Match Report v Shrewton

Shrewton 2nds 214-9 Nomansland 189-9

This game scheduled for a Shrewton home game was switched to Nomansland, and the ‘away’ side won the toss and invited Shrewton to bat. This decision was based on the heavy rain the previous day, and this looked vindicated from the very first ball when Barton edged to slip and was gone. Sam Dempster was the main early danger and took the first four wickets to fall as the ball played tricks on the soft surface. Shrewton batted all the way down the order however, and although they slipped to 75-6, Tim Anderson-Emm played an excellent innings to turn the game around as he added 82 with skipper James Cash. Cash eventually departed for 27, but Anderson-Emm went on to complete his half century before being caught for 66. The really telling innings came at the death as number 9 Darren Bentley smacked 4 sixes in his unbeaten 40 that took Shrewton to a healthy 214-9 at tea. Dempster finished with a career best 5-32 and Rich Dempster picked up 3-55 at the end.

Nomansland started poorly and slipped to 20-3 in the sixth over. Terry Harrison was only at the crease for five overs but cracked 37 from 13 balls faced before being caught at deep mid wicket to leave Nomansland at 63-4. The team had to regroup and Ian Loveless assumed the anchor role and assisted by Matt Rowland and Ben Westhead (10 apiece) and then Mike Rowland with fifteen took Nomansland towards the target. The tempo had slowed  however and with six overs the required  rate was up to 9 an over. Loveless exited for 47 and the innings closed with Nomansland 25 short. Giles Cook picked up 3-40 but the crucial spell came from Tim Barnett who bowled ten overs at the death and picked up 2-26, only conceding 3 boundaries, to really put a brake on things.