Match Report: 27th May, 6:00PM, Garden Fields, Verulamium Park

Crabtree 126 for 9 off 20 overs vs Garden Fields 127 for 7 off 19.3 overs

Result: Lost by 3 wickets

One of those Ďmake your mind upí matches. The weather couldnít decide whether (joke) to be sunny or rainy. Chris Horn to bat or not. Ally Rawlinson whether to wear a helmet or not. The opposition to be a full side or not and Crabtree to be a proper 20/20 team or not.

The match started in drizzle. Captain fantastic Hale chose to bat. Crabtree looking like getting 150 plus at 40 for one off six overs and the opposition had two mini-fielders. Unfortunately the acceleration didnít quite happen. Garden Fields produced their other two players, wickets went cheaply. Not helped by two debated run outs (Not verbally just in the batsmenís mind). Thus at 79 for 5 of 13 overs we could have collapsed and thus at least have been able to watch the second half (MU vs Barca silly). However, a late rally by Graham (classy) Reid, who resumed his opening knock to reach 36 no, resulted in a defendable total of 127. Other notable batting performances were Nick Hale 25 and Chris Horn 16.

Garden Fieldís reply started as the sun came out. Early on Crabtree bowled and fielded like a true 20/20 team. Mention must go to Billy Hewlett 1 for 14 and Chris Parkinson 2 for 15. After 10 overs the opposition were well behind the run rate. Unfortunately it was at this time that they decided to show their true colours. Every time the ball was there to be hit they hit it. Squeezing home with three balls to spare.

Who Ďmade their mind upí. I guess Al to wear a helmet.

Match Reporter: Ian Blanchard

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