K.C.C. VS STOURBRIDGE 3RD
SATURDAY KNOCKOUT COMPETITION
PLAYED AT KEMPSEY ON 7TH MAY 2011
This was our first competitive Saturday game; first round of the Saturday 45 K.O. Cup. After enjoying fine April weather this was a typical early season day, damp and wet.kcc lost the toss and the opposition had no hesitation in asking us to bat. A few late arrivals resulted in a rethink of the batting order, finally deciding for our experienced big gun Craig partnering the inexperienced Rhys Ggoode.
The first few overs started well with Rhys looking fairly solid and Craig scoring a couple of boundaries. Rhys fell first, nicking an excellent delivery to the keeper. Craig looking in good touch, fell the next over, caught in the deep. Not the best of starts 20-2 off 5 overs.
However Lance Ohren was joined by new recruit Henny and they soon started scoring at a steady rate and soon reached a 50 run partnership. Lance showing his experience and Henny playing with great determination moved the score onto 90 Lance was next to fall, out caught at point cutting the ball. Henny soon followed. After this, wickets started to fall fairly regularly, every batsmen chipping in. We were finally bowled out for 165 after only 36 over’s - a disappointing final score but notable performance’s from Henny(27), Tolley scoring a crucial 19 and a club best of 13 from Dave Price.
Kempsey taking the field knew that a score of 200 would have been challenging and that we were 30-40 runs short of a completive total, however a few quick wickets and a some tight bowling may make the game interesting. Having being warned that they may get off to a good start this is exactly what happened.
After an initial wicket by Shehzad on his debut for Kempsey ,there was an indifferent bowling performance which resulted in the score reaching 80 for 1 in quick time. After a few fairly bad overs by Craig (by his usual standards), he suddenly sparked into life and took a wicket, with Tolley bowling well at other end KCC sniffed a chance. Another couple of wickets fell quickly shared by Tolley and Craig.
Kempsey decided to put added pressure onto each new batsmen and go for broke. This seemed to be paying off and with Craig and Tolley sharing four wickets a piece with KCC bowling out Stourbridge for 134.
Apart from a few fielding mistakes (myself being the main culprit - not good) in the field, this was a good fielding display. Catches were held and Dave Price (again) was impressive (haven’t seen many better in a position that he’s made his own).
Bowling was not always good (big Craig and Tolley apart) but must be noted that in wet conditions spikes may help!!
All in all we showed a bit of fight and didn’t panic. Nice one lads!!
Through to the next round to face Droitwich!
SAYING FOR THE DAY
What don’t you do on a wet wicket? Drive!! (Lance)
I would just like to add or bowl short!!
Kempsey won by 31 runs........... Well Done - Barney