
tea, it was felt Fleet were under par, but knew they were in the game
with a strong bowling attack. New left arm seamer Dan Wakeling
immediately showed his credentials, sending back the dangerous Reagan
Mclean for 0, LBW second ball of the innings. It was a terrific opening
spell from the new ball partnership of Wakeling (2-45) and Pienaar
(3-34), and Fleet were on top in the game with Cove reeling at 32-4.
continued to pick up regular wickets and never let cove back in the game
as the visitors were dismissed in the 33rd over
for just 122, giving Fleet an important 24 run victory over their local
In the second XI, special mention to Aussie import James Price who notched his maiden century, leading the side to a 7 wicket win against Royal Ascot 3s, chasing 209 with Steve Merker (70) in support.
Thames Valley Cricket League Division 3a on Tuesday May 22, 2018
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