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Doughty lost a second successive toss and was not in the least surprised when his opposite number asked him to bat (whilst chuckling to himself) on a track which had remain uncovered throughout all of the week’s rain showers and was very damp underfoot. Doughty (10) and Brewer (2) found the going tough with ball ‘popping’ off a length and moving laterally unpredictably. Brewer was victim to one which bounced more than expected and was well caught at mid-off whilst Doughty was forced to play at one which nipped away and took the slightest of deflections from his outside edge. Croad grafted and dug-in for a hard fought 16 runs off 40 balls and all concerned realised any score above 100 would be hard to achieve. With Croad, Scullion played with ease and some fluency for his 13 runs before being caught bringing Pat Jeynes to the wicket for his debut knock. Jeynes P batted well, using his height to counter the bounce and played some attractive shots, particularly cutting the ball through and above the cover fielders. Jeynes scored 29 runs in as many balls before perishing, leaving partner Fiaz (31) to bat with Brown (14) and Hennessy E (9). Fiaz played the ball late, under his eyes, and looked at home although I’m sure the wickets in Jhelum or Islamabad play better than this one did. After Brown and Hennessy E departed, both playing some excellent attacking shots, Rich Jeynes strode confidently to the crease to, like his brother, make his debut knock. Jeynes R batted well for 11 and guided the tail to the first bonus points and respectability at 125. Georgia Hennessy entered as Jeynes left and batted fantastically well against the clever spin of Butterworth. Hennessy batted for 23 balls for her 6 not out and showed her nerve against the returning opening bowler Mahmood and even managed to chassis down the wicket to guide a four through mid-wicket, a real highlight or an otherwise bleak innings. Hunt, happy at number 11, made 1 run before being caught behind leaving his batting partner stranded just as she was warming up. The innings closed on a very well fought 156 all out in difficult conditions.
After a unique tea which included the delights of cheesy potato waffles and chips with onions the sun came out and dried the swamp-like wicket to a surface as hard as a main-road and the home batsmen had no difficulties in knocking off the required runs for the loss of only one wicket. Butterworth, in particular, played well. He scored 82 well earned runs, mainly swept and cut, off his stumps. The fielding by the Green was average, neither good nor bad and the bowling was something similar. No one bowled badly, perhaps we all tried to hard to look for wickets rather than wait for them to come. The real standout bowlers were Rich Brown who bowled his 6 overs for just 10 runs, using clever changes in pace and mixing seamers with cutters and Georgia Hennessy who bowled her 3 overs for a miserly 6 runs. The captain, with hindsight, should have bowled both bowlers for more of the innings.
Whilst we were unlucky to find such a wet wicket at a ground with covers and for the sun to come out the minute we completed our innings it is no surprise that we struggled fielding a side with only 3 or 4 regular second team players and where only three players were old enough to pay £5 match fees against a side scrapping for survival. Coombs Wood on the other hand had a much more experienced side and knew exactly how to play in wet conditions and well deserved their much needed 20 point prize.