We put out our strongest team so far this season (Andy B, Andy W, Jack, David H, Pete, Tom, Marc, Ian C, Callum, Harry and me), went to Crowhurst Park and came away with all the points.
Rain was threatened later in the day so, winning the toss, I decided for a change to bat. And we went off at a fair old lick — 80 off the first 15 overs, with controlled aggression from Jack and the solid foundations of what was to become a pretty decent century from Andy B at the other end. After 15 overs the rain came down. Although we managed to get out there again afterwards, the pitch was not the same and run scoring was much of a challenge. The 80 were vital runs on the board.
Just how difficult batting became was evidenced by the fact that we only had three scores in the team — Andy’s ton (129), Jack (36) and David, on his senior debut (32). Despite this, and with a bit of stretch around from the others, we made 230. Full batting points.
In the light of the pitch and the likelihood of more rain, I decided (in what appeared to be entirely arbitrary decision but was, in actual fact, another captaincy masterstroke — he claims modestly) that we would open the attack with spin. So I had Andy W bowling spin at one end and Tom raining cutters at the other. Factor in a stunning catch by Pete on the boundary and the top order was gone. With the danger men quickly eliminated, and the vulnerable middle order exposed, we took the new ball, to devastating effect. With David and Harry bowling accurately at pace, the next four wickets cost us a mere 20 runs and, with plenty of overs left we had the opportunity to give everyone a bowl.
Despite this, and some stubborn resistance of the tail, we eventually ran out winners at 7.30 in the gathering darkness.
And despite Andy B’s bedrock innings, I still think this was a team performance. Especially so in the bowling and fielding. It felt good and to be honest, was no more than the 4s have deserved.