MAY 27, 2024

Latest Sports News by Harry Mottram

Boules: Team Bath. Known as one of Bath’s most enjoyable events for friends, families and businesses the Bath Boules tournament is on Thursday 4, Friday 5, Saturday 6 or Sunday 7 July. Team inclusion in the 2024 event to play a minimum of seven games (followed by the finals rounds)  You need a minimum of three players for each game (but different players can play each time so everyone can get involved!)  All proceeds from the event go to local Bath charities. See

Cricket: Bath CC: The first eleven lost away their first match of the season against Corsham by 87 runs last month. The club’s 1st XI next play at home on Saturday, 15th June against Bridgwater.

Cricket: Bear Flat CC: On a tricky wicket with uneven bounce, Mark Gunning showed that patience is a virtue with a vital 70 that set up a narrow victory over Chippenham 2s. Frustrating the bowlers with a resolute defence, well-judged singles, and some glorious cover drives, Gunning combined well with the rejuvenated Ross Newman to put on 91 for the 3rd wicket partnership.

Cricket: Hampset CC: The Sunday XI lost to Tamil Nadu Bristol on Sunday 26th May by 133 runs although the 1st XI bear Bishopston by 33 runs the day before at home.

Cricket: Somerset County Cricket Club: Somerset’s early season of drawn matches has ended with a three wicket win over Essex in Taunton in the County Championship. They now play a series of Vitality Blast games in the Twenty20 format with the first a home game in Taunton against Essex on May 31st.

Netball: Team Bath Netball: The Blue and Golds lost to Manchester Thunder by 50-82 in front of another 1,200-strong crowd at the Team Bath Arena. The Blue & Gold fought throughout, though, and a much-improved second-half display – inspired by a raft of pre-planned changes to the on-court combination – saw them deservedly bring up a half-century of goals against strong opposition.

They next play Strathclyde Sirens at the Team Bath Arena on My 31st – the only team they have beaten this season – before travelling to Worcester on June 7 and Cardiff on June 15 where they will conclude the season.

Meanwhile speculation continues as to whether the team will be part of the revamped Super League next year after the organisers have made it plain participating teams must reach certain criteria including the demands for clubs to have arenas where 5,000 spectators can watch the games.

Claire Nelson of the Netball Super League said: “The Netball Super League 2.0 (NSL 2.0) presents an unprecedented opportunity to reimagine and engineer what professional netball can and should look like here in the UK and the plans will see transformational change over the next decade. In Season 2025, we will relaunch the League as an unapologetically and powerfully female focused sports, entertainment and lifestyle proposition for new and future fans of the sport.”

Rugby: Bath Rugby Union Club: Bath Rugby will see the retirement of GJ van Velze and Chris Cloete at the end of the season while Johannes Jonker, Juan Schoeman, Keiran Verden, and Max Wright will be leaving along with Rory Cameron, Gabe Goss, Byron Lloyd-Gilmour, Murdoch Lock, Dan Marias, Nahum Merigan, Archie Stanley, JJ Tonks, and George Worboys.

The Blue, Black and Whites play Sale Sharks on Saturday 1st June at the Rec at a sell-out game with the winners going on to Twickenham to contest the final and the premiership title on Saturday June 8th at 3pm.  The game will pit Scotland fly-half Finn Russell against his England counterpart George Ford, a month after the two went head-to-head in the Calcutta Cup. Russell came out on top that day, and he will combine with Scotland teammate Cameron Redpath at inside centre, with England’s Ollie Lawrence linking up with them in the No.13 jersey.

Bath Rugby: 15 Matt Gallagher, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Ollie Lawrence, 12 Cameron Redpath, 11 Will Muir, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ben Spencer, 1 Beno Obano, 2 Tom Dunn, 3 Thomas du Toit, 4 Quinn Roux, 5 Charlie Ewels, 6 Ted Hill, 7 Sam Underhill, 8 Alfie Barbeary

Replacements: 16 Niall Annett, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Archie Griffin, 19 Elliott Stooke, 20 Miles Reid, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Orlando Bailey, 23 Jaco Coetzee

Sale Sharks: 15 Joe Carpenter, 14 Tom Roebuck 13 Rob du Preez, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Arron Reed, 10 George Ford, 9 Gus Warr, 1 Bevan Rodd, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3 James Harper, 4 Cobus Wiese, 5 Josh Beaumont, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 7 Sam Dugdale, 8 JL du Preez  

Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Si McIntyre, 18 Asher Opoku-Fordjour, 19 Ben Bamber, 20 Hyron Andrews, 21 Raffi Quirke, 22 Sam James, 23 Tom O’Flaherty

For those needing their rugby fix next season starts on September 20th.

Gunning hit 70 last week for the Bears