On a truly miserable day with constant sideways drizzle the 2nd XI trekked all the way to Lancing College for this, the final fixture of the season. Having been unable to win any games all season, the whole team were focused on attaining that impossible goal, and upon winning the toss skipper Jamie P decided we should bat and set a threatening target! Max and Ryan opened the innings, and whilst being very steady they couldn’t quite get the ball of the square. Fortunately Lancing were very generous with their wides and no balls (over 40 in total!) so the score kept ticking along. Eventually both boys fell to bring in both Jamie P (19) and Jamie M (23). Both of these starting smashing the ball around and a few boundaries ensued. They fell and Ed came in, and was unlucky to be run out. Eventually as the rain closed in we reached a total of 107-8 in our 20 overs, defendable if we bowled well.
No tea break meant we were straight on it, and Ed and Simon opened the bowling in near impossible conditions. Lancing’s opening pair hit the ball hard and they raced to 20-0 from 2 overs, but then the breakthrough came. We started holding on to catches and stopping balls in the outfield, and the wickets fell regularly. Almost everybody bowled, the pick being Ed with 2 wickets in 2 balls, and Jamie M, Gianluca and Freddie all contributing. The weather finally improved to a dull but dry early evening, and Lancing were 8 down, needing 36 of the last 6 balls to win. Do-able, but unlikely! It proved too much in the end, and we won by 33 runs!
A great result for the team and a pleasing way to finish the season off. Overall the team played 6, lost 3, drew 2 and won 1. Whilst on paper this does not like a vintage season, I was happy with the constant improvement in the boys’ attitude towards cricket and yesterday it was great to see them sitting on the boundary in the rain supporting their team-mates as they batted- a long way from the wild behaviour we saw back in April. To those who are leaving I wish them a successful cricketing future, and the others should have a great season in the 1’s next year. RF