Result Summary: LCCC vs SJFCC – LCCC won by 14 runs
23 May 2018
LCCC 159/7 (20 overs)
SJFCC 145/6 (20 overs)
A Watson – 33 runs
B Walia – 22 runs
D Hoskins – 20 runs
C Hoskins – 18 runs, 2 wickets
I Hazon – 3 wickets
Spurious claims aside, Fishers today held more catches than were dropped – and with some style too.
Having arrived amidst an unexpected rain shower, Fishers bowled first with optimistic hopes of swing and a slow outfield. None of which mattered to an experienced opposition, hastily roped together from Colney’s first two teams after a date cock-up with the scheduled fixture. With Boughton Most Junior opening alongside Bungle, the opening bats compiled a very tasty start in contrasting style. One opted for pushing and edging into gaps with the other dealing primarily in boundaries. Boughton Juniorest began the catch frenzy with a calm take from Bungle’s bowling to account for the running opener, while the boundary hunter went on to retire on 38. This was reached with a four from Hargreaves’ bowling, which was promptly followed by two big sixes before he returned to the pavilion at the end of the over. Another batsman reached 25 with a boundary, taking a six from Hoskins junior, however he then slapped a shot to Kenchington who held on well to deny a glorious retirement. In among this, fine catches were taken by Hoskins, Bungle and Hargreaves off the bowling of Hargreaves, Hoskins and Hazon, respectively, with a further catch by Hazon from his own bowling. Having also knocked back the leg stump of another batsman, Hazon was reminded that a 5-for would entail buying a jug of beer. Not having brought much cash, Hazon stuck out a hand to stop a rocket drive and left the field with blood dripping from his finger*. Colney finished with 159/7, which was considerably less than seemed possible after their rapid start. Fishers bowled tightly enough and fielded well, and the later batsmen could not maintain the scoring rate.
Chasing 160, Kenchington and Back opened in what appeared to be no great hurry. A few wide balls took the score to 9 after the first three overs, whereupon Kenchington nicked one to slip and ‘Big’ Andrew Watson ambled in. Following on from 94 in the previous game, he scored 33 from a partnership of 42 to get the chase on track. Back and Boughton Senior were both out bowled for 10 and 1, respectively, then Walia and Team Hoskins (both Junior and Senior) continued to move the score on healthily. Walia took a rapid 22 runs before being caught and Hoskins Senior again out-scored his son with 20 runs to 18. Hargreaves and Boughton Junior both finished with 5 not out, Fishers falling just short of their target despite a very fine effort.