Side Batting First: Elite 111 for 3
Side Batting Second: Pennington 111 for 6
The Elite's first game of the season finished in dramatic fashion; something which seemed unlikely just a few overs earlier as Mark Davis (60) was putting the bowling to the sword as Pennington were heading to an easy victory. When he was caught by Trevor Phillips off the bowling of Will Thorp (1-31) the game completely changed and runs were suddenly at a premium. Phillips was clearly enjoying the pressure of captaincy, taking responsibility with the ball to the tune of 3-14 as four of the top five batsmen reached double figures. A fine stop in the deep from Roy Bennett meant that Pennington needed seven of the last Tom Thorp over – who vacated his position behind the stumps for the dubious honour. Generally maintaining a good length, Thorp erred once, with Darren Ritchie (23no) taking advantage and sending the ball to the boundary. With the fielders on edge, two runs were needed of the last ball, and predictably the batsmen ran for all they
were worth. Despite the tightness of the run the batsmen made it home to level the scores and, on the misfield, turned for what would be the match-winning second. By this time however the ball was in Trevor Phillips hand, and the result depended on a straight race with batsman Barry Torah over 22 yards. The run out left the scores tied. All this drama came after a steady Elite innings, notable for the retirements of Dom Di Maria (36no) and John McGuirk (30no) although, as
things were to later prove, every run would be equally valuable.
BEST OF THE WEEK: M Davis (Pennington) 60