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Sun 29th May 2022 vs. Horley CC (A) @ Horley CC

Match report

The match began and we were bowling first with a rule that gave the first ball a person faced a free hit allowing for some shenanigans later in the game. As their openers walked onto the pitch Dan Trinder was tasked with opening the bowling and after a worrying 4 of the free hit he delivered a world class ball that sent the bails rolling of their opening batsmen. After this wicket we slowed the run count until another great catch by Tonya to take out the number 3. After this the number 2 who was causing some problems with his slow but steady scoring was caught behind by Ben Davis in his third catch of the season already, a sign of things to come? After the top three batters had fallen the run rate plummeted with thanks to Daylight and Ross who kept batters 4-5 to a very slow pace until Ross had had enough and got two wickets in quick succession. After a swap of bats from batter number 4 had proven unsuccessful and simple catch from Tonya was never in doubt and for batter number 5 a questionable bounce batter number 5 was on his way. To face the dangerous looking middle order was George Trinder and Tonya who started off strong with another catch behind Ben Davis off of Tonya’s consistent bowling to batter number 7. After this wicket the run rate plummeted to an almost standstill but we struggled for a while to find any wickets until a lapse in concentration led to the wicket of the 14 year old girl at number 8 who put in a solid showing and all but Sam managed to temper their celebrations. After this wicket had fallen we brought back the opening bowler Dickie Tyler who after a couple of deliveries was able to get have the troublesome number 6, who had been heating up at the crease, run out on an ambitious run. Batters 9-10 fended off the last few overs with only a few runs added to their teams total and after the dust had settled they had scored 135-8.

The batting had an eventful beginning with a nice shot played by Sam of his free hit and then a poor call from Sam trying to get a single where there definitely was not one lead to his early fall. Then in came the big man himself Ben Davis who taking full advantage of the free hit rule went for the audacious reverse sweep back towards the pavilion and despite the double hit the new bat knocked the ball all the way for 4. The runs for the pair of Fergus and Ben came steadily with only a few dropped catches until Ben thought he had better speed up the run rate and hit a miraculous three sixes in a row and another 4 right after just for good measure. After this display he scored a few more runs and honourably retired on 50, letting Tim Morton take to the crease. Tim was not messing around and went for only boundaries before getting bowled by a 14-year old girl. After this early dismissal Tonya came in and played an excellently paced innings despite the onslaught of good balls coming from their star bowler Lottie, who was robbed of more wickets due to some missed catches. In the end the duo of Fergus and Tonya where able to see us over the line comfortably with a score of 136-2.

Report by George Trinder 31 May 2022