Clinical performance at home today against Gotham Village, conceding only 3 points and gaining 19 points showed that we have quality and depth at Fiskerton CC.
With several players away from the 1st XI this week it was a day to stand up and throw your name in to the hat with regards ongoing selection meetings. As a result, I feel we may just have a headache trying to choose our strongest 11 this weekend as the performance on Saturday was without question "convincing".
At one point in the game we looked like we were going to turn Gotham over for a very low score. 80 or 90 was not inconceivable. However, a good middle order partnership from the Aktar brothers meant we ended up chasing down 178. A total with the team we had that was more than achievable.
Laughton & Danby dominated with the ball early doors, picking up 3 wickets between them. Steve Collington threatened to skittle the opposition with figures of 2.4-2-2-1 before his hamstring gave way under the strain!!
However, as I mentioned earlier, we have depth. The youngest of our players Harry Napier on his 1st XI debut took 2 for 16, outstanding work. This was backed up by some amazing fielding by James Pritchett, it seemed he would through his body in front of anything to prevent the oppostion from scoring.
Jones & Rees did what they do best, bowling stump to stump, allowing the ball to nibble around picking up a wicket each.
Gotham Village finished on 178 for 9 off 45 overs.
So the stage was set, just 4 runs and over needed to bring home another win.
Newby & Danby opened, and looked really good together. Newby fell relatively early, however as a partnership they had put on 54.
Hedge fell also but again not until another partnership of 53 had been put on.
Laughton came and went pretty quickly for once, but this left Dan Jones to be able to show his maturity once again. Not only did he respect his wicket enough to not lose it, therefore preventing Gotham picking up any bowling points. But he also engineered the strike to fall to Max so that he could hit the winning runs and move on to 101* with the same shot.
Great composure and awareness, and an even greater desire to see a team mate succeed just goes to illustrate what a great squad we have this year.
Very proud of the performance today, well done everyone.