Match Report: 9th June, 6:00PM, Final CC, Greenwood Park

Crabtree Back to winning ways.

Result: Win by 40 runs

Following back to back defeats something radical had to be done to get Crabtree back in victory mode. Hence a strong 1st X1 was selected to take on Final CC at Greenwood Park. Al Rawlinson was inserted as skipper for the evening and his Benitez like team talk obviously had the desired effect.

Crabtree chose to bat first and after early wickets of Baker ( 7 ) and Hale ( 9 ),  Arnerich and Bowman came together and really pushed the score along with knocks of 27 ret and 22 respectively. Skipper Rawlinson came to the crease to produce his usual tally of lusty blows and quick running turning two’s into three’s and soon retired on 25. ( a suggestion has been made by everyone who bats with Al that the Club kit back should contain at least one defibrulator !!! ). Good batting continued with Jenkins ( 12 no ) and Blanchard ( 21 no ) to give Crabtree a commanding 154 for 4 by close of innings. It is worth noting that we were helped to a certain extent by our highest scorer – Extras on 31. The last over, bowled somewhat coincidentally by someone called Alastair, conceded 7 wides !!!

Final CC were always going to struggle to reach this total and soon fell below the required run rate following good opening spells from Bowman and Payne. Two of their first three batsmen retired on 25 but by then the task was too much, particularly as Crabtree had several good bowlers to come on. Baker ( 2 overs for 6 ) and Arnerich ( 2 overs for 7 ) were notably economic plus tidy overs from “Torvill” Jenkins, Blanchard, Horn and the skipper. Bravely the skipper threw the ball to Jonty ( which he dropped ) entrusting him with two overs which, for once, were bowled straight and might have had two wickets if Chris Horn had been 9’6” !!

Worth noting that Rawlinson pulled off one spectacular diving catch. There were however a few spilled chances but it would be wrong in the extreme to name names !!!

Final reached 114 for 4 giving Crabtree a well earned victory.

Match Reporter: Jonty

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