Ivanhoe v Little Berkhamsted – 7 September 2014

A beautiful late season afternoon as Ives took to the field. Fine opening spells from both Andy and Ciaran ( 13 overs 2 for 45 )kept the run rate against strong opposition to under 3 runs per over for the first 20 overs with the added bonus of 3 wickets falling including a catch at the 2nd attempt by Matthew. As expected Little Berkhamsted batted well down the order and on a fast outfield as every shot or edge that went past the infield went for 4 they quickly accumulated runs despite the best efforts of Adrian 2 for70( ) and Richard (2 for60 ) and with Andy coming back at the end to finish on 12 overs 1 for 50.

After an excellent tea Ives Den opened with Jamie but quickly found himself having to temporarily retire with a shiner having diverted the ball of his arm into his left eye. Phil P and Phil K and Matthew all seemed to be heading for scores only to depart leaving Ives 53 for 5 it was left to Adrian (39 ) and Jonathan with an excellent knock of 68 to put the innings back on track with a 6th wicket stand of 104 with Jonathan unlucky to lose his wicket in the last over of the match and an encouraging draw as the innings closed on 176 for 7 to be followed by hot sausage rolls and beer. What more could a person want!?

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