Aug 11 at 11:35 PM
Today saw an away match at Stirlands, a team that always appears to be our nemesis.
On a decidely ‘sticky’ and damp wicket Stirlands won the toss and chose to bowl.
Batting started very slowly with some excellent bowling from Stirlands. At the half way point we only had scored 28 runs and 4 wickets had been conceded. Once the better bowlers were seen off James & Ben managed to start hitting some runs and after 25 overs the score had gone up to over 60. Ben ended his innings on a good score of 21 but James went on, going from strength to strengh and scoring his first 50 with a magnificent 6 over the club house nearly hitting their car! He was admirabley supported by Jake, Jay, George and Luke. James finished on 70 not out with Middleton’s total score ending on 133 for 9 after 37 overs. Considering the start this was an excellent result and gave us a target to aim for.
We always knew that this was going to be difiicult match – the team was aware that we had to get them all out in 33 overs if we were going to win.
Stirlands also found runs were hard to come by during the first 8 overs scoring only 30 runs. Then 3 wickets fell very quickly (1 each to George, Ben & Jake) and they were 45 – 3 off 12 overs. Then Stirlands managed to start hitting 1 and 2’s and a steady partnership began to build. 50 runs later Jay took a superb catch way out on the boundary to dismiss one of their top batters not realising that his feet were over the rope. Very unlucky ! Despite this a few balls later another went up in the air and very cooly Aaron held onto it. This was very quickly followed by a 5th wicket leaving Strilands on 105 – 5 after 25 overs.
Unfortunately whatever we tried we couldn’t get any further wickets and Stirlands managed to get 134 after 30 overs. This wasn’t a bad result considering the team they have.
We showed resilience today and at no point did our heads drop. Yes we had chances and yes there were still misfields but overall a very good performance.
At home to Pagham tomorrow where I know it will all come together.