Hampton Hill CC 2nd XI defeated Addiscombe by 7 wickets
The Hill turned up in good (some slightly hungover) spirits after two timed wins in a row. However, a slow start to the morning meant we only had time for a quick warm up. This consisted of fielders getting their hands ready and bowlers getting their line and length. Due to lack of energy, we only had one ball to use which Fallows bowled one down the leg side and into the bushes after a few more balls for the bowlers this brought an end to this week’s warm up.
Despite a slow start pre-match that could not be said about our performance on the pitch. Two for Mike Murton which was then followed up by two for Jack Fullicks, which included a sharp catch from the ever reliable gully Ian Exworth. Addiscombe were scrambling at 22-4.
It was then over to James Everett, bowling economically as ever, putting pressure onto the Addiscombe batsmen as partnerships began to form, Evs would put an end to it. Getting himself to four wickets, his skipper Ports was going to take him off! Evs pleaded for one more over to pick up his fifth.
Ball one: Four- Skipper throws hat to the floor
Ball two: Four- Picks up hat and covers his face
Ball three: Dot- Ports hat has a grateful rest
Ball four: Four- Hat was thrown once again
Ball five: Four
Ball six: Four byes
TAKE A BLOW JIMMY, despite a quality 4-Fer this found its way into the fine book. Not at the end at the game but when we walked off the field.
A superb cameo from their number 9, including a seriously good ramp shot helped propel Addiscombe to score which with a few early wickets could be defendable.
Our openers of Jake Wood and CNS had to get through a tough 30-minute spell before tea was ready. They didn’t just survive; runs were coming at a good rate.
Woody was the first man to be dismissed for 16 after a good opening stand of 48.
Adam joined CNS at the crease, with the latter making it look very easy at the crease. AO was grinding runs whereas CNS was at his free-flowing best. The Addiscombe fielders were doing well to get themselves out of the way of the ball on some occasions as the ball was drilled past their shoulder blades.
CNS was then removed eventually for a fantastic 76 from 82 deliveries. He was then later followed by AO who walked on his LBW, one which was dead straight trying to dab one to third man. SHOCK!
Mike Murton was given the opportunity by the Skipper to bat at number four. He repaid this faith with a superb 35 from 55 deliveries. Chris Webb came in and secured the victory for the Hill to put us to the top of the league.
Big game next week as we travel to Purley. Up. The. Hill!
Player of the Match: Charlie Newton-Savage with a match winning 76