|Result: Won by 9wkts
||Welney Croft: 103 - 1 (16.5 overs)
||Wicken: 100 all out (25.4 overs)
BULSARA SETS UP BLOWS CUP WIN
Percy Bulsara (78 years of age) rolled back the years to help set up this surprise Blows Cup win, enabling Croft to retain the trophy against Wicken, and recorded his best bowling analysis for the club (5 overs 1 maiden 5 wickets for 19 runs).
Coming into the attack as fifth bowler he soon turned the match. Wicken were coasting along at 75 for 2 until Percy struck with his fourth ball, R. St.John being brilliantly caught in the covers by Stephen Revett. His next over was a double wicket maiden including the wicket of top scorer C.Downing (56) caught on the boundary by Steve Saberton and O.Downing (4) caught and bowled by himself.
Steve Saberton had earlier bowled his 8 overs (also including a double wicket maiden), straight through, conceding only 16 runs for two wickets - opener Ben Green caught in the slips by Dennis Birch and clean bowling No.3 bat Matt St.John (0).
The bowlers were well backed up by young Gareth Kent, also finishing with the impressive bowling figures of 3 for 16, taking a wicket in each of his last 3 overs - two being bowled.
The old saying “Catches win matches “ was certainly true, Croft's fielders held 7 with no dropped chances going begging – most unusual!
From the comfortable position of 75 for 2 after 16 overs, Wicken had slumped to 100 all out in the 26th over, quite a surprising turn around?
Percy Bulsara 5 for 19, Gareth Kent 3 for 16, Steve Saberton 2 for 16, John Loveday 0 for 16, Dennis Birch 0 for 31
After the tea interval opening pair Stephen Revett and Duncan Hobbs started cautiously taking the score to 27 after 8 overs, well ahead of the required run rate, until Matt St.John bowled Revett.
Mark Brown, making his debut for the club, soon made his intentions known, attacking at every opportunity, scoring his 43 not out in just 7 overs including a massive 6. He was well supported by Duncan Hobbs 26 not out and hit the winning runs with a boundary taking the team total to 103 - a comfortable 9 wicket victory.
Mark Brown 43* (1 x 6, 6 x 4’s), Duncan Hobbs 26* (3 x 4’s)
Team - John Loveday (captain), Neil Parkinson, Duncan Hobbs, Stephen Revett,
Percy Bulsara, Steve Saberton, Phil Hawes, Dennis Birch, Gareth Kent, Stephen
Kent, Mark Brown