|Fiskerton were once again patched up by a few ringers, but all 4 looked very good aquisitions if we can get them playing regularly.
Having won the toss the target was to keep Chilwell down to their usual par score of about 130/140 which we felt confident of getting. Chris Spittlehouse opened the bowling and what a spell it was. He bowled fast and nipped it around giving Paul Whitby a hell of a time behind the stumps! Jack Surtees opened at the other end and both bowlers got their first wickets in their 4th overs. Leaving Chilwell 20-2 off 8. However, we were fairly sure Chilwell had some ringers of their own. Reason being the 2 batsman in next had walked into our changing room and put their bags down before I asked who they were.....only then did they realise they were in the wrong changing room!
Jack took his enforced break with another debutant Steve Godfrey coming on and he looked comfortable and a decent bowler, moving it around off the pitch. Chris took a break at the other end after 6 overs to allow the Captain a few overs. After 3 overs for 23 runs (6 front foot no balls with one going for 4.) Akers settled in and only went for only 7 runs in the next 3 overs but picking up no wickets. Surtees then finished off his 4 overs brilliantly picking up 2 more wickets, one of which was their ringer batsman who had picked up 53. Debutant Roger Tysoe also had 5 overs, and was a bit expensive, but just needs overs before he will be another useful aquisition. Kev Smith had a cameo 3 overs picking up 2 late wickets for 5 runs before Spittlehouse and Godfrey finished off the innings with the final 2 wickets, with Chilwell getting an above par 148. Spittlehouses figures 8 overs 2 for 6!
Fiskerton started the chase well in horrible conditions with the ball swinging around, with debutant Peter Haynes and Kev Smith getting us to 40 with out loss before Peter was caught in the gully region for 21. Chris Spittlehouse then blasted 8 off 5 balls before top edging one to Gully, Smith then being controversially bowled for 15 (we think it may have come off the keepers pads), as well and Akers being trapped LBW for 2 leaving us 61-4. However a fightback then started with Steve Godfrey and Andy Surtees knocking 1's and 2's getting us to 90 before the next wicket fell. Surtees having pulled his hamstring was caught and then Milner being bowled shortly after.
Godfrey then opened his shoulders with Whitby (1) and Foulkes (5) providing some support before Godfrey being bowled having to force the pace for an excellent 40. This left us 123 for 9 needing only 26 to win with 3 overs to go. Tysoe came to the crease and blasted a quick 7 before being bowled. All out for 130. A valliant effort, but our best chance of a win this season went begging.
MOTM - Steve Godfrey, and excellent 40 and figures of 1-28 off 6.1 overs.
Capt Calamity - Ed Akers, If telling everyone that to get 148 each batsman only needed 11 runs each hadnt already secured it, getting out for 2 definatley did! (Maths never was my strong point!)