An early start was the order of the day at Fiskerton, as England were due to play Germany at 3pm. The captains agreed a reduced game of 70 overs to start at 10:30am. Having lost the toss and put in to the field an early wicket was vital, or so we thought. Dan collington supplied us with this taking the opener for just 18 runs. Little did we know that Notts & Arnold had decided to play Dilhan Cooray a right handed batsmen from Sri Lanka at no. 3. Dilhan is a class bat who played in the Under 19's world cup in 2006, with the likes of Stuart Broad (Eng), David Warner (Aus), Hans Fernando (Sri Lanka), Craig Keiswetter (S.Africa), Eoin Morgan (Ire), Timothy Southee (NZ), Kieron Pollard (W.Indies). To watch him bat was amazing, a pleasure to play against. So Andy Laughton stand tall and be proud knowing that after he had scored 108 runs it was you that took his middle stump away from him.
On a serious note lads, great performance. We fought back and lost by just over 50 runs, a gritty fight in extremely high temperatures. The difference between the 2 teams at the end of the day was an Under 19 International. If we go through the remainder of the season beating the teams that don't play Ex U19 professionals we will be doing ok.
Batting wise for us Dan Collington & Andy Laughton played well up the order but the man of the match with a stylish 67 was Ben Carr.
Captain Calamity was an easy decision, it was great to see him down at the ground showing commitment even though he is injured. But please Glenn, don't umpire in future with your rug out.