Sat 1st & 2nd Results 2021

19th June

On Saturday, the 1stXI travelled to the high-flying, unbeaten league leaders Puddletown in their latest Dorset Funeral Plan Division 1 encounter.

Having elected to field first in overcast conditions, all Swanage's bowlers worked excellently in-tandem to reduce the hosts much-vaunted batting line-up to 84-6. With 'skipper' Ben Hodder leading the way, ably supported by Steve Kent, Steve Ramsay and Ryan Stearn. However, an exceptional 7th wicket partnership enabled the hosts to post a respectable 162-7 from their 40 overs.

In reply, the visitors got off to the worst possible start losing 2 quick wickets. Despite this, the momentum changed with an enterprising half-century partnership between Mark Stacey and Craig Wells. However, when the in-form Stacey was spectacularly caught for a fluent (42) and Wells (21) departed in quick succession the momentum 'swung' back to the hosts. In an amazing game - which 'ebbed and flowed' both ways, Swanage, then looked to be in-control with Hodder and John Gregory batting superbly, but, when they, also, both fell in quick succession for (31) and (21) respectively. The momentum 'swung' back to the hosts (again) for a final time and Swanage were left agonisingly 9 runs short of their target.

Also on Saturday, the 2ndXI played hosts to Portland in Division 4. The hosts batted first and despite (29) from Sam Willcocks were in deep trouble at 94-6. However, the innings was rescued by a brilliant partnership of 71 between Harry Long and Mike Wells. When Long fell for (28), Wells was joined by Sid Nash together they increased the tempo still further with Nash 'smashing' a quick-fire (25) and Wells who remained unbeaten on (55) - with 8 boundaries. This enabled Swans' to post an imposing total of 211-7.

In reply, the visitors were soon under severe pressure due to sensational bowling by both Josh Evans and Lily Wood. The pressure was maintained on the visitors by Pete Barker and Nash as Portland were restricted to just 156-6. This comprehensive victory made it 3 wins out of 4.

12th June

1sts and 2nds

On Saturday, the 1stXI hosted Compton House in their latest Dorset Funeral Plan Division 1 encounter. Swanage batted first and got off to a solid start with a half-century opening partnership between John Lewis and Mike Nash. Although, they were both dismissed in quick succession after making (32) and (29) respectively, the momentum of the innings was maintained by the in-form Mark Stacey - who batted beautifully for his second consecutive half-century (66). He was ably supported by Ben Hodder who struck a fluent 39 and Craig Wells who remained unbeaten on 48 as Swanage amassed a very imposing total of 256-7 from their 40 overs.

In reply, the visitors were soon under pressure due to some fantastic seam and swing bowling by both Hodder and Ryan Stearn who claimed 3 and 2 wickets respectively to reduce the visitors to 55-5. The visitors never recovered from this with wickets continuing to fall regularly to Steve Ramsay, Nilan and Steve Kent as they were finally dismissed for just 93.

Also on Saturday, the 2ndXI travelled to high-flying Royal Challengers and were soon in deep trouble against some very hostile pace bowling and were reduced to 77-7 with only Sam Willcocks (27) providing any resistance. However, the innings was rescued by a brilliant half-century stand between Charlie Dyke and Sid Nash. However, when Nash was dismissed for 44 - which included 3 'huge' sixes and Dyke fell for 49 - with 7 boundaries soon after, Swans were dismissed for a below-par 184.

In reply, the hosts produced a devastating display of power-hitting to reach their target of just 23 overs for the loss of only 4 wickets.

5th June

1sts and 2nds

On Saturday, the 1stXI travelled to Weymouth for their latest Dorset Funeral Plan Division 1 encounter.

The hosts got off to a great start by taking 2 early wickets to put Swans' on the back-foot. The hosts continued to take wickets at regular intervals and despite a good partnership between John Lewis (22) and Craig Wells along with some enterprising batting from Steve Ramsay Swans' were restricted to just 142-8 off their 40 overs with Wells finally being dismissed for (44) in the last over.

