An away trip to Aston Unity followed what was a poor 4th team performance last week as we looked to bounce back from that disappointment. Playing on the top pitch at Unity, the sun was out and what looked like another very good batting track. Upon winning the toss, we had another go at having a bat to prove we could put a score on the board from a decent pitch. A wicket in the 2nd over didn’t help but a 51 run 2nd wicket partnership between A. Kalsi and C. Shackleford (43) steadied the innings but a flurry of wickets made it seem as if we were going to throw away yet another game because of poor batting. A crucial late 49 run partnership between S. Tahir and M. Shackleford (45) pushed us towards a decent total but all out for 147 and giving them 3 extra overs felt 20/30 runs short of a par score for such a good wicket.
Unity’s reply was cautious and we marshalled the small boundary on the one side extremely well to keep boundaries to an absolute minimum. The usual miserly opening spell from R. Ellis kept the pressure on and S. Lumb (4-18) took advantage at the other end in two spells to take key wickets throughout the innings. By the halfway stage they were behind the run rate with 4 down and we knew a couple of quick wickets would really put he pressure on them. Another strong performance in the field meant no easy runs and that pressure soon told as the run chase proved insurmountable for Unity. A. Anwar (3-26 and a run out) helped to finish the game up late on as S. Tahir (2-23) also contributed in the middle overs as we bowled them out for 98. The standard of bowling meant they couldn’t settle as we defended a decent but low score. Still some work to do when batting first but a top performance nonetheless.
By: Luke Marshall