Southwark Park CC vs Streatham & Marlborough VII CC
The visitors bat first on a warm sunny day at the park. Their openers make a very solid start as the home side drop two catches and the partnership builds steadily with runs flowing, aided by the short boundaries. Just as the home side are beginning to think that the match is already lost, Charlie takes the first wicket getting Capstick LBW for 46, ending an excellent partnership of 123.
After this the tide well and truly turns as Graham runs through the rest of the top order with four wickets getting number three batsman Varloe to chase the width on offer only to be caught behind by Dan for 1. In his next over he tempts top scorer Miller outside off stump who nicks it to be caught behind for 72. The very next ball he clean bowls Paterson the young number four who has waited such a long time for his chance. The field come in for the hat-trick ball, but this time he offers just a bit too much width and the umpire calls a wide. He strikes again in his next over getting number five batsman, Sinai caught by Martin for four.
The visitors continue to fold fast as Luke gets Bailey caught and bowled for a duck, Charlie clean bowls Hunt for no score and his brother Alfie has Brown-Carr caught behind for four and last man Shackleford caught behind for one giving him two wickets on debut and Dan four catches in the game. As the visitors only have ten men they are all out for 147. It is a dramatic capitulation as Streatham & Marlborough lose nine wickets for 24 runs including the last five for 5 runs.
The home side's response begins with Colin and John Wood (no relation) opening. John quickly reaches 53 including seven 4s and three 6s and retires bringing Alfie to the wicket. The hundred comes up before Colin falls LBW to Miller for 41. At drinks we've reached 113-1 in 14 overs. Shortly afterwards Alfie, who struggles to get going, is caught off the bowling of Paterson bringing Shaker to the crease. He goes LBW for 7 to Shackleford leaving Charlie, not out 16 and Adam, not out 4 to knock off the remaining runs.
We record our second straight win of the season and third victory in a row as we win by 7 wickets. Graham is man of the match with a game turning 4-15.