In reply, Swans', also, took 2 quick wickets to put the hosts under pressure and when Ben Hodder took his 3rd wicket to leave the hosts at 92-5 the game was very much in the balance. However, the hosts held their nerve and reached their target with no further loss to complete a comfortable win. Also, on Saturday the 2ndXI played host to Ashmore in Division 4. Swanage batted first and got off to a great start with a half-century partnership between Freddie Long and Mark Stacey. When Long fell for a solid (30), Stacey was joined by Thomas Wells who struck a quick-fire (27) to combine with Stacey for another half-century stand to set a platform for a big score. Stacey finally fell for (76) - which included 10 boundaries.

At his point, the momentum was maintained by Dave Goldsack who smashed a rapid (49) to enable Swanage to post a formidable 249-9 from their 40 overs. In reply, the visitors were soon under pressure from some excellent bowling by Lily Wood and Sid Nash. Nash was the outstanding performer with his leg-spin - claiming 3 wickets, he was well supported by Mike Wells who took a 'brace' of wickets and Ron Barker as the visitors were restricted to 167-9 to secure a second consecutive victory for the team.

29th May

On Saturday, the 1stXI travelled to Witchampton in their latest Dorset Funeral Plan Division 1 clash.


The hosts won the toss and elected to bat on a grassy, green looking pitch and were soon in trouble against some exceptional seam bowling by Ryan Stearn who took 3 wickets to help reduce Witchampton to 33-3. The pressure was maintained on the hosts by Swans' leg-spin sensation Steve Kent who, also, claimed 3 wickets and Mike Nash who 'bagged' a brace to reduce the hosts to a below-par total of 123.
In reply, Swans' got off to the worst possible start losing 2 wickets in the first over against some very hostile, swing bowling. The visitors never recovered from this, and despite the best efforts of Kent and John Lewis, Swanage were restricted to 52-8. Swanage were given a 'glimmer' of hope with a 9th wicket partnership of 42 by Phil Eades and Steve Ramsay. However, when the hosts 'star' bowler returned the innings was soon finished-off and Swanage fell to a very disappointing defeat.


Also on Saturday, the 2ndXI played host to Witchampton in Division 4. After winning the toss and electing to bat on a beautiful-looking pitch, Swans' got off to an excellent start with 2 half-century partnerships between firstly, David Alcock (21) & Freddie Long and, then, Long & 'skipper' Simon Goldsack (33). When Long finally departed for his second consecutive half-century (55), the momentum of the innings was maintained by a quick-fire (37) from Liam Blake to enable Swanage to post a very competitive total of 222-8 from their 40 overs.


In reply, the visitors were soon under pressure against some exceptional seam-bowling by David Goldsack and Lily Wood to reduce Witchampton to 14-2. Despite the best efforts of Swanage's spin 'twins' of Ron Barker and Sid Nash ably assisted by some brilliant wicket-keeping by Thomas Wells the visitors were in a good position to reach their target at 140-3. However, at this point, Nilan Weeraddanana was introduced and changed the complexion of the game completely. He bowled an extraordinary spell of swing bowling claiming a five-wicket haul and together with the returning Dave Goldsack who finished with 4 wickets, this helped Swans' claim an excellent, nail-biting 10 run victory.

22nd May
 
 
On Saturday, the 1stXI played hosts to Marnhull in their latest Dorset Funeral Plan Division 1 encounter. Swanage elected to bat first in overcast conditions and lost an early wicket. After just 7 overs, there was a rain delay of 90 minutes, however, with both teams keen to play the match resumed as a revised 28-over-a-side game. Swanage were keen to accelerate immediately and despite the loss of another quick wicket their innings gained momentum with 2 excellent half-century partnerships. Firstly, between Ben Hodder (31) & Craig Wells (21) and, then, Steve Kent - who top-scored with an entertaining (46) & Geoff Willcocks (29). This enabled Swans' to post an imposing total of 174-8.

In reply, the visitors were soon in trouble against some brilliant seam bowling by both Hodder and Harry Long to reduce Marnhull to 14-3. The pressure was maintained on the visitors by Swanage's support bowlers of Charlie Dyke, Kent - who claimed a brace of wickets and Mike Nash, together with some brilliant fielding and despite one big partnership the visitors were restricted to 143-7. This victory lifts Swans to third in the league.
 
15th May
Swanage 2nds v Bere Regis - A Close Run Thing.
 
