Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 3rd XI v Northwood Town 2nd XI on Sat 23 Aug 2014 at 1.00
Match was Drawn

Match report Another blustery chilly afternoon at the tundra of Leventhorpe-with a minimum of four layers of heat insulation protection-any more and it would have been physically impossible to move.

We won the toss and elected to bat against 7 man Northwood Town II, whose wicket keeper was in a car of four, somewhere on the M25, despite leaving the nether reaches of Wales (sorry Middlesex) at 7 am Thursday morning.

The wicket looked a belter, so we were licking our lips at the prospect of maximum batting points.

At 9-2 off 3 overs, with Henchie and Burson back in the hutch with ducks, the lip smacking was short-lived, and was replaced by clenched jaws, as we faced an uphill battle to get some runs on the board, and give the bowlers something to bowl at.

Heath and Bowler put on 41 for the third wicket, as we trundled along at 3 an over. With Heath falling with the score on 60 off 21 overs, we lost the next three wickets for 16 runs due to some very average shot selection from the middle order. We were therefore staring down the barrel at 77 for 6 after 27 overs.

A confident Reynolds joined Bowler at the crease fresh from a relatively successful cricket week, putting on a match saving 70 run partnership in 19 overs, despite some tight bowling and impressive performance from the NT left arm opener who returned 5 wickets. With the run rate creeping up to 5 an over, Reynolds (31) and Bowler (52) fell in quick succession, at what looked a crucial time, just as it was looking like we would get to an improbable 190.

However, with the score on 158, with only 4 overs remaining, enter Sam Timms, who bludgeoned his way to a quick fire and very entertaining 32 in 4 overs, scoring 32 of the last 33 Sawbo runs, including two massive sixes.

So, after being 77-6 at drinks, we were feeling a lot better at tea, and would have certainly settled for a total of 190 two hours previously, despite not gaining the toss winning coveted maximum batting points. A huge total of 40 extras certainly helped our cause with over 25 wides and no balls accumulating.

We opened up with the Timms and Reynolds taking two quick wickets to leave the opposition in a similar starting position to us, with a special mention for Harry Gale who took an outstanding swirling running catch at deep mid off,to remove the aggressive NT opener, and Reynolds getting the NT skipper playing on.

We plugged away, at one point NT were 55-5, rotating the bowling looking for a breakthrough, which finally came with Gale removing the useful looking half centurion.

However, despite a valiant effort in the fading light, and an extremely dubious looking LBW appeal controversially and frustratingly being turned down, which would have given us a last ditch go at the No 11, we drew the game, gaining 16 points, which at one stage looked highly improbable.

Reynolds finished an excellent personal performance with 4 wickets, and Timms, Gale, Waring and Spring all played their part.

Henry Harnack put in another solid performance behind the stumps, with improving foot work resulting in limited extras and in general the fielding was of a high standard with cool catches from Henchie and Timms.

We still remain in 11th position with another home game against Hemel Hempstead IV's to look forward to, and 30 points key to a top half finish.

I wonder if NT have made it home yet?

Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 3rd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 10 wickets

(53.0 overs)
Brendan Heath Bowled  31
Kyle Henchie Bowled  0
Michael Burson Bowled  0
Ian Bowler Bowled  52
Tom Waring Bowled  7
Michael Spring Caught  1
James Bovaird Caught  0
Dan Reynolds Lbw  31
Henry Harnack Bowled  0
Sam Timms Not Out  32
Harry Gale Run out  0

Northwood Town 2nd XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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Northwood Town 2nd XI Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 8 wickets
131 (0.0 overs)

Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 3rd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Sam Timms11.0216116.001.45
Dan Reynolds20.0562415.503.10
Michael Spring5.001700.003.40
Harry Gale8.0221210.502.63
Tom Waring3.00616.002.00