On a very mild muggy day the first XI travelled to Eastcote looking to make it 4 from 5. Having won the toss the skip asked Eastcote to bat first and early wickets were the order of the day with showers forecast for later in the afternoon. Tim had not conceded a run when he took the first wicket trapping Sagoo in front (13-1). The score had moved to 40 before JK removed Eastcote’s overseas caught behind and the opposition were soon 98-5 with DK bagging himself two in quick succession and Pollock returned to clean up Hirani. Lotay had made a patient 68 before he gifted his wicket away caught at mid-off trying to go over the top and when Savage went (133-7) it could be said that thoughts turned to the ‘best teas in the league’. This would be to our detriment as Eastcote’s tail wagged and they posted a score perhaps 40 more than they should have!
After what was a very enjoyable tea we set about our target. Although 182 was the lowest score we have been set this season it looked a long way away with both Twiney and Fear back in the pavilion before the score had reached 30. Timmy A got a good one which cut back through the gate and at 51-3 the games was arguably in the balance! Benny Williams and the skip then batted through to take the score to 104 before the skip departed for 44. Benny W soon followed, stumped when attempting to hit the ball to the moon. Wadey and Tom Elliott then built the necessary match winning partnership. Manipulating the ball into the gaps brilliantly and running very well. With the finish line in sight Wadey unfortunately succumbed to a short one for a well-made 31, Chimp came and went to make it that little more interesting! And so it was left to Tom (33*) and 'Risty' (Will Rist) to see us over the line.
Another win on the board but it is fair to say it was a fairly underwhelming performance by us from start to finish. The positive though is we keep winning, long may it continue.