Newdigate 1sts v Fillongley 3rds - April 30th 2016
On a cold windy afternoon in newdigate, with just 9 players, the 3s were put into the field by the opposition. The opening pair put on a very strong partnership going at a very good rate, putting a lot of pressure on the bowlers. The young Rylan Moir initially shaking off some rust and dealing with a damp slippy ball collecting moisture from the heavy overnight rain. Meanwhile Nick Gilder able to contain them well from the other end. The weather ran parallel with the outlook for the first 20 overs. As it got colder and wetter, the bowers were struggling to control a somewhat increasingly slimy ball, and a couple of extremely tricky catches put down, the game looked like it was being taken away by the Newdigate openers. But then stepped in Aaron Gilder and Roger Stain who managed to really put a plug on the run rate and frustrate the batsmen into giving their wickets away. Roger, bowling very straight and full spell took a very economical 3for and Az Gilder bowling a boarder line unplayable spell, with excellent catches in the field from Rylan (who looked more worried than the batsman as the ball came to him at square leg) and Micael Razak snaffling a tasty catch diving forward worthy of photographers. Joe Simms took a dolly of a catch at cover with the "don't you dare drop it" stare from Az who ended on a fantastic 4for. Frustrated that the nibble chasing skip took him off to deny him a 5for. Mission achieved. Rylan and Taylor came on for Az and and Roger and took the final couple of wickets, with Rylan bowling a Jaffer of an away swinger to bowl their last man. It was an overall excellent fielding performance from Fillongley in the field with notable performances from Billy Blackmore, who chased hard and a positive influence in the field, Micael for his stunning catch, and Jo Bal for swooping in on every ball and being the only man appealing for lbw meanwhile stood at square leg, disappointed with every denial.
The less said about our batting performance the better, but a dubious lbw decision (no nibble), some excellent bowling from the opposition openers, and some irritating chat from the fielding team saw us lose a few wickets for very little runs. But Taylor and Az putting up a resilient fight in the short time we had out there before the rain got heavy and we were forced off the pitch to never return. Final result, match abandoned.
Updated 23:40 - 2 May 2016 by richard franks