Monday, 02 August 2021

Crazies Hill openers pile on runs in end of season triumph

CRAZIES HILL produced another good performance to end their season in style with a convincing

CRAZIES HILL produced another good performance to end their season in style with a convincing victory over PINKNEYS GREEN last Sunday.

In what turned out to be a good toss to lose, Crazies were asked to bat and began carefully against some accurate bowling from Singh. Openers Harry Swift and Noyes looked in good touch on a pitch which lacked paced and had inconsistent bounce.

Despite conditions not becoming any easier, both batsmen continued untroubled and Noyes, the more aggressive of the openers, soon passed his 50. Not long after, he was joined by Harry Swift, as their partnership passed the century mark. Having added 169, Noyes was deceived by a ball which kept low and was bowled for 96.

Having lost his opening partner, Harry Swift was joined at the crease by his brother, Toby as the former became the aggressor and raced towards a century. Having reached three figures, Harry Swift retired, leaving Toby Swift and Scholfield to see Crazies through untroubled to 250.

Faced with the task of scoring at seven an over to win, Pinkney Green began confidently, despite some hostile bowling from Charlie Montgomery with Patel looking in great form.

Montgomery bowled Purchase with an inswinging yorker and, when Searle had Heyes caught behind soon after, the visitors – despite being up with the run rate – were 41-2.

Patel continued to score freely, but the introduction of Margrie and Anthony into the attack stemmed the run flow. As the asking rate increased, Margrie’s accuracy paid dividends as he took three quick wickets – thanks initially to a leaping catch on the boundary by Anthony to remove Snapes – to leave Pinkneys Green 116-6. When Anthony, who had already bowled Fuller, finally removed Patel for 82, Pinkneys Green’s hopes had been all but extinguished. Anthony claimed his third wicket, thanks to a well taken catch by Montgomery. Following Schofield’s caught and bowled dismissal of Berger, Crazies Hill skipper Doug Montgomery won the match by spinning his first delivery to bowl skipper Harden.

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