With Hyde Heath cancelling, we were lucky to pick up this fixture against Long Marston, who won the toss and decided to put Ley Hill into bat.
This turned out to be a good decision for them, as Ley Hill’s top scorer – Jon Lown – could only manage 34 runs. There were three batters who scored 22 runs each – Joe Batt, Henry Sussum and Kuldeep Thakur – but the remaining seven never got into double figures! Some good bowling from Long Marston restricted Ley Hill to just 138 runs from 34 overs (all out), it being a 35 over match due to a delayed start because of rain. Best of the Long Marston bowlers was Martin Henderson with 3 for 12, followed by Lewis Barnes (playing in his first open age match) who took 2 for 18; Daniel Slade 2 for 28 and George Walter 2 for 32.
Star of the Long Marston batters was Blake James who scored 45 runs from just 24 balls, and with positive contributions from the remainder of the batters, they achieved victory in only 23.4 overs. This was greatly helped by the fact that Ley Hill’s bowlers gave them 22 bowling extras which meant they only needed to score 117 and had an extra 3.4 overs to do it in!