On  the hottest day of the year Ivanhoe visited Wooburn Green, where the facilities were ideal, even including a shady spot under the scorer’s tree.

Skipper Woodcock won the toss and much to the joy of Ives, he elected to bat. After the early loss of Abrahamson, a second wicket stand between Parnell R and Dancer justified the captain’s decision. Progress was made until the great Ivanhoe collapse. Dancer, suffering from heatstroke (not sufficiently acclimatised following too many days away in the cold environs of Italy), got himself out for 49 (jug avoidance again…) and was followed by the middle order disappearing. Luckily last pair Hausler (24) and Prasad ensured Ives passed beyond 200 to  finish on 2015 All Out.

Narcs began briskly and maintained 6 an over for some time, but as things began to look grim for Ives Conor took an amazing one handed catch to open the flood gates.. suddenly 6 wickets were down, but the game was far from won, and  a 7th wicket partnership continued scoring at above the required rate. After an expensive start Dancer began bowling very tightly  and Parnell R and Prasad also slowed the scoring so the run rate magnified to the unattainable. With a fine catch from Parnell S the innings ended after 40 overs at 178-9, for another Ives win.

Our young opposition played the game in absolutely the right spirit and hosted us superbly, with the tea  a genuine contender for No 1 of the season.

R Collins

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