Mon 27
Sunday Team
Nacton CC (Suffolk)
Bank Holiday defeat to Nacton

Bank Holiday defeat to Nacton

By Tracy Wassall
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The Tractor Boys run over the the young and old

I knew this was going to be difficult as they arrived early, looked fit and active and this was their only game of a 2 game tour that had been halved due to Sunday rain at the Lenches. This was despite us having 12, as The Panther, who hadn't confirmed availability, arrived late expecting a 2pm start! Rolling substitutions were agreed and they enforced theirs for misfields. Had we done that, it would have been like the revolving doors at John Lewis (other department stores are available - but not many), more of that later. Losing the toss, they asked us to bat and Dip and Lewis, the latter fresh from his GCSE successes, were quickly tied down by accurate bowling. As statistics was one of Lewis chosen A level subjects, he was able to quickly asses his run (or lack of run) rate - it flew off a length apparently. Ian quickly followed, chasing a very wide ball to the waiting slip and gully cordon. Will looked good with one fine boundary but then also lobbed a catch to the eager field, 13 for 3 off 6. It looked like their tour would be even shorter than they had anticipated but Abbas joined Paul and the change bowlers took some stick from Dip, until he pulled a short ball to short backward leg's beer belly, where it unfortunately lodged - 33 for 4 in the 10th . Jack joined Abbas and after some careful playing in - another interesting concept to consider - proceeded to move the score along nicely. They put on 67 until Jack gave the bowler a return catch, bringing Chris to the crease - that nearly rhymes! Despite Abbas perishing caught , having played carefully for his 16, Chris was playing well and put on 55 with Brynn- even scoring a 6 when he knocked the ball for 2 and the lady fielder then threw the ball backwards over the boundary, until he gave the bowler a return catch on 32. The panther was bowled but Pete helped support Brynn to get to 28 not out with some lusty hitting. I was due to come in at no 12- as I hadn't been 12 before - but only had time to put on my various forms of protection before our innings closed at 184 for 8. After our usual excellent tea, Pet and George opened the bowling and were controlling the score, until George made the mistake of taking our only wicket, through another caught and bowled, using the crook of his arm to cradle the ball. Unfortunately this brought in a proper batsman who proceeded to flay all and sundry to the boundary. before being one of 3 half century retirees. That is not to say that we didn't have chances but they went to fielder's hands, rather than extraneous body parts, so were promptly dropped or even run away from. Although the scoreboard briefly and erroneously showed the target to be 285, they overcame our actual score in the 25th over, so didn't have a real game on their brief tour of the Midlands; the 4th division of the Suffolk League must be a good standard! George bowled well with 1 for 8 off 4, as did Jack, 0 for 22 off 4. Despite their obvious superiority, the game was played in a good spirit. However we must remember to avoid Nacton, if we ever tour Suffolk and want to win a game.
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Mon 27, Aug 2018



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