Match Report: 5th July, 2:00PM, Carpenters Arms, Rothampstead Park

Result: Lost by 40 runs

40 over game. Crabtree Lost:  Carpenters batted first 161-9 (40overs) Crabtree 121 all out (36 overs)

A fine day saw the debut for Crabtree of Giles Croot filling in for an injured Graham Horn, and Nick Casardei at eleven one of the youngest Dads, making Dan proud and doing his fathers running in the field.

Nic Hale captaining won the toss and inserted the opposition, saying he wanted to win - nevermind Nic.  Generally bowling and fielding was good.  Wickets shared around, a spectacular slower ball from the good doctor cleaning up one of the Carpenters openers.  Nick Casardei showed us how to perform a long barrier and Ali took all three catches in the field.  No report can pass without mentioning Rob Cole.  Not bearing to be parted from his new helmet he carried it onto the pitch and gave away five penalty runs when he failed to collect behind the stumps, leaving the ball to rattle the offending headwear five yards behind him.  Despite failing to dislodge the Carpenters final pair - who faced the Casardeis in tandem for the last five overs we felt 161 was gettable.

However it was not to be.  We were Badgered into giving our wickets away.  Rob Cole, Nic Hale and Giles Croot did their best to make the score respectable, but they were poorly supported.  Fred is exonerated too, after playing through his Stag weekend hangover and keeping his lunch off the playing surface.

A good game against enjoyable opposition.  Definitely worth a repeat fixture next year.

Match Reporter: Nick Threlfall

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