After conceding a losing draw to Liverpool Wavertree, on 1 July, we bounced back with a hard-fought win over Worcestershire Elizabethans, last Sunday.
On a hot and sticky Sunday, we won the toss and decided to field.
We took an early wicket but Worcester were 65-2 after 10 overs.
Our bowling was hampered by giving away 120 extras; plus, bowling and fielding in hot weather was difficult for us. In fairness, one of the umpires was making his debut. He therefore judged harshly on extras. Worcester bowled a number of extras too; which helped us win.
Worcestershire scored over 100 in the next 10 overs; as we failed to take further wickets.
However, once Alex Hocking retired on 50, we began to take wickets. We eventually reduced the visitors to 220-7.
We knew replying to 220 would be challenging: We only had 24 overs; where as Worcestershire had had the luxury of batting for 28. However, Mazen Malik and Mark Bromley put on 104 for the first wicket. Though Mark only scored 19, he ran well between the wickets in his first game for us this season.
I came in at 3 and scored 6 before being run out; but the stars of the show were Mazen; 50 not-out (ret); Shazad Chohan, 12 and Chris Styles; 45 not-out.
Shazad and Chris were the catalysts in our victory; scoring 15 off the penultimate over. Once Shazad was out, Chris saw us home; in only his second game of the season.
All in all, it was a terrific victory. Three overs before the close, I was still batting and we still needed over 30. Shazad and Chris reduced the run rate and set up the victory.
Furthermore, it is the first time we have won twice in one season. At the moment, we have an outside chance of finishing second; but even if we finish third, as we did last season, winning two league fixtures is a step in the right direction. ~Well done, everyone!