The 4th team returned to action this weekend following the frustrating enforced break due to Market Bosworth’s withdrawal from the league, by welcoming Loughborough Greenfields 2nds.
Winning the toss the skipper chose to bat and subject the visitors to 3 hours frying under the intense heat whilst enjoying the sight of experienced openers Pritchard and Jones plunder runs aplenty…………how wrong could you be with the score limping to 53-5 thanks to some pretty shoddy batting on our part.
Cue the re-build, with the skipper joined by Sam Pounds for a crucial partnership of 87 which tood the score towards 150 when the skipper was dismissed. Following a brief cameo from the shrinking Chairman, Sam was joined at the crease by the biggest 14 year old in club history Harrison Norton for 10 overs of sheer carnage where they plundered over 90 runs with some fantastic and explosive strokeplay.
Pounds accelerated having reached 50 and came to the last over needing 8 for a maiden 100. Having plundered 6 from the first 2 balls he than suffered 3 dots, leaving 2 needed from the last ball……he smashed the ball to the cow corner boundary but straight to a fielder…..but major credit to junior partner Norton who scorched back for an impossible looking second run and dived in to safety and the celebrations of Pounds’ landmark could begin…witnessed by a proud dad and grandad.
The young duo had hoisted the final score to an imposing 287-7 and represented an amazing recovery from the distant memores of our poor start.
In the field Chris Carson quickly made inroads by taking 2 quick wickets and was well backed up by the returning Ravi Tank who removed another and leave the oppostion teetering at 10-3………Norton was unable to match his batting heroics but produced an aggressive and economical spell but without much luck…..some resolute defence from the opposition middle order was finally broken by the introduction of spin twins Ben Lodge and Sam Pounds…..3 wickets for Ben and 4 for 6 by Pounds (who could now do no wrong!), finished the innings with the opposition all out for 133 and 24 valuable points in the bag.
So 2 wins out of 2 has hoisted us up to 4th in the league and the performance of the youngsters gives us great heart to face the challenges that lie ahead.