4ths away to Marston Green 2nds
Returning to a ground where we had one of our better batting performances last season, I was quietly optimistic we could produce another result this time around. We expected a good track and that is what we got. Next step was win the toss and put some runs on the board. Lost the toss but was surprisingly put into bat so was at least pleased we could have a go first up. A steady start saw opener L. Marshall (22) getting things going with regular boundaries which was continued by R. Oakley (23).
Nothing suspect in the pitch and enjoyable to bat on. R. Subhani (51 no) did what the rest couldn’t and turned his good start into a really good innings. His first 50 in what is his first season in senior cricket so well done to Rayyan. He played composed cricket and timed the ball beautifully, even in the face of some opposition players bemoaning his lack of boundaries (he got 6 of them), which meant he was doing a great job of scoring runs and frustrating the opposition. Some key late runs from R. Delport (27) and I. Saiid (20) pushed us over 200 and got us to 217-8 from our 45 overs.
Really happy with the contribution and set us up nicely to try and put some pressure on with the ball. The outlay of their field meant boundaries were always in play, and it was a case of minimising these and getting some wickets to increase the pressure. They were more or less with the run rate, but our first wicket didn’t come until about the 13th over but from there we started to make inroads with the run rate dropping and wickets coming. A unfortunate non-decision on what looked like a clear edge behind on first ball was annoyingly turned down. Bat away from body and clear noise meant it could only be one thing. No walk and no finger meant we had to carry on.
The batsman in question went on to get 65 and set a platform for a tight finish. A couple more wickets came and with them 7 down and running out of overs, it was time to hit out and too many boundaries at the end cost us the game. We felt 1 more wicket would have been crucial as the last 2 batters were really inexperienced and we could have capitalised on that weakness. R. Delport (3-45) and L. Marshall (2-44) taking half the wickets with W. Forbes (1) and J. Chagar (1) taking the others. In the end they did a great job and protecting them and not having to send them out and reached the target with 4 overs to go.
Disappointing not to get over the line in this one as we’d set ourselves up with a great chance to get 24 points.
By: Luke Marshall