3rd's Back to Winning Waysby Vince Reddick
After two weeks off due to weather and Axminster's withdrawal, the 3rd Xl were keen to get the season back on track after our untimely slip up at Upottery. Once again, Reddick called it wrongly and Kenn put us in to bat on a ploughed field. As feared, the bounce was 'variable' to put it mildly, but a very sensible and watchful start by Naj Cjoudhary and the in pain Ant Beavan (playing despite a back problem) saw us put on 25 for the first wicket. We then struggled and were reduce to 37 for 3 before young James Vanstone, who is becoming a capable batsman, joined Naj and they steadied things with a partnership of 35 before James was unlucky to play on for 11. We then played our surprise package in the form of Jibin Joy, who before the game was lamenting his seasons average of 1. He played with sense and respected the straight ball whilst punishing the bad ball. Kenn were kind enough to throw him a leg side full toss which he smashed through mid wicket for 4 to get off the mark. This seemed to be the trigger and from then on he played confidently and with Naj still picking runs off at the other end we started to build a score. They had added 41 before Naj fell for an invaluable 46 with the score on 119. Jibs continued to play a mixture of Boycott and Botham, and eventually fell for 69 with the score on 180 for 9. 4 runs later we were all out, but Naj, Jibin and a typical Sami 20 ment that we had reached a very competitive 184 in the 45th over.
The reply couldn't have started better. Jim Wenley's left arm 'hoop' saw us claim a wicket with the very first ball of the innings and with the ever acurate Paul 'metronome' Jordan at the other end, Kenn were never really in the hunt. Only occasional boundaries ensued and by the time Jim and Paul had finished they had reduced Kenn to 60 for 4. As Reddick pondered a bowling change, he brought young Jacob Carah into the attack in his first game for a year, and blow me, he got a wicket first ball! He showed good control and bowled with good discipline for someone who hasn't played for a while, indeed it was thanks to Jim that he was there at all - we lost Brian Boz to the two's in the morning and Jim asked Jacob to play, and thankfully he agreed. This won't be the last we see of Jacob this year. It was left to a 'twin spin' attack of Jake Reddick (1/18) and Naj Choudhary (3 for 12) to reduce the tail, not before another inspired bowling change saw Sami Islam claim a wicket with his first ball - 3 times in one game, what captaincy !??!?
A sharp piece of 'keeping by Steve Easterbrook finished Kenn, and they were all out for 122, leaving us victorious by 62 runs and 19 points better off. This was one of the most pleasing wins of the season as everyone played a part, their was great belief throughout the team, even at 78 for 5, and the strength and depth of our sqaud, and the spirit within it, proves that we will go up this year, probably as champions.