HOSTS STONOR lost out by four wickets in their first friendly fixture of the season
HOSTS STONOR lost out by four wickets in their first friendly fixture of the season against WHITE WALTHAM on Sunday.
Stonor, who were put into bat first, saw openers Mayo and Collings put on a 60-run partnership. The first wicket eventually fell in the 21st over, Collings undone by change bowler Henderson.
Bradshaw hit a fine cover drive amongst some slashing shots before being adjudged lbw to the spin of Rags Bharadhwaj. Mayo fell shortly after to Luke Scarborough, playing a loose-attacking shot to mid-on.
Maidlow blasted some lusty blows off the sticky wicket, putting on 40 with Powell, who arrived in at number five. When Maidlow fell top-edging a short ball from Beard, Powell and Cripps tickled the ball around to take the score on to 151 at tea.
Bowley and Mahoney opened Waltham’s batting. Pin point accuracy from Swinburn kept the scoring low, combined with the pace of Kavanagh Waltham fell to 19 runs for the loss of four wickets.
There were two notable catches from Hunt; the first clasping his hands around the ball, above the head of Bradshaw who had called for the ball from 20 yards away, and proceeded to run into Hunt, falling over in the process. The second of Hunt’s catches saw two extendable arms reach down and pluck the ball from an inch off the floor.
Change bowler Powell had Henderson caught by the diving Bradshaw. However, at 29-5 and with 123 needed in the last 20 overs or so, Waltham batsman Scarborough and Chapman put on a 79 run partnership. Scarborough was eventually caught on the boundary by Cripps off the tight spin of Mayo for 69.
With 46 needed, a glimmer of hope shone for Stonor but Chapman and Thomas finished off the innings as the visitors reached 153-6 with several overs to spare.