Welney Croft Cricket Club

Match Report

Away against Littleport on 18th September 2011

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Result: Lost by 1 wkt Welney Croft: 123 (31.3 overs) Wilhads: 124-9 (31.2 overs)

Croft won the toss, elected to bat first and were soon in for a surprise against the bowling of Farnell and the unpredictitable wicket - many balls rising sharply off a good length. Fortunately the slow pitch made it less dangerous, nevertheless general opinion formed, it was possibly the worst pitch played on for many years?

Early wickets tumbled with half the team back in the pavilion for only 28 runs. It was left to a dogged performance from Phil Hawes 38 ( 77 mins) and Steve Saberton 40 (46 mins) to add 71 for 6th wicket . At one point 70 to 80 was considered to be winable score? Croft had struggled to 123, convinced this was a good total, in the circumstances.

Phil Hawes 38 (5 x 4's), Steve Saberton 40 (7 x 4's , 1 x 6), Lawrence Herselman 14 (2 x 4's)

Immedialety after the tea interval Jon Dale and Lawrence Herselman enjoyed the conditions and soon had a steady procession of batsmen to and from the wicket. Well supported by Paul Kaminski and Steve Saberton, Croft had reduced the home side to 23 for 5 wkts, before play was interupted? The overcast conditions produced a steady rainfall for up to 15 minutes, play being suspended until the shower passed over. Play resumed and suddenly the playing conditions had changed with the wet pitch and outfield producing a sodden ball, difficult to grip for the fielders and bowlers having difficulty finding their feet . The home side then progressed to 73 for 9 wkts but still looked down and out, only a matter of time (as both teams must have thougfht?) Number 11 bat M.Scott then joined Collen, both playing with freedom, knowing it was possibly a lost cause - a further 51 runs being needed for victory. This was not the case, as big hitting Scott made the most of the bowlers difficulties and this inspired Collen who held his end together until the target was reached. The last wicket partnership had overcome the odds with Scott unbeaten on 28, (hitting one massive 6) and Collen 13 not out. Possibly the turning point was Gareth Kent's fourth and final over when 19 runs were conceded, suddenly the home team could see that victory was a real possibility and easily knocked off the required runs.

Jon Dale 1 for 19, Lawrence Herselman 2 for 20, Steve Saberton 4 for 18, Paul Kaminski 2 for 23, Gareth Kent 0 for 29, Percy Bulsara 0 for 3

Team - Stephen Revett (Capt.), Phil Hawes, Percy Bulsara Steve Saberton, Gareth Kent, Stephen Kent, John Dale, Ashley Inwood, Paul Kaminiski, Lawrence Herselman, Steve Sewell.

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