Sami Stars for 3'sby Vince Reddick
As the 3rd Xl looked to build on the 20 point return to action against Kenn last week, our opponents at Bicton were Cullompton in the first game of the second half of the season. They had frustrated us on day 1 as we claimed a winning draw. With the season starting to look like a three horse race for promotion it was imperative that we took outright victory this time. Once again the tosser extraordinaire Reddick lost, but Cullompton chose to bowl, so that went well!
We got off to a flier, mainly thanks to Sam Reddick who plundered 33 from in opening stand of 35 inside 6 overs, before not waiting long enough for a loopy slow one! He's not used to the bowling at this level. Cullompton then started to get ideas above their station as they had us at 74 for 5, but we regained some control thanks to a partnership 48 between Brian Bosomworth and Jibin Joy. The pair batted sensibly, putting away the bad balls and playing straight when required. Jibin was lucky to survive a strong appeal when he punched the ball over his head to the wicket keeper - there umpire couldn't be sure what the ball hit, he was the only one! Having ridden his luck, he eventually went for a valuable 20. Steve Easterbrook (14) started well and looked to be set for a score when he was given out caught to a ball that had clearly bounced a foot in front of the fielder - pay back for Jibin me thinks!! Bozzy's quality knock finally ended on 37, but we had recoverred to 153 for 8 by now. Enter the mighty Sami. Playing himself in with a four from his first ball, he then cleared the Bicton Pavilion three times on his way to 44 in no time at all, which also included 6 fours, in fact he only ran 2 of his 44. His efforts helped us reach 207 all out and set up the chance for maximum points.
Upon the resumption, Cullompton were out for the draw. At no time did they look to go for the runs and with Boz and Jim (The Hoop) Wenley keeping a tight lid on things, something else was needed to take the remaining 8 wickets. Reddick proved he might actually have an idea that he knows what he is doing when he bought Sami Islam on to bowl, and he cleaned up their number 4 first ball. Naj Choudhary came on at the other end to bamboozle the middle and lower order, and in 16.1 overs, with one run out, Sami claimed 4 for 16 from his 8.1 and Naj finished with 3 for 26 from his 8, finishing Cullompton off for exactly 100. This gave us another 20 point haul and sees us joint top with Kilmington, who we play next Saturday.