Baseball: Oldmine Win Grand Series 4-1

It has to be admitted by all baseball fans that Oldmine’s victory over Portswood was well deserved. A 4-1 Series win really showed how dominant they were, not only in the final series but throughout the season.

Bamber hits a double in the 3rd for Oldmine.

Game 3: Bamber hits a double in the 3rd for Oldmine.

In Game 3, the first at Portswood, Oldmine played hard and tough baseball, grounding out a 3-1 win. Kalshk0v’s pitching the highlight.

Kalishkov kept Portswood scoreless for 7 innings.

Kalishkov kept Portswood scoreless for 7 innings.

Portswood produced their best display in Game 4, eventually winning 5-3. Once again it was tough uncompromising baseball from both sides, but this time the home side had the edge. That made the Series 3-1 in Oldmine’s favour with the next two games in Oldland.

Lapata's batting was sublime.

Lapata’s batting was sublime.

Fontaine's pitching excited the home fans.

Fontaine’s pitching excited the home fans.

You’ve never heard fans so loud, so raucous as the Oldmine fans in Game 5. It started an hour before the game started and I’m sure it’s still going on in the streets of that ancient city. The score eventually was 5-4 Oldmine’s way for a Grand Series win. But Portswood showed again they are a team full of spirit and determination. They fought all the way, but that little bit of extra talent in the home side got them over the line. Who knows what would’ve happened had Portswood had snuck through with a win. Would that have unsettled Oldmine enough? It’s all academic now.

Fincher closed well against Portswood.

Fincher closed well against Portswood.

It all happened at the top of the ninth. Two incidents that showed how talented and hungry Oldmine were to win the Championship. Bradley’s extraordinary catch as the ball was sailing for a home run and Davison’s snap catch to end the innings and the match was also sublime.

Surely a home run! Not when Bradley's on the case. Pure magic.

Surely a home run! Not when Bradley’s on the case. Pure magic.

There's the Trophy! A spectacular catch by

There’s the Trophy! A spectacular catch by Davison.

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Baseball Grand Series: Oldmine Take Early 2-0 Lead

Oldmine have produced two strong performances on the weekend to take a two game lead in the best out of 7 games against Portswood.

There she goes! Tuddman hits a mammoth home run to help Oldmine to a 6-2 win in Game One.

There she goes!
Tuddman hits a mammoth home run to help Oldmine to a 6-2 win in Game One.

The highlight in Game One was Tuddman’s huge home run that I suspect is still orbiting the planet. This added to Adams’ fine pitching (3 hits, no runs in 6 innings), which gave Oldmine a 6-2 win.

Game Two was a closer affair, with Manti’s double in the 8th innings, sealing a 6-5 win for Oldmine.

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Manti points to where he’s gong to hit it. Of course the crowd loves it.

Oldmine take a strong lead to Portswood tomorrow for the next two games. And they really only need to win one of them to come back home for the next two games where they will surely raise the trophy.

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Portswood Win Last Gasp Decider to Get Into Grand Series

Knockout Series – Game 5

Portswood   4

Bracken        3

Portswood win series 3-2

Kahn hits the winning home run in the bottom of the ninth, to send Portswood into the Grand Series on the weekend.

Kahn hits the winning home run in the bottom of the ninth, to send Portswood into the Grand Series on the weekend.

In a tight and tense game, Portswood’s Richard Kahn produced a spectacular home run, in the bottom of the ninth with 2 out already and  in front of his delirious home fans, to set up a Grand Series with Oldmine. Kahn, in what was a poor game for him up to that moment,  swung for the ball so hard he ended up on the opposite side of the plate. But the ball whistled confidently over the fence for the match winning run.

It was a tense game all night, the tension apparent in the errors that both teams committed. Bracken won a comprehensive game last night to set up this decisive game, yet they came out all nervous, perhaps finally realizing what was at stake. In front of their frenzied fans Portswood started the better and were 2 runs up after the 3rd innings. It was in the fifth that Bracken finally showed their true talent, scoring three runs and sending pitcher Silversto out of the game.

Portswood clawed back a run in the 7th to make it 3-3 and the tension continued to rise as we reached the bottom of the ninth. Robinson got the first two Portswood batters out without suffering a hit. Then up walked Kahn for the third time in the game. He hadn’t got a hit the first two times he stepped up to the plate and he swung maddeningly at Robinson’s first two pitches, without success. It looked like we were heading for a tenth inning, when Robinson’s third pitch was swung at even more wildly then the first two. Somehow Kahn connected. And well, as the ball soared for a home run and his team waited to swamp him with jubilation at the home plate.

And swamp him they did as their fans roared and cheered hysterically, almost not believing what had been achieved. Their team are going to be playing in the Grand Series on the weekend. The highly talented Bracken are too inconsistent to be serious challengers yet. But hopefully they will learn from this and gain a character of steel that is required to grind out results.

And Portswood now face Oldmine, a formidable team that will take something extremely special to beat them.

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Baseball – Oldmine Head To Grand Series; Bracken Force Game Five

Oldmine   4           8         3      8

Central      3           5         4      2

Oldmine win Knockout Series 3-1.

