Enfield – Wins for 1's & 2's

The first XI came out winners in a thriller at Dill Hall Lane.

A tense finale saw the House beat Enfield by just 1 run with 1 ball remaining. We made 143 all out with skipper Jon Finch making 26 and pro Aaron O’Brien 34 to get us of to a good start. Charlie made 27 and Blez an unbeaten 20 which sadly included a recurrence of his calf strain and will see him miss the remainder of the season. The leagues leading amateur bowler, Bernard Reidy collected 5-29 from 16 overs and professional Brandon Hiini took 3-47.

Enfield started their reply quite well with  Andy Barker  making 21 and Adam Bracewell 18 but the pro made inroads into the Enfield line up picking up 5-64. Matt Hope continued his fine season with 3-27 as Enfield fell to 77-6. Bernard Reidy entered the fray and some lusty cross line blows took him to 36 and Enfield to within 6 runs of victory before being removed by Finch who bowled him with a clever slower one.  Going into the final over 3 runs were required and pro  O’Brien returned to the attack and removed Khan first ball caught and bowled before O’Loughlin took a single to leave 2 runs needed from 4 balls.  Chris Maudsley played back two dot balls before trying a big shot and being stumped by Frank to give the House 12 points.  A full more detailed fly on the wall report should be posted this week.

The Second team cemented their place in second in the league with a crushing victory over Enfield.  Thanks in no small part to an unbeaten 128 from Phil Haggerty Lowerhouse compiled 203 for 7 from their 50 0vers.  Max Howells contributed 24, Jon Waite 13 and Ryan Clegg an unbeaten 9. Haggers was maybe fortunate to survive a confident appeal first ball of the game but he made the most of it.

Enfield were bowled out for 121 in reply with 5 wickets for Ryan Clegg and 3 for young debutant Matty Walker.  Max Howells took the other 2 but a mention also for Kieron Tighe and Matt Marquis who both bowled tightly to put Enfield under pressure.

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