This weeks scheduled cricket matches where in doubt due to some typical English weather. However, the clouds thankfully cleared by the afternoon allowing the Colts B to host Brambletye on the second Copthorne pitch. Like the two previous weeks we had won the toss and chose to bowl going with the same strategy that had proven successful one week prior. Copthorne started a little sluggish with the ball and Brambletye capitalised scoring quickly to put us on the back foot. The visitors ended up posting a modest score of 117/2 off their allotted 20 overs. With that score seeming to be the par score of the season in all our matches so far it would be hard to chase down although after last week’s chase the boys were somewhat confident they could get two wins on the trot. On the contrary, once the first few overs had been bowled it was damage control. With quick wickets falling and as a result the run rate dropping, any chance of making the required target of 118 was now a secondary objective and the first being to hang in for a draw. Chris Preen and Gabriel Jones held the innings together for the middle overs but once the former was removed by a gem of a delivery the house of cards came falling to the ground. Our middle to lower order slumped to be all out for 59 in the final over of the match which was disappointing considering how close we came to drawing the match.
As a whole I was proud of the boys who put in a fighting effort and did not give up, eventually losing to a team that was unmistakably an older and more experienced cricketing side. JB