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  • Great Milton 13th July

    by Tobe in Events,Uncategorized | Posted on July 14th, 2014 | No Comments

    Great Milton vs Sydenham 13th July
    Sydenham 134 for 9 from 35 overs – Great Milton 137 for 3 from 33.2overs
    Having won last week the team met with great optimism of another victory, especially as Mark Kermack was not playing but running the score board. Our average age was also lowered considerably by this non-selection as well as the introduction of the Archer family, Phil and his 2 sons along with their friend Alex Church, all had a splendid game! (The future for Sydenham CC!!) Phil led by example with some committed fielding and the boys showed us all how to throw the ball in hard, Frank’s gloves were smoldering on occassion.
    Our optimism was soon dampened as we realised captain Roe was on his way out for the toss, really a lose lose situation. On a damp green pitch we were asked to bat by the opposition, though there is much debate as to whether the Sydenham captain actually won the toss and decided to bat. The Sydenham opening batsmen Paul Reynolds strolled out into the middle, along with Captain Roe. A fine start on a tough batting track until Reynolds was trapped LBW for 8 in the 7th over. Enter vice-captain Bradley, surely the combination of skipper and vice skipper at the wicket was a dangerous one? It was all Roe could do on a tricky pitch to stay in against some accurate bowling, whilst it was all Bradley could do to contain his mutterings about the technique on show at the other end. Roe eventually fell to a fine delivery that would have got even Devon Malcom out. Bradley managed to play diligently whilst at the other end two more wickets fell (Howeth and Barker, [the now lesser bearded one] both out for not many). Lloyd McKay then provided some good support as the team moved onto 90 from 22 overs, Bradley passing 50. Runs continued to come until Bradley was caught for 72. Sydenham still had 7 overs to bat and needed to use all the balls to get up to their final total of 134, McKay and Phil Archer hitting some good boundaries.
    The target was not too daunting a prospect from 35 overs, especially with the pitch drying every over and offering more opportunities to play scoring shots. Nick Barker charged in with good pace and direction but the batsmen saw him off, but few runs were conceded. Whilst at the other end the slow spin from Reynolds produced the first wicket. Bradley and McKay continued to add pressure by bowling tightly, but wickets were hard to come by. Great Milton were 55 for 2 from 18 overs. Slow but steady. Milton’s middle order batsmen were well settled and waiting for the bad balls which they played well and moved onto 80 for 2, needing another 55 to win at just 3 an over. Sydenham needed wickets, but even with the added pace of Barker bowling again none were found. Captain Roe moved between his bowlers with Phil Archer bowling a good spell but the score continued to go up. Great Milton needed just 10 from the last 4 overs to win when McKay took his second wicket of the day, but too late to affect the game. Great Miilton had won!

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