Hodges hits a homer as Oldmine smash Central away 8-2 in the fourth game of the Knockout Series

Hodges hits a homer as Oldmine smash Central away 8-2 in the fourth game of the Knockout Series

Oldmine continued their regular season form to convincingly beat Central over 4 games and show they are truly the team to beat this season. Their 8-2 win was their 50th victory of the season, an astronomical number.

Oldmine played with poise and determination over the 4 game series, showing a steely determination and a eye for the main prize. There were no huge celebrations after their 8-2 drubbing of Central, mere hugs and handshakes. They knew the job had not been finished.

Kalinsky will be a key player in the Grand series for Oldmine.

Kalinsky will be a key player in the Grand series for Oldmine.

Portswood    2      3    6    1

Bracken        7      2     3    6

Bracken should’ve been contesting the Grand Series by now. Their inconsistency has belittled their fine performances in games 1 and 4. When they’re hot they’re a forest fire in the Amazon: nothing, but nothing, gets in their way.

Bracken's Gaving clears the fence in game one.

Bracken’s Gaving clears the fence in game one.

Bracken can crush sides and they did this on their trip to Portswood and tonight’s game. But they can also be terrible, the worst team in the league, a corpuscle of laziness and incompetence. What happened to them in game two? Portswood stumbled across the line, in spite of their poor performance. Bracken were even worse. That psychologically carried through to the next game and Portswood overpowered them over the 9 innings.

Bracken got their mojo back tonight and though they have to play the decider at Portswood tomorrow, they might be the only team who can match it with Oldmine.

 

 

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Cricket: Eastland Hold Nerve to Win Championship

UPLANDS 139

EASTLAND  224

UPLANDS  285

EASTLAND  5 FOR 201

EASTLAND WON BY 5 WKTS

Pekindough set up Eastland's win with six first innings wickets

Pekindough set up Eastland’s win with six first innings wickets

Pekindough smashes the wickets!

Pekindough smashes the wickets!

It took home advantage and for the Eastland batsmen to hold their nerve and beat to win the first cricket Championship.

Over the whole season it was Eastland who dominated and with six wins overall they were the only team to top more than 200 points. Uplands, for their gallantry and determination, were perhaps a couple of players short of a title winning side. Perhaps next season.

Eastland won the toss and sent Uplands in. On a slightly moving pitch the visitors needed a good start to put pressure on Eastland. Uplands capitulated for 139, with only four players getting into double figures. Pekindough was Eastland’s sword, capturing 6 for 37, his best figures for the season.

Hunter out! Uplands key run maker is dismissed for 13. The rest of the team will follow shortly.

Hunter out! Upland’s key run maker is dismissed for 13. The rest of the team will follow shortly.

Patras catches it in the gully. Uplands all out for 139 and the championship has slipped away.

Patras catches it in the gully. Uplands all out for 139 and the championship has slipped away.

In reply Eastland scored 224, which gave them a lead of 105. Their top 5 got good starts of 20 and over, yet none had the fortitude to continue in the tough batting conditions. The bowling highlight was the incredible bowling spell of spinner Pachinton who over 15 overs gained the fiugres of 4 for 8, including 12 maidens!

Uplands second innings was substantially better than their first. However 285 still wasn’t a the big score they so desperately needed to push aggressively for victory.

Eastland required 201 runs to win. There were nerves at times but Uplands’ bowlers could not put enough pressure on their opponents to turn nerves into panic. Eastland managed to get the runs for the loss of  5 wickets.

The winning shot! Ikoto hits a boundary bringing up his half century, the victory and the championship.

The winning shot!
Ikoto hits a boundary bringing up his half century, the victory and the championship.

With that they were victors and season champions.

In the other matches Aspin drew with Maple in a rain affected match and Oldlands had a convincing innings win over Central.

W D L PTS
1 EASTLAND 6 2 2 210
2 UPLANDS 4 3 3 188
3 ASPIN 4 3 3 183
4 MAPLE 2 7 1 174
5 OLDLANDS 3 2 5 149
6 CENTRAL 1 3 6 100
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Baseball – Wk 24 – Oldmine: The Team of the Year

The last week of the regular season was played on the weekend, and the semi-final pairings have been finalised. But it was a close run thing of who would be playing Oldmine, most definitely the team of the year. They won a staggering 47 games out of 72, almost a phenomenal .666 win average. They are the team to beat and Central Thunder will try and do that this coming Thursday in their 5 game semi-final series.

Portswood and Bracken play in the other semi-final series, starting on Friday. The winners will face each other next Saturday in the best of seven Grand Series.

