With Skipper Wag again pressed into first team duties and Vice Captain Bell also absent, the Captain's mantle was handed to John Nester. He passed his first test with flying colours, winning the toss and batting.
Wickets tumbled early doors, 20-2 became 60-5 and things were looking a tad iffy. But Colin Murray scythed his way to 35 runs off about 3 balls and James Cairney played a somewhat more orthodox innings, compiling a workmanlike 71 with support from the Captain. Despite being bowled out with 7 overs remaining, 179 runs were on the board - at least that was something to bowl at unlike recent 'totals'
What followed was something resembling a dream as Cairney (now starring with the ball) & Charlie 'Poggy' Bateman tore through the Long Eaton batting order. After just 18 overs the score read 38-7. With Cairney nearing a state of collapse after 10 consecutive overs and 'Poggy' not being allowed to bowl more than 7 overs, Keith Harrison and Ryder Wyatt took over, Keith snaring a further wicket and Ryder bowling 6 tight overs as the total edged along into the seventies. When Ethan Wright took 2-7 off 3 overs the game was over as Long Eaton were bundled out for just 84 and a whopping victory by almost a hundred runs - heady days!
MOM James Cairney: Great job! Runs and wickets