KMCC vs Bilton CC 3rd XI

Bilton celebrate rain intervention

 This was a match that KMCC should have won at a canter - they didn't partly due to poor batting, partly due to a lack of depth in the bowling department, partly due to only having 10 men and partly due to an half hour rain delay in the middle of Bilton's innings. KMCC batted first and openers Kiffer and CHC (42) put on 50 for the first wicket however wickets then quickly tumbled and 73-1 ended up as 105-6 it required a captains innings of 44 from Brad including a six into the tennis courts and one directly into the Green to take KMCC to the respectability of 167-8 at tea.

 The match seemed all but won as Duncan took 4 quick wickets to leave Bilton on 53-5 but following a back injury to Tufnell the second line attack was reduced to two experienced but broadly similar slow medium pacers. At 95-5 a down poor caused the match to be paused and when Bilton returned they opened their shoulders and started scoring at 7 an over. Finally the 6th wicket partnership was broken and Hooks returning to the attack stemmed the runs further. Just as it appeared as if Bilton were cruising home, their no.4 attempted a bye to Robin, as keeper, and unsurprisingly was run out. This left 9 and 10 at the crease and only a junior to come in with 3 runs required. To add to the tension the penultimate over was a maiden and Rod stepped up to bowl. The first 3 balls were dots and the game was afoot however a desperate slog from the fourth ball chipped over Hook's head for a scrambled single and the fifth ball again chipped into the outfield enabled two to be taken and the honours handed to Bilton. The only solace KMCC could take from the game was that they were confirmed to be playing second division cricket next season due to results elsewhere (whereas Bilton will be enjoying the long trip to Lofthouse in Division 3).

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