On a day where most other matches in Dorset were rained off except one and that was the other Swanage match involving our 3rds, Swanage 2nds faced Bere Regis 2nds at Days Park. Swans had played Bere in a warm up game 3 weeks ago and beaten them and this time Swans had a stronger team, so optimism was high for a positive outcome. With the weather looking ‘iffy Swans Captain and Vice Captain didn’t want to come off on the wrong side of a Duckworth Lewis calculation by batting 2nd as we had done when facing Poole two weeks earlier, so having won the toss Swans decided to bat.

The innings got off to a bad start with a mix up between the Swanage opening pair and David Alcock was run out with the score on 6. Tim Ives joined Freddie Long and steadied the ship but progress was very slow and after 11 overs the Swans score was just 14. When Tim fell in the 12th over Simon Goldsack (24) came to the wicket and shared a 60 run partnership with Freddie. Unfortunately, for the second time in as many matches Simon tried to press the accelerator too soon and gave the Bere Regis first change bowler the charge, only to nick the delivery straight through to the keeper. (Note to self ‘bat with more patience’!)
Thereafter Geoff Willcocks banged a couple of 4s but was LBW to late out-swinger. Harry was promoted up the order to get the scoreboard moving but found the damp pitch and slow bowling less easy to get away than normal. Freddie was rewarded for his diligent batting with his first league 50 and did a great job anchoring the innings. It was down to Nilan on his home league debut to biff a quick 27 and put some respectability into the Swanage score so the innings ended on 152 for 8.

The Bere Regis reply was soon in trouble with a mean feat of bowling by Lily Wood who bowled 5 overs for just 9 runs and from the other end where Harry Long tore in and dismissed both opening batsmen who both fell to fantastic catches by Sid Nash at first slip. Harry finished his first spell 6 overs, 3 maidens, 2 wickets for 8! Mike Wells replaced Harry at the top end and took a wicket from his second ball trapping the number 4 LBW. A couple of overs later he took another wicket to a fine catch by young Freddie at mid-on and Swanage were in with a realistic chance of a victory with Bere Regis reeling on 43 for 4 off 18 overs.
However, it was not to be. The Bere number 3 Dean Rogerson (66) and captain Garry King (32) batted very sensibly and despite some steady Swanage bowling and some good ground fielding by the whole Swanage team Bere cruised home with 3 overs to spare.

In reality Swanage were 25 to 30 runs short of where they should have been and didn’t really give the bowlers enough to defend. Having said that had the Rogerson / King partnership been broken it might have been a different story.
 
8th - 9th May
 
With the 2nds called off it left to the 1sts and 3rds to fly the flag on Saturday, with the 1st XI playing hosts to Portland and the 3rds to Parley. With two victories the Swans really got their league season underway.
 
Swanage batted first on a wicket which was only playable due to some incredible work by Groundsman - Ron Barker and the covers! Swans recovered from the loss of 2 early wickets with a solid half-century partnership between Jon Gregory and John Lewis. When Lewis fell for 29, Gregory was joined by 'skipper' Ben Hodder. Together, they constructed a match-winning partnership of 145 at a run-a-ball. Hodder was finally dismissed for 83 which included 12 boundaries to all-corners of Days Park. Gregory remained undefeated on 85 with 10 boundaries. This enabled Swans to post a competitive total 215-5 from their 40 overs.
 
In reply, the visitors were soon in trouble against some excellent 'swing' bowling by Ryan Stearn who took a brace of wickets. Although, the visitors kept-up with the run-rate, they continued to lose wickets at regular intervals with Steve Ramsay and Craig Wells also claiming a brace. Despite some 'big' hitting by the visitors lower order they were restricted to 195-9 with Charlie Dyke and Freddie Long both holding crucial, spectacular catches towards the end of the game.
 
1st - 2nd May
 
On Saturday, the 1stXI travelled to recently relegated Premier Division Stalbridge in their rain-affected season-opener.

The hosts batted first and got off to a 'flying-start' reaching 100 in quick-time, Swans' managed to 'stem' the flow of runs with Harry Long, Steve Ramsey and Ryan Stearn all claiming a wicket each, however, with wickets in-hand the hosts lower-order managed to 'wrestle' back the initiative and posted an impressive 221-5 from their 40 overs.

In reply, Swans got off to the worst possible start and were in deep trouble at 57-6 requiring a revised total of 210 from just 35 overs. However, the innings was rescued by an excellent century partnership between Steve Kent who made 29 and Craig Wells. Wells batted majestically finishing unbeaten on 103 at a run-a-ball his 'knock' included 12 boundaries. Despite this, Swans ended-up on 185-7.

