SJFCC v Washington

Sunday 31st St John Fisher home
Washington C.C. 275 for 8 (40 overs)
St John Fisher C.C. 278 for 6 (39 0vers)

Match report accidently borrowed form the oppo as none was submitted:

Washington C.C. 275 for 8 (40 overs)
St John Fisher C.C. 278 for 6 (39 0vers)
Washington were unexpectedly beaten on Sunday despite being in a position where the opposition needed 187 to win from the last 20 overs (more than 9 an over).

The day was glorious, warm and sunny, although the pitch was slow, dry, old and worn and a few balls kept low. Unfortunately neither side had leg spinners who could exploit the old and deep footmarks outside the righthander’s offstump.

When Wash batted they were in trouble at 78 for 5 in the 14th over, several frontline batsmen going cheaply. However a commanding innings of 99 from Mark Cumming and strong contributions from nos. 8-10 in the order, Rory Guy (42), Peter Kloss (60*) and Jono Earl (18), delivered a great recovery to the final score of 275 for 8.

Mark was out in the 90s for the second time this season – hope he doesn’t make a habit of it (or maybe we do as 90 every time whould be good!).

Washington bowled well to start with, Rory Guy (1-46) and debutant Jono Earl (0-42) keeping the scoring rate low despite the short boundaries on one side and a lightening fast outfield. However crucially the Fishers had wickets in hand at the halfway point of the innings with the score on 89 for 1.

After drinks the batsmen had to open up, needing in excess of 9 runs an over by this stage. Wash didn’t bowl or field particularly badly, but there were enough wayward balls, half volleys and ground fielding mistakes to enable St John Fisher to almost keep up with the rate and in the final overs they accelerated with some big 6 and 4-hitting and in the end had an over to spare. Russell Pendry (3-57) returned the best figures thanks to a couple of catches in the deep. Simon Rider took his first wicket for the Wash, a great ball to bowl the batsman after being rather erratic in his two previous overs.

The Washington players left the field despondent as they had believed they had the game in the bag. It just goes to show that in the modern 1-day game if bowling sides are not on their best form, and the batting side have wickets in hand, then big scoring rates are definitely possible. St John Fisher on the other hand were understandably ecstatic with their win.