Won the toss and decided to bowl first which seemed to be a good decision when we had them for 40 for 3 taking all the catches that came our way. Dropping the next 6 didn’t really help us [putting down the top scorer (96) four times], in the end restricting them for 189 for 7 from some good bowling by ever reliable Les Watkins and John Scott.
0 for 1 chasing 190 is not the start we wanted but Raj in 20/20 mode put together 70 with Vino from the first 12 overs. The heavens broke open at 125 for 3 (24 overs) when we were cruising along when Senthil and Tom were at the crease. The opposition didn’t want to take the field but when play resumed losing 2 quick wickets made them to take the punt. The same no 12!!! playing for the opposition did similar things (earlier in the season) to get them safe back home by sticking his fingers out. But the persistent Bob Grabham (22 not out) with others saw us home still requiring 15 for the last wicket. Exciting game of cricket played with good Spirit only by the players. ~sm
Leeds and Broomfield
Lost the toss and were put in. This would not normally be a problem but with only three available after last week's game our batting looked a little fragile, but we shouldn't have worried. The game became also a carbon copy of the earlier game with Leeds, as we mustered 168 for 6 against a fine bowling attack. In reply, getting Martin McCague without scoring (ct Karanam b Muniyasamy) meant we were always going to be in with a chance, and at 120 for 6 anything was possible but it was J Hunt who saw them home again with 4 overs remaining. Dan McLean starring with the ball. A game that exemplifies how far we've come over the past few seasons. ~pjb
Won the toss and batted. Another large score looked possible, when at drinks we were 120 for 2 but through injury and some good fielding at 150 for 6 all scores were possible, but thanks to Wein Barnado (53) and Alan Smith (28) still to get started we were able to push on to 240 at tea. Lenham certainly gave it a go and some saw us second favourites for a while, but wickets fell amongst the showers and they fell 78 short. ~pjb
In the 22nd over we were 73 for 2 at the end 293 for 5, mainly due it has to be said from Senthil who had one of those days, to produce the largest individual score (168 no) and total (293) that anyone could remember. He saw the ball like a balloon but hit it like a golf ball, with 144 coming in boundaries and obviously won the day, the only rescue for Linton would have been the threatening skies, but deservedly this was not the case.
"You haven't broken serve until you have held your own". After last week's five-setter we succumbed this week in three. Willisborough were up for it this time, and deserved their victory on what was a dusty old pitch. Regroup and begin the second half of the season; learning from both of the last two games. ~pjb
Good outcricket limited our target to 123, but when the call went up to score them in 16 overs to sneak in the 2nd position on run rate we somewhat lost the plot. It was left to Greg Snape and Jamie Webb to put on an unbeated 50 stand to see us home with an over and 4 wickets to spare. Scores in the other games destined us to finish 3rd. Still great fun. More 20/20 next year. ~pjb
One of the only few things wrong we did all day was lose the toss on one of the hottest, muggiest days of the year. To be honest we bowled and fielded well, but still could not stop them getting 265. In the not too distant past, this would have meant 'game over'. At the first drinks break in reply we were 47 for 1 and with half the overs gone 81 but we got a 20/20 scenario wanting 164, still 40 more than we would have wanted but do-able. Senthil (47), Greg (49), Eddy (30), Colin (27) all gave invaluable innings but it was the dark horse Adam Voller (43 no) that changed the tide in our direction, seeing us home with four balls to spare. If we have ever chased down a larger total, its record has been lost in the depths of time. A quite remarkable day! ~pjb
hunton 20/20 (a)
Game dominated by Senthil. Bowled 4-1-10-2 then scored 51 off 17 balls chasing 65!
