Fixtures this weekend: Sat 1st XI @ Caythorpe, 2nd XI home to Cavaliers and Carrington, 3rd XI @ Kinoulton, 4th XI home to Calverton, Sun 2nd XI @ Bramcote.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

2nds Make Winning Start

In the first league of the 2016 the 2nds made an impressive start in beating Carrington Caribs II by 2 wickets in an enthralling game at a sunny, then cold and then dark and cold Esher Grove.

Choosing to bat first Caribs got off to a rapid start with 50 in the first 10 overs before the introduction of Tom Shields.  In an eventful first over there
Tom Shields 5 - 35
were two wides, a no ball that almost cleared the keeper, a boundary but, most crucially, a wicket. Caribs slipped badly to 87 for 6  before rallying to 163 for 7 before collapsing again to 174 all out.  The home side's last wicket fell to the final ball of the 46th over thereby giving Attenborough an important extra two overs.  After the trials and tribulations of his first over Tom Shields went on to record figures of 5 for 35 from 11 overs.  On his debut for the club Ryan Swiers came back strongly in his second spell to finish with 4 for 47.  There were also excellent economical spells from Martin Rayner (9 overs for 21) and Arjun Sandhu (14 overs for 25).


On a wicket that was always tricky to bat on with the ball frequently keeping disturbingly low, a target of 175 was never going to be easy.  A strong opening partnership of 33 between Craig Heiden and Peter Bhabra was soon forgotten though as 3 wickets fell with the score on 60.  This brought together new skipper Martin Shoemaker and Will Shields.  With patience and some astute running they carried the score to 131 before Will fell for a well made 34.  Being a Shoemaker you would expect Martin to want to be there at the last but that was not to be as he eventually went for an inspirational, captain's innings of 51.  Attenborough inched closer to their target and, in the first of their two extra overs, Martin Rayner scampered through for a single to take the win by 2 wickets with 9 balls to spare.

Never a classic from a strokeplay point of view but full of determination and calmness under pressure the win bodes well for a good season to come.
Scorecard

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