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Winter Indoor Six-a-Side League
The Indoor League is played at Ralph Allen School, (near the Sulis Club) over the winter months. For the 2013/4 season, results and fixtures can be found at the league website. The Venturers won division 2 in the 2013/4 season. Information about previous seasons can be found below.
The Venturers finished the 2011/12 season fourth (out of six teams) in the second division of the indoor league.
Games are ten overs per innings, with five players each bowling two overs. Cost per game is £24 (£4 per player).
November 6th 5pm Venturers vs Bathhampton: Lost
November 20th 6pm Venturers vs Hampset: Won
December 4th 5pm Venturers vs Bear Flat: Lost
December 11th 8pm Venturers vs Stellas: Won
February 12th 6pm Venturers vs Exiles: Lost
March 4th 6pm Venturers vs Pedigree (cup): Won
March 25th 5pm Venturers vs Norton (cup): Lost
October 24th 2010 6pm vs The Nearly Men -Lost
We are expected to provide an umpire for the following games:
October 24th 5pm Bear Flat Dads vs Bathampton
Sunday November 8th 7pm vs Bear Flat Dads - Won
Sunday November 22nd 7pm vs Norton Knights
Bath Exiles 96-5, Venturers 86-5
Team: Simon, Matt, Rog, Paul, Alex W, Tom.
Sunday November 22nd 7pm vs Norton Knights
Norton 106-5, Venturers 90-odd.
Team: Simon, Alistair, Rog, Paul, Sriram, Tom.
Sunday November 8th 7pm vs Bear Flat Dads
Bear Flat 99 all out, Venturers 100-3.
Team: Matt, Alistair, Rog, Paul, Sriram, Alex C.
Sunday October 26th 7pm vs The Star -Lost
'Highlights' of the statistics, as reported by Simon after attendence at the AGM:
Sunday October 26th 7pm vs The Star
The Star 109, Venturers about 79.
Team: Simon, Matt, Andy, Rog, Fluffy, Alex.
The Star won the toss and batted. As current champions, they know how to play this game to win. Their batting strategy was clearly to run as often as possible. We started well, bowling tidily, and capturing a couple of early run-outs. Then Fluffy managed to get one of their batsmen to play on. With half the overs gone, we had taken four wickets and were in a good position. However, the Star had always kept the run rate going at between 8-10 an over, without needing to hit out. They didn't seem bothered by the run outs and continued with the risky running, and their last pair took them over the 100-mark. We conceded just one six, and that a fielding error off Matt's bowling.
The Star's bowling and fielding was very good. They sometimes posted a 3-1 field and bowled accordingly and they never struck to the conventional fielding positions that were the norm in Division 2. Andy fell to a superb catch. There were no free runs.
The batsman who scored the runs at the end opened the bowling and was very hard to get away, so we were always behind the run-rate. Roger managed to score a few, but we couldn't score enough of their slightly weaker bowler and finished 30-odd short, losing wickets to the inevitable run-outs.
Sunday November 9th 7pm vs Stella Select
Venturers 50 all out Stella Select 51-0.
Team: Simon, Matt, Andy, Ian G, Saurabh, Adam
Sunday November 22nd 7pm vs Bath Pedigree
Bath Pedigree about 140-5 Venturers about 90-4.
Team: Simon, Matt, Ian G, Saurabh, Adam, Roger
Sunday December 6th 7pm vs Hinton Charterhouse
Hinton Charterhouse 123-4 Venturers 76-4 (scores approximate)
We fielded pretty well, Matt especially, but they were very adept at pushing the ball into the gaps and running something we are less skilled at. I managed to dismiss the opener who, certainly every time I've played Hinton, always scores 50, but dropped the other one.
Batting wise, Matt was out in the first over but Andy batted well and was just getting into his stride with a couple of sixes when he reached 25. Alex also had a fair knock but we couldn't consistently push the singles (or doubles to be precise) and they had a couple of spinners with some lovely flight who bamboozled us. Saurabh faced the final over needing 60 to win with all four fielders on the back wall!
Sunday January 11th 7pm vs Bear Flat Dads
Venturers 93-4 Bear Flat Dads 95-5.
Team: Simon, Matt, Andy, Rog, Saurabh, Chris
From the final ball of the game, Bear Flat, with their last man, their captain, at the crease, needed two runs to win. Matt bowled a decent bowl, the batter nudged the ball uppishly into the leg side wall, for one run to tie, and then set off to 'run' the extra two to gave the Bear Flat Dads victory.
Their captain had batted very well, hitting several straight sixes, one or two of which we might have prevented, and running very well. The rest of their batting hadn't offered too much, and we bowled as well as we ever have done, Saurabh and Andy in particular proving very hard to score off. We also fielded pretty well, with a run-out, a stumping and Simon's athletic catch to show for our efforts.
As has been the case all season, we struggled to score enough runs. Roger scored a few, but his attempts to turn ones into threes usually ended in one of his team mates being run out. Saurabh plundered a few runs at the end, but one or two wasted opportunities with the bat ultimately cost us the victory that some of the bowling possibly merited.
Sunday January 25th 7pm vs Saltford Fairway
Saltford 120-odd Venturers 80-odd
Team: Simon, Matt, Andy, Rog, Saurabh, Ian
Sunday February 8th 8pm vs Combe Down
Combe Down 151 Venturers 70
Team: Simon, Tom, Andy, Rog, Saurabh, Alastair
Sunday February 15th 7pm vs The Star (cup)
The Star 130-odd Venturers 90-odd
Team: Simon, Matt, Tom, Andy, Adam, Saurabh
Batting wise, Matt and Tom started well with perhaps a Venturers record of two completed runs in the first over before Tom was caught off the side wall, Matt was expertly held low down by Jey and Andy bashed the roof. Saurabh and Adam hit some lusty blows to make around twenty apiece before I concluded the season in style by dreamily wondering around at the non-strikers end to run first myself out and then Adam.
Sunday November 18th 7pm vs The Two Stellas - won
Team: Roger, Matt, Simon, Andy Y, Chintan, Adam
Thanks to some tight bowling and good fielding we kept The Two Stellas down to around 70 runs (probably the fewest runs the Venturers have conceded in this league?). The Stellas hit just one six and didn't bother running between the wickets. In reply we just needed to keep the score ticking over, and a couple of early boundaries put us ahead of the rate. Roger retired on 26, and despite losing Andy and Chintan, Matt and Simon saw us home comfortably.
Sunday December 2nd 7pm vs Bath Exiles
Team: Roger, Matt, Simon, Andy Y, Chintan, Ian G
From the Bath Chronicle:
Sunday January 27th 7pm vs Bath Hospitals
Team: Roger, Matt, Simon, Ian B, Chintan, Ian G
Team: Roger, Matt, Simon, Alistair, Andy, Ian B
Sunday February 24th 6pm vs Bear Flat Dads
Team: Roger, Simon, Andy, Chintan, Ian G, Alistair
Alistair and Andy got us off to a good start with Al wasting no time in running quick singles. Chintan and Andy then blazed away and both reached their 25s in quick time; all Ian and Roger then had to do was keep the score ticking over, and we were able to post a very competitive total.
Sunday March 16th 5pm vs Saltford (Cup)
Team: Roger, Matt, Alistair, Ian G, Ian B, Simon T
Sunday March 30th 8pm vs Bathampton (Cup)
Team: Roger, Ian G, Ian B, Andy, Simon S, Simon T
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