Palmers 1st June

A win takes us to two all in the series. A famous victory, chasing 160 to win, was completed with more than an over to spare.

It is always a joy to play on such a good ground even though it is a considerable drive for many of us. This year Palmers kindly returned the compliment and bought us supper after the game so we had a very jolly evening. Not least amongst the clamour was a call for a further 20/20 match in June. RAC at Bovington? Blandford Flies? Although last night’s fixture is not yet in the scorebook we hope to prise the details from the Palmers scorebook.

A bit like Gordon Greenidge Banger is more dangerous on one leg. Opening the bowling with Mike Chattey they kept things under control without looking like running through a decent side on a good track. We then had six overs of spin most notably Tim Evans’ left armers restricting the opposition. Charlie Leach gave us the four quickest overs at the end and we kept them down to 159. This was a par score on such a large ground and was kept in check with some notable fielding from George Wissett-Warner, Dante O’Reilly and Robin Leach.

One pretty rapid opening bowler was seen off by Jules Hill and the retiring Robin Leach (30 n.o.) and by the seventh over the run rate was up to 7. A quick fire 24 from Charlie Leach left us with 9 an over through the last six. No momentum was lost by Charles O’Reilly, Antony Earp, Andrew Younger and most importantly Tim Evans. The sight of a fully padded Brookie and Mike Chattey were enough to encourage our batsmen and discourage the opposition.

This is a great fixture but we do need to be at our best and youngest to win so last night’s win was a very notable performance against an experienced side who have pre season nets and play 20 odd 20/20 fixtures. Well done everybody

Charles O’Reilly

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