OTs & Romsey IV vs Penton I

OTs & Romsey IV 93 – all out

Martin Patrick 10-4-15-5

Penton I 127 – all out

Penton won by 34 runs

Last year Penton lost to a close game against the OT’s at the East Tytherley ground and were keen to win this year. Richard Jenson and John Hunter opened the batting for Penton and raced to 16 off the second over, but Charlie Cook bowled Jenson for 5 in the third over. The score slowed dramatically with tight bowling from Cook and Callum Winstanley, but it took a change of bowler in the 16th over to see Rouse bowled by Max Costley for 12. Another change of bowler in the 17th over, with Nicho Newman, destroyed Penton’s mid order with three Penton batsmen all out for ducks. Martin Patrick stood his ground and joined Hunter to slowly increase the score, but Hunter was finally out for 30 in the 33rd over, with the score on 89 for 6. Another Penton duck was followed by the return of Tom Walker, who pushed the score along well with Patrick to 124 off 39 overs when Patrick was bowled by Rhys Wathen for 28 and Walker was run out by a direct hit shortly after for 16. Paul Barnard was also out to a splendid direct hit and Penton finished on 127 all out, which included 34 extras.

With a low total to defend Penton’s a slight air of gloom was apparent during the tea interval, but Morgan Vanandel’s first over raised spirits again when both OT’s openers Jack Salter and Max Costley were straight bowled with the score on 7 for 2. Darren Harvey and Fin Martin turned the game in favour of OT’s with steady scoring, including boundary shots, but a quick stumping by Huw Rouse saw Harvey out for 13 and Martin was bowled for 23 by Martin Patrick. The score had risen to 49 for 4 off 11 overs and the game was still within OT’s reach, with Charlie Cook and Nicho Newman finding quick runs. Penton’s fielders were up for the challenge and another stumping by Rouse and athletic catches by Walker and Vanandel saw OT’s hopes fade with the score on 87 for 9 off 23 overs. Last batsmen Bryn Wathen and Cam Melling bravely fended off Penton’s bowling, but another stretched catch by Hunter had OT’s all out for 93. Martin Patrick had his best figures of the year, with 5 for 15 off 10 overs and kept Penton in the promotion race.

Report by Bob Wootten

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