Win :: Played on Sunday 9th June 2013
Knockers won this 40 over match thanks to some big hitting from Richard Calver and Ed Marsh, accompanied by some good bowling from Charlie Adam.
Knockers won the toss on a cold June day and decided to bat. Stuart Seldon (4) hit a four off the first ball before getting bowled. Charlie Adam (0) was unfortunately out first ball to a terrific piece of bowling. 2 more quick wickets, Guy Howe (7) and Tom Elliot (2) put Knockers under some serious pressure. Paul Cook (25) and Chris Perera-Slater (31) steadied the ship with some determined batting and cracking shots. with Matt Watts adding 20 in a good partnership with Perera-Slater. But wickets continued to tumble with Freddie Young (1) and Nick Williams (0) falling in quick succession. As Ed Marsh (33*) walked out to the wicket to join Richard Calver (40) few could have predicted what they would achieve. They shared a partnership of 82 runs that consisted of six fours and one big six from Calver to give Knockers a respectable total of 186.
After a fantastic tea Knockers took to the field. Marsh opened the bowling with Watts in a good spell of bowling causing problems for the oppositions openers. He did not pick up the wicket that he deserved. Watts bowled one spell of 8 overs and only got one wicket, partly due to the slip combination of Cook and Young dropping 3 catches between them off his bowling. He deserved more. On came Calver to bowl 5 overs for one wicket in a fine spell of bowling. The opposition were now 2 wickets down and a Knockers win was looking unlikely. Young came on after Watts to bowl 8 overs for 3 wickets, bamboozling the opposition with his turning deliveries. The victory was assured by some great bowling from Adam who picked up 4 wickets and was by far the best bowler of the day. Howe cannot be forgotten, getting a wicket off his first ball as Tom Elliot caught his third catch of the day in an inspiring fielding performance showing Cook and Young how to do it.
Man of the match - Richard Calver, 40 runs, 1 wicket and 2 catches.
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