In the absence of Greg Hodge, Mike Palmer took the reigns and on a good flat track on a warm day decided to let Carl Ferguson's men field. Adam Norman and Tom Coughlan opened and with only a few on the board lost Adam when he dragged a half volley onto his stumps. Palmer joined Tom and the pair repaired the damage with a selection of some good drives and pushed singles. Palmer (21) departed on 63. Regular wickets fell but Tom held the innings together well with finely contructed 63. Rejuninated Dave Pett returned with a "I've never been away" performance of 53 and Bar ended up with 218-8 off the allotted 53 over which based on the track , fast outfield and the one very short boundary was probably 30 short.
Mark Taylor and Chris Boyce opened up but only George had the measure of the two left handers. Flitwick were making good progress, after 10 overs 46 on the board, or rather one left hander was as the other was quite happy to watch their overseas stroke the ball around as after 10 overs he had still to trouble the scorers. However the ploy was working. Bar turned to Tom Coughlan for some spin but only sparked the quite left handers stroke play with a few fours. Another change was made with Tom Rowlands up from the 3's to make the breakthough. A fine lifting delivery caught the overseas edge into Palmers gloves and the Bar were off and running. Dispite this wicket Flitwick made steady progress, 123 was on the board and only 3 wickets to show for Bar's efforts. A fired up Charlie Hodge was released and immediately changed the run rate and the confidence of the Flitwick side. He took two wickets and had a host of chances falling into gaps. Charlie was replaced by Chris who returned with better control and took two wickets. At 150-8 Flitwick looked all but sunk and many sided would have pull up the shutters but with Carl still in and playing well he decided attack was the best form of defence. It proved to be right as he played some fine shots all round the wicket. Bar's break finally came with one of George's slowest of slow balls that was played all around and over and any other way before trapping XXXXX No 10 LB mister(haven't the book in front of me so will be completed later) The No 11 came and went in two balls from George giving him a well deserved 5fer in his 22.5 overs and leaving Carl helpless at the non strikers end 23 short of a victory.
A fine game that gave Bar a excellent 30 point booast.
Greg returns next week for the journey to Bishops Stortford.