Lost the toss and were put in the field. Milstead began as if they had somewhere fast to go, but their haste brought with it wickets and when they stumbled to 45 for 4 a huge score looked unlikely, but from there a couple of wily campaigners put on a 100 partnership, and with a quick run chase at the end we did well to limit them to 200 with the bowlers we had to offer. Our fielding was much better this week. In reply, we did everything right, getting ourselves in before getting out, scoring when the opportunities arrived, and always being on course to reach the target, but wickets did come which made our task every more difficult, eventually falling 35 short with 4 overs still to go. A very good game, apart from the result. ~pjb
Lost the toss and was put in on a good pitch and reaching 107 for 1 at drinks looked se, but so like previous weeks the interval did not help as we lost quick wicket thereafter (Colin Fry 62), eventually reaching 207 for 9 off our allotted overs. Even though it should have been more, we should have been able to defend it; but when 4 catches went down, this determined the outcome of the game. If they had stuck they would not have come close. The bowling highlight of the day was Wein Barnado who outclasses them and us, and deserved much better than his 2 wicked showed. ~pjb
Scoring 240 last week was not much of a problem but scoring 140 this week was. After being put in the field on a cold day, it was our fielding that probably won us the match, notably two run outs and catch, via Senthil, Alan Smith and Richard Truelove respectively, dispatching three of the most dangerous players, which helped restrict them To 140 all out. In reply, this should not have been a breeze, but our main batsmen all contrived to get themselves in and get themselves out, leaving it to Bob Grabham and the unbalanced Alan Smith (ear infection) to see us home in front of a very nervous pavilion. ~pjb
east sutton 20/20 vs wf
Won the toss and were almost forced to bat as several team members were still arriving, but with Raj the late sub opening the batting for us any score seemed possible, as the ball was quick dispatched to all parts, and with Colin Fry not wanting to be outdone at the other end, after 4 hectic overs was had reach 45 without loss, but cricket isn't that easy and eventually were calmed to 144 off our 20 overs. In reply, they should have got nowhere close but with some adventurous batting and some helpful fielding they progressed steadily towards the target. It came down to the last ball when they needed two to tie, everyone agreed they had a comfortable one and a half and it was perhaps only their (our) umpire (M Back) who thought he had made his ground. Much excitement.~pjb
wf vs selsted
Won the toss and decided to bowl on the hottest day of the year so far! At the drinks interval and 135 without loss it looked liked being a very long day in the field , but the break help us as they fell to 168 for 5 in the next seven overs, but just as a very 'gettable' score seemed likely they smeared 50 off the last 5 overs to reach 268. A big task made even bigger when Paul Edwards was given out LBW in the second over by an umpire who for the previous part of the day had kept his finger rooted in his pocket. The next 20 overs saw the pendulum swing back in our direction with some excellent batting (in very different ways!) by Senthil (61) and Martin Hoare (55) seeing us reach 128 without further loss. Further batting from Ian Prideaux, Bill Norman and Bob Grabham got us close but not close enough as wickets at the other end always dented our reply, eventually being bowled out only 27 runs short with 6 balls still remaining. A very good game tarnished somewhat by one, if not some, dubious decisions.~pjb
Leeds and Broomfield vs WF
Won the toss and decided to bat. We batted well throughout against a very good bowling attack, most notably Greg Snape (47) never got bogged down and set up the foundation for a competitive 159 all out. In reply they quickly reached 50 without loss, but one wicket led to another and had them wobbling at 110 for 6, Dan McLean (5-38) but from there, some good fortune and rub of the green, in their favour saw them reach our total with 5 overs to spare. On reflection, even though our batting certainly had the edge the it their bowling that probably won the day. ~pjb
WF vs Lenham
We lost the toss and were put in. The pitch was a typical May wicket with not much 'coming on' to the bat, so runs were hard to come by, several player got in but were not able to go on and make a big score, Ian Prideaux's lively 32 towards the end of the innings turned a par score into a very competitive one as we were eventually bowled out in the last over for 180. In reply, it looked like the visitors always had an urgent appointment to make as they went after the runs from the off, but after losing two early wickets, reaching 100-2 with still 20 more overs still to go; at which point we looked now second favourites. But cricket being the game it is, a couple of quick wickets saw things move our way, with Paul Baines clearing up the tail (5-35). Man of the match, Ian Prideaux adding 3 wickets to the vital runs he had earlier scored, as Lenham come up 26 runs short of their target. The difference between the two sides was our batting going all the way down to at least number 8 (but certainly not 10!).~pjb
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