Ivanhoe v Nazeing – 1 September 2013

With one or two players feeling a little lethargic following Den’s surprise 65th birthday party the night before and one, who shall remain nameless (Joe), not even making it to the match, Ive’s batted first against Nazeing and after the early departure of Bob, Den and Raj set about giving the Ives a start with a 2nd wicket stand of 53 before Raj fell for 34. 80 was on the board after the first hours play as Phil P joined Den and kept the score moving with 22 before a lull as 3 wickets fell and the score quickly became 131 for 6 with 40 minutes still left to bat. Den outscored his age by 1 before departing for a fine 66 as Andy H with a quick fire 43 made sure the 200 came up with Ives declaring at 202 for 9 at tea.

In reply the Nazeing openers proved difficult to remove and put on 49 in good time before Lawrence stepped in to take the first wicket and it was then Adrian aided by catches from Richard, Phil P (2) and Ciaran who turned the match Ives way with 5 for 38 in 11 overs to reduce Nazeing to 129 for 7. Richard then removed the stubborn Nazing no. 8 with his first ball for 23 again caught by Phil P, but victory proved elusive as Nazeing held on, closing on 139 for 8 and a draw.

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