CRICKET: Hartley keeps Abingdon faith

Abingdon Vale skipper Danny Hartley has endured a frustrating start to the season as his batsmen have been shot out for a succession of low scores

Abingdon Vale skipper Danny Hartley has endured a frustrating start to the season as his batsmen have been shot out for a succession of low scores

First published in Cricket

The captain of the team with the worst batting record in the MP Sports Cherwell League is confident that his side will come good before too long.

Dan Hartley, the Abingdon Vale skipper, has seen his side dismissed for 101, 88, 48 and 39 in their four Division 2 games this season.

“Our batsmen have struggled badly against the seaming ball,” he said.

“I can’t remember the ball seaming around as much as it has in the first month this season. And they have been found out against some excellent bowling.”

Over the past two seasons, Vale have lost talented batsmen such as Ed Tilley, Ben Humpage, Dan King and Mike Cook, who is having foot reconstruction surgery.

But Hartley is confident the team still have the ability to score runs.

“These are still the best batsmen in the club, who have scored runs in the past,” he said. “And I’m confident, it’s only a matter of time before they come good.

“We just need to find two batsmen who can give us the impetus of a good start. That’s not been happening so far.

“We have at least five batsmen capable of getting fifties.

“But our top individual score is just 25, which speaks for itself.

“The good thing about our play this season, is that we’re bowling sides out. We have one of the best attacks in the division.”

Indeed, Abingdon won one of those four games when they shot out Banbury Twenty for 50 after they themselves had been dismissed for just 88.

Vale’s key man has been Graham Charlesworth, the former Oxford all-rounder, who joined them this season.

Charlesworth appeared to have produced a match-winning spell of 8-23 from 13.1 overs to dismiss hosts Long Marston for 75 on Saturday.

Only Australian Pete Toovey (39) hung around, but his runs proved crucial as he then returned figures of 9-11 from 10.2 overs as Vale crashed to a humiliating 39 all out.

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9:18pm Tue 1 Jun 10

Phil J says...

Feel a bit sorry for Abingdon Vale. If they had less guts they might have wanted to drop their first team out of the league after losing all those decent players. But no clubs do that do they??
Feel a bit sorry for Abingdon Vale. If they had less guts they might have wanted to drop their first team out of the league after losing all those decent players. But no clubs do that do they?? Phil J
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10:25pm Tue 1 Jun 10

Malik says...

what about preparing a strip that is fit to play cricket on?
what about preparing a strip that is fit to play cricket on? Malik
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8:30am Wed 2 Jun 10

Phil J says...

Would that help Malik? They got blown down at Long Marston on saturday and that is always a pretty good strip to bat on
Would that help Malik? They got blown down at Long Marston on saturday and that is always a pretty good strip to bat on Phil J
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11:08am Wed 2 Jun 10

davecherwell says...

Does anyone think fitness may be the issue looking at the picture??

Has it really seemed around a lot this year? one word get fit get some ticker - waste of an article. . . . .
Does anyone think fitness may be the issue looking at the picture?? Has it really seemed around a lot this year? one word get fit get some ticker - waste of an article. . . . . davecherwell
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12:16pm Wed 2 Jun 10

nicked out says...

They are a rubbish batting side, and they play on a poor pitch. No wonder they can't get any runs. They need to go to the local Indian, so they can get the runs.

Is it true that Horspaths coach has quit because the club is under investigation?
They are a rubbish batting side, and they play on a poor pitch. No wonder they can't get any runs. They need to go to the local Indian, so they can get the runs. Is it true that Horspaths coach has quit because the club is under investigation? nicked out
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12:18pm Wed 2 Jun 10

nicked out says...

Just had it confirmed, Horspath, Great Tew & Bourton Vale are all under investigation. Can't wait for the results of this.
Just had it confirmed, Horspath, Great Tew & Bourton Vale are all under investigation. Can't wait for the results of this. nicked out
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2:20pm Wed 2 Jun 10

coatpeg says...

what are they under investigation for?
what are they under investigation for? coatpeg
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2:21pm Wed 2 Jun 10

coatpeg says...

what are they under investigation for?
what are they under investigation for? coatpeg
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