Our second league win of the season puts us joint top of the league level on points with Upchurch, who surprisingly lost to Bredgar, and Hunton.
Going against my natural instincts I chose to bat and we were rewarded with the finest innings I’ve witnessed in 7 years at the club. Picco’s 106 contained shots of the highest quality to all sectors of the wagon wheel. I believe he became only the 8th GCCC batsmen to score a ton in the league.
Ably supported by Ivan (26) initially, the rest of us stuttered a little and our total of 213 was maybe 25 short of what we should have achieved.
Despite a tight nine overs from Martin and an important early wicket from Jamie, at 147/1 with a dozen overs left and the opener and number 3 well set we looked in big trouble. Fortunately, having served up some utter dross which disappeared to all parts I finally managed to bowl a decent ball which bowled the opener and then trapped the no.4 in front the following ball. Despite this the no.3 carted my next over in to the playing field and it was back in the balance. Step forward Picco who took 3 wickets in his last over, all bowled, and including the no.3 and with a wicket for Callum and a run out we got home with 32 runs to spare. Picco scraped the MOM award!
It was a hard fought and exhausting victory but testament to our great team spirit with everybody contributing in the field, especially Aaron on debut.
Big thanks go to Dickie and Melvyn for umpiring and Michelle for scoring. Mrs Cunningham’s tea was an incredible spread and there’s plenty left over for Colts tonight and the T20 on Tuesday!! Thanks also to Jim for helping me clear up at the end of a long day also with thanks to Joe and Callum for groundwork in the morning.
Tomorrow we have the T20, if you’re not playing come down for a drink as it’s bound to be a decent social occasion.
Next week we’re at High Halstow. Names by Wednesday 8pm please. We’re definitely missing a couple again so please make yourself available.
All the best,