SUNDAY FRIENDLY XI DO IT AGAIN!
By Eleanor Phillips
Aylesbury Town 203-10; Ley Hill 206-3
The expectation of a league match as well meant that captain Paul Green had had to be very creative in his selection of players for the Sunday friendly match against Aylesbury Town, and the cancellation by Radlett of Ley Hill’s visit came too late to change things. AT won the toss and decided to bat. It was a very hot and humid afternoon and Ley Hill sweltered in the field, although drinks were provided at frequent intervals. AT were 8 for 3 however, but then Number 3 batsman Justin stayed around long enough to hit 71 and Number 5 batsman Selestian (30) and Number 6 batsman Ziah (73) meant that the score jumped to 198 for 6. The remaining four struggled to score and AT ended up all out in 31 overs for 203. Best bowling figures came from skipper Green with 3 for 20. However, Henry Sussum’s 2 wickets meant he has now taken 21 in all age cricket this season – more than any other Ley Hill bowler. Will he keep his lead??? Spare some sympathy as well for Ross James. He was asked to come on and bowl in the 30th over, and promptly took two wickets with his first two balls. Number 9 batsman James goes in on a hat-trick ball. He skies the ball – fielder runs in – catches it – drops it – catches it again – drops it again and James sees the chance of a hat-trick disappearing out of sight.
Ley Hill’s opening pair put on 106 before Ray McHugh was unluckily run out, but Geoff Sussum stayed on and carried his bat, ending up on 99 not out. He was in fact on strike and all lined up to score the winning run (the scores being tied) and get his century, but the umpire signalled leg byes! Well done to Arun Johal playing in his first all age match who scored a nicely crafted 25 runs at a strike rate of 80.64. The only AT bowler to take wickets was Justin who ended up with 2 for 36.
Nice to see Peet Sweet who arrived unexpectedly and stayed to watch the entire match.
A score card for this match can be found if you navigate to “Information – Documents – Score Cards”.