This Ley Hill team consisted of a number of players who do not play cricket regularly, as they turned out to replace the usual team members who were attending Scott and Jess’s wedding. Even so, they put up a damn good fight against a strong Checkendon side who are second in the division,scoring 288 runs in their 45 overs.
Ley Hill skipper Max Lee won the toss and elected to bat, opening with himself and Justin Hutchins. The first wicket (Max – 27) fell on 47 and Ben Woodbridge joined Justin at the wicket momentarily before Justin departed with the score on 48 (Justin – 19). Ben was then joined by Lewis Thompson and between them they had a stand of 88 before Lewis was caught for 66. He was replaced by Martin Cartledge who had a brief stand with Ben of 17 before Ben was bowled for 24 runs. Jack Thompson joined Martin and proved that he can bat just as well as his brother by scoring 52 at a slightly faster strike rate than Lewis had scored his runs.
When Jack was caught, they had had a 5th wicket partnership of 102 and had moved Ley Hill along to 255 runs. Martin also went with the score on 255, having scored 47, Joe Yerrell followed on 285 having scored 15 and following the running-out of Will Burr, brother Andrew (nice to see them both playing again) and Kabir Rab batted out the remaining overs for Ley Hill to end up on 288 for 9. The undoubted star of the Checkendon bowlers was Amol Tyagi who took 6 for 60 from 12 overs.
Jack Thompson opened the bowling and quickly disposed of the two Checkendon openers, but it soon became evident that, following their departure, our depleted bowling attack lacked the necessary penetration to make a definite impression on Checkendon. Sandeep Adlakha ended up with 132 not out and Amol Tyagi was definitely my man of the match by scoring 111 not out. Checkendon reached the winning total of 289 with 11.4 overs still in hand.