A terrific win, given the weather of the previous week. It was hard work getting a pitch prepared and thanks must go to Russ & Dan, Rich Nevin, and 'Happy' Gordon for their efforts.
Indeed, after all the hard work, a win was a must. It was a reduced overs match, down to 32 per side, 8 max per bowler.
I lost the toss, and we were put in to bat. Their openers kept things very tight for 12 overs, and picked up the wickets of Max, Dave and Laughts cheaply. We were struggling at 3 down for 10 runs off 12 overs. However Dan Collington found some form for a quick fire 23, until he went for an unnecessary heave across the line. I had joined Dan at 34 for 4 after 16 overs, half way through our innings and we realised that we needed to get to 128 for maximum batting points. I hit a purple patch, combined with some shoddy spin bowling which allowed me to hit my first half-century of the season (phew!), and when i was caught on the boundary the score was 113. Ali joined Andy Polkey for the last 2 overs and between them mullered 15 off the penultimate over to reach the 128 envisaged. Ali then lost his wicket and we left the field pretty happy with ourselves.
Rain delayed the restart, but Ali Hall tore into the openers, removing both of them in his first 2 overs, ably assisted by Dan Collington, finding some movement off the pitch. We had Underwood at 23 for 4, until they established a good partnership of 52 runs. Neil Davey broke the partnership with 2 wickets in 2 balls, much to our relief and delight. He got a bit of tap, and was replaced by Andy Polkey who also got a lot of tap in one over, and brought Underwood back into the match. I managed to pick up the wicket of their captain who had done the damage, with a great catch by Max behind the stumps, and Daisy came back on to clean up their last man with a beautiful yorker. The bowling was pretty good and disciplined on the whole, with Ali 3 - 24, myself 3 -16, and Neil 3-26. Our catching, on the other hand, was abject, totally below average, and it could have cost us dearly.
Looking forward to next week away at the League leaders, Kinoulton, where we need to win again.