Hi all, here's a quick blow by blow of our encounter against the Wanderers.
As per usual I lost the toss and we were asked to have a bowl first. Luckless spells by Busty and Nic the Tic saw Wanderers reach 63 for 0 of 14 before some sharp fielding by Ade gave us our first wicket with a run out. Then 20 overs of accurate spin bowling from Ali and Danny reduced the run rate, as Danny took 4 wickets and Ali a deserved wicket with the last ball of his spell, leaving Wanderers on 127 for 6 off 36. We knew Wanderers had some big hitters down the order, so it was a difficult time for Hot Tub and Gareth to come on. Both took wickets, but some big shots from Jimmy Hassett took Wanderers to 190 for 9 at the end of their 45 overs.
After a fine tea from Sue, we made a good start to our reply. I opened with Ade, and when he was out to the last ball of the 20th over we were halfway to our target on 95 for 2. Seven overs later, despite 12 runs in 1 over by Ali, we had collapsed to 118 for 8. Not to be outdone, Busty then hit 4 fours in the next over. He and Nik then batted sensibly, eventually adding 38 before Nik was lbw. Last man Gareth arrived at the crease with 35 needed and Busty in prime form. Gareth played a great supporting role as Busty reached his 50 off just 32 balls, then Gareth hit the winning 4 to see us to a 1 wicket win with nearly 7 overs to spare.
Match winning performances by Danny with the ball and Busty with the bat, and a really pleasing win missing a few regulars. My particular thanks to Danny for playing for the Firsts when we needed him, and especially to Fez for the efforts he made to get here from London.
Match stats for the fantasists are as follows:
Bowling: S Bussell 10-1-49-0, N Heslop 6-1-30-0, S Jones 6-1-26-2, M Ali 10-1-29-1, D Zaman 10-1-28-4, G Marks 3-0-24-1.
Fielding: catches G Hannah (2), N Heslop, G Evans; stumpings G Hannah (2); run out A Colley.
Batting: G Hannah 52, A Colley 13, L Clarke 18, G Evans 0, S Jones 0, R Ferrier 1, S Bussell 57*, D Zaman 0, M Ali 12, N Heslop 9, G Marks 8*.
Also good to have a team night out at last. Well done to the 2s on their narrow win. Let's keep the momentum going throughout the club.
And finally, congrats to Gareth and Jodie on their engagement!!