FLEET CRICKET CLUB

Club Summary
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 Contacts:

Club Captain / 1st XI Captain – peterwtalbot1979@gmail.com

Junior Section Chairman – andrewcmartin92@gmail.com          
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MORRANT THAMES VALLEY CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION 3b 2017 

Latest Table's   Div 3b    Div 7(Fleet 2nd)
Matches start at 1.00pm unless otherwise stated

2015s Results


2017 Results

Date 1st X1 Fixtures for 2017
   
8 July Wargrave
  Wargrave won by 3 wickets - No report sent
1 July Cove 2
  Fleet won by 3 wickets - No report sent
24 June Purley-on-Thames
  Draw - No report sent
17 June Falkland 2
  Draw - No report sent
10 June Newbury
  Fleet produced a dominant display against league strugglers Newbury to march up the league table with a rousing win at their Calthorpe Park home.
After losing the toss, Fleet were not disappointed to be asked to bowl, knowing wickets would be hard to come by on a placid track and that their strong batting line up favour chasing a total.

The usual opening pair of Muirden and Talbot took the new ball, and this week it was Talbot’s turn to take the spoils. Bowling unchanged for 22 overs, Talbot picked up regular wickets, aided by 3 from Muirden. Newbury dug in but in truth their run rate was going nowhere – Talbot finishing with his best figures of the season of 6-57. Howard Bywaters chipping in with the final wicket as Newbury were dismissed for a drawn out 105 off 44.4 overs.

In reply, Fleet were not going to mess about. They lost top order batsmen Jake English and David Gurney early but the Bywaters twins Howard and Harry saw Fleet home in just 22 overs, wrapping the game up by 5.30PM and finishing with 45 runs apiece.

In the second XI, Amy Mistry picked up her first 5 wicket haul of the season as Fleet drew against Wokingham. Just running out of time to pick up the final wicket and the maximum 25 points.
Team P W D T L A/C F (+) F (-) Bat Bowl Pen Points
1 Wargrave 9 6 2 0 1 0 0 0 22 12 0 184 No Change
2 Wokingham 2 8 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 22 12 0 159 No Change
3 Finchampstead 3 9 5 1 0 3 0 0 0 12 14 0 151 No Change
4 Purley-on-Thames 9 4 1 0 3 1 0 0 25 9 0 141 Up
5 Fleet 9 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 34 22 0 131 Down
6 Cove 2 9 2 2 0 5 0 0 0 47 20 0 117 No Change
7 Falkland 2 9 1 6 0 2 0 0 0 55 32 0 112 No Change
8 Chiswick & Whitton 9 2 2 0 4 1 0 0 20 12 0 89 Up
9 Newbury 9 1 1 0 7 0 0 0 26 26 0 77 Down

3rd June Finchampstead
  Fleet made the short trip over to Finchampstead in their division 3a clash. 

On a warm day, Fleet won the toss and were delighted to be able to bat first on a firm track that was likely to get tougher as the day went on. 

With pace on the new ball, Fleet had a comfortable start despite losing opener Harry Bywaters early on, with Jez Curd and David Gurney putting on a smooth 50 for the second wicket. However as the ball got older, and pace came off the ball, batting became more hard work and Fleet lost regular middle order wickets, collapsing to 120-9 as spin ruled the day. Gurney had departed for a gritty 41, and it was last wicket pair George Nye and the big-hitting Pete Talbot who rescued the innings. Some well needed boundaries allowed Fleet to get up to a competitive 181 all out. 

In reply, Fleet had the luxury of taking the old ball and opened up with Talbot and left arm spinner Howard Bywaters. Fleet picked up regular wickets (Bywaters 4), but could not finish off the Finchampstead side, coming up 3 wickets short and a hard fought draw. 

Talbot bowled well for his 2 wickets, and Muirden picked up 2 at the end when Fleet experimented with taking the new ball. 

