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
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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.