A better performance from last week, despite the loss. There were some positives to be taken from the game, namely giving the juniors a bowl on a wicket with a 5ft slope to give them experience. They all bowled with effort and tried their hardest which, as a captain, is all you can ask for.
We won the toss, put them into bat owing to the green wicket and the showers around, but despite Rob Turner taking a wicket with his third ball, their batsmen dug in and managed to wait for the bad ball and desptach it across the boundary ropes. They plundered 135 runs, quite a few of which came from fielding mistakes - (if we tighten our fielding up, we should only ever be chasing 110 runs max in an evening league game).
Max started our run chase brightly, but their greater experience of their own pitch meant they opened with spin from one end, and the seamers bowled back of a length at the other, and this led to runs coming slowly. When Max fell for 34 we had to make c80 runs in about 5 overs, and this led to everyone going for it and getting out. Unfortunately we only made 70 in our innings but there are positives to glean from this and lessons to learn. We need to restrict runs by bowling tightly and fielding well, and improving our batting, not taking risks but putting the ball in the holes in the field and taking QUICK singles.
Thanks to all the side for their efforts once again. Masonic XI next (tonight) - we must up our performance!
Max gets MoM for his knock and keeping.
Captain Calamity undoubtedly goes to Ollie Shelvie for dropping a sitter off my bowling - their number 3 batsmen, who made a lot of runs after what has to be a contender for the 'Drop of the Year'!