Wooburn Narkovians are always worthy opponents, and every match against them is a hard fought battle. This one was no exception. Regular skipper Paul Green had decided to step back from playing and sat this one out, delegating the captaincy to Scott Peterson who played alongside his brother Craig and their father Dave.
Ley Hill won the toss and decided to bat, but wickets fell quickly and with the score on 44-4, players were beginning to talk about a “beer match”. Then Craig Peterson arrived at the crease. Whilst wickets continued to fall at the other end, Craig set about the WN bowling in no uncertain manner, scoring 50 runs in just 33 balls and 100 runs in 64 balls. His was the last wicket taken* and he ended up on 120 runs from 78 balls, including 16 fours and 5 sixes. This was very fortunate for the Ley Hill team, as the only other batter to get into double figures was brother Scott with 17! Pick of the WN bowlers was veteran Richard Barker with 3 for 2 from 3 overs, followed by Luke Johnson with 3 for 31 from 5. Fielder Henry Winchester took 3 catches.
WN set about the run chase fairly calmly. After all, they had 40 overs to score 190 – a run rate of only 4.75 per over. In actual fact, they only took 27.5 overs to get there. Top scorer was R. Wheeler with 56 followed by Ben Barker who generously retired himself after scoring 50. Best bowling came from Joe Yerrell, playing in his first match this season, who took 2 for 26 followed by that man – Craig Peterson – who took 2 for 40. Brother Scott was less fortunate. Whilst bowling his 3rd over, he was hit in the face with the ball when it was returned to the crease and forced to retire with a nose bleed. His over was completed by Freddie Ventham. Fortunately Scott soon recovered and took the field again just 6 overs later. Wicket keeper Alistair Rowe took 3 catches.
*Craig Peterson had a 13 over 10th wicket partnership with father Dave of 82, just 6 runs short of the existing record of 88 which has been achieved twice – in 1992 by Dave Peterson and Nick Lee and in 2012 by Jack Thompson and Paul Green. Craig has now scored more than 700 runs for Ley Hill this season.