A top of the table clash at Clifton should have provided all the ammunition needed to raise the game, but a woeful performance with the bat saw us hanging on grimly. Clifton batted first with the opening partnership realising 126 before it was broken. The seamers had little joy on a benign pitch, Calvo only coming into the game once the 'Spin Twins' were introduced. Daz & Grimmo took all the wickets that fell between them (except a run out), however a total of 235-6 was certainly competitive.
Following on from a splendid tea, Daz & Flea opened up and put on 56 with few alarms. However, once Daz & Flea departed in quick succession, an alarming collapse (even by Calvo proportions) ensued. From 56-0, we lost 7 wickets for just 18 runs as the scoreboard made sorry reading at 74-7. It was now a question of could we muster a batting point or two and hang on for a draw. Grimmo and Kylo edged the score passed 100 before Kyle was bowled by a a ball which kept low. When Kev top edged to mid wicket the cars were being started. 114-9, still 6 shy of a batting point and 13 overs remaining, prospects were bleak. But the Chairman joined Grimmo and managed to stay in one piece (sic) for the next 40 minutes or so as the overs were seen off and the score sneaked by 144 ensuring a second batting point.
Not a good day by any stretch, but with Unity losing against Long Eaton promotion is still a possibility.
MOM: Grimmo 3-76 & 36*