Match Report: 4th May, 6:00PM, Manland, Rothampstead Park

Result: A tie!

On a balmy Wednesday evening at Rothamsted Park Cricket most certainly was the winner for Crabtree's season opener against Manland.

Skipper Newton won the toss and elected to bat on the basis that batting is more fun.

The surface was less dangerous but more difficult to score on than usual, though this didn't seem to bother Rich Bailey who got us off to a great start with 33 not out scored in his usual indomitable manner. We agreed to make the game an 18 overs affair due to light issues and Crabtree got to 121 with almost everyone chipping in, including 27* from Tony Ward on debut. Well done Tony!

121 was one of those totals where you never really knew whether it was defendable or not, but in the end we probably should have won. 

Manland got off to a good start with Chesney smashing it everywhere until Bendy got some revenge and clean bowled him. Apart from Weddy in the middle none of the Manlands batsman really got on top of some tight Crabtree bowling and fielding, once again capped off by excellent wicket keeping by the good ship SS Sears. Nic Hale's bowling figures of 2 for 6 from his 3 overs being the mainstay of the Crabs bowling effort.

Rich Bailey manfully volunteered to bowl the last over in which Manland needed 12 to win. They fell one run short meaning the inaugural match of the season was a well-earned tie!

A great game of cricket followed by some lovely food and drinks at the Oddfellows Arms. Everything a midweek game of cricket could hope to have.

Match Reporter: Ben Newton

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