Good effort by Second team
Away to Winterbourne who were 2nd in the league and pretty much assured of
promotion – we knew it could be a tough day!
Knowing that our wicket keeper had to leave at 5 I felt confident that we
would be in the field whichever way the toss went! Success – we lost the
toss and were in the field. Opening bowlers Sam Panayides (on load from IBM
Hursley) and Shiv Banerjee started well but the opposition batsmen looked
strong and runs came fairly easily. The first wicket fell in the 8th over
with the score on 61 – caught and bowled Banerjee. Fitzpatrick took over
from Panayides in the 9th over but couldn’t quite find his rhythm and went
for 31 off 3 overs. Meanwhile Banerjee was celebrating wickets in his 5th
and 6th overs and finished with a creditable 8-1-16-3. Henderson taking 3
attempts to catch the opposition skipper in the deep! On comes Kinnear with
a maiden first over – score is 73-3 off 16. Neil Henderson replaced
Banerjee at the pavillion end with the priority being the wicket of the
no.2 batsmen. A sweep shot off Kinnears bowling, from the no.2 is
spectacularly plucked from mid air one handed at square leg by Banerjee –
91-5 off 19. Wickets continued to fall with Kinnear taking another 2 and
Noton taking 2. 159-8. Unfortunately Winterbourne put on 31 for the 9th
wicket which eventually fell in the 38th over. Final total 202-9.
The batting got off to a rocky start with Derek Barnes bowled for 1 in the
2nd over. Jordan Payne and Jack Cox batted steadily against tricky bowling
before Cox was bowled on 12 in the 14th over with the score on 29. Banerjee
followed in the next over out LBW for 0. Neil Henderson started slowly but
once the opening bowlers were done runs started flowing for both batsmen
and the crowd was treated to steady scoring which included some hefty
blows. Henderson was eventually caught in the 31st over for 41 with the
score on 111. Bob Kinnear hit a quick fire 10 and discovered that his bat
did indeed have a middle when he connected with a ball that flew to the
boundary. Next up Kev Sims who wasted no time scoring quickly with singles
and 4s (he even ran a 2 by mistake). Meanwhile Payne continued to score and
looked certain to get his maiden Travs 50 only to be caught on 46.
Fitzpatrick started well but was out to a spectacular diving catch on 3.
Noton was caught for 5 leaving debutante Panayides to close out the innings
with Sims. Unfortunately we were always behind the rate and we ended 33
runs short on 169-8. Some excellent batting from Payne(46), Henderson(41)
Great effort all round and a valuable 9 points.