|Match Report: 17th July, 2:00PM, The Holly Bush, Rothampstead Park|
CCC 139 for 9, Inn on the Bush 140 for 4
Result: Lost by 6 wickets
On a damp wicket with rain threatening the captain took the debatable decision to bat. At 30 for 5 after 8 overs it looked like his plan for getting back to watch the golf might be successful. However, a combination of incessant chatter from the opposition's keeper, Rob Cole's inbuilt competiveness and the captain's Northern stubbornness resulted in digging in to try and get a score. Coley missed out by one for his fifty, Neil Dytham and Darren Payne hit out at the end. Thus a target of 139 for 9 off 35 overs was set. Thanks must go to Chris for filling in for our no show.
The afore said no show left us with only five bowlers. With our backs to wall everybody stepped up to the plate (clich city!). Martin Goodwin battled through his leg side demons (TJ take note); Neil, Rob and Darren all constantly asked questions of the batsmen. Steve Sears was superb behind the stumps, taking a test level leg side catch. Fielding was to the highest standard from Matt Blanchard, Graham Reid, Fred Evans and Jonty. No catches spilled and very few runs let through. In the end we lost with just 9 balls to spare. A superb, battling Crabtree effort.
Match Reporter: Ian Blanchard
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