SHECC first XI put in a commanding performance to take the thrown in Stansted and get back to winning ways.
Despite the gloomy weather conditions, the Hall got off to a positive start with James Brown hitting the first two balls of the innings for four. James and Mohsin provided a solid start, until the former was caught for a well-played 21. This saw Charlie Boneham enter the crease, and despite not playing a great amount in the past few years, he hit the ball well until being dismissed in the nineteenth over. During this time Mohsin was able to play a number of late cuts and rotate the strike well, taking the scoreboard to a healthy position upon the first drinks break – of 117-2. In the 32nd over the fourth wicket fell, which left the scoreboard at 160-2 – enter Mark West. After a few overs at the crease Mark and Mohsin were able to accelerate the run rate, with the former scoring an imperative 37, and the latter completing a fine hundred. With Mohsin being run out in the final over for 112, the Hall posted 247for the loss of seven wickets off their 45 overs.
After polishing off a splendid tea, the fielding performance got off to a tight start with Jacob taking the first wicket in the tenth over, with 23 on the board. With Jacob (2-22) taking a second wicket in the twelfth over, the Hall looked to be in a strong position – with Sam ‘Sammy’ Robinson coming on to bowl. After a less than convincing team catching performance the previous week, Sammy (35-4) decided the easiest mode of dismissal was bowled, bringing the end of three of his four victims. He was supported by Ollie Patmore (2-34), in a partnership which saw the spin-twins have the more experienced Stansted batsman in trouble. In between these overs Mark West waddled from first slip to first slip like a penguin, with a dodgy something… Come the 36th over Kieran Amos claimed the ninth wicket to put the Hall on the verge of the bragging rights. The passage of play which followed brought an outer-body-experience, where the rain got heavier and the desire to get the job done became greater. With last ball of the innings Mohsin fittingly bowled ‘funny boy’ Dave Powter to end the match.
Despite the Derby match hype the game was played in good spirit, however we saw a number youngsters write themselves in Hall folk law, and earn fantasy points of course!