Another fairly filthy day weatherwise as the in form 1st XI travelled to Farnsfield hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to the season and retain their top of the table position. Persistent drizzle resulted in a delayed start and a match reduced to 37 overs per side. Farnsfield won the toss and somewhat surprisingly decided to ask Attenborough to field first.
The home side were soon in trouble as Dom Harvey claimed the first three wickets supported by a couple of fine catches at slip by Ben Kitt. Ian Stone then removed the in form Liam Patterson-White and Farnsfield found themselves at 59 for 4. A potentially dangerous partnership which at one stage looked as though it would propel the hosts to the 200 mark was crucially broken by Angad Singh who claimed the wickets of both batsmen, his first Premier League victims. The final five overs yielded just 25 runs as some fine death bowling from Ian Stone and Ben Kitt restricted the score to 178 for 7 wickets, a fair few short of what the home side would have hoped for.
The reply saw an excellent opening partnership of 91 between Buffy Landa (37), finding form for the first time this season, and Craig Heiden (48) laying a firm foundation. However a couple more wickets falling saw the required rate rising to 7 an over and it was left to skipper Steve Allcoat (37) and Tom Murray (30*) to take the Squirrels to the verge of victory. It would have been a fitting finale to see Farnsfield’s former favourite Ben Kitt strike the winning runs but it fell to Tom Murray to hit the winning boundary with four balls to spare.
So a fabulous four wicket win (which could very easily have been a 6 wicket win) sees the Squirrels maintain their position at the top of the Premier League. A busy Bank Holiday weekend comes next as Caythorpe are the visitors on Saturday followed by the short trip to Wollaton on the Monday.