Sunday, 01 August 2021

Heroics not enough to topple President’s XI

KIDMORE END CRICKET CLUB staged its annual President’s XI v Chairman’s XI last Sunday.

KIDMORE END CRICKET CLUB staged its annual President’s XI v Chairman’s XI last Sunday.

The President’s XI elected to bat first and started brightly as Chris Pigden and Joe Waldron added 46 for the first wicket despite some testing bowling from James Frost and Nathan Ruegg.

When Pigden was dismissed for 17, Callum Driscoll joined Waldron and they added 26 before Waldron was dismissed for 47.

This brought Tom Sheldon to the crease whose 62 guided his side to a competitive total. It took the introduction of youngster Alex Berry to bamboozle Sheldon as he was caught by Guy Ashby.

The remainder of the President’s innings then was nip and tuck as the Chairman’s XI took regular wickets to keep the scoring rate in check and also ensure that the total they had to chase would not be beyond their means.

Wickets were shared around the bowlers with some good catches being taken and the President’s XI finished on 235-8 from their 40 overs.

The tea interval saw a presentation of a specially commissioned painting of the Gallowstree Common ground to former Chairman John Sheldon who stood down at last November’s annual meeting after 34 years at the helm.

In reply the Chairman’s XI opening partnership of Geoff Young and Mark Dawson didn’t last long with Dawson adjudged lbw to Alex Crawford for one.

Young and Stuart Hayter then put together a 20-run partnership but this was ended when Tom Sheldon stumped Hayter for 19 off the bowling of Crawford.

The Chairman’s XI then enjoyed a productive period as Ashby started to take the attack to the President’s XI with several large sixes in the surrounding gardens and the momentum started to shift in their favour.

The pair added 90 runs before Young was caught and bowled by David Atkinson for 36 but Ashby continued to attack and was receiving good support from the other batsmen.

But Ashby, who was on 91, attempted to hit another boundary with a pull shot but was caught by Ben Berryman in front of the pavilion, much to the disappointment of the gathered crowd.

The Chairman’s XI captain, Joe Webster, continued to push for victory as did the other incoming batsmen.

Unfortunately for them the Chairman’s XI ran out of wickets as they were dismissed for 211 in the 39th over.

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