SKIPPER’S PREDICTION WAS CORRECT!
By Eleanor Phillips
Ley Hill 247-5; Downley 2nd XI 195-9
Last week, skipper Kevin Phillips stated that he just knew the 2nds would win a match eventually – and his prediction came true when they met Downley’s 2nd XI.
Phillips won the toss and put Ley Hill into bat. He was fortunate in acquiring Justin Hutchins in the team. Hutchins – who normally plays for the 1st XI – was unable to make the away match start time of 12.30 (which meant leaving Ley Hill at 11.00 am) so moved to the 2nds instead. He opened the batting with Andy Rennard and soon proved his worth. During the 40 overs, he saw five partners come and go but Hutchins stayed put and ended up carrying his bat on 148 not out – the highest score by any Ley Hill batsman so far this season. Highlight of the innings was his 3rd wicket partnership of 92 with Nick Lee (31 runs). The Downley bowlers couldn’t really find any answer to Hutchin’s batting, which included 15 fours and 7 sixes, but best figures were Graeme Aitkin with 2 for 67.
Come the Downley innings, it emerged that they only had 10 players. An eleventh man might have made all the difference, but in the end they lost by 52 runs. Opener Hayes was removed cheaply for a duck by Donald Petrie, but then Downley’s other opener – Braganza and number 3 Coombs settled in and had a 2nd wicket partnership of 103 before young Tom Veall removed Coombs (76 runs) who was victim number 1 for keeper James Lagdon. Skipper Phillips then brought himself on to bowl, and although his first two overs were fairly expensive, he settled into his rhythm and started taking wickets. Braganza (36 runs); Priestley (13 runs) and Spreckley (golden duck) followed in quick succession and Phillips found himself on a hat-trick. Unfortunately J. Pocock played a defensive shot and then Phillips replaced himself with a second spell from Petrie who got the wicket of Aitken (11) with a second caught behind by Lagdon. Phillips got his revenge on J. Pocock when he was responsible for running him out on 18, then Henry Sussum had a second spell and took the wicket of Manka (bowled for 13) but was forced to retire from bowling when he bowled a second beamer. The ball was passed to Paul Green to finish the over and Green took the final wicket – D. Pocock (7) with his first delivery. Downley 195 all out (9 wickets) and Ley Hill 2nds were celebrating their first win for 2018.