At last we had a perfect sunny evening for a home game against Barby. On losing the toss the lads were inserted and after a much improved batting performance last match this didn’t seem a problem. Barby’s opening bowlers bowled an excellent opening spell and Will Orton was soon back in the hutch and quickly followed, after a 4, by Adam Kenworthy-Fahey and when Luke Haywood got well caught off a very slow long hop the score was 11-3 off 6 with skipper Scott Haywood stood at the other end watching the procession of wickets. Max Holtby batted well and he and Scott started to slowly rebuild the innings and took it to 28 before Max was unlucky to be undone by one which kept low. With overs starting to run out Joe Cummings and Scott Aspinall got out attempting to increase the scoring rate but it was Charlie Parsons who got to grips with the tight Barby bowling to rotate the strike and Scott Haywood started to play more aggressively and the two of them ran hard in the heat to get the score up to 62-6
Scott Haywood 17 no.
The total seemed a little light but potentially with good bowling and early wickets then the game was on. Elliott Coop and Tom Hill started well with only 7 runs coming off the first three overs but it took until the 7th over before the break through came when Luke Haywood took a sharp catch down legside off the excellent bowling of James Taylor. Charlie Parsons and Scott Aspinall continued to probe away and Scott was rewarded with a wicket when Joe Cummings took a fantastic hand stinging catch. The Barby lads continued to chip away at the total and ran out winners by 8 wickets with a few overs in hand. A good performance in the field with several stops bringing applause from the packed galleries and the encouragement on the field between the lads was fantastic to hear. At the end of the day the total was not enough to defend and we will need to work on the shot selection of the top order.
James Taylor – 2-0-7-1
Scott Aspinall – 2-0-11-1