In the 2nd XI Deep Desai had a day to remember against Newbury, first rescuing the Fleet innings with 52* batting at number 10 before picking up the final Newbury wicket to win the game off the final ball of the match, finishing with a personal tally of 4-32.

27th May Chiswick & Whitton
  Fleet fielded first and bowled well with the visitors crashing to 111 for 9. Left arm quickie Muirden getting 5 wickets with Talbot picking up the rest, but a last wicket partnership of 38 bolsted the away team. Fleet then slid to 31 for 5. Some late resistance was not enough and they were dismissed for 135.
20th May Wokingham
  Fleet hosted Wokingham in their 3rd match of the TVL campaign with the ground staff having impressively battled the more than inclement weather throughout the week.

Having lost the toss, and with regular heavy rain showers forecast, it was no surprise when captain David Gurney was invited to bowl.

A solid start was provided by openers Harry Bywaters (22 runs) and Jez Curd, putting on 43 in a watchful 15 overs. Curd departed first for a well-made 29.
With wickets falling regularly throughout the middle order, Bywater’s little brother Howard played a potential match changing knock and holding the innings together with an impressive 51.

Bywaters had number 8 James Fairbairn (23 runs) to thank for his valuable contribution as they put on 54 together, getting Fleet up to a competitive 162 all out.

Fleet knew early wickets were vital, and opted to give the new ball to Sri Lankan quick bowler Iain Muirden to keep up his impressive start to the season. Muirden took the wickets of the 2 Wokingham openers as Fleet imparted maximum pressure on the Wokingham top order.

Wickets came regularly as long spells from Talbot (2-71) and Bywaters (1-29) kept Fleet in the game, but it was Muirden finishing with 6-27 (and his 16th wicket in 3 games) that ensured Fleet came out on top with a big 25 points from a tough game that threatened to not be played at all.

Next week, Fleet host Chiswick and Whitton at their Calthorpe Park home.
13th May Yateley 11
  Fleet dismissed Yateley for just 48 runs with Ian Muirden getting 5 for 22 and Peter Talbet 4 for 20. Fleet quickly knocked of the runs only losing 2 wickets with skipper David Gurney finishing with 24 not out.
6th May Wargrave
  Fleet kicked off their season in the TVL on Saturday at home to Wargrave, and were asked to bowl on a placid looking deck after captain David Gurney lost the toss.
 
Left arm quick Iain Muirden, following on from an impressive 51 wickets last year, opened up and immediately sent the Wargrave opener back; bowled off just his second ball.
Fleet kept this pressure up and were in a great position at the drinks break with Wargrave struggling at 81 for 5. A recovery of sorts ensued as the Fleet attack tired and Wargrave were finally dismissed for 176.
Muirden started his season with 5-60, with the remaining wickets were shared around and Fleet were confident on a flat track that they would have enough to chase the sub- par Wargrave total down.
 
In reply, Fleet got off to a steady start. Dependable Harry Bywaters looked in fine touch but regular wickets throughout the top order left Fleet in trouble at 80-5 after Bywaters departed for 31.
A late counter attack was provided by J Comfort, finishing on a hard hitting 52 not out, however Fleet lost wickets too regularly being bowled out for an eventual 144.
 
Skipper Gurney said after the game: “We should have won that and we have a few areas to improve. However there are plenty of positives we can take from our first competitive game of the summer and we will look to bounce back against Yateley next week”.
   
   
Date 1st X1 Fixtures for 2016
27 Aug Thatcham Town
  Fleet CC finished their season in style beating the weather and brushing aside Thatcham Town to finish agonisingly close to winning their division, just 4 points behind Wokingham.

After losing the toss, stand-in captain Iain Muirden was asked to bowl at home. The Thatcham skipper may well have been ruing his decision as he saw his side on the ropes at 12-6, before being dismissed for just 52 in a little over 90 minutes.

Sri Lankan speedster Muirden was once again on the money as he cemented himself as the division’s highest wicket taker, finishing the season with 51 wickets to his name. He was too quick for the Thatcham batting line up ending the afternoon with figures of 5-27, ably supported as always by slow right armer Pete Talbot (3-22) as Fleet completed their most clinical bowling display to date.

