On an overcast and chilly Sunday afternoon the 1st XI entertained Peterborough in the latest round of the National.
Sunny, due to the “extended absence” of Captain Craven, lost the toss and we were asked to bat on a warn and used wicket. A decision that slightly surprised some of the more senior members of the team.
Jacko ( yes Jacko!! ) and Bhav opened up for us, but unfortunately the latter did not last too long. “wafting” at a ball outside his off stump and being caught behind. 2 for 1 in the 2nd over, not an ideal start, but in came Sunny to the crease and what followed in the next 29 overs was a demonstration of stroke play, good running,( and plenty of stretching from Jacko ), as the pair put the Peterborough bowlers to the sword.
The pair put on 191 for the second wicket before Sunny was out caught at deep fine leg for a yet another quality innings of 108. At that point the score was 193 for 2, in the 31st over.
A quick fire 21 from 11 balls from CPM, a good knock of 33 from Daz, and some scampering at the end of the innings took us up to 288/7 at the end of our 45 allotted overs. Not a bad score but in hindsight we probably should have got well over 300, but certainly competitive.
At this point enter the Umpires. It transpired that the Peterborough side had took an additional 19 minutes over there allotted 2hours and 50min to start bowling the final over of the first innings. After some debate by the umpires they decided to penalise Peterborough to the tune of 12 penalty runs. Thus making their new target 301 to win.
The way they started batting, Peterborough were not going to go down without fight. ( and lots of yawping from the balcony! ) Opener Young took advantage of some “mixed length” bowling smashing anything that was over pitched, short or wide.
His opening partner Mitchell was happy to let him do so, and played some decent shots of his own whilst rotating the strike.
9 overs gone. 82 for 0 wicket. And 4 seam bowlers tried. Despite the power play still in play, Captain Sunny turned to the spin of the now loose Jacko. The run rate started to drop. 4 overs later Spiro was added to the attack and the run-rate again dropped, and the first wicket taken.
Opener Mitchell caught at the crease by Tommo off of Spiro trying to reverse sweep. ( I am sure Spiro was extra happy with that!! ). 3 balls later the impressive Young was caught, again off Spiro, at long off by Big Luke for a rapid 70 from 44 balls. Score 97 for 2 from 13.5 overs.
Things then continued to go with the home side who had now built up momentum. The rotation of the spin triplets ( Spiro, Bhav and Jacko ) and Daz’s medium pace, keep the run-rate in check and we took wickets at regular intervals. The task slowly became too great for the away side and they fell 43 runs short of the required total with the last pair at the crease. 258 for 9
A great win, and some great adaptability shown in the field when things weren’t going our way.