On what was one of the hottest days of the year so far, Ash won the toss and elected to field. Tom Lenham and Richard Sims opened the batting, and with a true pitch and a fast outfield, they were scoring at nearly eight runs per over. Richard then chipped a full toss to cover and was out for 25, with the score 55 for 1.
John Paton was next at the crease and cleverly rotated the strike as Tom was in blistering form, as the boundary was peppered more than a juicy ribeye steak. Tom moved to his 50 and his strike rate only increased. John was dismissed for 31 and then Steve Marsh for 23, but not before Tom raced past 100, and then retired for 151 not out, an innings that included his first 3 sixes.
Some late hitting from Howard Alexander and Adam Nix led to a score of 279 for 3 from 40 overs, TMCC’s highest score of the season.
Ash started watchfully in their reply and lost two early wickets leaving them 28 for 2. Ben Ramsay and Bill Calvert with the wickets.
TMCC struggled to take wickets as the Ash batsmen were happy to bat out their overs without playing too many attacking strokes. Richard Sims took one wicket with a beautiful outswinger and Steve Marsh took the final wicket bowled. At the end of their 40 overs, Ash were 134 for 4, losing by 145 runs.
A great win and a really special innings from Tom Lenham, one that everyone present will remember for a long time.