70

Kingsley NB

4

1

Aspin Giants

70

Dalton Red Sox

3

1

Newland Metropolitans

70

Bracken Bees

3

2

Williamson Towners

70

Tootown Seals

6

0

Central Thunder

70

Cressland Aces

8

2

Northsoul Nationals

70

Portswood Exiles

5

7

Oldmine Blue Blacks

70

Throwley Locomotives

2

10

Garendon Tigers

70

Lindle Hoppers

5

3

Salisbury Scorpions

71

Kingsley NB

2

0

Aspin Giants

71

Dalton Red Sox

2

5

Newland Metropolitans

71

Bracken Bees

2

4

Williamson Towners

71

Tootown Seals

8

3

Central Thunder

71

Cressland Aces

5

11

Northsoul Nationals

71

Portswood Exiles

0

6

Oldmine Blue Blacks

71

Throwley Locomotives

3

2

Garendon Tigers

71

Lindle Hoppers

7

6

Salisbury Scorpions

72

Kingsley NB

3

1

Aspin Giants

72

Dalton Red Sox

5

2

Newland Metropolitans

72

Bracken Bees

10

3

Williamson Towners

72

Tootown Seals

0

1

Central Thunder

72

Cressland Aces

2

3

Northsoul Nationals

72

Portswood Exiles

10

9

Oldmine Blue Blacks

72

Throwley Locomotives

4

6

Garendon Tigers

72

Lindle Hoppers

4

7

Salisbury Scorpions

DIV A

P

W

L

F

A

PD

1

Bracken Bees

72

40

32

310

272

38

2

Tootown Seals

72

36

36

333

296

37

3

Dalton Red Sox

72

36

36

308

286

22

4

Kingsley NB

72

36

36

284

271

13

DIV B

P

W

L

F

A

PD

1

Oldmine Blue Blacks

72

47

25

380

288

92

2

Northsoul Nationals

72

38

34

346

279

67

3

Salisbury Scorpions

72

32

40

302

371

-69

4

Garendon Tigers

72

31

41

308

324

-16

DIV C

P

W

L

F

A

PD

1

Portswood Exiles

72

41

31

350

321

29

2

Lindle Hoppers

72

35

37

328

355

-27

3

Throwley Locomotives

72

34

38

299

376

-77

4

Cressland Aces

72

32

40

310

348

-38

DIV D

P

W

L

F

A

PD

1

Central Thunder

72

39

33

324

278

46

2

Williamson Towners

72

35

37

296

325

-29

3

Newland Metropolitans

72

32

40

322

365

-43

4

Aspin Giants

72

32

40

286

331

-45

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Baseball Week 23: The Finalists Decided

It took till Sunday and a Bracken laboured win over Dalton to finalise the four finalists for the finals. The big question for next week’s final round is who will finish fourth and be forced to play against the impressive Oldmine team. Even the Portswood Exiles face this possibility as they play Oldmine in the last weekend round.

67

Kingsley NB

1

2

Tootown Seals

67

Bracken Bees

1

2

Dalton Red Sox

67

Northsoul Nationals

4

0

Salisbury Scorpions

67

Garendon Tigers

2

1

Oldmine Blue Blacks

67

Throwley Locomotives

2

8

Portswood Exiles

67

Cressland Aces

5

1

Lindle Hoppers

67

Williamson Towners

2

9

Newland Metropolitans

67

Aspin Giants

0

1

Central Thunder

68

Kingsley NB

4

0

Tootown Seals

68

Bracken Bees

4

5

Dalton Red Sox

68

Northsoul Nationals

10

1

Salisbury Scorpions

68

Garendon Tigers

8

7

Oldmine Blue Blacks

68

Throwley Locomotives

8

1

Portswood Exiles

68

Cressland Aces

5

2

Lindle Hoppers

68

Williamson Towners

9

3

Newland Metropolitans

68

Aspin Giants

2

1

Central Thunder

69

Kingsley NB

7

6

Tootown Seals

69

Bracken Bees

5

2

Dalton Red Sox

69

Northsoul Nationals

1

0

Salisbury Scorpions

69

Garendon Tigers

4

9

Oldmine Blue Blacks

69

Throwley Locomotives

5

3

Portswood Exiles

69

Cressland Aces

8

5

Lindle Hoppers

69

Williamson Towners

9

3

Newland Metropolitans

69

Aspin Giants

3

2

Central Thunder

DIV A

P

W

L

F

A

RD

1

Bracken Bees

69

38

31

295

263

32

2

Tootown Seals

69

34

35

319

292

27

3

Dalton Red Sox

69

34

35

298

278

20

4

Kingsley NB

69

33

36

275

269

6

DIV B

P

W

L

F

A

RD

1

Oldmine Blue Blacks

69

45

24

358

273

85

2

Northsoul Nationals

69

36

33

330

264

66

3

Salisbury Scorpions

69

31

38

286

355

-69

4

Garendon Tigers

69

29

40

290

315

-25

DIV C

P

W

L

F

A

RD

1

Portswood Exiles

69

40

29

335

299

36

2

Lindle Hoppers

69

33

36

312

339

-27

3

Throwley Locomotives

69

33

36

290

358

-68

4

Cressland Aces

69

31

38

295

332

-37

DIV D

P

W

L

F

A

RD

1

Central Thunder

69

38

31

320

264

56

2

Williamson Towners

69

34

35

287

310

-23

3

Aspin Giants

69

32

37

284

322

-38

4

Newland Metropolitans

69

31

38

314

355

-41

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