A Run Fest on the main pitch
Netherfield 4th 229 for 5 Ambleside A 206 for 6
We won the toss and elected to bat on a belting track with a fast outfield. Against an experienced Ambleside outfit, it was imperative to post a big target. To that end, Craig Dixon got us off to a great start, opening with Harry Smith. Harry batted nicely for 9 overs, before falling to Kim Leary, who also accounted for Vaughan Samson, coming in at 3. No disgrace to the youngsters here : Kim is one of the best bowlers in any league.
Craig, now in partnership with Mick Notley, moved to his 50, but was bowled next ball. Mick was then joined by Neil McDonnell. After a quiet start, Neil soon found the middle of the bat and rattled off eight 4s in an hard hit 44. Enter Martin Boyd, who set about the bowling with relish. He raced towards his 50, and, as the innings drew to a closed, Mick, who had so far played the anchor role, opened up with a few boundaries of his own, only to perish 4 short of his half century.
Ben Stafford came to the wicket and played a delightful cameo innings, pushing singles and intelligently feeding the strike to his senior partner. Martin finished in style with a couple of big 6s to end on 60no.
At tea, we closed on 229 for 5.
In reply, Ambleside lost early wickets to Ben Stafford and Harris Wood, but a 60 run partnership by Cage and McGregor put them back on track. Callum Morgan bowled Cage for 46, and there followed 3 quick wickets for Neil, which gave the home team a sniff of victory. However, Ben McGregor proved immovable and smacked a 4 off the last ball of the game to bring up a well deserved 100.
The visitors ended on 206 for 6 for a drawn game.