Belstone v Harrow Wayfarers
Belstone win good old fashioned friendly
Belstone welcomed touring side Harrow Wayfarers (apologies for presenting them with a pennant giving the wrong club name - Harrow Wanderers - oops!) to Rew Meadow on 3 August for a rain-reduced evening match of 18 overs a side played on a damp, green wicket. Down in Devon for a full week with 26 players the Wayfarers had arranged afternoon and evening games around north Devon and arrived for a traditional friendly resplendent in club-colours pink and white blazers. Openers Ryan Dennis and Matt Dennis got the home side off to a fine start with a partnership of 73 before Matt was stumped by keeper Shave off McLaughlin for 37, which included four boundaries and a six. This prompted a collapse as three more wickets fell in the next over, J Baron’s first, including Ryan who was bowled by one that kept low for 33. Baron also picked up wickets in his third and fourth overs to finish with excellent figures of five for nine as the scoring dried right up in the second half of the innings, the last five overs producing just ten runs as Belstone ended on 105 for six.
Harrow openers Pollard and Atkinson put on 18 for the first wicket but took five overs to make them and then they were both out in quick succession, caught at mid on by Alex Jopling off full tosses from left-armer Andy King (3-0-12-2). Jopling followed up with a third catch and King chipped in with two catches at mid off as the visitors tried to up the run rate, led by Shave and Buckfield’s good running between the wickets. But when Buckfield was run out by the ever-present Jopling for 14 and Shave was stumped by Matt Dennis for 29 the innings petered out well short to give Belstone a 28 run win.