Saturday XI Vs Englefield Green Cricket Club 2nd XI

The scorecard for this fixture can be found here

Morning all,

This past Saturday the Saturday side continued the beautiful rich vein of form and pumped in another into the W column against Englefield Green Cricket Club.

Losing the toss on a pitch that resembled the M1, Englefield Green elected to bat. With nothing in the pitch on a sweltering day things looked like they could get a bit spikey for the Hill. Joel and Webbs opened up the bowling with solid, tight spells-not giving the batsmen much to play with. Unfortunately with a lightning outfield they managed to reach 40 odd for no wicket. Webbsy then struck with three quick wickets, removing the top three and introducing Ron to the game with 2 of his 3 catches. With the top order gone, a solid start became 50-3 and we were in with a shout.

A partnership then began to form, leaving us taking wickets as we went along. Elliot and Lawn came into the attack giving us a wicket apiece in their first few overs followed by Rob Davie picking one up on Saturday debut. The ominous clouds began to form and a short downfall meant that tea was taken at 30 overs into the game with the hope of timing things so that play could continue without the loss of overs. Luck would be on our side meaning that Elliot cleaned up the remainder of the tail with another three wickets and webbs claiming the last man. Els and Webbs ended with 4 a piece.

The ominous chase then followed with the cloud of doubt still with us following the dodgy chase of the week before, this time for a target doubled in size. The start was somewhat similar, this time with our other opener, Adam Williams, departing early due to a leading edge-meaning that the rest of his day would be spent troughing and wondering if he could even run a bath in this form…. 😉

With the score on 5 for no wicket, myself and Els managed to see of the early overs and the remaining moisture to make the most of the M25 wicket and play some top stroke play. The bludgeoned shots of myself, coupled with the leg side flicks of Ransom meant that before long the target was within reach and at 20 overs the rain was not an issue with our run rate superior to theirs. In an over that saw Ransom swat their spinner for 5 fours on the trot and bring up his fifty, we were in a commanding position. The only flaw came when he skied one only for their pot bellied left armer to drop a catch so simple that he may have considered retirement. The following over Williams notched up his fifty and followed that up with a delightful straight six into the sight screen, only to sky the third ball and depart for 56 and end the partnership of close to 130.

Captain gets out

Skipper getting out after reaching his 50

Prem came to the wicket and the experienced batsman used his guiding influence to help us over the line-coupled with the power hitting of Ransom. It seemed that when Williams was out, Ransom went bazurk and hit some daddy sixes to win the game and finish on 78*

A sick game all round lads.

Very professional and sending a message to the league.

We are now 6th in the league, upper table and have won 4 in a row.

Get in

Nick

The scorecard for this fixture can be found here