What a difference 2 weeks of sun makes. The lush green grass at Raphael’s is now quickly revert to its Kalahari desert look of last year and desperately in need of some rain during the week.
Great Totham 3s turned up looking weak and their skipper confirmed this so it was a little surprising when they decided to bat first after winning the toss.
Chris Poch and Rohan Hatton started things off with their usual mean approach going for very few runs but unusually not really looking like taking any wickets with the Totham batsman clearly looking just to stay there. Only a single wicket in the 1st 12 overs going to Rohan. Chris Poch bowled his 9 overs straight though for only 11 runs but no wickets this week. Totham reaching around 50 in the first 20 for 2 wickets, the ultra slow and steady approach obviously being the game plan and intending just to bat out the 40 overs whatever the score. However Andy Beasley (2-20) and Tom Greenwood (2-27) continued the tight bowling and picking up wickets regularly. Nick Willis coming on to mop up the tail with 3 wickets on his return from injury. The champagne moment in the field being a full length dive by Chris Martin (that Dillon would have been proud of) to stop the ball, even more amazing that he got up and returned the ball so fast foe Ben to tidy up and complete the run out. Totham finally reaching only 108 with only skipper Jack Ridge offering any resistance in grinding out 28 in his 30 plus overs at the crease. The next best score being our generous contribution of 26 extras.
Chris Martin and Keith Turner opened up again and with only 109 as a target the possibility of a 2nd consecutive 10 wicket win looked on the cards. Runs came rapidly with us reaching 30 of the 1st six overs by which time Totham had clearly given as their heads dropped and defeated comments came. Unfortunately the 10 wicket win wasn’t to be as Chris Martin played on after reaching a rapid 30. Ben Poch then hit a quick 22 before being trapped LBW trying to sweep one off middle stump as a Totham gave everyone a go with the ball. Keith Turner batted steadily through reaching 42no when the Totham score was passed in the 18th over.
A comfortable win and another solid performance cementing our place at the top of the table. The only slight downside being that we aren’t picking up many batting points due to the low targets we are chasing.