DAVE STEPHENS hit a half century to help HIGHMOOR run out winners by 106 runs away to FALKLAND 3rds on
DAVE STEPHENS hit a half century to help HIGHMOOR run out winners by 106 runs away to FALKLAND 3rds on Sunday.
Stephens won the toss and chose to bat first on a hard pitch but Highmoor got off to the worst possible start with Ian Harris being caught and bowled off a full toss from Dinesh.
Luke and Gary Wells put on 26 for the second wicket before Luke was bowled by a shooter. Gary was next to go, caught at mid-off trying to up the scoring rate with the score on 38.
Brothers Rizmy and Shamil then put on a rapid 25 before both were out, Shamil bowled by Jamie Wardall and Rizmy off the bowling of D Horn. Gayan was next out, again Horn the wicket taker.
Skipper Stephens came to the crease with the score on 81-5 and he and Alan Mayers played with a watchful eye on the ever increasing unpredictable bounce, hitting the bad ball for boundaries and nurdling the straight balls for ones and twos.
The pair put on 30 in five overs before Mayers was bowled by Horn.
Stephens and Owen Lovelock continued to play with caution and with one over to go Stephens was only five away from his first ever half century for the club. Two off the first ball, a dot ball, a single, Owen obliged with a single, before Stephens scampered two runs to complete his half century.
Highmoor went into tea on 177-5, the eighth wicket stand of 66 coming in the last 15 overs with Stephens unbeaten on 51 and Lovelock 31.
Falkland’s reply got off to a flyer with the first over going for 14, Amit being the main aggressor with three consecutive fours off Luke Wells. The opening partnership of 32 off the first five overs left Highmoor with cause for concern but after a few looseners from Ian Harris he settled into a good rhythm with his flighted off spin. Firstly he had Dinesh caught above his head by Gayan then trapped Amit lbw.
From then on the wickets fell quickly, Luke Wells chipped in with the wicket of T Nethercott but he conceded 40 off his five overs. He was removed from the attack and replaced by Gayan whose mystery bowling had the opposition guessing which way the ball was going to turn.
Harris kept bowling with accuracy and thought he had his fifth wicket when A Day pulled him to mid-wicket where Rizmy was perfectly placed, only to see the ball go through his hands and up into his face, leaving a lump above his left eye.
Harris was not to be denied when he had Day caught by Gayan for his first five wicket haul for Highmoor.
Only Amit and D Horn reached double figures with the last nine wickets falling for 44 runs. Harris finished with 5-13 and Gayan with 3-17.