The 4’s looked to take a big stride towards securing back to back promotions when they entertained 2nd placed Bardon Hill at Fleckney Rd on Saturday. Having won the toss, skipper Tim Neal had no hesitation in electing to bat, with the intention of exerting some scoreboard pressure later in the day if a good total was established.
Things didn’t go exactly to plan as Dave Pounds was dismissed first ball, and Jay Boucher was called in to entertain the crowd for the first time that day as he joined John Pounds in the first over.
The innings progressed slowly, as JP took his time to play himself in, whilst Bouch’ showed that he was warming to the task by unleashing a ‘Dilscoop’ for 4 over the wicket keepers head. Unfortunately he departed soon after, but was to make even more telling contributions later in the day. Harry MIller and Jack Allen both made good starts but got out, but it was John Pounds who took complete control of the innings as he clocked up his highest league score as he reached 150, before predictably being caught on the boundary! JP has now clocked up 879 runs in just 16 innings and has a great chance to reach the magic 1,000 mark with 3 games left to play.
There was no respite once JP had departed for the beleaguered Bardon attack, as Lee Butler and Harrison Norton clocked up 40 runs in 4 overs as we closed on a daunting 273/5, and just as importantly had restricted the visitors to just one bowling point.
In response Bardon were off to a flyer as they clocked up 60 off just 6 overs, before Chris Carson (2/25), and Harrison Norton put the brakes on with 3 quick wickets. The introduction of Ben Lodge (4/45), and Dunc Jones (2/25) ensured that there was no let up and in spite of some juggling antics from Bouch’ as he spilled 2 sitters off Ben Lodge at the end, Harrison Norton ended matters by rearranging the stumps to claim his second wicket and secure a 24 point haul.
The win puts the team in 2nd place and 44 points clear of the final promotion place and so in touching distance of promotion.