|Match Report: 30th May, 6:00PM, St John Fisher, Rothamsted Park Upper|
Crabtree Vanquish Old Foe!
Result: Win by 1 wicket
Having been beaten by Sir John Fisher for as long as anybody can remember and with them having a long-held reputation of taking the game a little too seriously, it was with some trepidation that we turned up to a showery Rothamsted Park. With a rain-delayed start of 1820, Crabtree batted first.
Despite early wickets by opening bowlers Nick T (3-15-1) and Ben D (3-17-1) SJF displayed some very good, muscular batting with Summers and Watson both retiring not out. The run-rate slowed in the middle of the innings before Al R (2-8-1) and Andy B (2-8-2) took wickets towards the end although a special mention should be made of Tim J’s unfortunate record of 6 balls comprising 4 wides and 2 no-balls (no extra balls given fortunately as we might have been struggling with the light later in the match). SJF ultimately posted a respectable 133-5 off their 20 overs on a fairly lively pitch.
SJF bowled out their two openers (Streaky and Bumble) to great effect stifling the run-rate and with none of Crabtree’s Top 6 scoring more than 7 runs. This included one or two unfortunate dismissals including Tim J (7) who capped off his evening receiving a high full toss that was close to a no-ball and hit the top of his stumps. With 7 overs and 4 wickets left Nic H was heard remarked that the mere 9 runs per over was very gettable – he was sarcastically thanked for setting up the “easy win” before being banished to umpire duties. Coming in 7 and 8 respectively Rob C (29) and Ben N (39) got the run rate moving, both retiring unbeaten. Gary B (5 Not Out off singles) then played an anchor role as Nick T (9) and Ben D (8) made quick contributions before sacrificing their wickets in the pursuit of rapid runs. Still work to do as Ben N came back in at the end of the 19th over, scoring a huge 6 before being caught, leaving 2 runs off 2 balls for the returning Rob with 9 wickets down. Rob had no thoughts of an easy single to avoid defeat as he clouted the first of the 2 deliveries for a win by 1 wicket and an historic win amid the gathering dark.
An excellent match, made all the more enjoyable by SJF’s gracious manner in defeat and sociable attitude in the Engineer afterwards.
Match Reporter: Ben Dearman
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