Due to the organisation of the division, this was the only time Ley Hill played the mighty Whitchurch Kings this season. Whitchurch Kings are undisputed leaders of Division 2, being around 100 points ahead of the second placed team and had only lost one match to date out of their scheduled 16.
They won the toss and elected to bat. Jon Humphreys bowled the first ball – WICKET! – and their opener was back in the pavilion, caught behind by Nick Lee. And to Ley Hill’s amazement, so it continued. Only three batters made it into double figures and the entire team were bowled out for just 70 runs in 20.2 overs. Jon took the bowling honours with 5 for 31 but was closely followed by Martin Cartledge, turning his arm over for the first time since his recent operation, who took 4 for 17 from just 4 overs. Tom Veall completed the job by taking the final wicket in just 2 balls bowled.
Ley Hill’s start seemed at first to be just as catastrophic as Whitchurch Kings’ had been. With the score on only 1 run, Justin Hutchins went first ball LBW followed two minutes later by Iain Stewart bowled first ball. This however brought Nick Lee to the wicket and together with opener Jon Lown, they scored the 70 remaining runs needed to win.
A word about the Ley Hill team when in the field. Firstly, the bowlers only gave away 2 wides – a rarity these days when 10 or 15 wides per match seems to be the norm. Secondly, the fielding was sharp and catches were held. Some splendid catches were taken by Tom Veall (2), Archie Bellamy, Jon Lown, James Lagdon and of course Nick Lee (one each). Well done everyone – who knows - we could well be in contention for promotion!