Ley Hill skipper Craig Peterson won the toss and decided to bat, opening with himself and Justin Hutchins. They had an opening partnership of 67 before Justin departed LBW for 27 runs. Phil Bush was unlucky to be caught behind after just 6 minutes at the wicket, but his departure brought Lewis Thompson to the crease with the score on only 68. Lewis has a painful foot condition called plantar fasciitis. Lewis didn’t want to run. So he hit boundaries. He only faced 73 balls (21 of which were “dots”) but 11 fours and 18 sixes later, Craig called them in with the team score on 314 and Lewis himself on 182 not out. Craig himself had been out with the score on 282 when he had 73 runs. This partnership of 214 was outstanding but not quite a record. The record 3rd wicket partnership currently stands at 229 and is held by Colin Bowden and (guess who) Lewis Thompson. Best of the Penn & Tylers Green bowlers was Henry Barber, who took 2 for 36.
In response, Penn & Tylers Green never really looked to be in the running. After the loss of opener C. Mason to the first of 3 catches by keeper James Lagdon, C. Yates and T. Radford had a stand of 73 to take the score along to 81, but after this wickets fell with depressing regularity every few runs and the entire team were bowled out for 125, with only four batters reaching double figures – top scorer Radford with 38. Most destructive bowling came from that man Lewis Thompson who managed to take 4 wickets for 12 runs despite his bad foot, but mention must be made of “rookie” bowler Graham Comper (who only started playing for us this season) who took 3 for 28.