The hard work of our star groundsman Graham Foster resulted in the outfield and wicket looking fantastic and more like early July than early May. On winning the toss Skipper Scott Haywood decided to make first use of the new ball and chose to bowl. The pressure of a tight opening spell by Tom Hill and Adam Ledbrook resulted in a run out by a fine piece of fielding by Joe Cummings. This bought West Haddon’s Archie to the crease who is a class player and quickly dispatched 28 runs to retire. Following his departure Charlie Parson bowled a tight second over and this was followed by a wicket maiden from Scott Haywood and this meant the score was kept in check. The attack was taken up by Jake Haden, Scott Aspinall and Joe Cummins who all bowled well with Max Holtby taking a great catch off Scott and Scott Haywood another off Joe. A run out instigated by our excellent keeper Luke Haywood and Joe and another cleaned bowled by Joe meant that, despite some late hitting, West Haddon were kept to 98-6. An excellent first half with good catching, bowling and ground fielding against a strong batting lineup.
Joe Cummings 2-0-12-2
Scott Aspinall 2-0-16-1
Scott Haywood 2-1-4-1
Adam Ledbrook 3-0-4-0
Scott Haywood and Adam Kenworthy-Fahey opened and Adam immediately went on the attack smashing the third ball for a fine one bounce four. Unfortunately at the end of the over one bounced twice (still legal) and under Adams bat and the first wicket was lost. The third over dented our scoring as both Haywood’s were caught playing a tad early on an early season pitch. Will Orton was showing great resolve and he and Max were steadying the ship until Max was stumped. Will was bowled trying to up the run rate and this was one of three wickets in an excellent over by Honor. Scott Aspinall and Jake Haden were unlucky to lose their wickets later on and this meant we were all out for 35 in the 11th over.
Loads of positives from the first half with every player making very telling contributions in the field and showing excellent early season form. The batting was a classic example of what can happen early in the season and players not placing enough value on their wicket. it should be remembered that this was the first match for this team and the middle is the best place to learn.