It was one of those days when the cricket, for a large part, matched the weather, unfortunately, it was not hot and sunny but cold and miserable with the occasional bright interval!
We won the toss and elected to field and certainly displayed none of the enthusiasm and intent which has been so apparent in the 3 wins so far. Far too many loose deliveries, wides and no balls together with countless misfields and even overthrows allowed Brambletye to reach 155 for 4 at tea only Neal (3 for 34) managed to take wickets. We only bowled 23 overs in 1 hour 40 minutes which is test match rates.
The batting started briskly and runs began to flow but we also lost Paul and James in the first two overs. Joseph (60) and Tom (24) took the score rapidly on to 50 by the sixth over. Our problem was that the Brambletye bowling rate was even slower than ours with constant stoppages and field changes. Tom went and Joe was joined by Michael (11) who missed a straight one as we reached half their score. Neal (27) batted with much more confidence and gave Joe great support as the score, with time running out raced along to 143 for 4 with Joe reaching his second fifty of the season. With two overs remaining the game was in the bag when a combination of inauspicious shots, low bounce and a lack of thought reduced us to 146 for 8 as the opposition managed their 22nd over. For all the above it was a very exciting game played in seriously unpleasant conditions and I really believe that lessons have been learnt which is, after all, what it’s all about.
Cumnor next week and I hope that the sun and warmth will make an appearance for all of our sakes.