After last week’s excellent win at Cuckney everyone was hoping that the good form would continue against Plumtree at The Strand. The weather was pretty similar with a bitterly cold northerly wind, but this week there was the added joy of frequent squally showers of hail and rain that brought about several interruptions to play.
Skipper Steve Allcoat elected to bowl first and the visitors were soon in trouble at 50 for 5 against some accurate bowling and four catches behind the stumps for Tom Murray. You may have expected Plumtree to crumble completely but steadily Plumtree blossomed with Sam Wood single-handedly leading the way. He was 8th out for 88 from 84 balls being particularly harsh on anything even slightly loose with 7 sixes in his innings. There were a couple of Daft run-outs as first Craig Heiden and then Ian Stone scored direct hits. After Wood’s score, extras came next at 22 with the next highest batsman’s contribution being just 10. Dom Harvey returned 3 for 29 from his 12 overs, which included 17 in just one over, whilst Andy Simkiss picked up a couple of wickets. All the bowlers delivered economical spells as the innings closed at 166 for 9 from the full 50 overs. Remarkably there were 8 sixes and only 6 fours in the innings – no reflection on the length of grass in the outfield.
The Squirrels’ reply didn’t start well as both openers were dismissed as they were reduced to 18 for two before a crucial partnership of 88 between Savin Perera, who was eventually dismissed for 63 (his second consecutive half century) and Steve Allcoat 50 with 7 fours and a six. By this time the biggest threat to Attenborough not winning the game was the weather, as the showers became more frequent. However Tom Murray was in a hurry (as usual – is he the Squirrels’ Dre Russ?) hitting 24 from 14 balls to seal the win and another 20 points that sees the team retain their position sitting proudly atop the league.
Another top performance that should see a further rise in team confidence.
Next up it’s second placed Cavaliers and Carrington at Esher Grove.