After the 3 week hiatus thanks to the English weather we were finally back out there away at Ward End. The remnants of the constant downpours were evident as the notoriously small Ward End ground was made even smaller as part of the outfield was roped off due to water logging. Upon winning the toss, we put them into bat on a soft and damp track and the opening bowlers put some good pressure on the batsmen as the scoring was kept under control and squeezed a couple of early wickets. The control drifted somewhat as the bowling changes came but a decent fielding performance kept us in the game with wickets falling steadily after a brief riposte from Ward End upping the run rate. Once the middle order was gone, the tail didn’t last very long as Doc Ellis finished off the innings with 4-20 from his 8.5 overs. R. Jabarkheil (1 wicket and run out), A. Carey (1), S. Tahir (1), A. Nasar (1) and Y. Chadha (1) all picking up wickets. Ward End posting 195 from 42.5 overs.
Our reply was steady if somewhat unspectacular to begin with as we took a measured approach in chasing the runs. At the halfway stage after 24 overs, our 2nd wicket partnership was worth 107 thanks to L. Gillam (29) ably supporting R. Jabarkheil (116 not out) as he moved through the gears to post a superb century with plenty of boundaries including a few 6’s and giving them next to nothing in return as L. Marshall (12 not out) helped him to finish the run chase to get us back to winning ways!
By: Luke Marshall