It was a disappointing afternoon of cricket on Wednesday for the second team. What started out as a game with much promise things faltered badly and a heavy defeat was inflicted. Pennthorpe won the toss and chose to bowl first. Unfortunately some poor shot selections saw Copthorne lose very cheap wickets early on against some pretty mediocre bowling. Some of the boys have to learn that not every ball can be smashed to the boundary and if it is straight it should be defended. Fortunately Dan put us back in the game with an excellent 30 hitting the ball all over the park. He put on a good partnership with Zevon who ended with 28 not out as he played a very sensible innings and rarely looked to be in any trouble. No other batsmen reached double figures and the team can’t keep relying on one or two players to score the majority of the runs every game. A final total of 86 seemed a reasonable total to defend.
The Copthorne bowling started off extremely well with the first 3 overs all being maidens. Freddie picked up a wicket with an excellent ball hitting the top of off stump to remove one of the Pennthorpe openers. From here however things fell apart alarmingly quickly. Bowling was extremely wayward and the Pennthorpe batsmen found it easy to keep hitting half trackers to the boundary. The next 8 overs went for an average of almost 10 runs and defeat came about very quickly in the end. More practice needed in the bowling and batting department as this should have been a game Copthorne could have won easily. A better performance required next week at Cottesmore.