Cricket: Near perfect performance makes for perfect finish
Posted on September 26, 2011
So, the 2011 season has now come to an end, and it finished in style for the Sunday XI with 3 wins from the last 3 matches, to take them onto next year.
Winning the toss and to no one in the home changing rooms surprise, Row were put into bat. Bray put on the pressure from ball one with an all round strong fielding display. Both opening batsman were back in the pavilion early on with the score on 16, courtesy of a wicket for Roff and a run out from J Peacock. Number 3 batsman and part-time Elvis impersanator D'Archembaud hit a patient 28, but after he fell to the spin of Tom 'Gun' Holloway, it was left to local rent-a-cricketer Alan Mead to help the Row up to a par score 155 all out with a well played 54. Wickets were shared round for Bray with Roff and Jones returning 3 each, with Harvey, Holloway and Paul dot-ball Davies taking one.
Chasing 155, Kerins was out early, but the innings was rebuilt between young opener Louis Peek, who drove well throughout his innings, and skipper Peacock, who put on 55 before Peek succumbed to the spin of Lowde for a well played 14. Ringsell then joined his captain in the 16th over, and the ball was hit to all parts as the run-rate accelerated towards the total, Peacock bringing up his 8th half century of the season in the meantime went for one hit too many and was well caught at long-on by O'Sullivan for 56. In-form keeper batsman Alden kept the rate ticking along by putting on 48 with twinny Ringsell until Matt was out for a brutal 34, ending his season on a high with another solid innings. The 18 required after then was easily reached by Charlie and not out batsman Peacock snr (8 n.o) as Bray finished their season with a 6 wicket win.
Personally, I would like to say, once again, thanks to everyone who has contributed in our Sunday XI this year, we've progressed again really well from our first games, and recorded 6 wins. Along with the core of the eleven from last year, in both Peacock brothers, Ringsell, Harvey, Roff, Hemming and Barker, we have been joined by Alden, Davies and youngsters Tickell, Green, Peek, Harris and Holloway who will contribute heavily again next season. We may even enter a league in the next year or two, to further develop the team's skills and due to the high numbers of available players this year, a 1st and 2nd XI team will be considered also, for future seasons.
- Result: Eaton Bray CC - Friendly XI Won by 6 wickets
- Date: Sun 25th Sep 2011
- Start Time: 13:00
- Ground: The Rye Gardens
- Type: Friendly
- Scoring: Standard
- Toss: Friendly XI won the toss and decided to bowl
- Highlights: The Row were inserted on a pitch with variable bounce and were soon in trouble at 76-6, but a 7th wicket partnership of 48 between A Mead 54 and K Mohammed 26 enabled the Row to reach a par score of 155 in their 40 overs.The Bray reached their target easily with over 5 overs and 6 wickets to spare.
Source: Eaton Bray Cricket Club
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