On the positive side another lovely ground, excellent tea, friendly opposition and most importantly a welcome back to the skipper for his first game of the season. Unfortunately after taking 3 quick wickets after a good Aspenden opening first wicket stand to reduce them to 75 for 3 a quick fire 66 from the their No 5 took the game away from Ives, not helped by the fielding and catching on the day not being up to scratch, thus allowing Aspenden to close on 243 for 7. Wickets were evenly spread with 2 for Lawrence and Earle and 1 each for Ciaran, Richard and Dan, with 1 looping caught behind for Bob. Overall maybe our worst fielding display of the season.
In reply apart from Den (25), Bob (30), and Richard (36), the latter two putting together a 40 run 4th wicket stand, the scorers were not particularly troubled as Ives fell well short of the target, bowled out for 121.