Match Report: 16th June, 6:00PM, Manland, Rothampstead Park

Our biggest 20 over total !

Result: CCC 170/3; Manland 171/3

Glorious summers evening, first time as captain for Crabtree, Nick T did the decent thing and won the toss, elected to bat. Al and Chris P started off at a fine rate, great hitting by Al and excellent running by Chris saw us to 40 after 3 overs. AL soon retured on 37 not out, Chris chasing the runs was our first of three run outs. With Paul A at the crease the lusty blows stopped but first Simon (until Paul cruelly ran him out - run number 2) and then Nick T carried on the good work at the other end. More fine running, Paul's various injuries caused the field to laugh at his attempts at running rather than chase the ball, top tactic. Paul was caught on the boundary by Weddy (again) on 27, in releif he walked off in spite of the umpire calling a loud no ball, so the book says retired hurt (feelings probably). Nick retired the next over on 25 which bought the Ian B(otham)/Jonty partnership to the crease. Just sit back and enjoy, Ian 19 (run out number 3) off 13 balls, and Jonty 25 (caught - splitter !) off 15 balls, superb. Chris H and Darren played out the best of the bowling to finish on possibly our highest 20 over total of 170 for 3.
Game over ! Ummm...not quite.

Manland took off after the total from ball 1, they kept apace with the run rate all the way through, with some very lusty blows and fine running. We had a few successes along the way, a great catch from Ian, a c&b from Paul and a fine middle stump job from Al. All the bowlers took some tap, the exceptions being Al with fine figures of 2 overs 1 wicket for 6 runs, and Nick and Ian. Paul took the most tap (2 overs, 1 wicket for 28 - Mick (Mr T) Tizzard hit his last three balls for six, losing two balls along the way, surprised there were no window breakages as he seemed to intentionally pick the longest boundaries and then added 50 yards - dirty dog). Nick T and Ian bowled the death overs with the game lost, a delight to see all fielders in close for the last few and with another 18 runs in the bank (or 18 runs less from Mick (Mr T) Tizzard) we would have have challenged, but the topped our score with 1.5 overs to spare. 340 runs in 38.5 overs is not half bad, Manland very much enjoyed themselves, we put up a good challenge but fell short. Special mention to Fred behind the sticks, not one bye, superb ! A few very very hard dropped catches along the way, but Manland's awesome top 6 did the business.

Match Reporter: Paul A

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