A big thank you first of all to Caunton CC for allowing us to use their facilities for the day.
Having won the toss, Ben Carr and PJ opened. On what looked like a variable wicket the class of Carr was evident, he moved through the gears nicely and with the total after 14 overs set at 56 without loss, 51 of those runs belonged to Ben. And with 4 extras in the book, PJ found himself on just 1 run. However partnerships are what the team must build on and with 100 on the board before the first wicket was lost, the team could not be happier. Max contributed at 3 with a steady 32, 6 of these being off the first ball he faced, as he exploded in to a drive over the bowlers head! PJ fell with a valuable 33 to his name, and Drinkwater came in at 4 and was in fact the last batsmen to contribute with 27. 170 for 4 was the total when Hedge came in to bat, and 170 for 5 was the total when he left. We actually only put on 23 runs for the last 6 wickets, with the Hucknall opener picking up a hat-trick.
However on a pitch that offered plenty for the bowling team, we were quietly confident of upsetting the apple cart and causing an upset at the top of the division. Beating Hucknall would prevent them from winning the league, and that is incentive enough for any team to perform.
Drinkwater made the start picking up the opener LBW, Hucknall were 0 for 1, and the nerves continued for Hucknall as both Drinkwater (26 for 3) and now Collington (41 for 5) were picking up regular wickets. Hucknall found themselves 109 for 7, and all we had to do was find the killer punch. However a fantastic 8th wicket partnership of 79 by Hucknalls 8 & 9 saw them just 6 runs short of victory with 2 wickets left. Drinkwater then cleaned up no.10's furniture leaving them 2 runs away from the victory and the title for our division. 1 wicket for us to cause upset, or 2 runs for the top of the division to stay there and collect the silverware with just 1 over to go!
A cool head from the batsmen, and a valiant effort from there no.11 as he blocked out several deliveries meant Hucknall were winners, and division E champions. So congratulations to them, and we wish them well in Div D next season.
For us we take away great pride in our performance, and certainly leaves whoever takes on the role of skipper next year something to build on.
On a more personal note, I formally resigned as skipper last week at the committee meeting, I have enjoyed many seasons as captain of our club and I would like to thank all the players and members for their support. Winter well everyone and I'll see you at nets before the 2012 season.
All the best