Cricket Club Lose
Match 12 Haslingfield Away at Linton: opportunity lost as Haslingfield lost by 60 runs? Three more debutantes welcomed this week; Dave Gerring, Kevin and Josh Bacon. This Saturday 25th July sees Haslingfield at home to Madingley on the village Rec with a 1.30pm start.
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Linton won the toss and chose to bat making a slow start being 20-2 after 10; increasing steadily to 73-3 by drinks thanks to a 59 partnership from Ajay and Wilson. They were pegged back by two quick wickets after the restart, but then a 92 fifth wicket partnership from their debutante Wadrup (57*) and Bowie was essential for the home team to post 188-7. Only Lee mana…ged to stem the flow of runs (18-0), with three wickets for Jack, two for Nick and one for Ash.
Our innings started badly with Ash going in the first over and after a bright interlude from Lee and Clive we’d lost three more wickets by the tenth over. So although we were well ahead of the run rate at 42-4, three of our batsmen had departed for a total of 1 run – the writing was on the wall. A ray of hope was provided by a fifth wicket partnership of 58 from Nick and Clive, but losing Clive (48) shortly before drinks (I hope you didn’t get into too much trouble being late to the wedding) was the beginning of the end. At twenty overs we were still well ahead of the run rate (105-5) but a combination of slow scoring (decent bowling from Anil) and the regular loss of wickets meant that half-way through the thirty-first over we were all out for 128.
Bright spots were few and far between – good fielding from newcomer Dave, a high catch from Fin! some delightful late cuts from Clive, straight drives from Nick, a very powerful no-ball six over long leg from Lee and a nice cameo of young Josh’s skills. But all-in-all it is a bit of a downer after another of those too common “if only” matches. No beers for the boys tonight – we’re still in the drop zone, but Royston lost to Barrington.