Big victory at West Bergholt

On a lovely sunny day, but on a sticky dog of a wicket we lost the toss and were asked to bat.  A cautious start saw 30 on the board before the loss of Archie Wilkinson.  Daryl Sleeman was clubbing the ball to all parts but the outfiled was desperately slow and 4s became 2s.  Nevertheless we were 80-1 after 20 overs. Chintesh fell for 34 and Ketan came to the wicket scoring as quickly as was Daryl.  A score above 200 looked possible.  Daryl fell for 72 (which would have been close to 100 on a better outfield) and Lee Parish came to the wicket. Ketan fell for 53, then Lee, scoring like an IPL superstar joined in the fun scoring 43 not out at a cracking pace.  We closed at 234 -8 on a pitch that looked like 180.   An excellent score.

After a deep frozen tea (sandwiches out of the freezer too late) we started the response.

Immediately Smithy and Ben Mason got into the action and Bergholt were soon 27-3.  Oakers and Ketan joined the attack and Bergholt crumbled to 45 -5, then 57 -7, Ketan taking 2 wickets in consecutive balls. Chintesh bowled tidily, then Lee (2-8 off 6.2 overs) and Smithy 2-21, finished the job.  At the end Bergholt had limped over the 100 mark to bank a solitary batting point. Ben Mason 2-18, Ketan Patel 3-22.

Bergholt All out 107.  An excellent victory by 127 runs.

Earls Colne 20 points, West Bergholt 5 points.


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