Unfortunately all three resulted in losses but in certainly two of the games we were competitive even with an under strength/inexperienced side.
Our first loss came in the cup to Cuckney at the end of June, batting first in a 15 over a side game we only reached the meagre total of 35 for 7, 16 of which were extras! Five batsmen being bowled was yet again concerning, the only positive to be gleamed was that we did bat out our allotted overs. Bowling was slightly more respectable, keeping Cuckney at the crease till the 10th over, all bowlers being economical although Josh Santos was the lone wicket taker.
Our next fixture was against Welbeck on a balmy night at GLA, when for the first time in my cricketing career both playing and coaching drinks were required after 10 overs of the first innings! Batting first in the baking sun we reached a respectable 96 for the loss of just two wickets, although 45 of them came in extras, 34 in wides and no balls. An additional nearly 6 overs possibly should have seen us reach nearer 120 but 96 was undoubtedly something to bowl at, Ryder scoring 25* and Logan 17 in the total. It took Welbeck only 14.3 overs to chase down the score due to some lusty blows and the ability to reap maximum rewards of a bad ball. Erika and Sam Lincoln playing in his first under 13's game picking up a wicket a piece.
Our most recent fixture was away against Mansfield Hosiery Mills on yet another scorcher! With both a young/inexperienced side and only 8 players available due to an under 15 fixture we were already up against it even before we took the field. MHM to their credit played the game in a great spirit though, providing us with excellent fielding cover and mixing their batting/bowling order so that a competitive game was possible. Batting first Hosiery Mills reached a total of 79-3 of 16 overs the Cregan brothers taking a wicket a piece. In reply we closed on a respectable 56-4 with Ethan Scully top scoring with 16. A good effort by the 8 boys who made the journey.