Match Report: 20th June, 6:00PM, Garden Fields, Rothampstead Park

Result: Win by 22 runs

On a balmy Summer’s evening, (well it didn’t rain for a change), we were treated to an enthralling game of cricket which culminated in yet another memorable Crabtree victory. Heady days indeed.

Crabtree opened the batting slowly and steadily with Graham (11) and Nick T.(4), followed by Yorkshire’s favourite son, Rob ‘Boycs’ Cole, who added a further 12 runs in just 22 balls! Andy (12 of 11 balls), and Ben, (an impressive 15 off 7 balls), ramped up the pace before Al and Ian (11) took on the charge.

The tail went cheaply towards the end giving Al the opportunity to return and add a further 10 runs off the last 2 balls. This took him to 46 not out, (just 4 short of that ever elusive first Crabtree 50). His innings included some magnificent shots, the most memorable being off a slower ball where he had to adjust the bat speed half way through the shot but still managed to get it to the boundary for a ‘maximum’.

So we finished with a very competitive 145 for 9, considerably more than we would have dreamed of at the mid-point when we were on a relatively paltry 49.

Our bowling started as impressively as our batting finished with Chris P. taking a fine wicket in the first over, (a ‘caught behind’ by the evergreen Graham’ take it on the chin for my team’ Reid).

Ian continued to apply the pressure with a tight and tidy spell of 1 for 8 off 3 overs and this was followed by an equally miserly spell by Nick T., (2 for 14 off his 3 overs). While the batsmen were still dazed from this, Andy sneaked in with 3 for 13 off 3 overs and all in all, things were not looking good for Garden Fields as they hadn’t even reached 50 runs by the midway point.

As the fat lady was starting to loosen her vocal chords, Jock weighed in with a quick fire 39 and suddenly the game was back on. Nevertheless, Ben and Rob quickly reasserted Crabtree’s authority and the oppo ended up 23 runs shy of the target.

Other mention should go to Giles who followed the ball in the field all evening and put a bid in to rival Alex as the latest in a long line of slick Crabtree fielders. And finally, ‘respect’ to ‘Nic The Skip’ whose continual tinkering with the field settings both unnerved the batsmen and ensured it was so dark by the end that poor ‘Jock’ could barely see the ball, let alone hit it to the boundary for 6!

All in all, a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable evening.

Match Reporter: Andy Baker

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