Also, on Saturday, the 2ndXI played host to Poole. The visitors batted first and were soon in trouble at 32-4 with Charlie Dyke and Mike Nash both claiming a brace of wickets. Then, despite some good bowling by Swans' 'trio' of spinners Ron Barker - who took 3 wickets, Dave Morton and Sid Nash, the visitors reached a very respectable 199-8.

In response to their revised target of 170 from just 30 overs, Swans got off to a solid start, but, continually lost wickets at regular intervals with only Mike Nash who struck a brilliant half-century (53 not out) with 7 fours and Dyke making any impression on the visitors bowling attack. Swans were restricted to a total of just 123-7.
 
24th - 25th April
 
This week saw the first competitive games with the firsts playing host to Premier League side - Bere Regis in a pre-season friendly. The visitors batted first and got off to a great start with 3 of their top-6 all making half-centuries. The bowlers all worked tirelessly to stem the flow of runs and were rewarded when Harry Long claimed 3 wickets, he was ably supported by Ben Hodder and Craig Wells. Despite this, the visitors finished with an imposing total of 248-7.
In reply, Swanage got off to a solid start through Jon Lewis and Mike Nash. However, when this partnership was broken there was a flurry of wickets claimed by the 2 Bere Regis left-arm bowlers. The only further resistance came from Hodder as Swans' were shot-out for just 90.
 
The seconds travelled to Bere Regis. Swans got away to an impressive start through David Alcock (33) and Nilan Weeraddanana (31), then, despite a middle-order collapse the innings was rescued by a half-century partnership between Simon Goldsack (62) and Sid Nash. This enabled Swans' to post a competitive total of 209-8
In reply, the hosts were soon in trouble due to some excellent bowling by Nash, Weeraddanana and Tommy Battrick who all claimed a brace of wickets. The visitors never recovered from this and were finally dismissed for 140.

Sat 3rds & Sunday Results 2021

19th and 20th June

3rds

The 3rdXI entertained Wimborne who won the toss and batted first. Despite being damp the pitch played well as did a series of Wimborne's young batters with Rhys Williams(67) and Alfie Ingram(96) both impressing as Wimborne reached 259 - 4. Only Ed Cross was able to keep the runs down with an impressive 8 over spell for just 27 runs whilst Jacob Pope took 2 wickets.

Lots of Swanage batters made good starts but the wickets fell at regular intervals and Swanage were well behind the run rate. It was however a memorable day for Ed Cross - who made his first half-century (66) for the club and some with some excellent support from Gary Marsh (17), Sam Marks (18) and finally Tom Wollen the 3rds posted their highest score of the season of 197 - 9 losing by 62 runs.

Sun

Sadly Sunday was a complete wash out with the U8s, Women's Team and Sunday XIs all having their matches cancelled.

12th and 13th June

3rds and Sunday

Also on Saturday, the 3rdXI recorded their second victory with a convincing 8 wicket win at Lytchett. The hosts were soon under pressure due to some great bowling by both Pete Barker and Sam Marks - who claimed his first 5-wicket haul for the Club to help dismiss the hosts for just 156. In reply, Swans' cruised to their target for the loss of just 2 wickets with Tim Ives making a sublime, unbeaten (71) - which included 9 boundaries in a partnership of 125 with Harry Long who ended on a well made 46 not out.

On Sunday, Swanage hosted Cerne Valley in a 40-over match.

The visitors won the toss and, unsurprisingly, elected to bat on a blisteringly hot afternoon. The visitors were soon under pressure due to some fantastic bowling by both Pete Barker and Charlie Dyke. This was maintained with some really economical bowling by Jack Battrick, Andrew Hancock and Sam Willcocks - who all claimed a wicket. Sid Nash, also, bowled well taking a 'brace' of wickets, this helped restrict the visitors to 185-8.

In reply, Swanage were, also, soon under pressure losing 3 quick wickets, despite this, Tommy Battrick batted brilliantly making 37. However, wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, until the complexion of the game changed with an excellent half-century 7th wicket partnership between Mike & Sid Nash. Sid batted brilliantly making 32 - which included 2 'huge' sixes - when he departed Mike was joined by Pete Barker - who batted very sensibly making 15. When he departed, Nash was joined by Hancock and 16 were still needed to win. He defended very well, until fittingly, Nash hit the winning runs in the penultimate over with his 10th boundary to remain undefeated on 60.

