After last week’s disappointment of the called off match at Cumnor the 3rds were raring to go, on home soil against Duke of Kent. Illness and injury took its toll again as no fewer than 6 players were unavailable for the senior teams so the colts came to the rescue.
Put into bat first, by stand in skipper Joe Sparrow, DoK made good ground picking up singles and taking every wide and no ball going (both being worth 2 runs in this form of the game). Joe took the first wicket with a straight delivery and Robert Rose soon took another. Dan Persad came on to bowl from the pavilion end and claimed an early wicket with a low, fast ball and in his final over took his second and our final wicket of the innings. Batting through the 20 overs, DoK made a solid 93; with the extras column boasting the highest score!
We made slow ground in chasing the 93 and at one point it looked as if we were going to have to pack up early with wickets falling with ease. Matthew Conrathe came in and remained until the end, fending off any straight ones and picking up singles when available. Dan Persad made good use of loose balls and Elliott Meldrum found gaps in the field to reach the boundary and, with what looked like an unlikely victory, made sure to keep the 3rds unbeaten this season.
This was an excellent, all round team effort in the field, with the ball and in bat. Thank you to all 11 boys and a special mention to the colts players who stepped up once again and claimed wickets and winning runs. Well done!
Team: Sparrow, Gooda, Choudhury, Rose, Fry, Conrathe, Persad, Meldrum, Marsh, Seager, Merry