Match Report - Earls Colne & Bures vs. Kirby 11/06/06

Earls Colne & Bures 226 all out (44 overs)

(Colin Bocking 83)

Kirby 220 for 6 (46 overs)

Earls Colne & Bures won by 9 runs

 Exciting, high-scoring game at Kirby. Batting first having won the toss, E C & B made a good start with twin 16-year-old opening batsmen James Bocking and Himesh Patel, but suffered a mid-order collapse in the face of some accurate Kirby bowling. Enter Mr. Slow who in partnership with Kieron Webb, began to make inroads into the change bowlers. The onslaught continued as Kieron departed caught behind, with resolute support from Joe Smith and a total of 250 seemed possible as the fielders spread far and wide. Mr. Slow eventually departed in the 40th over for a belligerent 83, whereupon the E C & B tail quickly capitulated and an alfresco tea was taken in the sunshine.

The Kirby innings did not start well for them, Mr. Slow's first over yielding two prize wickets! But the Kirby batters applied themselves and were quickly into their chase. Fortunately, wickets were taken at critical times and E C & B stayed just ahead of the rate, thanks in no small part to an excellent fielding effort from the young E C & B players. In a last effort to overhaul the total, Frinton batsman Tom Lawes hit what could have been a mighty six but was spectacularly caught on the long-off boundary by James Bocking amid the now all-too-prevalent accusations of cheating - whatever happened to the protocol in cricket which requires the batsman to accept the word of the fielder that the catch was good? Nevertheless, a good game of cricket and good ale and hospitality was enjoyed in the Red Lion afterwards.

An excellent win, and a welcome rise up the table for our heroes!

 Team Sheet - 

Colin Bocking, Christopher Chambers, James Bocking, Matt Aspinall, Kieron Webb, James Lee, John Mills, Joe Smith, Adrian Wigan, James Durkin, Himesh Patel.

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