Cricket: Peacock Blooms But The Umpire Strikes Back
Posted on April 28, 2008
Jones won the toss on a wet Potten End track (has it ever been dry there?) and inserted the opposition. One wicket a-piece for Peacock and Roff gave early hope, but a big 3rd wicket partnership set a testing total for the Bray. Tight bowling from debutant Martell & skipper Jones ensured the hosts finished with 185-4 off their allotted 35 overs.
Peacock then set about the chase with a fine array of shots, proving that he was technically the best batsman on display all game. To take his game further, he needs to ensure he 'gets the job done' and must not sell himself cheaply, this time shortly after reaching his half century. Also worth mentioning Hing's slog sweep onto the pavillion roof!!
At 115-2 and 14 overs still remaining, the chase was on. Then came the decisive moment when Hing played forward to a ball that bounced and turned and was unbelievably given out lbw by the home umpire. Hing was later fined half of his match fee for refusing to walk (and rumour has it he is still stood there now shaking his head in disbelief).
A dramatic collapse followed, with the same 'umpire' giving two more lbw's, although one batsman did admit he was probably plumb. At 120-8 the game was lost but Martell, with some fine hits, ensured the Bray batted out their allotted overs with the tailend stalwart Jarrett at the other end.
Nets for everyone this week please.
Source: Eaton Bray Cricket Club
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