Match Report: 4th July, 2:00PM, Carpenters Arms, Rothampstead Park

3 wickets for only 1 run secures the draw!

Result: 188 all out - DRAW

Well as Sunday games go, this turned out to be as exciting as some of our mid-week 20/20 games.       

Having won the toss (A rare occurance this season), Ian decided to bat 1st to save us having to field in the scorching mid-day sun.  A cunning plan indeed & one that worked well, as we progressed to 51 for 1 of the 10 overs.  This run rate continued to 102 for 4 off 20 and a late flurry took us to 188 all out off 36 overs.  Special mention to Tim who scored 44, before being caught just short of his 50 L, plus Graham R, who scored 56, including 9 boundries!!!    (Well you don’t have to run for them do you)

The Carpenters laid on a great lunch, (Most of which had been consumed by the 1 year old son of one of their players..) and we took to the field in the mind that we may be 20 runs short of a winning score…..Little did we know what was in store.

The Capenters started well and with one of their batsman lasting all bar 2 of their overs, it was a very tight game, which saw them get to the stage of only needing 1 run off the last 4 overs, with 3 wickets remaining.            No chance most would say, yet this is Crabtree Dads we are talking about here.      So in came the field bravely, up stepped our last 3 bowlers Tim/Nick/Ian & quite incredibly the game ended in a tie.  Yes we took their last 3 wickets for just 1 run…….   

Great excitement for the last wicket, when Nick T having initially softened up their last batsman, with a bouncer to the bonce, then sent another ball flying to his mid-rift.  All the batsman could do was to put his bat out in self defence and up the ball looped,      For one horrible moment, it looked as if it was heading to Jonty, but to everyones relief it fell to young Matt Arnerich (The Arnerich that can catch) & the game was tied…

Off our overs, Matt bowled very well for 24 for 1, Neil 1 (A very special wicket) for 30, Tim 29 for 2… yet special mention has to go to Charlie Yates with figures of 6-1-17-0 / Ian B 6-2-13-2 & Nick T 7.1-1-27-4.

All that remains is for us to carry this form and belief into our next Suday game when we play Manland….. Which we must & will win!!!

Match Reporter: Al Rawlinson

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