||Result: Lost by 127 runs (5pts)
||Welney Croft: 76-8 (35 overs)
||Denver: 203-4 (35 overs)
BIG DEFEAT BETWEEN SHOWERS
Croft travelled to & from Denver in heavy rain, but still managed to get a full match
played. On arrival at the ground a fine drizzle delayed the start by 40 minutes.
The captains agreed with a start at 2.40 pm and the overs reduced from 40 to 35.
Welney won the toss and invited Denver to bat first in the sun, under wet conditions. John Loveday made an early break through in his second over with the home team on 21. Opener Brooking then led the attack hitting 36 in his 10 overs at the crease, until bowled by Steve Saberton. The next two bats, Landin (62) and Doy (77 n.o) then dominated proceedings adding 135 runs for the third wicket stand, taking the score to 183 – Landin finally being caught by Bulsara off Steve Revett. After the allotted overs, the home side totalled 203 for 4 wkts, leaving Croft requiring nearly 6 runs per over.
Bowling - Steve Saberton 2 for 37, John Loveday 1 for 16, Matt Footman 0 for 28, Percy Bulsara 0 for 30, John Gill 0 for 41, Steve Revett 1 for 47.
After the break Croft made a slow but promising start from Neil Parkinson and John Gill with John departing in the 13th over. Paul Kaminiski, returning after injury also looked in fine form, hitting a mammoth six before holing out, going for another big hit.
Under deteriorating conditions - overcast, occasional thunder & lightning and eventual drizzling rain, Croft's batting collapsed and only newcomer Matt Footman (14 n.o) batted with confidence.
Special mention for bespectacled Percy Bulsara who batted the last 8 overs in near darkness & light rain – managing somehow to bat out the overs with Matt Footman.
However there was no doubting the final result, a convincing win for the home side by 127 runs.
N.Parkinson 10 (1 x 4), M.Footman 14* (2 x 4’s)
Team - John Loveday (capt), Neil Parkinson, Steve Saberton, Percy Bulsara, Colin Taylor,
Paul Kaminski, Matt Footman, Steve Revett, John Gill & Oliver Revett (V.Patel dna)