Our last game of the 2017 season saw us facing the high flying Tilford 2nd XI who won the toss and elected to bat first.
Our opening bowlers Julian and Charles did well with Charles taking the Tilford opening bats wicket with the score on 14-1. We were on our way or so we thought. It was a long haul to the next wicket with Mark Bussell and Gavin Nesbit playing well to take the score on to 101 before Mark was out caught by Charles off the bowling of Kiaran Wells.
Wickets were hard to come by and it was not until Toby bowled the Tilford number 4 with the score on 152 -3 that we had a mini resurgence taking the next wicket Richard Hargreaves with a good bit of fielding from Andy Wheble, a 1st team guest star along with Kieran, Tilford were now 164-4. Any thoughts of a Tilford collapse were short lived and they went about amassing a very respectable total ending on 230-6 after their allotted 45 overs.
We remained confident at tea given the added firepower we had at our disposal in the batting department. Ben and Cam opened and we lost Ben with the score yet to move away from zero, Toby was in at 3 and set about dispatching the rare bad balls to the boundary. Tilford openers were on form and bowled very challenging tight lines giving little away. Cam was next to fall with the score at 21-2 , this brought Kiaran to the crease and between him and Toby the score moved along to 43 before Toby was bowled by Johnny Barran for a top scoring 29. Ross joined Kiaran at the crease and the two looked to move the score along at a good pace before Ross was caught for 23 first ball after drinks with the score on 82-4. Andy was next in but Kiaran was next to go caught off the bowling of Martin Knott for 23 with the score now 85-5. Charles was next in and out followed by Harrison who was out for 4 with the score on 98-7 and with that we were not looking very likely to overhaul the 230 set by Tilford. Julian joined Andy at the crease but Andy was caught out for 14 bring our last man , Paul Heath , to the crease as we were 1 man short for the game. Paul managed to break his long serving bat off a mighty blow but even with his replacement bat in hand was unable to stem the inevitable and we ended on a disappointing 120-9 off just 36.2 overs.
So ended our 2017 season, this game not being a true reflection of some of the great games we had enjoyed as a team as we bravely fought to counter our poor season start. This has been a season of two halves and we all know which half we want to remember. We have witnessed some great development for so many of our younger players and it has been rewarding to see them develop and grow in terms of confidence, capability and love for the game.
See you in 2018, enjoy!