Both teams struggled to put a full side out and in the end it was agreed to have an abbreviated 30 over match between the two 10 person sides,
both containing some youngsters.
The day was extremely hot with the sun beating down on Ivanhoe who fielded first.
First incident of the day was a strained thigh muscle from Andy.C, pulled while making a feeble attempt at catching a chance off Andrew.H.
(No prizes for guessing who is writing the match report!!)
After 3 early wickets from Earl (1-42) and Andrew.H (2-18), Millet (42) and “HandleBars” Ringer (78) ran us a merry chase with plenty of 6’s and 4’s.
Finally Adrian (1-55) had Millet caught in a special way involving 2 players. The ball was hit high, Phil.K bellowed “mine” and proceeded, after the ball thankfully had
velocity reduced via deflection through his hands, to head the ball, Harry Kane style, to Chris Parnell taking his first catch for 10 years!!
John Loveday provided some leg spin entertainment, replete with running commentary, with an over of Noballs, catches off Noballs, and dropped catches.
Finally the innings was wrapped up by Phil.P (2-11) and Jess Parnell who took her first wicket for the club courtesy of a one handed catch from Andy.C who clearly
was redeeming himself for that appalling early display of dismal catching. Old Citizens finished with 193.
A lovely tea was had….possibly too many scones, and cakes.
Ivanhoe batted next and whilst occasionally were on or around the required run rate, we just didn’t have the legs to get to the total, finishing on 6 – 162.
Starring with the bat were Phil.P (49), Bob “Jug Avoidance” Collins (47no), and a cameo from Andy.C (28no).
Runner up Man of the Match was Andy.C for his efforts, suffering great pain, in field and with bat!!
Girl of the Match – Jess Parnell, who saved many runs fielding effectively, almost took a brave catch from a screamer that most of us would have ducked away from, and then took her
first wicket for the Club.