Before the ferocious storm on Saturday night there was plenty of cricket to be played by our 4 senior sides, who were all looking to beat the predicted weather in order to induce the long overdue Chairman’s drinks.
The 1’s travelled to face Loughborough again, and just as they had in the cup the previous weekend came away with a big points haul from a winning draw. Batting first, a stoic 39 from Craves and an unbeaten dry 49 from Pedro proved worthy support for the long overdue first ton of the season from PJ, who was eventually dismissed for a terrific 127 off only 108 balls. The total of
273/4 ensured that maximum batting points were secured and looked a daunting target. Loughborough started very well in response however, and an opening partnership of 142 put them in with a shout. But regular wickets ensured that there was to be no onfield embarrassment and Loughborough ended on 254/8. Matt Bashford continued to enjoy his 1st team call up with another miserly spell of 1/29 from his 9 overs as the team returned to the top of the Everards Premier League and will be looking to push on from here on in.
The 2’s faced Newtown LInford at Fleckney Rd and spent the first few hours chasing the ball to all parts as the visitors racked up 274/5 to post a daunting target. Rain curtailed the reply but an excellent 50 from CPM, a steady 30 from Fabes and a great unbeaten cameo from Fido, who continues to grow in stature (see picture above) ensured that there was no drama as the innings was halted after 30 overs as the heavens opened with 150/2 on the board.
The 3’s returned to winning ways with a comfortable win against Old Northamptonians, who were restricted to 158/9 from their 50 overs, Jai SIngh being the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/39 from his 15 overs. In response, decent scores from Luke, Simmo, Thommo and an unbeaten 31 from Loz ensured that the total was overcome before the rain kicked in.
The 4’s travelled to Egerton Park looking to get back to winning ways and were buoyed by being able to field 11 men for the first time in July and featuring John and Dunc who had returned from their singles holiday in Turkey twice the men they were!. Winning the toss, stan in skipper Bouch asked the opposition to bat first, having one eye on the weather and assuring everyone that he “had a plan”! At 74/2 it was fair to say that the assumption that Bouch had continued drinking non stop since his recent graduation were beginning to gain credibility! However, the introduction of spin twins Blodge and Sam soon turned the game on its head. Ben returned figures of 3/35 but Sam delivered the astounding career best 5 for 6 from his 6 overs. Only blip was Sam bowling a wide when he had a hat trick opportunity but in any event the hosts were dismissed for just 109 off 29 overs.
In response Dave Pounds was again unlucky to receive what was probably the “best ball bowled in Division 7 this season” and was dismissed for a duck. Steady knocks from JP, Bouch and Rob kept momentum before a seasons best 33 not out from Harry and 27 not out from Jenko ensured that we were enjoying a beer with our tea as we celebrated 24 points and listened to Bouch tell us that he had everything under control all along!