Blindley Heath 03/07/21 – Match Report
In light showers, John Paton typically lost the toss and TMCC were sent in to bat. The rain soon cleared, but with the pitch playing low and slow, batting was tricky in the early stages. Adam Nix and Richard Sims started off solidly, before Richard was bowled for 22 to a ball which stopped in the pitch.
After John Paton was unlucky to be given out LBW, Guy Kemsley built a partnership with Adam before he was brilliantly caught by backward point diving to his left. By this point, Adam Nix had scored 50 and was rapidly approaching his ton. A calm and patient start had given way to some marvellous free-flowing strokes, and his hundred came off 90 balls before he promptly retired.
Some quick runs at the end of the innings from Ben and Josh Ramsay lifted the score to 211 for 4 from the allotted 35 overs. This included a big six from Josh into the leg side which was the longest boundary on the field.
Blindley Heath started watchfully in reply and lost their first two wickets to opening bowlers Al Ramsay and Malcolm Tunnicliff. Simon Uttridge and Bill Calvert then bowled 14 straight overs of spin, with Simon getting the Blindley Heath opener to edge behind to a ball that turned down the slope. Bill also bowled very well too and was very unlucky to not take a wicket himself. In addition, the most threatening opposition batsman was removed with a sublime piece of fielding from Al Ramsay with a direct hit from the deep.
At this point Blindley Heath needed 10 runs per over, so several other bowlers had a few overs each to see if they could add to their wicket tallies for the season. Howard Alexander backed up his 3 wickets in the previous game with another here, and Richard Sims took his second wicket of the season too. All in all this was an excellent game against a very friendly side.