KPCC 1s went down by five wickets to Bushey at the weekend, in a game marked by lost opportunities.
Under murky skies and on a green wicket, the opposition skipper called correctly and unsurprisingly fielded. Opening bowlers Asif (4-32) and Khan (1-25) exploited the seaming conditions well, with Asif bowling a particularly fine spell in reducing KPCC to 47-5.
Only Charlie Randall (17) made it to double figures from the top four, leaving the in-form Archie Stephens (82) and veteran Alex Richmond (29) battling to restore respectability. In a partnership of 104, they did this wonderfully by mixing aggressive running with impressive shot making. When Stephens finally departed to a tight LBW, at 151-5, KPCC were looking at a very competitive 180+, however, the mid and lower order somehow contrived to lose its last six wickets for a meagre three runs.
This was to prove costly, as Bushey knocked off the total for the loss of just five wickets, built around solid contributions from Sharma (39) and Sharma (34). The pick of the bowlers was Alex Richmond (2-20), who was the only KPCC bowler to find any real control on a flattening deck.
KPCC will rue the first ten and last ten overs of its innings, which yielded all ten wickets for just 50 runs. If only it had been able to capitalize more effectively on the fine partnership of Stephens and Richmond at either end of the innings, the result could have been very different.