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A Truly remarkable batting display. It’s pretty much the only sentence I can use that still sums up the days play. Jan (92 from 67), Tom and Toby were supreme. But I am getting ahead of myself. I luckily managed to win the toss with a side selected with a specific purpose in mind. Bowl tightly and chase down any score set. Digby bowled brilliantly for scant reward and with Shazad bowling tightly we managed to curtail any fast starts. Damo and Ian then bowled unbelievably well in tandem and at one stage the opposition run rate had dipped below 3 an over. With some mixing and matching we started taking regular wickets and with a great piece of fielding work Tom had a direct hit and the start of a mini collapse of sorts from the opposition. We admittingly lost concentration in the last 15 over’s but eventually bowled them all out for 203 in 54.4 over’s. Damo and I sharing the main spoils with 4 a piece.

With another tea in our bellies and numerous discussions on the batting order I decided to keep the batting order as close to the original as possible. When Jan deposited the 3rd ball of the game way over the boundary for 6 there was a positive vibe that rippled though the side. 24 over’s later and it was game set and match, with 206/1 showing on the board. 8.5 an over for the loss of 1 wicket is great going.
On the negative side we dropped 5 catches and had a missed stumping. Again we are going to need to remedy these errors if we are going to continue to make our way up the league.
Man of the match, no surprise is Jan Kreder but a serious note to Ian, Digby and Damo who set up the “low” total with some great tight bowling. The “vibe and noise” on the field was kept up the entire game and it’s something we need to keep going.
The opposition were a great bunch of guys and to a man stayed for a drink after the game, although turning our offer to join fines down. Seeing the mess we turned ourselves into it was probably a good call!
Cheers for now!
Ryan Pogson (1st XI Captain)



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