On a hot Saturday afternoon, 8 man Bickley 3rd XI marred with team selection and drop out issues braved to take on Roan and Lambethans CC at their home turf. The sun was burning down and Roan and Lambethans to Bickley’s surprise won the toss and elected to field.
It was a strange pre-match experience as resilient 8 man decided to be strong and deliver best they can and started off in a sluggish style losing opener Jeremy Frost in the second over with only 6 wickets to go. Bickley’s end looked near however in form Simon Davis came to the wicket delivering a spectacular batting display building up some crucial partnership with Sahil Bhagat scoring 17 before falling prey to opening bowler Reeves. Simon Davis was unstoppable and gave a hard run to opposition bowlers and building crucial partnership with the middle order and upcoming under 16 academy talent Marcus Day who scored a stylist 31 with Simon and took Bickley to a respectable 175 in 39.5 over’s while Simon Davis ended with a brilliant knock of 72, an innings worth remembering with a resilient style of play.
Bickley took to the ground feeling confident with resilient talk from the skipper looking for a win and hoping to make up for the missing fielding positions by tactical bowling attack. Both Sahil and Sunny started with a tight bowling line but unfortunately Bickley lost one more fielder with Suj Perera’s hamstring injury and both openers N.Hassan and A.Khan finding big gaps all over the ground started dominating the bowlers. No way Bickley was able to stop the flow of runs with N.Hassan went on to score 97 falling victim to Sahil Bhagat in the near end of the match and A.Khan unbeaten at 59. Roan and Lambethans reached 175 in 31 overs and took advantage of the fielding gaps to which could have been different outcome with a full team and Bickley showed real attacking batting intents and resilient approach all the way through the match.
|26 May 2018||1:30 pm||1B - Metropolitan 2018||2018|
|John Roan School Playing Fields|