Another warm welcome and good game at Marldon, another disappointing batting performance and ultimately another win against us for the Marldon boys. Man of the match Sam Rowsell scored 70 while Penny took 5-12 for Marldon, but there will be more disappointment that we didn’t get closer after a promising start.
The pitch was at the bottom of the square and featured a steep slope and very short boundary on the bottom corner, and Marldon’s openers took a cautious approach. A combination of defensive batting and good bowling (with four maidens in the first 15 overs) kept the run rate low, but our lack of wickets always looked somewhat ominous. Our first wicket was taken two balls before drinks, Aaron bowling Glanfield who seemed to be just getting into his stride, and drinks were taken with the score on 78-1. Somewhat frustratingly, we had dropped a couple of catches and had a good lbw shout turned down by this stage, and one wicket seemed scant return for our bowlers efforts. Our slow bowlers carried on the good work started by the quicker guys and Dion and Aaron held on to good catches to give Si and Karl their first wickets of the year. Marldon finished their 35 overs on 163-3, a good score helped by the 35 wides we conceded.
Marldon had showed us how to play; patiently, largely defensively, and by picking the bad ball. Aaron and I started in the same vein, knowing we only needed little over 4 an over to win, and defended our wickets well while keeping the scoreboard moving. By the tenth over we had reached 42 without loss when I set the tone for the rest of the afternoon by being bowled for 25 by one that came back a bit. Chalky was next in and he and AB hit a couple of boundaries before the latter was dismissed for 14, and this opened the floodgates. From 58-1 we slumped to 65-5, Dave Barlow (11*) then came in and steadied the ship somewhat but eventually ran out of partners as we were dismissed for 92. Dion really starred with a first ball duck that will live long in the memory of all who saw it.
Well played then, Marldon, and hopefully we’ll get a return fixture in later in the year.