Another sunny afternoon and Ruislip Victoria won the toss and decided to have a bat. Which meant Ley Hill were fielding and I was left grappling with the scoring app on Chris Morris’s i-Pad. But what could possibly go wrong?
Craig Ottaway’s first over saw opener Mick Walker back in the pavilion with a duck, and so it continued. In fact, the first three batters only managed to score 7 runs between them. Vijay Mulaparthi stayed put however and knocked off 57 runs before being caught by skipper Craig Peterson off the bowling of Jack Thompson. In fact, this was the first of 3 catches for Peterson who was responsible for a run-out as well. Ruislip Victoria captain Puneet Kapoor scored 36 runs, but none of the other batters managed to get past 15. Ruislip Victoria all out for 150, main destroyer being Craig Ottaway who took 5 wickets for 40 runs. This takes him to over 20 wickets this season and 700 wickets in his entire Ley Hill career.
In response, Ley Hill opened with Ben Moultrie-Ford and Craig Peterson. Ben disappeared quite quickly for just 2 runs. He disappeared off the i-Pad scoring app as well but I see from the Play-Cricket website that someone found him again! A useful second wicket stand of 76 between Peterson (39 runs) and Phil Bush (52 runs) saw Ley Hill within striking distance of the win, and this was achieved by Lewis Thompson (32 runs) and Brad Norton (21 runs not out) for the loss of only 4 wickets. The wickets were shared around the four Ruislip Victoria bowlers, best figures being Usman Mushtaq with 1 for 22.