Last game of the season and still a chance to avoid relegation. This would be a tough game against the team 4th in the league with a chance for promotion. Unfortunately it was not the week for great availabilty as the 3s were again a mixed side with no senior seam attack available and pinching a couple who played regularly in the 4ths to save the side. The return of the Smithy meant some reliance on our spin duo, so bowling second would not be too much of a worry.
Tight bowling by Epsom's opening seam attack kept the run rate down to below 2 an over and 3 quick wickets had the home side struggling to reach 100. However steady batting from Padmore supported by the middle order took the score to a respectable 159 before being all out in the 55th over. It was clear Epsom had brought a couple of their 2nd team to help out but theres not a lot you can do about that. Unfortunately with the WHCC 2nds in an equally bad predicament, there was never a chance to get players from them to help out.
So we started with the old ball but Epsom had two attacking openers who took the game away with some great attacking play. Poor bowling to give plenty of balls to hit at plus disappointing fielding yet again, including the statutory dropped catches, meant Epsom reached the target without breaking sweat.
The 3s lacked good commitment this season and it showed. With 44 names to have batted for the side, there was never likely to be any consistency either. The one positive to have come out has been the performances of all the colts who played for the side and will soon hopefully be the regulars in the side.