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July 27 2019 - Amport II - Away - 1pm
Damerham 165-7 lost to Amport II 169-2 by 8 wickets
02 - 0 - 24 - 0
02 - 0 - 44 - 0
05 - 1 - 12 - 1
05 - 0 - 25 - 0
05 - 1 - 15 - 0
03 - 0 - 27 - 1
04 - 1 - 20 - 0
Off the back of two full point performances, we travelled to Amport looking to complete an unprecedented hat-trick of victories.
With Ben, Hakey, Rob and the resurgent Symsey unavailable this week we looked a little light on the bowling side. On the batting side, we did as ever have Henry on our side, who in his last two appearances against Amport had notched up scores of 119 and 118*.
Henry lost the toss and Amport put us in to bat. We stuttered to 13-3 off 13 overs as some excellent bowling from Amport's opening bowler Barrett accounted for Chris, Lewis and Dom. At this point he had figures of 7 overs, 5 maidens, 3 wickets for 2 runs - the two runs being a wide and a no ball.
This brought Henry and Tim together at the crease, who began to rebuild - despite Henry's best efforts. The most dropped man in the Hampshire Leagues dropped on 0, 4 and 10 as he and Tim put on 65 together before Tim was run out after being sold up the river by his skipper. Myself (quack quack quack), Tappers and Mark C followed leaving us 93-7 in the 33rd over. Tom Parry joined Henry at the crease and at this point the collapse halted and a brilliant 72 run partnership in the final 7 overs gave us a fighting chance.
Tom, who after smashing the bowler for 4 suddenly looked a completely different player, ably assisted Henry with 12* as Henry blasted his way to a score of 113*. 65 of the 72 run partnership came off the final 3 overs of young spin bowler Gent, who Amport inexplicably brought on at the end with the tiny leg side boundary. His final over went for 33, including Henry being dropped for the fourth time in the innings (that's 13 times in the last 4 games by the way). A wonderful act of generosity - a true Gent.
As Joely pointed out on the WhatsApp group, there was a disappointing lack of a rocking the baby celebration from Henry when he hit his ton (congratulations H and Lucy!). It prompted a bit of post match conversation on what some of us would do in the likely event of reaching the milestone (some not so PC). We can dare to dream.
The tea break consisted of the newly confident Tom, riding on the crest of a wave, constantly reminding me that I got a duck and that I was probably going to drop a few catches in the field too. I'm not sure that "Pardy, were you the only one to get a duck in that innings?" was because he wasn't sure of the answer.
There's not too much to say about our defence of the total, as with a lack of regular bowlers we struggled to cause Amport too many problems - not for want of trying. They cruised to victory inside 26 overs for the loss of two wickets - with the only consolation being that we picked ourselves up a bowling point.
It did mean Lewis, Chris and Tom got a rare chance to turn their arms over - with Tom picking up a wicket to add to his excellent work with the bat.
Not to be, but a decent performance against a really nice bunch.