In reply, Fleet took no time in knocking off the runs as usual opening pair Harry Bywaters (28*) and Jake English (17*) eased their way to the total in just 7 overs. Bywaters’ not out confirmed his average would impressively end the season above 50.

Muirden said after the game “We knew we had to get 25 points to be in with a shout of the league today so we couldn’t have done any more. It’s gutting to miss out on the league by such a small margin but we have had a great year, having guaranteed promotion a few weeks ago”.

20 Aug Stoke Green
  A commanding performance against 3rd place, along with other results going their way has confirmed Fleet CC spend just a season in division 4 as they are now confirmed to finish in the top 2 and achieve promotion.

Captain David Gurney selected a strong XI to face Stoke Green at home and was asked to bat for the first time this season on a day that could have potentially been frustrating with a lot of weather around.

Fleet did not disappoint, with a measured approach to the innings held together by a resilient 93 not out from opening bat Harry Bywaters. Bywaters and Downes (38) ensured plenty of wickets were in hand going in to the last 10 overs before a hard hitting 51 of 37 balls with 3 enormous 6s from all-rounder Iain Muirden.

Fleet finished on 227 for 5 off of their full 52 overs, and knowing that score was above par for the day were keen to take early wickets to give themselves a chance of an important win before the rain came.

With 2 left arm spinners in the side, Gurney requested the old ball with Kiwi Phil Singleton having a day to remember. He tore through the Stoke Green side bringing up a 5fer in close to 30 mins as he outclassed the away team and finally finishing on 8-47 as Stoke Green were bundled out for just 92 in 29 overs.

Indeed Singleton’s day could still have been better were his chances at a 10fer not hindered by opening bowler Muirden: first causing a batsman to retire hurt after being struck on the arm and then dropping a straight forward catch to win the match off of Singleton’s bowling. Fleet settled for a run out to take the 9th and final wicket and complete a day that could not have gone much better.

Match winner Singleton said after his momentous bowling spell “I loved that wet deck today, and it was one of those days where I felt I could put it where I wanted it.”

After a couple of difficult seasons, a turnaround in fortunes was much needed by Fleet and so to hit their promotion aim before the end of August is a massive positive that the club will be taking forwards.

Fleet travel away to Farnham Royal next week with faint hopes still of topping the division.

13 Aug Theale and Tilehurst
  An immediate return to winning ways was enjoyed by Fleet CC on Saturday as they swept aside Theale and Tilehurst, strengthening their promotion challenge.
Invited to bowl on a very dry deck with more similarities to New Delhi rather than Reading, Fleet made an immediate impact, with league leading wicket taker Muirden and Talbot doing the immediate damage, sharing 4 wickets between them. Theale were always second best as they struggled to 70-7, and despite a 50 run 8th wicket partnership, they posted a well below par 138. Spinner Howard Bywaters finished with his best figures of the season of 5-35.
In reply, Fleet coasted to a straight forward victory. Bywaters complimenting his bowling figures with an unbeaten 65, well support by number 5 James Fairbairn (43 not out). Fleet knocked off the target for the loss of just 3 wickets before drinks.

The second XI kept alive their survival hopes as they took maximum points from Boyne Hill. Youngster Matt Cairns hit his maiden senior 50 as Fleet overhauled 197 at home.

Fleet now host a big game next week against third placed Stoke Green.
6 Aug Wokingham
  Fleet CC suffered a setback in their promotion challenge this week registering their first loss of the season against top of the table Wokingham.

Bowling first on a large ground and firm track was always going to be a struggle but in keeping with Fleet’s chosen approach this season captain Dave Gurney fancied his chances.

Indeed, league leading wicket takers Muirden and Talbot got Fleet off to the best possible start leaving Wokingham 7-2 after an impressive opening spell.

