Runfest at Thornton Watlass

On an idyllic village green ground with one legside boundary downhill and the other one short, this was always going to be a high scoring game.

We were put in to bat, Daisy opened up with Becca and hit four legside balls for fours, one a strange one handed swat, but very effective. Unfortunately she also tried the same shots to two straight balls, which hit her stumps. Ralph and Amelie accumulated steadily, before Archie and William provided their usual entertainment. William hit the first six of the game, as they both made double figure scores. Raam was paired up with a new partner, Beth, in the last pairing. Beth demonstrated exactly how to bat with a strong partner, just knock the ball into space and run a single. One of Beth's singles was turned into a five due to overthrows, at the other end, Raam made hay, with six fours and one six in his score of  33 not out. The final score was 154 for 3 off 16 overs, 339 net.

Thornton Watlass's reply was spirited. One of their openers picked up an early six, as did one of the second pair. There were no boundaries for the third pair, with some keen fielding cutting off good shots and Amelie literally breaking the wicket for a run out. One of the last pair hit three fours, as Thornton Watlass finished on 90 for 4, 270 net, with Becca, Archie and William taking wickets with their bowling.

The only disappointing thing about this performance was the team's failure to score at ten an over, there was plenty of evidence of match skills having been improved by recent games.


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