Not a result to improve the skipper’s knee.
Having won the toss and elected to bat the Ives innings looked to be off to a good start as Denis (10) and Phil P (19) put on 29 for the 1st wicket. Unfortunately from there the score quickly took a turn for the worse and after 17 overs 5 wickets had fallen with only 46 on the board and time for a rescue mission. Malcolm (17) & Richard (19) started the recovery with a stand of 30 with Earle then joining Malcolm for a further stand of 18. Malcolm departed with 8 overs to go and with 92 on the board it was left to Earle (24no) and playing possibly his best innings to date and Andy C (34no) to add 50 to the score in only 8 overs to post 144 for 7 at the close. Probably 30 short of what was a par score but at least one that gave Ives a chance of victory.
Unfortunately apart from Andy C early on and in particular Denis (8 overs 1 for 21) the other bowlers continually fed the Corinthians opener Shah with short balls which he took delight in pulling for boundaries to square leg as he scored 94 before being well caught by Earle in the deep but by then the game all but over as the match was lost in only 27 overs as Corinthians recorded 145 -3. The only other high points were another wicket for Badders in the closing overs and one for Ciaran well caught in the gulley by Den.
A lesson to be learned to pitch the ball up and not feed the batsman’s best shot on a hard wicket!