It was Wokingham’s 4th wicket partnership however that would eventually take the game away from Fleet as the home side made their way up to near 200; with an old ball making things very challenging for the bowling side.

Wokingham eventually declared on 232 after 51 overs, with Talbot and Muirden ending with identical figures of 15 overs 4-47.

In reply Fleet knew that they had enough batting to overhaul the required runs, however it was vital that their top order fired. Sadly this was not the case as Harry and Howard Bywaters as well as Gurney all fell cheaply leaving the remainder of the order too much to do.

A well-crafted 86 from opener Jake English however held the innings together, as Fleet got bowled out agonisingly close from holding onto for the draw losing their 10th wicket with just 6 balls remaining on 180.

Fleet remain in second place and travel to Theale and Tilehurst next week where they will hope to prove that this loss is just a one off.

 

30 July North Maidenhead
  On Saturday two of the form sides in the division met at Calthorpe Park where Fleet hosted North Maidenhead. Fleet put in a clinical performance brushing aside the visitors to remain the only unbeaten side in the division with just 6 games remaining.

Once again bowling first after winning the toss Fleet’s bowlers were on top. North Maidenhead reaching just 41-1 at drinks after 26 overs with the impressive opening pair of Talbot and Muirden (3 wickets) bowling in tandem.

It was the turn of spin pairing Howard Bywaters (3 wickets) and the returning Philip Singleton (4 wickets) who did the damage this week however who outclassed the Maidenhead lineup eventually dismissing visitors for a well below par 131.

In reply Fleet lost two early wickets but this brought to the crease captain David Gurney (60*) and Howard Bywaters (54*). Fresh off the back of unbeaten half centuries last week the pair put in a repeat performance this week, with 2 chanceless knocks overhauling the target in just 26 overs.

Fleet remain in second place within touching distance of 1st place Wokingham who they visit next week in a match that could prove crucial come the end of the season.

14 July Chiswick and Whitton
  On a scorcher of a Saturday Fleet hosted strugglers Chiswick and Whitton at Calthorpe park with a close to full strength XI.

Skipper Dave Gurney lost the toss, and as expected Fleet bowled first, as they have done in all 11 games so far this year.

Paceman Iain Muirden immediately rattled the Chiswick top order as Fleet began the game well on top, taking 3 early wickets to leave the visitors struggling on 7-3.

Muirden was to finish with 5 wickets, following up his 7fer the previous week. Four wickets for Talbot kept the pair of them well in contention for being the leading wicket taker in the division.

Chiswick were finally dismissed for just 149 in what was another clinical display from the Fleet side.

In reply Fleet had their most straight forward chase of the campaign, thanks largely to the return of Howard Bywaters playing his first game of the year. Bywaters was untroubled as he registered 70 not out and Fleet cantered to a win by 7 wickets.

Fleet have now registered 3 maximum point wins form the last 3 games and for the first time this season are in the promotion spots – sitting second in the table.

Dave Gurney said afterwards “I’m really happy with the performances we are putting in over the last few weeks. The harder pitches are suiting us and I just hope we can continue improving each week. This is arguably the strongest side we have had for a couple of seasons, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

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7 July Crookham Dean
  Fleet destroyed Cookham Dean away to take their second win in as many games and strengthen their position in the top 3 of the table.

Skipper David Gurney won the toss and as usual elected to have a bowl. Fleet opened up with the usual pairing of Talbot and their South African paceman Iain Muirden who was delighted to have a bowl on a hard mid-summer track.

Muirden was lively, striking the Cookham Dean batsman regularly and finishing with brutal figures of 7-39. The ever reliable Talbot completed the 10, finishing with 3-54 off of 22 overs. The Muirden and Talbot partnership currently yielding 50 wickets so far for the season.

Fleet were left to chase just 114 which was never going to be enough on a lightning fast outfield and good track and Opening partnership English and Bywaters set about chasing the total. Fleet overhauled the Cookham Dean score for the loss of 4 wickets, with English completing his maiden club 50 unbeaten at one end, with Bywaters helping out with 32 to keep his average above 60 for the season.

