KMCC vs Studley Royal C.C.

Studley stuff 10 man Kirkby

 In a classic pastiche of the season so far KMCC followed an excellent win over a good Burton side with a tame defeat against a weak Studley one. The day didn't start well with only 10 men showing up and even a desparate attempt to rope in new father Tudbury (by shouting through his letterbox) failed until the later stages of the game. Winning the toss Kirkby started brightly and quickly saw off the opening bowler within the first 6 overs. They then proceeded to collapse on a bouncy but slow wicket to 45-4 (with Fraser, Brad, Goldie and Dujon all succumbing). Whilst Pickles and H-C looked to rebuild a reasonable score seemed possible but when H-C went to a loose shot when well placed on 47 (85-5) and Duncan followed quickly afterwards it was left to Stonewall Shedley and Tufnell to play out the remaining overs and ensure a point 118-8 at tea.

 Three quick wickets gave Kirkby a real chance of winning the game but with the score on 61 the studley no 4 edged to Iain at gulley and the ball (and with it the match) slipped through his fingers. The Studley no.5 played and missed on at least 25 occasions before swiping his way to 50 and his team to victory - proving if proof was needed that one shot is all that is required to score runs at this level of the game (particlularly if it is the shovel to cow!!). Studley emerged clear and deserving winners with 15 overs remaining and left Kirkby contemplating a mid table finish to the season.

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