A Good toss to win on a slow low pitch, on a blisteringly hot day, well done James for making the right call at the toss.
The Banstead openers looked to be good players as is the want of a Surrey Premier Club such as theirs.
Danny and Jack struggled initially to gain control before Danny pruduced a jaffa of a delivery seaming away just outside off stump
to find the edge of the Bat. Up went the finger for the first time this year. We then conceded runs and their No3 bat started hitting boudaries and the score raced up into 40 before you could say Meghan Markle.
Robbie and Frankie came on first change and then wickets started to fall from both ends and by the time Jo came on to bowl he had a caught and bowled second ball and the innings was over for just 59 runs. It was a great partnership between two quality spinners, both with great control putting pressure on the batsmen of who Frankie bowled four and two good catches by Danny and Jack as well as a brilliant stumping by Ollie of Robbie and it was our turn to bat.
The new opening pairing of Lucien and Tim was soon broken however I really believe that they will do well this year. lucien got a rip snorter and Tims pads deflected his bat away from the line of the ball and it is now his turn to sign the Mallard trophy in the clubhouse (the bat with the hole in it for those who have not seen it it has been a long established tradition at the club that being out first ball requires that person to sign the bat! My signature is on it on the 1st August 1977 which was the first ball of an all day game and that really hurt.)
Lucien got the ball of the century and we were two down very quickly before James and Robbie batted sensibly to break the back of the chase.
Another good ball got Robbie but the game was all but done and we won by 6 wickets.
Banstead moaned about not having their best players available, well Robbie and Tim are away next week and this squad will stand up not moan.
Thank you Kate for scoring and it was good to see everyone back at the club again this year.
Not all the boys shared hands with the opposition or myself which was disappointing but its the changeover time again and no one really knows if they are coming or going at the moment so fair enough.
As mentioned earlier we have Guildford on the 20th so I hope the ball is gripping and keeping low for the spinners again on that day.