A damp pudding of a wicket and rain on the way meant after losing the toss and being inserted to bat, that the top 6 would need to maintain concentration and discipline. At 95 for 2 all was well, I felt 150+ would've been a winning total, however some very sloppy batting meant that we were all out off just 31 overs. And only scoring 36 runs for the last 8 wickets!!!!! (of which 2 were extras). 131 for 10 posted by Fiskerton CC.
The cardinal sin had been committed by not batting out the allotted 36 overs (reduced due to the conditions & forecast)
The team remained positive and extremely up beat. We had all had a chance to see what the wicket would do and we knew we were still in with a good chance of securing yet another win.
Ali bowled as tight as ever, 9 overs 1 for 13, supported well by Drinkwater 9 overs 2 for 27.
Polkey and Davey contributed too with 2 wickets each, and at 115 for 9, we thought we had them. However a disappointing final over saw the no.10 batsman score 2 maximums in just 4 balls to see East Bridgford through to victory.
Fielding on the day was fantastic.
Batting other than a couple of individuals was well below par.
Bowling was mixed. However I feel it has to be noted at this point that the bowling and fielding was by far the strongest part of our game. The facts are we will not win many games, if the last 8 batsmen average just 4.25 runs each.
We were all disappointed, but we can continue to learn from this and enjoy our cricket even more.
MOTM: Phil Cranfield - His years of experience showed by scoring the highest total in the match of 30. (Including E Bridgfords team)
Capt Calamity: your VC Andy Laughton - You may think this for the last over, when he was hammered by the no.10 batsmen, but you would be mistaken. It is actually for going in to bat, scoring his magnificent 5 runs, then coming in to the changing rooms after his dismassal. Sitting down and sharing with a few individuals that he had been in to bat with his mobile phone in his pocket. Oh Dear!!!!!!