Having lost to Wellow the day before, we were determined to play better, and we got off to an excellent start. The Masonic XI had decided to bat and their top order all looked pretty handy as usual. Fortunately their captain provided a new ball, which swung quite a bit for Drinkwater, who knocked over the top 4 batsmen and No 6 in his 4 over spell, ably supported by Ali Hall, whose bowling suffered the usual dropped catch or two (Phil Z!), Neil Davey and Steve Collo, who got the first wicket maiden I've ever seen in an evening game!
Rob Turner got a bit of tap in his 2 over spell,l (0-30 odd), and went first ball in his innings, so comfortably wins Captain Calamity.
They posted 115 off 18 overs, which we ought to have got, but our innings never really got going. Max hit a few beautiful shots but spooned one, caught for 20. Ed Akers, opening with Max, stuck around but couldn't find his rythym and when out for 1, the Collington pair then both got a pair! Leaving Drinks and Ali to try to score 12 an over. They both managed to score a 50 partnership, 23 and 27 respectively, with Ali smashing a 6 and a 4 in consecutive balls, but when Drinks was bowled, and Ali swiftly followed, the innings petered out, though not before providing one of their bowlers with a hat-trick. Very kind that! Steve, Neil and then Rob, who ensured he won Capt Calamity by giving the softest catch ever! The last wicket fell at 90 runs, and with that, we partook in the raffle, (winning very little as ever, except Ed Akers who won hair straighteners much to Hayley's delight).
A nice buffet at the Bromley and a free pint enusred we were not too disheartened by the loss, and we look forward to playing them again next year! Well done chaps, a better performance, though we have to improve the batting still. Yes, you Rob!