After the rain had come through, the pitch was pretty damp and the outfield was quite wet, and so it was in the balance whether we’d play or not. As the rain seemingly passed and the sun came out, it was decided that the game would go on. After winning the toss, we decided to bat and pray that the weather held out. Matt and Mitch were opening, and after the first over, Mitch fell on 3 after gloving one to the keeper, but Matt continued to play an well, building a solid partnership with Zac. The partnership continued to grow until Zac fell on 28 after hitting one to cover, who was working the ball around well, particularly down to third man. Stav was the next man in, and trying to give the strike to Matt, built his innings very well, while Matt was continuing to build on his and the team’s total freely. Another solid partnership was built between Matt and Stav to set a good base for the nest batsmen to come in. Stav was the next to fall, bowled, after a well deserved 24. Matt came soon after, after top edging a full toss to deep square leg. With two new batsmen coming in with only an over left, they tried to make some quick runs to increase the team’s total, with Sam making 7 and Charlie 2. After the 20 overs we finished with the total of 4/149, which was a pretty good effort considering the conditions and fluctuating rain.
After a quick change of innings, we were out in the field, with Nick and Ben opening the bowling. After two solid opening overs, we got a breakthrough from Nick, in the third, getting the opening batsmen caught behind. An over later, Ben got the second, edged to first slip. The openers kept the run rate low, and after those two wickets put us in a strong position. The new bowling partnership of Charlie and James came on and after they bowled their first over, both had an impact on the game. By the end on their four over spells, Charlie had 3 wickets and James had 2, including their other opener, who was starting to to hit them really well, and was looking very threatening. The bowling partnership put a huge dent in Kingston’s batting, and left us in a really strong position to win the game and also try and bowl Kingston out. With four overs left the game was in our favour, but still there for the taking. James started his spell well, hitting the top of off in his first ball, giving us only 2 more wickets to take. Tom took another one in his first over. It was a bit of a debacle at the end, with some sloppy fielding, and overthrows that could’ve potentially proven costly, but Mitch eventually got a run out to end the match. After the match we got some food and headed back to Bath.
Team List: Mitchell Long C Matthew Putt Zac Kertesz Stavros Dedes (wk) Sam Hochuli Charlie Smyth James Haldane Ben Page Max Linden-Smith Thomas Crawford James Kah Nicholas Williams Costan Griziotis
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