Finally a game played in bright sunshine! Freddie won the toss this week and chose to bat first. Throughout the afternoon, Walstead’s bowling was good and tested all batsmen at the crease. A loss of an early wicket didn’t deter anybody and Sam and Freddie got the runs flowing. Freddie played some nice shots to the boundary before one kept low and beat his bat. Ben came in and would remain in for nearly the whole innings as he played fantastically well for his 23 with some lovely well –timed shots and sensible play. Dan and Zevon were both caught by two more balls that kept deceivingly low. Karan and Sam D hit some nice shots until they were caught and run out. The innings finished with a flourish as Kye and Ben piled on some late runs. It was pleasing to see how the boys have improved since their first game of the season. The batting has improved dramatically and even though 91 didn’t seem enough all batsmen who came in didn’t throw their wicket away as has happened in previous games.
Walstead’s reply got off quickly as they put on some good early runs. Finally Karan made the breakthrough, bowling their opener off his pads. Runs continued to be scored as the opposition’s total creeped up towards the target of 92. Suddenly the game was brought to life though as Dan took an unbelievable sharp catch. This was then followed by 2 more catches from Dan who was having the fielding day of his life. As wickets started to fall things started to get a little edgy for Walstead and the drinks break after 10 overs probably came at the wrong time as Copthorne seemed to have got some momentum going and some pressure put onto Walstead. Will took a great wicket with a ball swinging away, nicked by the batsmen and taken well by Ben behind the stumps. For 10 seconds you could have been watching professional cricket! Sam then took and excellent catch as the ball came down from the sky as he stood on the boundary. To be fair, Copthorne’s fielding throughout the afternoon was really good. Unfortunately Walstead’s batsmen started to hit the ball around again and reached their total with 5 overs to spare. It was a great effort from the boys through and a marked improvement on recent performances.