3XI June Report

It is true to say that the 3's were unbeaten in June. It would also be fair to mention that the first weekend was our scheduled game off and the next two matches were rained off. We are a glass 3/4 full team though, in fact some members of the team would be happiest with a few full glasses during the game !

To the cricket though.....after spanking Herriard by 180 runs in May we hosted Longparish, hoping some form had survived. Batting first, at 114-7, May seemed a long way off. We only got this far due to a classy knock from young Archie Mogg (37). Only halfway through our 40 overs, the skipper (62*) and Spreadie (36) played out almost the remainder of the innings to post a very respectable 224-9. Spreadie's knock included a marvellous new shot, a sweep-cum-scoop, hereafter known as the Spreadie "swoop" that flew over the boundary to be lost in the field.
The oppo never really got going as Keiron and Ali bowled with great purpose and skill, picking up the first 4 wickets including a splendid pouch by Dibble. Kurt Schonert's welcome return yielded a couple of wickets, both batsmen not expecting such pace of a two yard saunter. Archie bagged a brace with his off spinners and Oli Hall also grabbed a wicket with a diving catch by Keiron. We were finished early with Longparish out for 59.
So to last week and away to St Cross in Winchester. Having lost 5 tosses in a row, St John took over for the vital moment and at last we could choose. And into bat we went. A poor start was more than rescued by Kurt Schonert who mixed a quality defence with customary brutal hitting to wallop 70 on a slow low pitch. He was well supported by everyone who batted with him and many vital contributions all the way down. A word for Wendy who was dubiously given out off a very high full toss (aka no ball). Apologies were made by the skipper.
So 188 to chase for St Cross. Another great start by the quicks, Keiron and (welcome back) Ryan, who kept the scoring pegged right back as well as sending back their openers. Lars and Andrew then beguiled their middle order with superb control and flight. The oppo just couldn't get the ball off the square and our most experienced bowlers gave away only 40 runs off their 16 overs.
It wasn't in the bag but we were looking good at 100-6 with 10 overs left......however a couple of big hitters arrived, rode their luck and played some good shots too. With 30 then needed of 3 overs and Odiham still looking for 3 wickets, the game was up for grabs. Keiron came back and grabbed it with a good return catch and all ended well with an 11 run win and up to 7th in the League.
Looking forward to a little more cricket in July, lots more wonderful teas from Tina and Maria and maybe some more new cricket shots......

By Nick Bryant