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Yep, we lost again. We’re all a bit fed up with that, let’s be honest, but at least this was a much better game, with plenty of fight and some great performances. July was always going to be tough, facing as we are all of the top four, plus Parley. Parley are another big club with an excellent youth section, so though you never know quite what you’re going to get, you can be pretty sure they’ll be mostly both young and good.
Hakey had the ball hooping early on, and Tappers bowled, by general consent, his best Saturday spell yet. There was some exceptional fielding from Lewis, the other Tapley, including catch of the season, sprinting away from him over his left shoulder. Smithers took a wicket in his first Saturday over for DCC, and at that point we had them at 58-5 just after drinks, and were hopeful we could hold them to an easily chasable total.
We could not. Everyone’s favourite cricket cliché ‘catches win matches’ popped in to say ‘hi’ again, as one of their unreasonably competent youngsters was dropped off successive balls on nought, before going on to make 37. It’s always hindsight, and there were others, but as it turned out that was the game right there. They made 120 in the last 20, before we finally had them all out in their last over.
Our chase faltered early then settled into a groove with a watchful partnership between Dave and Henry. Parley bowled well throughout and it was difficult to score, but Henry put his foot down towards the back end, including a massive straight six into the lake. By the time he fell for an excellent 80 the run rate was up near double figures and the chase was not really on. Smithers and Victor got us to 150 for the extra batting point and a 10 point loss, the best we could have done in this game without winning it. Which is neatly appropriate.