An enjoyable afternoon on the South Lawn for the visit of Sydenham. Having won the toss and inserted them we performed very well against a batting line up which looked like it had some capable contributions. Apart from them getting after Jake for a few overs early on we were always in control. Excellent spells from Nigel and Raj early on kept them at bay and we took regular wickets. Their opener reached 50 before JVF took a well judged catch on the rope at back square leg off the ‘bowling’ of Stan. After that it was a coast into the finish with Rhino and JVF running through the tail. A rare afternoon with Stoddard in the team where he wasn’t required to bowl. An excellent fielding display with catches and a great run out by Raj/Kerr saw us finish for tea early having dismissed them for 111 in 34 overs.
After a relaxed tea we returned to the task of cricket. Our new Opening pair of Jake Spearman and Phil Boardman played well against a decent opening attack of pace and swing. Phil leaning back and carving through point and Jake uppercutting and driving. Both fell close together having put on 26. West and Stoddart opened up against the weaker change bowling, before James miss timed a poor ball and was caught. Gokani and West then finished it off picking off the pretty easy bowling and giving the occasional chance before the winning runs were scored in the 24th (?) over.
With the early finish we took the opportunity to have a team photo and retired to the pub for beer and nibbles.