A very cold and dark evening – and it got even darker as the cloud thickened and the mist drifted across Ballinger’s ground! We seem to draw Ballinger with depressing regularity in this competition, and the result is always the same. This game was no exception to the rule!
Ballinger won the toss and put Ley Hill into bat. Captain James Lagdon was stuck somewhere on the M25 with no definite ETA, so Phil Bush took over as captain for the evening. He opened with himself and Wayne Davies, but they were both back in the pavilion with the score on 19. The only batter who really came off was Lucas Batt, no doubt anxious to prove to brother Joe (who was playing for Ballinger) who the better player was. He ended up with 38 runs not out, but despite valiant efforts from the rest of the team, Ley Hill could only score 102 runs off their 20 overs.
Ballinger’s opening batter – Ed Batchelor – set out scoring runs in a positive manner and reached his 50 in just 35 minutes from 30 balls faced. He finished the innings on 68 not out from 40 balls. His was the bulk of the score, only one other batter reaching double figures (and Joe Batt scoring 31 runs less than his little brother!) but nevertheless it was sufficient to give Ballinger the victory (again) on 105-3 from just 12.1 overs. Best Ley Hill bowler was James Lagdon, who had eventually arrived in time to play and took 2 for 14 from 3 overs.