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May 05 2018 - Totton & Eling III - Home - 1pm
Damerham 109-8 beat Totton & Eling III 108-8 by 2 wkts
08 - 3 - 19 - 1
03 - 0 - 12 - 0
08 - 3 - 05 - 1
06 - 1 - 08 - 3
06 - 0 - 15 - 1
01 - 0 - 11 - 0
08 - 1 - 25 - 1
The season finally arrived, and with it the sunshine. The sun had been in evidence for a couple of days, if not quite long enough to completely dry out the pitch, which was still its usual self – slow and sticky. But it was true and consistent, and offered seam and spin, which is the best you can hope for early season. Fine job Joely.
H won the toss and put them in. Hakey and Tappers both bowled tight opening spells, and they struggled to score. The struggles continued with the change bowlers – everyone bowled well bar the odd lose over here and there. Tim got two on the bounce when the new bat charged down the wicket first ball and missed a straight one.
Chasing 108 we had a stuttering start losing Hakey and Andy early, but settled in with partnerships between me and H and then Tim, and looked absolutely nailed on. I managed to run H out in bizarre fashion – hit a catch back at the bowler, who in the process of dropping it, managed to deflect the ball onto H’s stumps.
Three down, we needed 19 to win with plenty of overs left. Then in quick succession we lost Tim, Dave, me, Sam and Rob. Five wickets for five runs. The Tapley boys came together, eight down with 14 needed.
The mood of ‘here we go again’ pessimism on the bench outside the pavilion was punctured when Ross hit a couple of straight fours with that mighty willow of his. (“What a bat. What a man.” pronounced Pards from Dean Court.) The single digit ask began inching down with some excellent scampering, Lewis’s pace over the ground suddenly invaluable as Ross hit the winning runs. So we squeaked a win which we should have cruised. But that’s fine. A win’s a win, and with four games in the division called off due to wet pitches, we are third in the table. We will take that start.