Whitt won the toss on another glorious evening for cricket, and put Trentside in. With Jack Bayliss
missing, Rory Davis
& Sam Greenbank
deputised behind the stumps, and between them did a reasonable job at keeping the bye count down on a typically low bouncing Vicarage Road track. Trentside's young opener took a liking to Joe's pace,but Mikey Butler
came on to bowl slow stuff and bowled him. Euan bowled 4 overs for 6 runs, and after 8 overs Trentside were only 35 for 1. Ben Tennant
removed the other opener in a short economical spell, but Luke Speed took a liking to Mikey scoring 25 off 2 overs. Despite a few wides & no balls, the wheels never quite fell off, with Rory only going for 15 off 4. Luke reached his 50 in the last over, and Trentside ended on a run a ball 120 for 2.
Whitt got off to the worst possible start, with Rory being bowled first ball by one which stayed low. Sam immediately set to work thumping 2 fours in his first 6 balls, and with Euan joining in, we were 35 off 4 overs. Sam was unlucky to be bowled off his pads at the end of the next over, swiftly followed by Joe Manifold
, who joined Rory in being bowled first ball. Regan was caught in the deep off Ben Fox, bowling leg breaks, immediately followed by Chad Southam
who was unlucky to receive a "Shane Warne" ball first up which pitched outside leg & hit the top of off! Mikey deposited the hat-trick ball high over midwicket, and took a liking to the leggie (albeit surviving a pretty straightforward chance). With Euan making good use of the pace from the other end, they rattled along well ahead of the asking rate, until Euan reached 51 and retired, with only 5 runs needed and 2 overs (and 4 wickets)left.
It all went wrong though, with Harry being stumped (of a quick bowler!), followed by Ben who became the 5th to be bowled first ball in the innings! With 5 still required from the last over, Mikey was bowled by a quick one from Luke Speed for 23, and after Matt Gilbert
hit a single, Will Wardle
was brilliantly run out by a direct hit from Hummy Sharif going for another. So Whitt lost by 3 runs, with 3 balls left.
Full match scorecard is here:
So after 4 games, we find ourselves bottom of the table, having lost 3 and having one rained off. We can only improve from here!