A great weekend for the Swans with both the vets and the youngsters to the fore.

5th and 6th June
 
The 3rds batted first against a strong Winton team over on the Nursery Ground. Some strong Winton bowling kept Swanage under pressure throughout and only Chris Wood (24) and Andrew Hancock (11) made it to double figures. Three runouts didn't help the cause as Swanage were dismissed for 107.
Winton's openers showed how it should be done as they compiled an unbroken 111 partnership to win the game by 10 wickets. Pete Barker (8 overs for 14) was the pick of the bowlers whilst Andrew Hancock was brilliant once again in the field pulling off some remarkable stops.

With Sunday's match cancelled there was an opportunity for an inter club match. Stand out performances came from Sid Nash with the bat as he passed 50 for the first time for the adult teams. Battrick's, Tommy and Jack also had good games - Jack taking 3 wickets and nearly grabbling a fourth. Team C ran out winners as team Chaz never really got their innings going.
 
29th and 30th May
 
The 3rds came off second best against a strong Poole side. Fielding first Pete Barker kept things tight as well as getting an early wicket but some strong Poole hitting meant Swanage were always up against it. The wickets were shared around with Gary Marsh, James Harding Tommy Battrick all getting one and Sam Marks taking a wicket on his debut. Mike Gould bowled well taking a couple of wickets. With Poole finishing on 226 - 8 Swanage needed to bat well but sadly were not able to do so against some good Poole bowling and fielding. Only Tim Ives reached double figures with 20 as the 3rds were skittled out for 47 and an early return to Swanage.

On Sunday Swanage hosted a far too strong Wessex Pilgrims who racked up 274 - 2 in their 35 overs. With a full side plus some Surrey league players you have to wonder what was to gain for them against a Swanage side comprised mainly of youngsters!!!! Swanage batted well ending on 183 - 6 with Andy Lyons scoring 50 and Charlie Dyke just falling just short on 49.
Captain Pete Barker said it was one of the hardest Sunday games I've ever played in and went on to thank his team for their attitude and spirit in keeping going on such a hot day and against such a tough side. He also thanked the support of those watching adding he felt proud of all those players and supporters from Swanage who were there. Finally he added a heartfelt message - Up the Swans a club forever in my heart - neatly summing up the feelings we all know he has for the club.
50s Freddie Long and Andy Lyons.
 
22nd May
 
A very young, inexperienced 3rdXI side entertained a very experienced team from Bournemouth on the Nursery Ground. In a very similar scenario to the 1stXI, their match was reduced to 27 overs-a-side. Despite some good bowling by both Pete Barker and Lily Wood, ably assisted by George Taylors' wicket-keeping, the visitors amassed 173-3.

In reply, Swanage were soon under pressure against some excellent bowling and lost wickets at regular intervals. The innings was given some respectability by a brilliant innings of 38 from James Harding, despite this, Swanage were dismissed for just 74. There was still a number of positives to take from the game as there were debuts for Jack Battrick, Ed Cross, Joe Jolly, Sam Wells and Tom Wollen who will all improve for the experience.
 
16th May
Swanage 3rds v Marnhull - Not Such A Close Run Thing!!!
After their excellent performance against Parley last week the 3rds came up against Marnhull - who in the words of Brian Dobson from Winton are desperate to win the league!!!! They accordingly brought a team made up entirely of experienced players and not a youngster in sight. Despite that the 3rds got off to a stunning start with Pete Barker and Andrew Hancock taking early wickets. After a batting recovery Dave Morton came on and took a wicket in his first over. Sadly the first ball of his next over proved to be his final act in the game as when trying to stop a fierce drive back towards he only succeeded in fracturing his finger. Dave's departure left Swanage in subdued mood and a lengthy 5th wicket partnership saw Marnhull end on an impressive 275 - 4.
Swanage were never really in the hunt and losing regular wickets fell to 47 - 8. An excellent 9th wicket partnership by Brandon Mahadeo(35no) and Mike Gould(29), who had also both bowled well in the Marnhull innings, took the score to a more respectable 115 before Mike was out. With no Dave that was the end of the Swanage innings and the end of the match.
Like the 1sts, the Sunday side had their game rained off though as I write this at six thirty in beautiful sunshine it feels that at the moment the Weather Gods are against us at the moment.
Thanks to Simon Goldsack and Mike Nash for their reports and fingers crossed for the 5th week in a row in the Advertiser
 
8th - 9th May
 
Over on the Nursery Ground the 3rds entertained Parley - which had, also, been meticulously prepared by Junior Groundsman Sam Wells and his more senior partner - dad Craig, despite the recent inclement weather.
 
