Classy Curry Leads Threes To Victory
Mark Bater's Third Team made if five wins from six after winning a bad tempered encounter at home against Chiswick & Whitton. Starman was Chris Curry who took 4-38 and scored 70.
Bater once again won the toss and asked the visitors to bat on overcast Hertfordshire afternoon.
The visitors got off to a fast start with our opening bowlers Ed Pike and Toby Seagrave not being rewarded for decent opening spells with the ball. Pike eventually struck when he clean bowled the big hitting Amrit Malhotra for 33.
Chiswick & Whitton batted patiently scoring at a steady rate without ever putting our Third Team under immense pressure. Opening batsman Sajid Suleman who stayed at the crease by the skin of his teeth was eventually dismissed by returning leg spinner Greg Lem who conned Suleman into hitting the ball down Josh Camm's throat at mid off.
With overs running out, our visitors looked to up the runrate. The experienced pair of Dan Boniface and allrounder Chris Curry were brought on to close out the innings. Curry, who celebrated his birthday on Thursday tied down Chiswick and finished with figures of 4-38 from eight overs. Three of his wickets were slower balls than were struck out to deep square leg and all three were caught by Boniface as our visitors finished on 238-6.
Our opening pair of Josh Camm (15) and Robbie Grout (18) started positively against an erratic bowling attack finding the boundary on a regular basis and running well between the wickets. It was surprising when both were dismissed in quick succession with their wickets bringing Sherisa Gumbs and Curry to the crease. The pair counter attacked with Curry in particular looking in excellent touch. Gumbs took a little while to get going, but once she did, the legside boundary was peppered with ease.
Gumbs was dismissed for excellent 64, her second half century of the season. She was replaced by Australian allrounder Charlie Greer who joined Curry in looking to finish the innings quickly. With 17 runs required for victory, Curry was dismissed for a brilliant 70, his highest score of the season.
Greer and wicket-keeper James Wheeler followed Curry back to the pavilion as it was left to captain Bater and Ed Pike to see our Third Team past 238 with five overs remaining.