Weekend Wrap - Week 13

Weekend Wrap - Week 13

By Harri Kallas
30th July
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Washout Saturday - Development & Women in Action Sunday

Saturday saw no play as rain forced early call off's for all 4 sides.

Sunday, however was a different story as Development skipper Liam Buttery writes:

Beginning the day at the top of Division One, the Development side travelled to Linden Park.
Playing on a track exposed to the recent deluges, skipper Liam Buttery won the toss and elected to field.

Erratic bowling and aggressive batting helped the hosts dominate the opening passage of play.

Fin Baker (1-46) made the breakthrough, but the Hayes attack continued to leak runs at a concerning rate.

Fortunately, an inspired spell from Scott Gallagher (3-17) stemmed the flow, picking up key wickets in the process.

After a frank team talk at drinks, the young bowlers stepped up.

Alfie Peck (2-24) and Luxan Sureshan (1-40) bowled tidily, with Joe Cotton (2-16) and Scott closing the innings with regular breakthroughs. Joe took the important wicket of Linden’s hard hitter, and Scott returned for a second spell and made use of a wicket that he and many a bowler would like to transport with them to every game they play.

Chasing 186 in 35 overs, the Hayes reply began in shaky fashion. Fin and Rory Low fell victim to the pitch’s steep bounce.

Some consolidation from skipper, Liam (13) and Scott helped to see off the dangerous spells of Linden Park’s 1st XI opening bowlers.

Liam’s wicket was followed by Lewis Thisleton’s, leaving the Hayes chase in a precarious state.

Joe Cotton (14) overcame some hostility to put on a vital partnership with Scott, who by which point was in and settled.

Joe fell a ball before drinks, but 15-year-old Luxan went on to produce his best knock in a Hayes shirt.

A superb 33 full of maturity and calm provided Scott with much needed support.

With a foothold re-established in the game, Scott went about combating the increasing required rate by sending a good length ball into the pavilion on the full. Some more lusty blows later, Scott was dismissed for an excellent 49.

With Luxan also dismissed, Alfie Peck and Jacob Marlow continued the chase, with Alfie contributing a quick 14.

As the game tightened, Sam Millard strode out to bat full of gusto; gusto with which he ramped a bouncer from the returning opening bowler for four. Yes, you did read that correctly!

Needing nine from the final over, the boys fell one run short: Will Hadley (requiring four from the last ball) swept beautifully on one knee but the ball was intercepted just yards from the boundary’s edge.

A second consecutive week in which the side have fallen on the final ball - last week by one wicket, this week by one run!

Next week we host Bexley and the guys will be seeking a return to winning ways.

The Women travelled to face a string Canterbury side and were themselves weakened by the start of the holiday season.

Hayes were invited to bat first and were soon in trouble, losing both openers for 23 and were soon 45-4.

However a splendid knock of 48 from skipper Tansi Price and 17 from Lottie Hayward, put some gloss on the batting before the innings closed as the last wicket fell for 123 in the 44th over.

Canterbury, who top the table having lost twice, started strongly but some tight bowling from Tansi meant Hayes put up a fight.

Bhoomika Bhat picked up 2 wickets as Hayes battled but in the end the strength of Canterbury told and they got home in the 25th over for the loss of 4 wickets.

The first loss for a while but the Women remain above the relegation zone.

Hopefully a drier Saturday next week!

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