Earls Colne entertained Wickham St Paul’s on a wet and spongy wicket. A big thank you to Terry,Les and Willie for getting the ground playable. Colne won the toss and elected to bowl , the reliable Lee Parish and Daryl Sleeman opened the bowling, however,the visitors openers put on a 50 partnership for the first wicket. This was taken by Colin Bocking with an excellent leg break which clean bowled Minker for 19. Hayns then brought on the ever eccentric David Holme, who turned up 1 min before the game started in a green pair of wellies and a striking Panama hat, he then bowled with good pace and dismissed Turner with a beautiful in swinging delivery which had the batsman plum LbW, 2 balls later he clean bowled Willingham for 0. Eyebrows were raised when Hayns took Holme off the very next over, he turned to debutant Pat Kerry who bowled 2 overs for 9 & Mr Chairman Les Abbie who took 2 wickets for 16 runs. Gwyn Jones bowled some lovely off breaks and claimed a well deserved wicket. Wickham St Pauls were now 82 for 6. Hayns changed again and brought Taylor Nicholson on and he bowled where he left off on Tuesday evening and claimed a wicket with figures of 3 overs 1 wicket for 11 runs.
Willie has been threatening to bowl for well over 3 years and he claimed the wicket of the skipper. David Holme took another wicket and returned figures of 6 overs 3 for 15. Lee Parish took the final wicket and finished with figures of 6.3 overs 1 wicket for 18 runs. Wickham St Paul all out for 121.
After a glorious tea supplied by my wife Thank you dear! Willie and Taylor opened with Willie departing for 0 after playing on. Jack Holdgate took advantage of batting at number 3 and played well for 33 before being bowled. Taylor continued his excellent form and supported well as new man Pat Kerry entertained with an unbeaten 49 which included 7 x 4’s and 1×6 both batsman carried their bats and another great performance resulted in a comfortable 8 wickets win.