Batting first, Hucknall made steady progress but wickets fell at just the right time to keep the score in check. However, the elusive one (of Campbell who scored a ton against us earlier this season) proved difficult. It seemed inevitable that despite Billy Armstrong's best effort of the season (6-61), Campbell notched another ton. When you consider the next highest score was 28, it shows how reliant on 'The Pro' Hucknall were. When Campbell finally fell for 123, he was the last man out, poignantly to Billy, in the 47th over with the total on 228.
If the effort with the ball and in the field was admirable, the batting one was forgetful! Despite having 53 overs to score 229, it was never on. Too many times this season we've been 50 odd for 4 or 5 and today was no different. In fact at 50-4 and 86-7 the writing was very much on the wall. When the eighth wicket fell at 112 and 14 overs still remaining the game looked up. But despite having to bat in near darkness (darker than Ellerslie when the game was abandoned), Nathan Johnston & Kyle Welch showed some backbone and steered the ship to safety. When 53 overs had been completed, 152-8 was on the board.
Two games to go and the 'R' word is still there, keep the faith!
MOM Billy Armstrong