KMCC inadequacies exposed again
A dire display all round saw KMCC succumb to Pannal 2nds following thumpings the previous year from the first team. It seems like aons ago since Pannals bowlers were being dispatched to all parts of the ground by the entire KMCC top order. KMCC lost the toss and were put into the field and when Duncan struck early on - on his birthday - the scene was set for a comfortable victory. However, 2 overs later, DF had limped out of the attack with a troublesome groin and consigned himself to third man for the remainder of the game. The lack of a breakthough coupled with a fast outfield and flat track enabled Pannal to cruise away and even the introduction of Hooks failed to stem the flow of runs. A couple of late wickets saved 250 being posted and even though 221-7 was a good score under the conditions it was not unassailable.
Hooks elevated himself to the lofty position of opener at the expense of a soon to be godlike Nattress and despite a classy cameo fell tamely in the fourth over. When H-C and Duncan (batting with a runner) fell quickly afterwards it was left to Nattress and evergreen Pickles to rebuild the innings. A task they were doing admirably well as 69 runs were added without risk (Kiffer 65, Rod 4). However 108-3 rapidly turned into 113-8 in an innings which included 5 ducks. And although Tufnell managed to double his seasons aggregate of runs with an effortless 17no Robin fell caught behind with 2 overs remaining to leave Kirkby contemplating their navals and pointless for the second week running. 2 points are required from the remaining fixtures to avert what would be a disastrous second consecutive relegation.