Welney Croft Cricket Club

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Away against CAMRA on 26th June 2011

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ChairmanJohn Loveday
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Lost by 6 wkts Welney Croft 153 (40 overs) CAMRA 156 for 4 wkts (30.4 overs)

CAMRA replaced RACING POST as our scheduled opponents cancelled during the mid week. Played at Corton Park, Peterborough on the hottest day of the year (30 C), in an idylic park for cricket surrounded by trees.   Report by Tony Smart.

Welney won the toss and decided to bat first in the very hot humid conditions. CAMRA's opening bowlers Jex & Fare made life difficult for Croft, bowling 6 maidens in the first 10 overs for a mere 15 runs, Stephen Revett departing in the sixth over. Ever reliable Duncan Hobbs saw of the openers off and gradually came to the fore scoring (53) including 9 boudaries in exactly 2 hours at the crease. Hobbs and Stephen Kent (21) added 61 for the second wicket. Jon Dale was promoted up the order to boost the run rate quickly, this he achieved scattering the fielders to the boundary as he scored a quick 29 in 20 minutes. The total had moved to 144 for 6 after 37 overs, the last 4 wickets falling in the remaining 3 overs, leaving guest player Matt Smith 13 not out, (earlier hitting a huge 6 over long on). The innings closed at 153 and on a relatively small park and quick outfield this was not enough, 200 plus being needed to ensure a close match.F
Duncan Hobbs ( 53 ) - nine x 4's, Jon Dale (29) - five x 4's, Stephen Kent (21) - four x4's

After tea Crofts bowlers never really troubled the home team, the only initial success being John Loveday's bowling of opener McClean in the 6th over. Fellow opener Holmes looked solid throughout giving few chances in his knock of 87 not out (13 x 4's and 1 x 6). Percy Bulsara trapped No.3 Rowe LBW in his second over, CAMRA's captain Bradbury looked dangerous with some powerful hitting before being caught by Hobbs when on 21, Matt Smith claimed his second wicket bowling Telford before Little(31*) joined Holmes to score the remaining 81 runs required for victory.

Welney bowlers – Jon Dale (0 for 39), John Loveday (1 for 28) Gareth Kent (0 for 44) Percy Bulsara (1 for 26), Matt Smith (2 for 16).

An enjoyable afternoons cricket dispite the result, runs yet again being Croft's main problem.

Team - John Loveday (captain), Neil Parkinson, Stephen Kent, Gareth Kent, Duncan Hobbs, Percy Bulsara, Ashley Inwood, Jon Dale, Stephen Revett, Paul Brown & Matt Smith.

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