Ambleside turn the tables
Saturday's game ......................
Ambleside 230 for 6 : Netherfield 159 for 5
Ambleside Turn The Tables.
Going into Saturday's back-to-back fixture with Ambleside, we hatched the "cunning plan" that, if we could restrict the home side to around 150/160, we could, maybe, knock them off.
Cracks soon appeared in this plot. Smith and Cage may just as well have been Bairstow and Roy, as they rattled up a 50 partnership in no time at all. When Smith fell for a hard hitting 31, McGregor, who btw, we don't mind if we don't see for another 12 months, given his 100 of last week, came to the wicket to torment us with another 71 not out. Cage, meanwhile, had moved smoothly to his own half century, and a few lusty blows from Gledhill saw the Ambleside innings close at 230 for 6.
Despite this formidable total, our young bowlers gave a good account of themselves. Two wickets each for Charlie and Ben, one apiece for Harry and Vaughan, and an impressive few overs from Reece Irving.
In reply, Ben McGregor opened the bowling with outswinging bananas to a Carmody Field. There were gaps, however, and we had a few boundaries on the board before Charlie chased a wide one and was unlucky to play on.
Meanwhile, at the other end, Kim Leary was bowling his usual brand of varied and tempting line and length, making runs hard to come by, his frugal spell of 10 overs conceding only 16 runs.
When Ben gave way to Jim Greenwood, the new bowler proved no less hostile than his predecessor, opening with two fiery maidens which confirmed that the Ambleside target was out of sight for our batters.
Thereafter, Mick batted nicely enough for 36, Jack Mallinson a good looking 33, Ben Stafford moved comfortably to 34, Aaron Stephens, a stylish 17, and Craig Dixon whacked 20, as we closed on 159 for 5.