Sandon batted first in a timed game. The openers were cautious in response to excellent opening spells from Woodcock and Parnell R, but it took some time before they each claimed a wicket, not helped by dropped catches (off Parnell). Replaced by the very economical but unlucky Prasad (126.96.36.199) and Loveday who bowled a pleasing spell (188.8.131.52) which included a delightful boundary catch for Parnell R. With 4 wickets down the Sandon 5th wicket pair knuckled down and gradually increased the scoring rate as Hausler (his spin not as tight as in previous outings), Vijay and Krshna all had their moments but no outright success. With 7 bowlers already used it was back to the opening pair to draw things to a rapid conclusion , with the economical Parnell R unlucky to only have 4 wickets in his figures of 184.108.40.206. A key runout (after another dropped catch off Parnell R) by Dinaker and Kenchington P was also crucial along with 2 more wickets for Woodcock (220.127.116.11) one of which came courtesy of one sublime left handed catch at 2nd slip by skipper Collins. 2 catches by Dinaker and P Kenchington’s athleticism behind the stumps were also highlights. Sandon were bowled out for 183, and Ivanhoe can reflect on an efficient bowling and fielding performance.
Thanks to Richard and Janet for a plentiful tea, which luckily included the Kenchington “bakewells”
Club skipper had to depart early to satisfy his girlfriend, but his batting was not missed as Ives had a ready replacement in Kenchington D, and, in any case, the heavy rain came down after 7.1 overs during which time Parnell S managed a golden duck courtesy of a well taken caught and bowled by bowler Atkins, and Ives reached 14-1 with Parnell R (10) and Vijay (2) steady and watchful against accurate bowling on a testing length. We will never know how the match would have ended without the deluge, but in 3 weeks’ time the return fixture may give some idea.