Rotherwick ITW I 192 – all out
Penton I 237 – 9
Penton won by 45 runs
Penton opened the batting at Rotherwick and the dry short cut outfield was looking tempting for a big score. Richard Jenson scored two quick boundaries, but Phil Mitchell bowled him out at the end of the first over and Penton’s heads dropped for a moment. Bevon Joseph then joined John Hunter and the score increased with a boundary off almost every over. Wicket keeper Josh Terry’s quick reactions with a stumping saw the dismissal of Hunter on 19, and the next three batsmen were quickly out with catches by the alert Rotherwick fielders. Corbett Joseph then joined his elder brother, with the score on 112 for 5 off 19 overs, and they stated to increase the score with a fine volley of boundary shots. Bevon was eventually stumped by Terry on 109, which included eleven 4’s and six 6’s, much to the applause of all players. Corbett was soon out on 51 and the tail end topped up the score to leave Penton on 237 for 9.
Rotherwick’s openers Paul Buckingham and Jon Wheeler stood firm at the wicket and kept getting runs off any wayward balls, but in the 18th over John Hunter’s bowling found a way through Wheeler to get the first wicket for Penton with the score on 80. Hunter’s bowling then produced a rare mistake by Buckingham, with a lob that Bevon Joseph was waiting in the outfield to catch, to end Buckingham’s score on well deserved 79. The remaining Rotherwick batsmen kept nudging the score along, but wickets kept falling and the game was ended in the 39th over in Penton’s favour with the last wicket falling at 192. Special mention to young Morgan Vanandel who got his first five wicket bowling figures, with 36 for 5 off his 10 overs.
Report by Bob Wootten