Earls Colne vs Abberton
Colne came into the game in great form and on the back of a three match winning streak, on a baking hot day, the most pressing matter at hand was to whether Daryl would win the toss and spare us the pain of having to field in 30c heat.
Luckily (once again) he won the toss and we decided to bat, as usual Messrs Dunn & Wilkinson cut it fine in terms of arriving on time, but at least we were batting and didn’t have to worry about starting with 9! Daryl and a returning Harry Callaghan opened up and started well. Harry the more watchful of the two batsmen as Daryl went after anything outside off stump. Daryl was caught going after one too many with the score on 26, Archie followed a few balls after, nicking one behind to the keeper after being bowled a couple of unplayable deliveries previously. Will Dunn joined Harry and they continued the process of re-building the innings, Harry was watchful and was ensuring that we did not lose another quick wicket, Will continued his good form until he was caught on the deep cover boundary for 28. Debutant Angus Collins crashed a quick-fire 26 including one quite large six! At 30 overs we were 129 for 4 and we had to focus on getting at least 200 on a wicket which offered little assistance for the bowlers. Lee continued to increase the run rate with a run a ball 22, Russ biffed 11, Chris Wilkinson hit 3 fours in his 12. However Harry was the one constant and batted sensibly throughout, ensuring we got up to a defendable total and not giving up a chance of note, he passed 50 and at the end of our 45 overs he was 71 not out. A real example of how to build an innings and to play around others, at the end of 45 overs we finished on 211 for 7.
After a tea of egg sarnies, Harry taking a cold shower after his marathon innings and talking about how we were going to fry in the field, we set about bowling Abberton out.
Once again we started well, Smith removing number 1 Cowland and number 3 Sullivan, bowled off and leg stump respectively, Ben removed the danger man Savill for 0, caught at point by Will Dunn (we wont mention the dolly he dropped an over earlier!). The damage had pretty much been done in the first 10 overs with Abberton at 19 for 5. Ben and Joe both bowled there 10 overs out each and took 7 wickets between them Ben finished with 4-13 and Joe 3-43. Lee and Russ came on for an over each and wrapped things up for us, bowling out Abberton in the 22nd over for 62.
Bowling Figures: Ben Mason 10-4-13-4, Joe Smith 10-1-43-3, Lee Parish 1-1-0-1, and Russel Dawes 1-0-3-2.
Earls Colne win by 149 Runs. Earls Colne 20 points, Abberton 3 points.
We are now 4th in the League.