Match Report: 19th May, 2:00PM, Harpenden 3rds, St Georges School

Result: Crabtree win by 5 wickets

 For the first time in recent years crabtree had 12 men to pick from, however due to the ageing team and the groans about injuries Cole decided to pick all 12 with rolling subs, doing two jobs at once as never been Cole's strong point and so it proved again when trying to finish the bowlers over and forgetting to bring a fielder back on with 5 overs to go (apologies once again to Paul).

After winning the toss and worrying that the game would be over quite quickly Malcolm decided to put the 3's into bat, little did he know we had an outstanding bowling attack led by Ben (7,1,23,1) and Nick (8,3,7,2). Ben taking the important wicket of Deano for a duck (last year he scored a 100 against us) and Nick going for just 7 runs off his 8 overs. These two were well surported by Martin ( in the book it as 8,0.41,0 but I know Jim gave you two of his worst overs) Jim (2,0,4,2) Phil (3,1,15,0) and Ben N (3,0,12,1). Oh yes I almost forgot, best bowling figures to Neil (8,3,17,4) who was very unfortunate not to equal Cole's fiver in the same fixture last year ( thanks Steve). With good bowling and tight fielding including a great catch from Al, and good wicket keeping from Steve we managed to bowl them out in the 39th over for 126.

Crabtree after eating an hearty tea could not afford to be complacent, but with the instruction's to hang around and not to go slogging the temptation was to much for Rich, LBW for 5 this was soon followed by a ball deseiving Paul for 1. The 3's sensing a collapse threw everything into thier fielding when Al and Ben came into bat, particually young John Lacey an outstanding all rounder for his age and certainly denying Ben his 50. Al (18) was caught when the score was on 80 followed closely by Ben (45), this left Crabtree requiring a nervy 47 for the win but with Nick (7) batting sensibly, Rob hitting a few boudries (34 not out) and Neil (0) defending some fast attacking overs, Crabtree got to the 127 target in the 33rd over.

A most enjoyable game of cricket followed by a few beers on the Common. Well done everyone.

Match Reporter: Rob Cole

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