Blenheim Park CC vs Bodleian Library – 20th May 2018

Well gents, those Librarians certainly silenced us and gave us a little something to go and file under 796.358.

We lost the toss and were put into bat which looked initially to be an odd decision as openers Keys and West reached 55 without loss in the 9th over but with the loss of West and a few overs later Keys our batting lost its way a bit as the pitch served up some variable bounce.  Most people getting in with steady accumulation but nobody really going on.  We finished on 157 from our 40 overs with a feeling we may not have enough.

After a brief (but excellent) tea we started our defence with a George at each end some good bowling and average fielding saw us unable to make a breakthrough and the runs start to flow. Spearman and Gokani brought some economy and control and Raj final took our first non LBW wicket of the year in the 20th over.  But at 85-1 they were looking ominously placed.  Indeed they continued to take few risks and when it became time to resort to the part time bowlers after the forced injury departure of JVF they accelerated to a win in the 35th over.

We were left to rue our insufficient runs tally and poor fielding performance against a side we felt probably didn’t bat deep.  Chalked up as a missed opportunity.