Blenheim Park CC vs I Zingari – 13th May 2018

IZ started slow and finished in tremendous style with 207 for 1 from 34 overs.  Their opener scoring the original classy completely chanceless 107no including several effortless pick up flick 6’s over square leg .  Nigel’s 1-26 from 11 overs being by far the pick of the bowling.  I’m unable to give figures for any other bowlers due to Injunctions in place, all you need to know is that it wasn’t pretty and we now know that IZ is definitely a 5 rope fixture.

Having declared unusually before tea (after 34 overs) the brave BPCC openers of West and Keys were required to face 7 overs before any chance of restbite.  In the one bright glimmer of hope that was negotiated safely at 18-0.  After the first excellent Mike tea of the season we resumed hoping that copious flapjack would have taken a toll on their potent bowling attack, but we were soon brought down to ground. West Keys and Boardman were soon back on the benches  with a hopeful 32-0 turned into 38-3, a patient rebuild by Stoddart and Cox saw us limp to 61 before wickets again fell.  Even with the withdrawal of the quicks wickers tumbled at regular intervals until the 9th wicket fell in the 40th over for 103.  Leaving Nigel and Raj to survive 9 balls for a sneaky draw and IZ thinking they should have declared a hell of a lot earlier.

However I am delighted to report that we remain unbeaten and the invincibles season is still most definitely a technical possibility.