Saturday XI Vs Commonwealth – Cricket in Epsom and Ewell

So we found ourselves sitting joint top of the league after 3 wins from 3. Next up we were at home to Commonwealth who were joint top with us.

 

After some rain at 1pm we started half hour late with a reduced game (40 overs). After losing another toss (that’s 4 in a row) we were put into bat on a damp pitch. Without Bhups who is sunning himself in Ibiza, Adam and David opened the batting. On a slow low pitch, and some consistent bowling scoring runs was hard although Adam again looked in fine form and put the bad ball away. At drinks we found ourselves around 55 for 0  but the competent opening bowlers had be seen off. Adam and David both went shortly after drinks (both stumped, Adam with a well-made 27 and David 13). This brought the middle order hiders (although due to some absentees not so middle order), Elliot and myself. With the now weaker first change bowlers on we were able to up the run rate with some good running and putting the bad ball away. Notable shot of the day was Elliot hitting their best bowler for a huge 6 back over his head. Roll on some friendly banter back and forth and I am guessing (from his reaction) the bowler was not used to be casually smashed out the ground. Both myself and Elliot fell shortly after (19 for me, and 25 for Els). We now found ourselves 123 for 4 and a little nervous as the pitch was beginning to dry out and we felt we needed 170+ to be in with a chance. We ticked along until the end of the innings to finish on 153 – 9. At tea we felt we were a few short but with some good bowling and fielding we were in with a chance.

 

4 games in and Prem finally agreed to open the bowling alongside Daffyd. Both bowled really well and looked dangerous throughout their opening spells. Their openers also found runs hard to come by and we found ourselves in the game at drinks (59-2). Myself, Ian and Phil all came on and bowled consistently. Notable spell from Phil where he bowled all 8 in a row picking up 2 wickets. It really was a good spell of bowling with only 2 ‘suspect’ balls that I can recall – well bowled mate!

 

With them needing 55 off the last 10 with 6 wickets in hand the match was still in the balance given we know teams often panic in a run a chase. Els came on and in an intriguing (yet a bit random) battle with the bowler he hit for 6 earlier, their guy decided to try and smash every ball Els bowled. With some wild swings a misses he finally connected with one that went for 6 and then one that went for 4 with the rather amusing banter of saying ‘fetch it, fetch it’ to Els each time. Rather amusing as the fact this meant the world to the batsman tells me that it will take him as long to sleep as it did for Els’ 6 to land! (LONG TIME). Morale victory to Els – looking forward to the away match! Must say that is was all done in the right spirit!

 

We continued to bowl tightly and field well but in fairness to their skip he played a sensible innings (not often seen in the Surrey Cricket League) and was able to nervously shepherd his team to victory with 2 overs to spare.

 

All in all a good bowling and fielding performance but just suffered as our top order all got in and failed to turn one of them into a big knock. We are still in a good position in the league and if Commonwealth are supposedly ‘one of the better teams’ we do not have much to fear in the league if we play anywhere near are capabilities.

 

Anyway we roll on to next week (another home game).

 

Cheers

 

Alex