Archway Ladder easily reach target to end Strollers' winning season start
posted: May 26
All good things must surely come to an end and so it was this afternoon when the Archway Ladder finally put a stop to our winning start to the season. Having been sent in on a drizzly grey afternoon at Ferme Park, our total of 205-5 always felt somewhat lightweight. Despite a superb second wicket stand of 117 between Spencer (68 not out) and Gav (62) – both demonstrating some textbook hitting through the V – we struggled to dominate the oppo's bowling in the final overs and therefore the onus was on our bowlers to make early breakthroughs.
Instead, Archway's openers Laddie Snr and Jnr got off to a flier, well ahead of the asking rate. Their progress was stunted however with a couple of well-taken catches at mid off from Kash including a first Strollers wicket for Varun to see off the dangerous-looking Saif Khan. Spencer had Walsh clean bowled before Kash himself took a couple of key wickets in successive deliveries – firstly when Spencer held onto a spectacular running one-handed catch at mid on to dismiss Laddie Snr before he could reach his half century (an early candidate for Catch of the Season). This was followed up with stand-in skipper George taking a fine reflex overhead catch at gully to see off Baig.
Whilst Kash was sadly unable to complete his hat-trick, Strollers spirits were high nonetheless by the time drinks came round – for although the oppo were already well past the hundred mark, they were shedding wickets. Unfortunately for us though, there was little more to celebrate as Archway's skipper Patel took it upon himself to steer his side to victory. By contrast, the fact that we were missing a man in the field made the gaps all too easy to find, especially so as what restricted bowling options we had available to us were rapidly being used up.
The oppo batsmen continued without further incident until, with scores leve,l we collected one last consolation wicket when Varun cleaned out Archway keeper Cumming's stumps. But then Patel squeezed the next delivery through the covers to take his side to victory, with more than 8 overs to spare. A convincing win for Archway then, although the game was not without it's highlights from our perspective so, hopefully, we can return to winning ways very soon!