|Match Report: 22nd June, 6:00PM, Verulam, Verulamium Park|
Pre-Brexit Verulam Flex-it
Result: Lost by 9 wickets
Verulam flexed their muscles in chasing down a paltry 116 with two overs to spare.
We convened at Verulam Park on the evening before the Referendum (well all but one player who sent a text saying they weren't available which never arrived at its intended recipient). The pitch looked fairly dry despite the heavy rain the night before but very spongey and having lost the toss we were sent in. Paul got a rising delivery early on but Rich Bailey was looking good on 21 and about to retire when he chased a wide one (literally) to lob the ball up to point. The customary Crabtree collapse ensued alleviated by a powerful knock by Ben Newton (29) and an excellent watchful 24 by joint founder member Graham when we needed to solidfy the innings. Despite being aware we only had 9 wickets we were unable to bat the overs scoring 115 of exactly 19 overs.
We needed to bowl very well to have a change and (to cut a long story short) we didn't. Verulam lent us a fielder for the whole innings with Benin being our best fielder. As hosts Verulam wanted to bowl 2 overs per person as far as possible and we honoured this (by letting them get the runs in 18 overs for just one wicket). Very notable excpetions to the poor bowling was Nick T (0-2 in 2 overs), Rich (0-8 in 2), Tony (1-9 in 2) and Paul (0-8 in 2).
Not a good day at the office for our intrepid team which could only get worse the following evening....
Match Reporter: Ben Dearman
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