Avoncrofts players enjoyed a break from league cricket by hosting their first interclub T20 match on a sunny sunday afternoon. Organised by both Christopher Pitt and Mark Wood the day was well supported by players and members alike. With the teams drawn and batting order selected by names out of a hat the day was always likely to be fun for all with a light hearted undercurrent of sledging. There was however trophies and medals on offer which inevitably lead to the game having a serious tone.
With the BBQ going Mark Wood won the toss and chose to bowl first. This looked a good decision with skipper Christopher Pitt dismissed in the first over by Liam Kehoe, this brought Paul Athey to the crease and with the first team skipper watching proceeded to demonstrate a range of shots in his score of 57 not out. Paul was ably supported by Cam Wilkes (18), George Warren (18), Matt Hare (42 not out) and Matt Duffel (33) as Christopher Pitt’s side posted 246 from their 20 overs. Ed White took three wickets and Dave Anson two wickets for Mark Wood’s team.
The players took a short break to allow them to consume a burger and beer or two before the second innings got under way. Christopher Pitt’s team started brightly and had Mark Wood’s team in trouble at 55 for 4 thanks to two wickets each for Will Sach and Dan Elliott. Dave Anson showed his ability to hit a clean ball and quickly started to push the score along. In partnership with first Mark Wood (16) and then Jon Hunter (39) they looked in the game, George Warren plundered for 41 from his two overs along the way.
The game turned once Mark Wood was dismissed by Matt Hare, skipper Christopher Pitt then weighed in with three wickets to remove the dangerous Mark Whitehead and then the key wicket of Dave Anson for 49 with Ollie Brookes taking three excellent catches. Mark Wood’s team continued to fight and despite a late flurry from Andy Wilkes (20) they were unable to reach their target. Josh Cound wrapping up the innings with the final two wickets to leave Mark Wood’s team all out on 213.
The players all had a well deserved beer before the presentation began, club legend Mark Taylor kindly presented the trophy to the winning captain as well as winners and runners up medals. Paul Athey collected the player of the day award for his fine innings.
Both captains wished to thank all those involved, Martin Cound and his wife for running the BBQ, Pete Whitehead and Ben Warwick for umpiring and Kev Edwards for running the bar. Thank you to all who turned out to support the club and spectate. It is strongly hoped to make this an annual event such was its success. A great day thank you.
Match Report by Christopher Pitt, 30/05/2017
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