2NDS PUT ON SUPER SHOW BUT 1STS CRUMBLE
The reverse fixture with ELPM threw up a few bizarre moments, not least the sight of the 2s chasing down 172 and losing just 1 wicket in the process - can anyone remember when that last happened?
After a big win at Croft Lane earlier in the season, and the fantastic victory against pacesetting Elton Vale the week before, the 1sts would have been hoping for another good win, but alas the flaky batting showed itself up again with a slump to 28-5 from 18 overs. A total of just 100 was never going to be enough against the Millers, though in the end the result was a little closer than it could have been. For Totts only Marshy got past 20, and that was from a position well down the order again; Hewart returned impressive figures of 4-15 from 14 overs, while Matty and Kiwi scooped up 5 more between them. The returning Marcus bowled a good spell, and there was some comedy when Chinese George took a pair of wickets. However the total of 100 was never likely to challenge ELPM, and so it proved, the visitors running out winners by 4 wickets, with Willett anchoring the chase with 29 not out.
Meanwhile, drama down at ELPM, where the 2s were bolstered with the return of Ry Marsh. The youngster put in his best spell of the season to take 6-37, but an astonishing 53 extras saw the home side, with 5 former Totts players in their ranks, manage to post a challenging 171 all out, mainly thanks to Mick Durrans who posted 66. However this was a day of surprises, and Totts openers Andy Hall and George Green, put on 122 in just 26 overs to break the back of the chase. When Hall was out for a hard hitting 84, Rowdy entered the fray ... and hit a 6!! George anchored the reply and ended with 42 not out as Totts got to the victory target of 172 with just 1 wicket down. A remarkable effort.