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Skipper Duncan Tossed Well

On a cloudy but humid day East Drayton welcomed high flying Papplewick and Linby to Whimpton Moor.

 

Skipper Duncan tossed well and chose to field. Regular opening partners Johnson and Theaker got the game underway and after a slow start Theaker found the outside edge of the opener and a stunning catch from the Lambster saw the end of the disgruntled opener.

The scoring was being kept down to the absolute minimum with neither batsman able to break free from the good bowling. Smith replaced the once again unlucky Johnson and found instant success making the number 3 play onto his stumps. This however brought the Papplewick captain to the crease and from the outset looked to play shots.

Not happy with the score being 58-2 from 28 overs, both batsman looked to increase the scoring rate and did so with great success. With 2 left armers bowling both batsman found it increasingly easier to score on the leg side with East Drayton unable to plug the gaps.

A crucial breakthrough from Cookie managed to remove the remaining opener but this unfortunately did nothing to slow the momentum of the innings.

The returning Theaker had the number 5 batsman dismissed after a big top edge and the innings came to an end with the Papplewick captain completing a well played 50 and the team registering 160-4 from their 46 overs.

After tea East Drayton set about chasing the score down with The Lambster rejoining Hoggy at the top of the order and they both found scoring quite easy putting on 36 for the first wicket before Hoggy was caught quite spectacularly at midwicket.

This brought the ever reliable Adams to the crease and although the scoring slowed the scoreboard was ticking over nicely until the Lambster found himself bowled by the slow left arm spinner that was now on. Cookie was next in and it was a very brief visit to the middle as he mistimed his first ball straight to cover and Drayton were soon in trouble at 68-3.

Skipper Duncan looked to steady the ship with Adams, just ticking things over but both batsman found the slow bowling hard to score off. Duncan was lacking any real fluency and after an almighty beg from the bowler where he even got down on his knees and prayed the umpires finger lifted and that was the end of the skipper.

This brought out Johnson who, with his new willow, looked to help Adams take the game home.

However, just like Hoggy, Johnson was caught by the same fielder in spectacular fashion almost catching it one handed behind him. Ady Wrench joined Adams who was starting to look like a loan figure of unmovability in the middle. However Ady soon departed which brought Theaker out and he looked to put some impetus back in the innings. With a nice played boundary and then going for a big 6 he was caught on the boundary and with that the chances of winning the game.

 

East Drayton finishing with 131-8 Adams finishing not out for a well played 38 or was it 41 Trev?

 

As always a big thanks to our club sponsor. RH.Electrical (Hull) Ltd

 

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