KMCC vs North Stainley C.C.

Second placed Stainley succumb to resurgent Kirkby

 This was a big match for KMCC if they were to maintain momentum after winning 2 from their previous 3 games against an inform and highly confident North Stainley side. Winning the toss and inserting the opposition on a feather bed at KMCC seemed a gamble by the meteorologically challenged skipper despite a light drissle slowing the outfield. However, despite a lack of bowling in previous fixtures, the evergreen Rod Pickles took the new ball to good effect and struck in his first over demonstrating that 60 is the new 25. By the time Hooks(3-15 from 12 overs) had once again tied up the Stainley middle order aided and abetted by Duncan and Kiffer it appeared that Stainley would succumb cheaply at 120-8. A sickening injury to Dujon which resulted in a trip to casualty for a dislocated and broken finger was followed by an irritating and unbroken ninth wicket partnership that took the score to 148-8 at tea and Stainley sniffed a chance.

 A groin injury picked up whilst bowling prevented Kiffer the chance of opening so once again Rod stepped into the breach while younger men massaged their injured loins and digits. A positive start set Kirkby on the way but wickets kept falling to keep the matched evenly poised. Just as it looked liked the skipper had finally swung it Kirkby's way with some lusty blows wickets fell again. Iain Fraser(46no) kept his head cool and his hand firmly on the tiller of the KMCC innings drawing on his vast experience to see KMCC home with the support of a hopalong kiffer. The winning runs were struck with 6 wickets down and 2 overs remaining and the win takes Kirkby into mid table as they join the pack chasing runaway division 2 leaders Ripley.

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