Frustration at Fonthill as Fours miss out in close fought tussle against Ansty
An unfortunate and slightly annoying sense of ‘déjà vu’ as we miss out again in a close- fought match against, old rivals, Ansty on Saturday.
Things got off to a slightly ominous start from our perspective – having lost the toss and being put into field the Ansty openers got out the blocks at record speed, clocking up 50 runs in no time at all. Given the circumstances, we decided to bring into the attack the more experienced duo of David Burton and Anuj, who both did a brilliant job of stemming the flow. David getting a wicket off his first delivery – a C&B off a full toss – but we weren’t complaining given the circumstances and Anuj continuing from last week excellent bowling bagging 3 wickets for 11 runs from his 6 overs.
Having calmed things down, we could once again turn to our younger spinners, Rohan and Paarth, to try and make the breakthrough against the Ansty opener, who had broken through the half century barrier.
Paarth got the breakthrough, with a solid high catch taken by Oliver fielding in deep mid-wicket. With their opener out of the picture there wasn’t a huge amount left in their batting arsenal and we managed to skittle them out for 159 in our 33 over. Again though, as at Newick a few weeks ago, I did remind the players not to get too complacent of getting what would seem to be a reasonable total. Unfortunately for us their opening bowler must have had an extra shredded wheat for breakfast and seems to bowl with an extra zip in his stride – taking the wickets of Mark, Kristian and David in the matter of a couple of overs. Anuj played some nice shots but got caught out on the boundary. Oliver and Rohan were both out in short order left number 8 batsman, Paarth, to join me at the crease in what were very difficult circumstances. Given the game situation I thought he applied himself excellently, playing a defensive role to try and give us as good a chance as possible of reaching their target – something which is not easy for a younger player to do, and I hope the experience will help him develop as a player.
With Paarth shoring things up and the target getting closer I could finally start to sniff the possibility of a victory. Sadly, must nostrils were obviously off cue and I missed one off their lofty spinner and got stumped in the 33rd over. The ending result was that we came up 15 runs short. Obviously very frustrating not to get maximum points, but an excellent game of cricket all the same.
Man of the match – Paarth Nagpal : bowled great as always but more importantly played a very sensible innings that the team needed in difficult circumstances
S. Cannell 75
A. Nagpal 3-11 (off 6 overs)