Match Report by Ian Garrett
This was almost another one of those “not much about the cricket reports” (I had it all planned – given the Tudor origins of both clubs, you’re missing an interesting discussion on the impact of the Dissolution of the Monasteries).
At 14-7, humiliation beckoned, as the top and middle order were swept away by the consistency of Harris at one end and the pace and movement of Morrison at the other. Then a partnership of 82 between skipper Jon Tovey and Hannah Murray restored credibility and made a game of it. Jon played with great maturity, and as the bowlers began to tire, was able to cash in with some powerful off side blows and whips through mid-wicket. Hannah supported him patiently and well. She had some moments of good fortune with two top edges just falling out of the grasp of slips or wicket keeper running back, but deserved her luck, and played the shot of the day in hitting the pacey Morrison over mid-off almost for six. The change bowlers saw extras add to the tally, and by the time Hannah sliced to point for 17, an early finish had at least been averted. Gandon’s spin wrapped up the tail, JT last out four short of what would have been a well-deserved half century.
After an excellent tea, Old Elizabethans did not hang around in chasing down the target, but these also gave opportunities for the bowlers. Sabir bowled his best spell for a while in dismissing both openers, Wilkins strangled down the leg side and Gandon bowled by a superb delivery that broke back off the pitch to hit middle and off. Abib Abid also bowled an excellent spell, and took the third wicket with the aid of a spectacular one handed take by Hannah Murray at mid-wicket. Lucy Hardy dismissed top scorer Reading-Willett as he played over the ball in an attempted pull shot, and Abib hit the stumps again next over with an inswinging yorker. By this time, Old Elizabethans were almost at their target, and a couple of big blows from Norton finished the game off in Lucy’s next over.
Nevertheless, after that truly awful start, this ended up a performance that at least saved face against the league leaders, and a significantly stronger side this coming Saturday may be able to do better against another of the top sides.