A fine bowling display begun by Wiggy and Brayno left a modest total which Dil and Reg made short work of.
It's very rare to get an early finish in this league but this one was due to some excellent bowling then destructive batting. The second time we'd played on this wicket which was high up the square - not so far to walk back for a duck!. The general consensus was bowl first and Dan obliged by winning the toss and inserting Toft. Having won their last 5 games and sitting comfortably in third spot in the league, they are a side not to be underestimated even if they had a particularly young side. An unchanged Xl is a rare luxury this year but that's what we had. Wiggy and Brayno discussed ends to bowl and then agreed Dan was right: Matty Brayne up hill from the Filkins Road end hoping to use the side wind to aid his swingers and Wiggy tearing in from the other end. Wiggy began bowling quickly, getting the ball through at a good height and a trap was set for Blackburn's cut. Brayno swinging the ball in prodigiously to the left handers so a leg gully posted where Ed Roberts pouched a smart catch to give Brayno his well deserved wicket 7 overs 1 for 18 - great stuff and made all the more remarkable due to the nature of his horrendous finger graze - very brave to continue with such an injury. Wiggy dismissed the dangerous Blackburn bowled then another straight away. Joe Maddocks and Dan Riley on but Williams playing very well and holding things up. A few loose ones from Joe dispatched to the short boundary but he came back with a double wicket maiden as he bowled two batters through the gate. Williams needed to score the runs himself and eventually made 50 as Fishy replaced Joe. Dan took 2 courtesy of catches in the slow bowlers slips, mid-off and mid-on. When Wiggy caught Williams at deep midwicket Toft were 8 down and despite having batted for over 40 overs they had only mustered 123. Fishy caught and bowled before Wiggy came back to remove young Muirhead. An excellent bowling performance with all 5 bowlers contributing. Wiggy and Dan 3 each too the lions share but the opening 14 overs was where the tone was set. Joe Killer again solid behind the stumps. Tea taken and straight round. George out first ball wafting airily at one outside off stump and caught behind. Joe (13) joined Dil and pushed the score along before succumbing to the off spinner in his first over. Out strolled Reg. In his head he looks purposeful as he walks out to bat but to others it looks like he's stomping off to bat in a right old mood! Keen to get there and get going. These two batters in prime form and surely they'd calm everyone's nerves and just let us watch them make short work of the meagre 127. That's exactly what they did. Dil continued his form from the previous week hitting the ball to all parts. He went to 50 with the first of 3 sixes. As well as finding the fence regularly, he ran well with Reg looking for quick singles. Reg played second fiddle but did so brilliantly. Making sure he was there at the end he put away anything loose and was particularly savage on anything short. As Dil struck the winning run in the 19th over, he walked off with an unbeaten 80 and Reg with a fine 32 not out. An excellent 85 run partnership. The tone was set by a good bowling partnership and finished off by an excellent one with the bat. A one sided victory it may have been but it owed as much to the quality of the display from the home side as it did to the strength of the opposition.
MotM - Dil for calming nerves and making short work of things. DotD - Matty Brayne for having to go off the field to was his finger which was a little bit poorly. Two in a row for Brayno!
Chester Boughton Hall CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field