In glorious weather I won the toss and in what has become the norm in the 50/50 format selected to bat without hesitation, with a strong batting line up we felt confident but unfortunately we just did not make enough runs. Ian Meyer scored a good 50 and Toby Green extended his good run with a solid 40, in a rare lapse in concentration Jan Kreder fell cheaply and try as we may to up our tempo but with wickets falling at regular intervals we had to settle for a modest 215. With many of our batsmen including myself being given a couple of lives due to some ordinary fielding we really should have made more runs. It has been quite quickly established that 220 is the bare minimum for a win, and in hindsight is a score we are going to have to start attaining week in and week out. Old Hamptonians bowled tightly and had probably set the tone for our innings with some diciplined line and length bowling.
We started well in defence of our modest total, and had the visitors in trouble at 30 odd for 3, but then unfortunately our fielding which has been so professional of late let us down horribly, with dropped catches and some serious lack of concentration letting Old Hamptonians put on a massive stand that basically ensured their win with an over and a couple of balls to spare. 215 was never going to be enough on a hot day, and we need to ensure we bat with more urgency and concentration and get our fielding back on par to our efforts in the first couple of weeks. Shazad once again bowled well and with Digby starting to realise the UK wickets are a little different then what he is used to is coming along and should soon be sharing in the spoils more regularly with Shazad. Ian Meyer bowled tightly and in hindsight I should have ensured he bowled his full compliment of 10 overs as his 8 only cost 14 runs which in the context of a tight game is a great effort. Combined with his 50 our man of the match was Ian Meyer.
Old Hamptonians after being invited to join us for a drink were humble winners, joining us for a good laugh and some funny perspectives from an opposition stand point, this is stark contrast to our verbal, and written abuse both on and off the park from spectators and players alike at Valley End last week.
2 wins and 2 losses probably puts us mid table and with the format changing we need to ensure we start putting our good team on paper into a winning team on the field.
This weekend coming sees us on the road for a couple of games, here is wishing the twos continued luck as they get back on track at Brewery road.
Cheers for now,
Ryan Pogson (1st XI Captain)