Batting first Saint Lawrence were quickly on the back foot after Harry Cullingford
fell for one in the second over. Sam McEvoy
joined Jack Gaunt
at the crease and the 87 run partnership that followed dominated the innings. Jack Gaunt
has scored consistently this season and his 36 was yet another valuable contribution. Ben Baldwin
(1) and Josn Wilson (3) fell cheaply looking for late runs and Jack Allman
finished unbeaten on 2. But the batting honours today belonged to Sam McEvoy
who reached his 50 off the last ball of the innings which took Saint Lawrence to a total of exactly 100 off twenty overs.
WIth only 100 on the board it was clear that Saint Lawrence's bowlers would have to bowl tightly to contain a useful looking Woodlands line up who only needed five an over to keep thier title challenge alive. The Woodlands openers Joe Woodhouse and Matthew Smith found runs hard to come by off the miserly Josh Wilson
and Harry Cullingford
. But it was left to inspirational skipper Sam McEvoy
to get the breakthrough
and keep Saint LAwrence in the game. Smith's mistimed drive ouuched by Josh Wilson
and Woodhouse was neatly taken behindthe stumps by Ben Baldwin
to gice McEvoy a second wicket and peg Woodlands back to 55-2.
However, Mo Wadee took a liking to Connor Tiffany
's bowling blasting two sixes and a four from Connor's second over. Defending only 100 proved beyond the best efforts of Saint Lawrence's remaining overs and Woodland crossed the line with five balls to spare.
added 2-17 to his first innings half century to cap off a highly impressive personal performance. A shortage of runs again cost Saint Lawrence dear as it had done at Buttershaw earlier in the season. Woodlands title tilt remains on track with their only defeat this term coming against Undercliffe. Following the crushing defeat of Idle on Monday night Saint Lawrence's best chance of silverware will be in the Cup.
That the match was playable was due in no small part to the selfless efforts of groundsman Bernie Scott
who had worked through the night to ensure the pitch was playable. Bernie had even forsaken his usual Saturday night assault on the Club's Carling stocks to mop the outfield with a bar towel. It is a great shame his efforts were not rewarded with a victory. Cheers Bernie!!