At one point in recent years, Gt. Hampden had hit the low of wondering if they could find enough players for the club to carry on, but a recent input of talent has revitalised them into formidable opponents, as Ley Hill’s 2nd XI found out.
Ley Hill batted first and opened with Jon Lown (who else) and Geoff Sussum. Jon once again proved his class with the bat by remaining at the wicket until the score was on 172, scoring 89 runs along the way. Geoff went cheaply for 13 runs, but positive contributions from Joe Yerrell (20 runs); James Lagdon (14 runs) and Nick Lee (36 runs not out) meant that they completed their 40 overs on 192 with the loss of only 4 wickets. The main damage was done by Craig Eden, who took 2 for 36 from 10 overs.
Craig opened with R. Wilson and they took the score to 68 before Craig was bowled by Joe Yerrell. His opening partner stayed put until the score reached 175, scoring 80 runs along the way, whilst J. Maund at the other end made 40. It didn’t take very long however for the winning score of 195 to be reached. 3 of the 5 wickets taken by Ley Hill were down to young Freddie Ventham (3 for 28), with one each to Joe Yerrell and Mark Sherrington.