The 4ths were home to Bramcote and unlike the other captain Sam, Sam Randall lost the toss and the 4ths were put into bat. Attenborough only managed to compile a total of 109 from their 45 overs with Andy Waddle making the biggest contribution (20). Unfortunately, Carl and Josh Knight (father and son) were dismissed in successive deliveries which proved to be pivotal in setting up a competitive score. However, the 4ths made the opposition sweat with some great economical bowling from the young bowling attack led by Seth Puddy who picked up 2 wickets with his off breaks (11-2-29-2). Bramcote eventually won by 5 wickets and the full scorecard is here.
The 2nds were home to Kimberley Institute. Captain Will lost the toss and like the 4ths, were put into bat. Things didn't start off well as the 2nds were 2 down for only 2 runs on the board including the prize wicket of top run-getter Thom Murray. Nevertheless, in came the elegant Burhan Alam (46, 10 fours) and Siddhant Jhurani (31, 3 fours and 1 six) who fought very well to get the 2nds out of trouble. After they were both dismissed it was left to wicket-keeper batsman Peter 'Boom Boom' Bateman who smashed 66 from 58 balls (3 fours, 5 sixes) as he led the counter-attack under high levels of pressure. Thanks to Peter, the 2nds posted a competitive score of 214. The 2nds managed to defend the 214 achieving 17 out of 20 points in the process. 2nd team debutant Alistair Lee picked up 4 scalps (8-0-57-4) as the away side managed to hold out for a losing draw (only 8 of the 10 wickets were taken). Full scorecard here.
|Peter Bateman launching one of his 5 sixes on Saturday - photography by Karen Barker. More photos can be found on www.flickr.com/groups/attenboroughcc/|
Finally, to round up the action on Saturday, the 1sts made the long trip up to Cuckney. The home side won the toss and elected to bat. The 1sts did very well to restrict the opposition in batsman-friendly conditions as they scored 222 from their 50 overs picking up 9 wickets on the way. Peter Bhabra was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets (10-1-43-4). Unfortunately, the 1sts were bowled out for 153 as captain Steve top scored with 32. Wickets fell at regular intervals but 5 points were achieved and the 1sts can take a lot of positives out of their efforts from the first half. Full scorecard here.
Now for Sunday's games, the T20 side were away to Sutton Bonington on another gorgeous day. Martin 'Raino' won the toss and elected to bat. The T20 side amassed a score of 207 from their 20 overs with a destructive Ben Bhabra scoring 89 at the top of the order. He was backed up by the returning Martin Shoemaker (27) and captain 'Raino' (30). This total proved to be too much for the opposition as they lost by 104 runs. Full scorecard here.
Finally, the 2nds were home to Ratby Town and the away side batted first scoring a mammoth 273 from their 40 overs. Zain Ali (8-1-32-2) and Rob Howarth (8-0-48-2) picked up 2 wickets each. Also, Morgan Jones bowled very well picking up a wicket for only 12 runs from his 5 overs (2 maidens). The away side won by 95 runs as the 2nds were bowled out for 178 on the penultimate ball of the innings. Substitute Sebastian Sayer (Harry Vardy picked up an injury but now on the mend) scored 40 and despite the efforts of pinch hitter Phil Wort (30) and Rob Howarth (26), the 2nds fell short. Full scorecard here.