Saints notch up first league win
May. 15, 2010
All Saints scrapped hard and picked up victory at struggling Peasedown St John today.
A long old trek up to the north of the county ended with an ideal scene for cricket - a nice flat ground, decent pavillion, a few spectators and a lovely day's weather. On closer inspection of the wicket, there was some uncertainty as to how it would play, and being aware of the home side's dismissal for 66 the week before, skipper Nunns won the toss and elected to have a birthday bowl.
It looked like a great decision as early nip and bounce drew some loose shots through and over slips. Early wickets then came as Nunns picked up 4 in no time, one of which may go down as catch of the season by J Cole at third man. With Peasedown reeling at 20-4, Saints may have expected to be in the pub fairly soon. However, the skipper came to the crease and, after having a look for one ball, decided to cream a succession of effortless boundaries, starting with a straight 6 over Nunns' head. Clearly a class above the rest, Saints had to change their plans and try to offer singles and bowl at the young lad at the other end.
The twin-spin attack of J Trott and debutant P Reynolds came on to quell the run rate and build some pressure, and it paid off as Reynolds cleaned up the skipper for a very rapid 55, and then Trott claimed an lbw shortly after. Once again, it seemed All Saints might yet run through the home side, but another partnership added much needed runs as the 'young lad' from earlier reached his 50. Finally, S Trott returned and skittled through the final three, albeit with the score on 168 and about 100 more than Saints would have hoped at one stage.
The run chase was going to be tough, and the home bowling attack an unknown. Openers J Wallace and J Trott went to meet them head-on, but the latter was caught behind first ball off a steepler that he tried to play at, and the former was out for 1 after missing a low full toss. J Cole entered at 3 and soon followed the top two, being bowled by the impressive opening youngster. Nunns and Reynolds were faced with a rebuilding task at 12-3, and set about their work calmly. Over the course of the next 19 overs, the two put on 104, offering only one chance as Nunns was surprisingly dropped by his opposite number on the boundary. After surviving the opening bowlers, the runs were easier to come by and All Saints were suddenly in a strong position, before the skipper was caught behind brilliantly down the leg side on 47. Reynolds then fell shortly after for 41, undone by one that kept very low. Once again, the nerves were frayed as D Seward and F Wallace were the new men in, having to deal with the opening bowlers again. Seward kept most of the strike and used up some overs before being caught for 14. However, the damage had been done in a vital partnership of 23, and Wallace (20 n.o.) and S Trott (16 n.o.) completed a very unlikely job in style.
It was a hard-fought and very satisfying team victory and spirits will be high going into the next game.
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