Courtesy of Malcolm West
An unusually close result against Bodleian. They won the toss and put us in and our strange innings got to 192 with a 112 from Lee Keys in about 20 overs and not much from everybody else.
The reply came in two parts the BPCC opening partnership of Phil Spearman from the newly named Spearman end (that’s what happens when you catch out your usual team mates Nigel…) and Cox Jr from the pavilion end kept the opposition pinned down and took some top order wickets. The introduction of the spin twins of Gokani and Angol unfortunately coincided with the introduction of a quality left handed bat hiding mid order and the runs began to flow all too quickly. Canham replaced Angol and started to stem the flow of runs and eventually to pick up wickets but the 7 per over rate was being kept up with. Unusually light on bowling with the end of the Gokani spell it was time to turn to Keys to see if he could do the same with the ball as the bat… turns out he could the runs flowed even quicker. Luckily Canham was tight and nicking wickets at the other end. After some tactical reappraisals Keys was withdrawn leaving Cox Senior to bowl the last two overs and proving to be much harder to get away. 1o required for the win from the last over and it all seemed very reminiscent of the previous week. The field was spread and four were scored from the first five balls leaving a 6 to win from the last ball. Batsman missed so did Kerr the batsmen ran a quick two as Kerr gloves thrown down raced out to pick up the ball turned and threw …nearly hitting his gloves (which would have gifted 5 runs and the game) luckily missed.
We must not make a habit of these nerve jangling close run games…it is reducing our time spent in the Kings Arms.
So again we carry out unbeaten record proudly in front of us could we get to the end of May unbeaten?