Next week Fleet entertain Chiswick and Whitton and home, with their annual President’s day to be held on the Sunday.

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2 July Thatcham Town
  Fleet put together a convincing performance to take maximum points from their away game with Thatcham Town to lift themselves up to third in the league.

Arriving at Thatcham, and knowing there had been some inconsistent weather around, Fleet were delighted to see a very good and hard wicket presented to them. Skipper David Gurney won the toss and in keeping with Fleet’s chosen approach this season decided to have a bowl.

Muirden took the new ball alongside Pete Talbot and bowled at an impressive pace with aggression. Undeservedly he went without a wicket in his first spell as Thatcham were 90-1 at drinks.

The breakthrough was made however as Talbot – who bowled 23 unchanged overs, finishing with 6-80 - got the Thatcham number three caught behind. After this is was one way traffic as Thatcham were dismissed for just 147 on what was a very good track. Muirden came back on to blow away the tail finishing with 3 wickets, with Harry Bywaters – now back after travelling the world - taking his first ever league wicket to complete the 10.

Fleet started in shaky fashion as they found themselves 50-5, however the ever reliable Tim Downes came to the crease to steady the innings with opener Harry Bywaters. Bywaters carried his bat finishing 69 not out as Fleet completed their innings without any further worries to win by 4 wickets.

In the second XI, Hampshire player Amy Mistry completed her maiden 5 wicket haul, taking 6-69 as Fleet lost to Wargrave at home.

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21 May Henley
  The 3rd week of the league season looked set to be a day of weather dodging, and so it turned out as the first XI managed just 33 overs before having their game against Henley brought to a soggy end. Fleet won the toss and bowled, knowing that with the limited time available their best chance of a win was to bowl the opposition out cheaply and give themselves a chance of chasing. Despite a few quick wickets Henley were poised at 180-7 when the expected rain brought the day to an end – not before Tim Downes was able to pull off a spectacular run out from the deep point boundary.

The 2nd XI have got off to a very promising start, registering their second win in 3 at Aldershot. Battling dark, cold and wet conditions Fleet posted an impressive 190 batting first. Youngster George Nye the main contributor bringing up his first 50 of the season.

In reply Fleet once again were able to rely on skipper Deep Desai with the ball, registering 4-53 as Fleet completed their second successive victory by 19 runs.

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Date 1st X1 Fixtures for 2016
14 May Chiswick & Whitton
  "Saturday saw week two of the TVL begin and Fleet CC had two strong team sheets for their respective fixtures.The 1st XI travelled away to Chiswick and Whitton where Iain Muirden was the star of the show. 

Fleet were delighted to be asked to bowl first on a very green early season track, also with the knowledge that the change in TVL rules meant all 25 points were on offer for a win.

Muirden took the new ball and delivered a fiery opening spell, with Pete Talbot bowling 22 unchanged overs from the other end. Fleet picked up regular wickets as Chiswick never threatened to get away with the innings closing on 164; Muirden taking 4-49 and Talbot 4-76. 

This left a maximum of 55 overs for Fleet to chase the total and they started in unconvincing fashion. Leavold, Bywaters, Reeve and Downes all departed early leaving the visitors wobbling at 30-4. A steady partnership between skipper David Gurney and All Rounder Muirden however allayed all fears of a self destruction as they took the side comfortably over a hundred. Gurney departed for a well grafted 47 while Muirden finished 53 not out as a relatively straight forward win was completed 5 wickets down. 

The second team had Deep Desai to thank for his bowling heroics as he took a personal best 8 wicket haul as Fleet demolished Wokingham 3s at home. 

Desai, bowling second change, tore through the Wokingham lineup as they were bowled out for just 80. Desai finished with remarkable figures of 11.4 overs 8-20.

 Opening bat Simon Payne ensured the chase was never in doubt as he finished 38 not out as Fleet got home by 4 wickets. 

Fleet picked up a maximum 50 points across their 2 sides this week."

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