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50's now need results to go their way...

posted 4 Jul 2015, 01:05 by Bill Lawrence
Arrangements sorted, lovely day in Bristol, we set off for Staffordshire. Got to the ground early. Lovely ground, wicket a bit dry. Started to rain. (I was worn out helping with the covers!) One player yet to arrive. Signal failure. Should make it by 1.15pm. Should make it by 1.30. 

We won the toss and batted. Started on time. Already very hot and humid. Steady start by Martyn Bowyer and Tony Wright. First wicket fell in the 19th over with the score on 89. Tony Wright was caught behind for 52. Unfortunately Simon Hinks was out in the same over for 1. The middle order collapsed until Chris Trembath came in with the score on 116 for 5. (Martyn Bowyer still holding the innings together.) The captain amassed a quick 42 on a turning pitch and we finished with a respectable 210 for 8. Martyn was last out for 69. 

After tea, Staffs lost an early wicket to Chris Trembath but Waterhouse was looking in good touch. Spinners on early. Second wicket fell at 60 in the 18th over when Jem Brooks took a catch between his legs off Phil Thorn. Third wicket followed soon after with another caught behind off the manager. Bill Johnson and Thorn bowling well. Wicket turning. Should they bowl through or leave a couple back. John Courtney came on for Johnson who had bowled 6 miserly overs, and Thorn bowled out. Waterhouse was obviously tiring but Butler was looking good and started scoring off most balls. Rob Austen came on and took a lovely return catch to remove Waterhouse. The score was 124 in the 34th over. John Courtney removed Scott for 8 but runs then started to flow. Johnson bowled Rhodes for a quick 19 but Butler was still scoring freely. Staffs won with 10 balls left. We felt quite disappointed. We perhaps didn't make use of the wicket enough. We thought we had 3 very good shouts for LBW which were not given by the home umpire.

To qualify, we must win next Wed at Stowell Park and hope other results go our way.  

Thanks as usual to everybody who helped and our loyal supporters.