Checklist for last Saturdays game against Ardingly :
Win the toss ✓
Put them into bat ✓
Bowl them out for under 120 ✓
Get the required runs in 15 overs ✓
Bag 30 points ✓
Extend lead at top of the table ✓
Now to put some ‘meat’ on the impressive bones of this story – Ned and Oliver opened the bowling and both had good solid stints; bowling with accuracy and pinning their openers to maximum of 2 runs an over . The pressure on the run rate built up until it was all too much for their number 2 bat (who look decent) who flashed at one ,spooning it high over mid-wicket. Ash, fortunately enough was tracking back twisting and turning like a gazelle being chased by a cheetah across the Serengeti, managed to just hold on to the ball after giving us an impressive juggling display – so impressive I was half expecting him to swallow a sword or pull a rabbit out the hat for his next ‘trick’.
We then looked at Rohan and Avi with the remit of getting wickets, rather than keeping the run rate low. Avi did well to hit the stumps twice and then Nabil also came in with a couple of wickets during his stint but it was Kevan who took the highest wicket haul – using the dryness of the pitch to best effect managing to get their leading run scorer (who was 6 runs shy of his 50) out with one that just tickled his bail and then having two caught by close catching. All round though it was a hugely impressive, disciplined, fielding effort that left the oppo 113 all out by tea.
Getting 114 is normally relatively straightforward for our batting unit but you do need someone to keep their heads and get on with the task in hand. So when myself and Mark walked out to the square, I mentioned to him that we should probably do just that – what a shame I didn’t take my own advice : trying to smash a wide full toss I got an inside edge that took out my off stump in the first over!
Fortunately for us, Mark did play a much more responsible and solid innings clocking up a well deserved fifty and carrying his bat to see us over the line.
In the intervening period, Jason got out play back to a decent ball, having moved up the order, and Bhav played a supporting role to Marks innings.
So all in all, another excellent result, for the 4’s. However, as we gaze down at the table from our lofty position we know that we mustn’t be complacent : with our two closest rivals having a game in hand we need to be as sharp and energetic as ever for next week’s crucial, top of the table, clash against Forest row.
Batsman of the day : Mark 65 not out
Bowler of the day – Kevan 3 for 18
Fielder of the day : Ned, good catch and stopped everything in his path