A very friendly side from Regals CC came to the park on Saturday 6th Sept. Like the Park’s side featuring 6 girls, Regals had a mix of young and ‘more experienced’ (or just much older) players, the result was a very close and good game of cricket.
Jonathan continued his masterly skills of losing tosses and Regals elected to bat on a flat but slightly green and damp wicket. Charlotte (8-0-29-0) and Imogen (8-0-38-0) opened precedings and both bowled tidy spells without many real chances being created except with Jonathan unusually dropping a catch at square leg off Imi’s bowling. The drop was to prove costly as, despite accurate bowling from the opening pair followed by Lizzie (8-0-33-2) and Catherine (8-0-32-0) , the opener Raman (one of the experienced players) continued to amass runs dispatching the rare short balls which tended to stick in the pitch for boundaries. The young other opener batted maturely but was eventually undone by Alex taking a good stumping off Lizzie who continued her great bowling this season with accuracy and lovely flight and dip.
This first wicket at 76 was followed 2 balls later by another stumping with the no.3 failing to cope with Lizzie’s bowling. The no.4, another very promising youngster from the Regals side batted with great technique to support Raman who reached his hundred in the 35th over despite two other chances being put down – one by Phil right on the edge of the boundary at cow corner and a hard caught-bowled chance by the returning Imogen. Raman eventually fell LBW to John (6-0-40-1) for 101 after trying a reverse sweep and Aryan (the no.3) finished on a well made 39 to see the innings close on 186-3
The Park’s reply couldn’t have started in any worse a fashion with Nick P being bowled first ball by another talented youngster. The second wicket fell in the 5th over with the score on 9 when an unlucky Millie was given out on a full pitched ball on the foot with a little debate whether it was LBW to caught! Sophie, having replaced Nick took a bit of time getting used to the pace of the bowlers but defended well and gradually built her confidence to play shots which the Regals side continued to to field well and keep the Park’s scoring rate down. After a couple of nicely timed shots Phil (9) was bowled in the 10th over bringing Jonathan to the crease.
Unusually for Jonathan it took him a day and an age to get off the mark but the score carried on ticking over with Sophie playing some nice shots and several 2s being run. Jonathan finally got into his stride having taken 20 balls to get off the mark went to 35 off the next 16. The potential match winning partnership of 88 between Sophie and Jonathan was eventually broken (118-3) just after drinks when Sophie miss judged a shot to the leg side and was bowled for a very good and personal best for KPCC of 40.
Jonathan and John then continued to keep the score moving with John calling for some quick singles! Not long after Jonathan reached his 50 in the 31st over, yorkered himself leaving the Park at 138-4 but still only needing 5 an over to win. Alex unfortunately fell next ball playing across the line and then John and Lizzie both struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking with Lizzie falling in the 34th over with the score only having moved to 141. Catherine joined John but he was LBW in the 36th but it was a good over for the park with 12 coming from it.
By this point the rate required had climbed to 8 an over and the accuracy of the Regals bowlers which had been good throughout bowling proved too much for Catherine and Charlotte to do anything about despite some excellent running between them and a six to deep fine leg from Catherine and possibly the shot of the day through the covers for 4 in the last over.
Despite finish 10 runs short of the target, it was an excellent match, another played in the true spirit of cricket and wonderful for seeing the talent of the Park’s girls and the Regals youngsters coming through. Certainly a rematch next season is on the cards.