Churchill & Blakedown Sports Centre

5th July2004
Posted by: Chris Syner

Blakedown vs Clent

Game was played on Sunday 4th July at Blakedown.  Clent won the toss and elected to bat, scoring a respectable 136 runs for the loss of 7 wickets from their 40 overs.  We then enjoyed a very nice tea before it was Blakedown turn to bat.  The tea was apparently too good though and we quickly lost our first 5 wickets for 35 runs, still 102 short of victory. 

At the crease was the last of our 'recognised' batsmen, Rob Chatwin, who's remaining batting partners were Simon Tranter and Albi Brookes (both bowlers and by their own admission, not the greatest batsmen on earth).  Following that were 3 club juniors, Scott Rollings (14), Ross Syner (12) and Marcus Allen (13).  With Clent's bowlers in full cry, not a promising line-up but................up stepped 'Chatty' to the crease and with a mixture of quality batting and one slice of good luck, he scored an unbeaten 79 runs, shepherding the remaining batsmen through to a victory with just the loss of two more wickets - Simon & Albi. 

A marvelous innings, aided and abetted by the tree 'tail enders', with special mention to Scott, who not only resolutely defended when called upon, but hit two fours in the process!
Final score was Clent 136 for 7 off 40 overs.  Blakedown 137 for 7. 
Another win for Blakedown!


Chris Syner

Ed.Note: I have also been sent photos of this event which I am processing ready for the web.