League Matches. 1st Team have a great win, 2nd Team a narrow defeat. Sunday game cancelled.
1st team arrived at Penn and Tylers Green sports club and we were all in shock at how beautiful this place was. By far the best facilities any of us have been privileged to use in a while.
Skipper Nick won the toss for the first time this season, after some strong advice from Paul Millington he was convinced to bowl first.
The young Knotty squad did all that was asked, the usual opening pair of Mikey and “WINDY Blunden” kept nice tight lines. Colin took his first league wicket of the season getting the experienced Mr Judd caught by Tommy Patel, this soon followed by a great run out by the skipper himself hitting the stumps with a direct throw. After this it was pretty much the Mikey Widdowson show, as he tore through the middle order and was on a hat rick with superb figures of 6-19 and Colin Blunden backed this up with figures of 2-25.
After a straight turn around Andy Franklin and Paul Millington went out to bat they began watchfully before Paul opened up with two superb boundaries , Andy was then given out LBW, which brought out Jonny Patel, who hit a very brisk 14 ball 44 to seal victory. After a wonderful tea, best so far according to all the lads, we had a victory jug and made our way back to Knotty to watch the 2s,
A testing few weeks with selection will show what we are made of and how our depth is but the season has begun well lots of fun being had great team spirit and fantastic new grounds to play on.
The 2nd team were at home to Little Marlow 2.
Skipper Jack Patel won the toss and decided to bat first. Paddy Searing (17) and Ashish Patel (27) got us off to a good start but then wickets started to tumble, as we slipped to 106 for 6, despite a useful 26 from Simon Emmerson. The tail wagged quite well and ended up with a reputable 196 all out. We need to adjust to the longer over format of these games and realise we have more time to bat through. Jack Patel (25) Samir Patel (20) and Rohan (15) all made useful contributions.
The Little Marlow innings was steady but we kept getting enough wickets to keep it close. Luke Patton (3-39) and Jack Patel (3-45) were the main wicket takers but Samir (1-10) and Ross Kemp also bowled well without much luck. As has been a recent pattern, dropped catches lost us a match we could have won. Eventually Little Marlow got the required runs with one ball to spare. It does not get much closer than that, but the 2nd are still seeking their first win in the new league.
Everyone enjoyed their day, and it is good to see some really good team spirit building in the club.