Well all started well today – Ed actually won the toss for a change and with the overcast conditions choose to bowl first.
Great opening spells from both Ed and Jack got us off to a great start, Ed picking up their opener caught behind and Jack being unlucky to have the other opener dropped twice in his first over (though one chance was very tough), a costly mistake as he went on to make 110 not out!
After the opening spell Dan Pearson came on and after struggling a bit with the wind when bowling up the hill switched ends and bowled a nice spell picking up 1 for 45 off his 8 overs (would have been 2 wickets if I hadn’t ran in too far from the boundary allowing a catch to drop between me and the rope!). It was at the other end where the problems started, I came on and was promptly spanked around the park in each of my 3 spells! Finishing with less than impressive figures of 0 for 73 off 8 overs. Dave Foulkes came in as the fifth bowler and bowled some nice overs but was having an issue controlling his away swing leading to more than a few wides. Dave finished with figures of 2 for 70 of his 8 overs.
Ed and Jack came back to finish their spells both picking up wickets and finishing with great figures of 8-2-28-3 and 8-1-26-1 respectively. Jack bowling with such pace he even managed to break one of their batman’s bats in two!
Notts finished up on 262 for 6 off their 40 overs and some special mentions need to go to the catches held. Richard Hawking made up for his earlier drop with a stunning diving catch in the deep and Brain hung on to 3 catches all either coming at great pace or from great heights.
In reply Paul and Kev got us off to a steady start before Paul was bowled for 12, however after Kev fell for a well made 20 we collapsed from 39 for 1 to 39-4 with Brain and Ed following Kev back into the hut without troubling the scoring. Dan fell for 8 and me and rich followed quickly both without scoring leaving us 50 odd for 7.
Dave Foulkes (24) and James Stevenson (10) salvage some pride and took us past 90 before both fell. This left Sam (17 not out) and Jack (11 not out) to complete a nice unbeaten tenth wicket partnership taking us to 119 for 9.
A good effort by all against a good side
Man of the match goes to Ed for his great spell of bowling
Captain calamity goes to myself – take your pick for the reasons – bowling figures, missed catch, duck – generally for bothering to get out of bed in the morning!