Match Report - Earls Colne & Bures vs. Eight Ash Green 28/05/06

EAG 168 for 9 (45 overs)

Earls Colne & Bures 170 for 8 (37.4 overs)

(Chris Chambers 99 not out)

Earls Colne & Bures won by 2 wickets

 A welcome break from the rain! Mr. Slow called correctly and invited EAG to bat on a soft and green Earls Colne wicket, curiously reminiscent of cushionfloor. EAG made unspectacular progress against an accurate Webb/McKenna attack. Bowling first change, Chris Chambers applied control while Mr. Slow was wayward at the other end, necessitating the introduction of son James and Jamie Pringle, the former picking up wickets while the latter bowled with control and maturity, causing occasional excitement in the slips when the left-handers were facing. EAG closed at 168 for 9 and E C & B rushed off to the pavilion for tea, courtesy of Kayleigh (jolly nice, too!).

The E C & B reply did not start well. Himesh mis-hit a full toss to mid-on while James Bocking was unlucky to meet with a ball which rolled up his body, down the other side and onto the stumps! Meanwhile, Wiggy was imperious at the other end, coping with uneven and occasionally exaggerated bounce. Chris Chambers and he established a partnership and the score mounted, only for Wiggy to hole out. Jamie Pringle was triggered by our own umpire, bringing the Mighty Stonley to the crease, poor Stonners in a state of some delapidation following an altercation with terra firma whilst fielding. Useful contributions from Stonners, Kieron and Lloyd Newman as Chambers marched onwards up to and beyond 50, his new Warsop Stebbing blade flashing in the sun. With overs in hand, Wolfie strode to the crease to nurdle and nudge up to the target but sadly departed run-out (now there's a thing . . . .) leaving big Patrick to partner Christopher and get us home. 99 not out for Christopher and no chance of that extra elusive single to take him into 3 figures! Well done!

Delighted, E C & B repaired to the bar only to find that stocks of the guest beer were exhausted whilst Stonley went off to hospital where he demanded that a pretty nurse look at his bruised and battered torso. Others made the journey to the Five Bells where good English ale was enjoyed. A rewarding and confidence-boosting win which sets us up well for next week's Cup game.

 Team Sheet - 

John Gibson, Colin Bocking, James Bocking, Christopher Chambers, Patrick McKenna, Kieron Webb, Jamie Pringle, Lloyd Newman, Adrian Wigan, Himesh Patel, Stonley the Man.

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