Firsts fight back to win
The first team won a tough match by 4 wickets at Hursley. Captain for the
day Ed Hardwicke lost the toss and we fielded first. The pitch was good and
the boundaries, especially on one side, hard to protect. We kept the
opposition quiet in the first half of the innings but took no wickets so
Hursley were able to accelerate to reach 239 for 3. Some of the fielding
and bowling were good but there were also moments when we seemed to lose
track of the fact that boundaries were inevitable on such a good pitch and
that an over with only 6 runs in the second half of the innings was nothing
to worry about.
When we batted Ed and Dave Surridge continued their good form from last
week to put on 79 at 4.5 an over. This gave us a good base for a challenge
of Hursley’s score. When the opposition’s experienced slow bowler produced
a triple wicket maiden on the way to figures of 3-23 the odds looked very
much against us. Abhijit Jagadeesh and Febin George were not beaten however
and batted very intelligently together to put on 112. Febin was out for
exactly 50 with just 13 needed and Abhijit saw us home with 7 balls to
spare, finishing 79 not out.
This was an excellent victory and contained 2 unusual moments involving no
balls. Bowling the last ball of our innings Bill Stroud, who was bowling a
tight second spell, touched the stumps, dislodging the bails, to concede a
no ball. That ball was hit for 4 as was the extra ball meaning the final
delivery effectively went for 9 runs!
In their innings they had a bowler removed from the attack, by their
umpire, for bowling 3 beamers! He was not a great bowler but it certainly
did us no harm in our run chase!