Copthorne v Cottesmore

We could not have asked for a better start. Cottesmore put themselves into bat first which meant we could concentrate on the strongest part of our game, fielding and bowling. This was only our 2nd game of the season but we bowled as if we had been playing for months. Runs were not coming as often as our opponents had wished and wickets were falling rapidly, increasing our confidence. Each of the 6 bowlers, Sam Lloyd, Oliver Dodson, Sam Higgs, Charlie Dineen, Freddie Caunter and Jack Hirchfield claimed at least 1 wicket assisted by the safe hands of Harry Hickmet who took 2 catches and a run out! We were set a total of 60 to beat.

Enter Sven Kerneis and Charlie Dineen. It looked as if our opening batsmen were going to last the distance and claim victory but at 47 runs, a spectators call of “run”, a rush of blood to the head and lack of communication between batsmen meant our 1st wicket went down. Then soon after another went, then another and another……and so on. With 8 runs needed to win the game we lost 4 wickets and nerves began to set in. Step up “safe hands” Hickmet; not known for his batting skills, Harry showed his “calm” side weilding his bat like a medieval knight! A superb boundary left us needing a solitary run to win and it was Harry once again who stole the limelight to mass applause from the sell out crowd. Sven for his unbeaten 31 runs and Harry for obvious reasons share this weeks man of the match award.

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