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August 10 2019 - Andover III - Home - 1pm
Damerham 184-9 lost to Andover III 205-8 by 21 runs
02 - 0 - 14 - 2
06 - 0 - 34 - 1
08 - 2 - 20 - 3
07 - 0 - 29 - 2
08 - 4 - 16 - 0
04 - 0 - 35 - 0
05 - 0 - 30 - 0
November descended for a few days in August, and Saturday gusted up to 50 mph, following days of heavy rain.
Invited to bat first, Andover’s openers made steady progress. One was a bit streaky, the other the kind of solid bat you inevitably find in big clubs, who made no mistakes and looked like he normally played a higher standard.
They didn’t get away though, and were 84 without loss at drinks. In the second half of their innings they began to lose wickets but also upped the run rate, and got above 200 without difficulty.
It seemed very chasable, as we had witnessed the pitch seemed pretty benign and easy to score on. We were wrong about that though. Whether the pitch dried out and got stickier or the softer old ball was just a lot harder to play than the new one, we did not find it easy. Me and Joel went quickly, then Ben and Henry went slowly – struggling to score as Andover bowled very tightly. At drinks we were two down for 42 – exactly half what they had been.
160 in the last twenty was always going to be difficult, but Ben and H began to accelerate with steadily more risks. Coupled with this, it became clear that Andover had four good bowlers, and had to make up the other eight with bits and pieces, which they were able to milk more successfully. After Ben and H fell there was more resistance, but ultimately we fell just short.
It was a great effort though, and a game that for a long time looked like a walkover grew steadily into a more edgy contest, and to be still theoretically alive in the last over was a great effort requiring some canny, calculated batting.