June 21, 2017 Outdoor Game report VS 5 Rivers CC

Match Report
Taverners C.C. Vs. 5 Rivers
21st June 2017

The longest day of the year produced a cool wet & windy day. Both teams arrived at the park more in vain hope than anything, most leaving their kit in their cars, & waiting for the game to be called, but just around 6 o’clock the skies cleared & we had a glorious evening for the game. The mat was down & covered but the south end had blown free & was quite damp so we bowled only from the North end. 5 Rivers batted 1st against David & Sudarshan David had the #1 caught behind by Chris but Su could not get a breakthrough. They were replaced by Daniel & Andrew but the batsman continued to score quite freely until Andrew had the top scorer caught behind, 5 Rivers 65 for 2. The next bowling change was Garvin & a Motley Crew, Garvin took a magnificent one handed caught & bowled & Philip bowling his usual stuff had the next man run out after kicking over 1 stump but completing the task by demolishing the rest. Keith grunted his way to a “bowled” plus several wides. It was left to Andrew to clean up the innings with a hat trick. 5 Rivers 129 for 9 with 19 wides David 1 – 9, Daniel 1 – 26, Andrew 4 – 22, Garvin 2 -18 & Keith 1 -18

Taverners openers Hein & Sudarshan gave us a better start than we had this year Hein scoring 14 & Sudarshan 22. They were replaced by Garvin who hit 2 big sixes on his way to 25 & Daniel grafted a steady 6. Nigel came in & left quite quickly having been given “out” LBW by Karl. Chris & Andrew pushed the score along & looked as though they could bring the game home but after hitting a big six Andrew was very well caught for 22. Soon after Chris was bowled for 8, by this time we had run out of overs being 123 for 7 with 16 wides, a loss by 7. We are getting closer.
The post game was at Chomo’s hosting for Keith celebrating both his & his mothers birthday complete with cake. As if to honour what we think was a 1st, Andrews hat trick, all 11 players joined us for the evening, which despite the god awful day we spent outside in the garden.
Next game is the Bragging Bat, are we reaching our peak at the right time??

JP

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