Old Ranwellians won by 4 wickets
Old Ranwellians lost the toss and were put into field
Victoria Lounge: 109 for 7 in 14.2 overs
Greening 2-21 Ford 2-24
Old Ranwellians: 111 for 3 in 15 overs
Alex 50 no
Victoria Lounge won the toss and elected to bat, and got off to a good
start, reaching 50 for the loss of just one wicket within 6 overs. However,
some excellent tight bowling from the Old Ranwellians saw wickets tumble at
a regular rate, and the flow of runs dried up, with both Hudson and Ford
collecting wicket maidens to go along with their analyses of 2-17 and 2-24
respectively. Greening (2-21) and Eaton (1-22) were also amongst the wickets
as the Lounge innings closed on 109 all out.
In their reply Old Ranwellians lost 3 cheap wickets, including a sharp catch
taken by the Lounge keeper and a run out from a direct hit, but they were
never seriously troubled with Eaton once more in imperious form, as he
stroked his way to 50*, the first retirement Old Ranwellians have seen in
competitive cricket this season.
Eaton was helped out by some
uncharacteristic hitting from Nash (27*), which included a lusty 6. Old
Ranwellians wrapped up a 4-wicket win within 15 overs, to secure a place at
the top of Division 4, level on points with Lounge and Chat's Palace. It is
to be hoped some means can be found to resolve the 3-way tie at the top of
the division, perhaps in the form of a 3-way playoff.
Old Ranwellians were the deserved winners but general
behaviour didn't reflect well on the them or the League. The batsmen
screaming at the umpire that he'd better not give him out, soon followed by
the finger being placed back in the pocket was a new one to me.
Disappointing season for the Lounge, will we return in 2010? Not sure.
Submitted by Ed Greening of Old Ranwellians and Tim Smith of Victoria Lounge