Once again we took 2 teams to Gilmorton, Team Pietersen and Team Strauss. It was a lovely evening, made all the more interesting for supporting adults by the Gilmorton Beer Festival being held at the ground.
Team Pietersen v Gilmorton (Won by 20 runs)
Team Pietersen (TP) played Gilmorton first and amassed a big score of 268 (remember they start on 200). There was some aggressive batting throughout, with a lot of boundaries coming throughout the innings. This was just as well as running for singles didn’t seem to be in the mindset for most the game.
Gimorton got off to a good start and after 3 overs looked on track but faltered thereafter. There was some tight bowling from all the players but the stand out moment in this game was a stunning one handed catch, diving to his left from Thomas Bunce. This would have graced any cricket pitch and raised a huge round of applause from the watching crowd.
Team Pietersen v Great Glen (Won by 37 runs)
TP played Great Glen next and having been put into bat struggled to score against a relatively new team and some wayward bowling. Nevertheless they persevered and managed to reach 247. The bowling and fielding when Great Glen batted was quite exceptional and raised comments from several on lookers about the quality of KCC cricket – well done to all of the Kwiks.
The golden moments came from Will Jones and Thomas Bunce who worked well together to run one of the Great Glen batsmen out (accurate throw, good take and bails off!) and then from Louis Hammond who took another fantastic catch in the 5th over. By the end of the 7th over Great Glen were actually in deficit figures due to the exceptional bowling and fielding but managed to rally to 210 at the close. A win for TP by 37 runs.
Team Strauss v Great Glen (Lost by 19 runs)
Team Strauss (TS) played Great Glen in the first of the evening games and were put into bat. The first few overs offered some accurate bowling from Great Glen but they were well matched by a good batting technique from the opening pair (George Stevens and Jack Senior). With the following overs offering more wayward deliveries it was difficult to get bat on ball but TS finished well scoring 229 runs with the loss of only one wicket.
Great Glen started their batting well with some lusty blows for four but TS produced some enthusiastic fielding in the middle overs to help pull back the run rate. In the penultimate over Ellis Hanger took a wicket to give us a glimpse of a revival, but it was not enough to stop Great Glen winning by 19 runs.
Team Strauss v Gilmorton (Lost by 19 runs)
TS won the toss and elected to put Gilmorton into bat. After a whirlwind start scoring 42 from the first four overs, TS replied by producing a devastating last 4 overs conceding only 7 runs with Alistair Milner, Oliver Hillier and George Stevens all taking wickets to reduce Gilmorton to 249.
With a bight start from the opening batting pair of Ellis Hanger and Oliver Senior the run chase started well aided by some straight bowling from Gilmorton allowing them to play some shots. The second pair were off to a flyer, with a well hit 6 from Hugo Parker which got the crowd going, and kept them entertained in with a tense display of calling between the wickets, which unfortunately ended in a run out.
Still needing 37 to win, Alastair Milner and Oliver Hillier scored well with some lovely timed shots, scoring 17 between them. However, the target was just beyond TS losing by 19 in the end in what was their best performance of the evening.