The visitors batted first and were soon 'on-the-back-foot' against some sensational 'seam' bowling by both Pete Barker (2-9) and Lily Wood (1-13) - who helped restrict the visitors to just 23-3 off the first 12 overs. The visitors never recovered from this, as James Harding and Gary Marsh continued to keep it tight. With the introduction of Andrew Hancock the wickets started to tumble. He had a great day in the field with 3 catches and 3 wickets and even got involved in a run after some great fielding by Lily. With George Taylor improving match by match behind the stumps Parley ended on 145 - 9 after their 30 overs.
 
In reply, Swans got off to a lightning start with a half-century partnership between Matt Dunster & Chris Wood. When Dunster fell, the momentum of the innings was kept-up when Tim Ives joined Wood. Ives fell for 21 and, then, Wood was joined by Tommy Battrick who remained undefeated on 22. Fittingly, however, Wood struck the winning runs with his 9th boundary as he closed on 64 not out to guide Swans to a comfortable 8 wicket victory.
 
1st - 2nd May
 
With no 3rds game this weekend the Nursery Ground saw its first match with a final pre season inter club. Team Dunster started well with captain Matt (24) and Andrew Hancock (42) putting on 80 for the first wicket against some good bowling by Pete Barker, Gary Marsh, James Harding and Tom Wollen. Their partnership was ended when Joe Jolly had Matt caught before Josh Titley (1-12) took his first senior wicket when he had Andrew LBW. Hard hitting Sam Willcocks scored a rapid 53 with 5 sixes and 5 fours before retiring. A flurry of late wickets including one on debut for Eden Crook left Team Dunster on 201 from their 35 overs.

Sadly that was that as within minutes of walking off the heavens opened and the only option for Junior Groundsman Sam Wells was to call the game off on what was now a rain sodden trac
 
24th - 25th April
 
3rds
The thirds travelled to Wareham for their first match to play a side a couple of divisions higher. An excellent innings by Ashley Hayes was the backbone of their innings of 228. It was skipper Lily Wood who returned the best figures with 1-16 in her 5 overs but she was well supported by Tom Wollen and Andrew Handcock after early wickets from Jacob Pope and Safia Nadaf.
Batting second Swanage were always behind the run rate with a patient 31 from David Haines, 24 from Tim Ives and 13 from Lily Wood being the main contributions to the total of 110 all out.
 
Sunday 25th April Inter Club

With so many people available the Swans were able to put 2 sides on Sunday for another inter-club match. This gave the opportunity to a few more junior players to get a taste of adult cricket as well as a few returnees to cricket after a few years out. Team Woody batted first but lost early wickets to a hostile spell by Andrew Hancock (2-10). Seb Lyons on his debut took a further wicket which left debutants James Harding and Sam Wells at the crease. After an early running mix up they batted well before James was out for 10 whilst Sam carried his bat through the rest of the innings for 24 not out. He was well supported by the hard-hitting Tommy (33) and Ed Cross (18) before batting with Dad Craig (13), who narrowly missed a weekend pair. With a total of 183 from their 35 overs it looked like it would be a tight game.

A good opening spell by Matt Dunster (3-33) put Team Chaz on the back foot after a good start from Tom Wells (21) and Steve Howard (17). Charlie with 21 got them back on track before wickets from Gary Marsh and James with his first ball in adult cricket. The main partnership of 64 between Harry with his first fifty – 52 not out and Sid (21) took Team Chaz near to victory before a flurry of wickets – Mike Gould taking 2 – 8, left Team Chaz down to the last pair. Cool heads of veteran Tim Ives (11) and U14 Jack Battrick (14) took them to victory with Jack hitting the winning runs.

Another good day's cricket and 5 teams over the weekend shows Swanage cricket is looking good.