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Amwell Valley Cricket Club
SATURDAY APRIL 6TH 2019 VS HAVERFORD
So the Amwell Valley CC 2019 season kicked off in fine style. Not that we won the game, far from it, but the weather was spectacular, and the fine style came from a very impressive bunch of young American lads who are exceptionally well drilled and made us look something of a rag-tag bunch. Not that we were humiliated, indeed, It's fair to say, we put up a fine showing and not one of us couldn’t hold their head up high as there was plenty of endeavor, energy and no little skill. The fact is, we were beaten by the better side on the day.
Losing the toss, Captain Tony did manage to get the game up to a 30-over affair as opposed to the 25 that was originally planned. Considering the distance most of us travelled, it was the least they could do, albeit our two “guests” Roger and Andy live 5 minutes away. But losing the toss did consign us to a hard afternoon in the field. We did take two early wickets, courtesy of President George getting a catch snaffled by Roger at cover and cleaning up the No.3 bat first ball, but after that, it was a long afternoon of chasing leather and fearing life and limb with the, frankly, dangerous outfield. Their third wicket partnership put on 100 and after the break, they really accelerated. Young Syd (Anil’s son), a mere 13 years of age with more talent than most of us put together, bowled a delightful spell before the break, but went for a few after and then our change bowing really suffered as they looked to pile on. Tony finally brought himself on and got the breakthrough with a very fine one-handed catch by Kishlay at midwicket and Azam cleaned up another wicket within the carnage, but on they went and they finished 192-4 with their skipper still there unbeaten on 95. We left the field nursing sore bones and bruises, especially Roger and Alan who were most in the firing range.
In reply, like them, we lost two quick wickets, both openers, Syd and Kishlay nicking off. Tony and Andy hung around for a while, but Tony too got an edge and Andy also got caught soon after, having played a spritely knock. The best partnership of the innings then followed with Neil Kimberly and El Prez playing very fine innings’. Kimbo indeed had the shot of the day, a fine pull that went one bounce for four over on the far pavilion boundary, but after Kimbo got cleaned up with a quick yorker, wickets followed in a steady fashion around Alan who was last man out for a very fine 46, caught on the boundary when the deserved four would have brought him his 50. That catch summed up the difference between the two sides, as their fielding was exceptional. Add in their running between the wickets and that was the difference in scoreline, a loss of 60 runs.
It was a fine day though and we now look forward to visiting Merion, the finest ground in the region.
SUMMARIZED MATCH STATISTICS:
AVCC LOST BY 59 RUNS
HAVERFORD 192 FOR 4 - ALAN GEORGE 5 OVERS 2 WICKETS FOR 29 RUNS
AVCC 133 ALL OUT - ALAN GEORGE 46, NEIL KINBERLY 15
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