3rd XI - Report
|Panteg CC||151/7||vs||148/7||Whitchurch-Heath CC|
A Gutsy Effort But All In Vain
Despite a heroic 58* from veteran Mel Amos and some decent bowling, 10 man WHCC fell to a narrow 3 wicket defeat.
Tom Willicome hit a couple of early boundaries but was bowled by a good ball from the opening bowler for 13 with the score on 21.
3 further wickets fell for just 6 runs and at 26-4 we were in tatters.
Things got even worse when a ball hit opener Prasad flush on the ankle and he went off retired hurt.
Nigel hit a bright and breezy 10 before being caught, cutting, the third person in the innings out playing that shot off the opening off spin bowler.
Bravely, Prasad ( and a runner) returned to the crease with the score on 38-5 to join Mel Amos. Minutes later, Mel tweaked a hamstring so he needed a runner as well!!
The two (well, four) put on a more than useful partnership of over 50, Prasad the slightly more aggresive. Prasad went for a very well made 32 with the team score now up to 98. Now we were down to just the one runner.
Will popped in and hit a boundary to take the score to over 100 before being bowled. Another wicket fell and WHCC were 107-7 with 13 overs still to bat.
Paul Reynolds came in at Number 10 (last man) and managed to put on 40 for the last wicket with Mel. Mel and extras doing most of the scoring.
Mel finished with a more than impressive 58*. An innings which included 5 boundaries and no real chances.
A final score of 148 was a fine effort given the circumstances.
Continuing his superb season Nigel Evans struck twice in his opening spell, removing both of the openers for single figures.
Numbers 3 and 4 came and gave it a bit of a whack and WHCC were looking around for the extra fielder. Mind you, we are more than used to it this season!
Paul and Dave Reynolds bowled through the middle overs. Dave finished with 10-3-29-3 and Paul finished with 8-0-25-1.
A late wicket from Tom Willicombe made it intersting, but Panteg had just enough hidden down the order to sneak a 3 wicket victory.
Thanks to the three Dads - Dave, Alistair and Paul for helping out. Also, thanks to Prasad for battling on despite being on one leg.
All in all, it was a very good effort and a really good game