Keith Brelsford and Jack Sharp starred for the team on a suuny and hot day in a thrilling win.

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Eynsford won the toss and elected to bat first on a wicket which had generated roughly 540 runs yesterday in KCVL div2 game. Jack sharp and Jules Dobbs were entrusted with the new ball. One of eynsford openers started with 4424 and soon they were in a commanding position of 70/1 after roughly 10 overs. Only wkt till then was taken by Jack Sharp thanks to a calm and composed catch by Monty. ”Yes, monty can catch the ball !”

It took some overs for our opening pair to get their lines right but once that was sorted there was no looking back.  Jules removed their big hitting first team opener (batting at 3) by beating him in the flight. Another similar looking dismissal followed. Jules was bowling really well in the latter part of his spell after an indifferent start earlier on. Skipper James Robins rung some timely changes and brought spin duo of Tom Stedman and Danny Thomas. Both of them bowled beautifully especially Danny Thomas who kept Alfie Wheeler (one of the finest batsmen in KCVL) quiet and didn’t let him score freely. Stedman finally managed to dismiss their opening bat (who had scored swashbuckling 74 by then) thanks to an “Easy” catch. Alfie was given a life but that didn’t prove costly as Jack sharp dismissed him by bowling a slow off-cutter . Jack took 4 wkts and Jules (despite the injury )got 3 wickets. I was brought on in the last stages of the game to bowl my “ChuckBreaks”. Keith Williams showed some quick hands behind the stumps to dismiss their first team wkt keeper. Eynsford could only manage to score 155/10 in 39 overs thanks to our brilliant middle overs phase of the innings where bowlers bowled amazingly well.


After a lovely tea , James Robins and Keith Williams opened the batting for us and gave us a decent platform of 38 runs from 13 overs. Both played with great patience and temperament and waited for the loose balls to free their arms. James Robins s dismissal brought the big hitting Dinuk to crease. Unfortunately Dinuk s stay at crease was cut short thanks to mad rush of blood. Williams kept on batting sensibly and was joined by Keith Brelsford ( playing his first game of the season). Both of them played remarkably well especially Breslford who was very good with his back foot punches and cut shots. Williams was a victim of “nervous 40s”, by the time he was dismissed , target was within our reach. With 45 needed of the last 9 and two div 2 Bowlers bowling , it was always going to be an exciting finish. Ian Burnham perished tried to up the scoring rate. It came down to 35 required in 7 overs. I was told by skipper to finish off the game. My over energised and overtly risky approach to batting helped in some quick runs but A sharp run out by Eynsford (thanks to my stupidity ) tilted the game in balance. One more wkt followed and 12 runs were needed off 12 balls . In walks Club legend Danny who hit a very timely (pressure releasing) boundary in penultimate over to bring the equation to 4 runs needed off last over.Two dots followed , but Wyse batsmen didn’t panic and Next ball went for four byes and we won by 4 wkts with 3 balls to spare. Keith Brelsford finished with 61 not out (Shame , he isn’t playing league cricket for us ) and played a huge part in this brilliant win.

It was great game played in the Right spirit and right way. This is what Sunday cricket is all about. It’s not about winning or losing , this is all secondary to the primary goal of giving everyone a fairer chance to play this beautiful sport and contribute more towards the game. 

Wyse Man of the Match : Jack sharp for his 4 wkts. 
Reported by Mansur Hafeez. 

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