|Match Report: 6th August, 5:30PM, Bamville, Rothampstead Park|
Rain, rain and more bleeding rain
Result: Bamville 100/7 off 15, Crabtree 96/8 off 15It was still drizzling with rain when we met for the match, but with the sides knowing each other so well and everyone wanting to play cricket it was decided to play the game but as a 15-over game only.
Unsurprisingly the slippery condition meant that wickets and fielding were difficult, and being asked to field Crabtree struggles early on. Not until the 9th over was a wicket taken by Ian Blanchard who had a creditable 1 for 8 off 2 overs; Bamville’s score having advanced to 55. Wickets then fell at regular intervals as Bamville pushed their score on to 100-5 off their 15 overs with Ashley Waters taking 2 for 8 off 2 overs and Steve Sear 1 for 5 off 1 over.
The rain was getting worse, but sportsmanship, stupidity and the fact that the pitch would not be required for many more matches this season meant that Crabtree elected to chase the required 101. The reply was fairly well-paced with Ben Dearman scoring 12 , Rob Cole 28 not-out and Matt Arnerich 19 but a continuous tumble of wickets meant that we were never certain of getting the required total. The match was effectively lost when Justin Heyes of Bamville got a double-wicket maiden in the 10th and a run-out quickly followed. Crabtree’s reply ended on 91 for 8 and Bamville won to the great delight of their captain Iqbal Hussain.
The team retired to the Engineer for an enjoyable evening meal and beers marred only by the fact that we were at this stage all soaking wet.
Match Reporter: Ben Dearman
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