Avoncroft Sunday XI returned to winning ways with a 49 run victory over Harvington at Avoncroft.
Avoncroft batted first and gave opportunities for some of the younger members of the squad to take centre stage with the bat. Jonty Heslop and Max Jukes opened the batting and set about their task in a watchful manner against a tricky new ball pair. Jonty played some typically aggressive strokes and struck two massive sixes at each end, one breaking a window on the pavilion. Jonty eventually fell for 37 when well set to end an opening stand of 55. Jonty was quickly followed by Max after a patient innings of 18 and Cam Wilkes then fell for 19.
At drinks Croft found themselves 84 for 4 and needed to push the rate along in order to post a competitive score. Dan Elliott and Christopher Pitt came together and began to do just that, Dan looking good until he was given out in slighlty dubious circumstances for a quick fire 23. With Croft 109 for 5 Harvington could be satisfied with their efforts and would be looking to restrict Croft further in the last 15 overs however they had no answer to Josh Cound. He smashed 101 not out from 71 balls and in tandem with Chris (18 not out) put on 128 for the 6th wicket, reaching his century off the final ball of the innings. Croft posting 237 for 5 from 40 overs.
Harvington started brightly in reply and punished some loose bowling however the game turned on a brilliant run out by Josh Cound, an improved spell of bowling by James Downing with one wicket and three wickets for Mark Wood. Mark was able to dismiss Adkins for 47 and then took a further two quick middle order wickets and left Harvington struggling. Tom Downing and Jonty Heslop took a wicket a piece and with Dan Elliott bowling 6 overs for 17 runs Harvington were left just wanting to survive. They ended up finishing on 168 for 7 from 40 overs.
An excellent performance particularly from some of Crofts youngsters which can give them confidence going into the next match.
Match Report by Christopher Pitt, 2/8/17
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