Games dont get much tighter than this! Having won the toss i chose to bowl first, which turned out to be a good decision. With a flurry of boundaries coming in the first few overs we regained control with a run out off the bowling of Kyle Barker. This sparked a collapse from Thrumpton which took them from 21 for 0 to 34 for 5 in the space of 5 overs. Great work from both Kyle and especially Luke Rees who bowled with good pace and skill. Kyle was withdrawn after 6 overs (although with his wides that was more like 8 overs!). I joined the attack and kept it fairly tight taking 1 wicket from 8 overs but one of the stories of the day was the returning Andy Gordon.
Thrumpton play cricket in the right way and give their talented youngsters a bat first and then the adults, including former Notts man Andy Pick, at 8 to 11. Andy Gordon came into the attack and bowled their number 8 within 2 overs.Out came Pick and Andy promptly dispatched him first ball to be on a hatrick! It wasnt quite to be but he soon picked up a third wicket again bowling their number 9 to effectively finish the Thrumpton innings. It was great to have Andy back, his experience and quality have been missed this year, and its good to hear him say he enjoyed the game. Liam picked up the final wicket after having hit their 11 on the helmet and body with his first 2 deliveries!
Set 91 to win we just snuck home with 1 wicket to spare! Useful knocks of 12 from myself and 14 from Bajra supported a good 24 from Milner and a composed match winning 26 not out from Luke Rees to cap his finest game as Fiskerton player. A well deserved MOTM. However every single run was crucial, including 2 from Brenchley, 2 from Pearson & 3 from Gordon in the end helped us win the match. A quick note on Paul 'Lassie' Black, who after surviving an LBW shout inexplicably (as Andy Gordon described) 'took his dog for a walk down the pitch' and was stumped by their quick thinking keeper. An equally well deserved Capt Calamity!
The final mention thought must be for Liam Aldred. This lad was fantastic supporting Luke Rees in the last wicket stand. Needing only 6 to win Liam came in at 11 and with people everywhere round the bat showed no nerves at all playing a straight bat to everything Andy Pick could throw at him. This is the most important 0 not out you will ever see, allowing Luke to hit the winning runs. Well done Liam, keep working hard.