Match Report – T20 v Church CC – Cliffe Park – Friday 1st June 2018

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The first T20 of the season saw us face perennial Lancashire League T20 challengers Church at home. 
After a massive but sporadic downpour the ground staff had the ground ready for play in time, with the game played against a backdrop of thunder and lighting.
The Church captain Wolfenden was a lucky tosser and elected to chase, a sensible decision with the threat of a game-ending downpour at any minute.
A steady start from Oddie, Armer and Silva was soon in tatters as we collapsed to 33-3. Wickets fell at regular intervals throughout the innings, which never really got going.
The shining light was however the return of Zuber, the Blackburn Rovers fans’ favourite Desai. For a man last seen in a 1stXI shirt in 2011 (admittedly whilst repeatedly pumping Imran Khalid into Read Con Club to lead us to T20 Final glory), he looked like he had never been away. Top scoring with 36 from 31 balls, it gave GHCC a sniff, although an under par score.
We needed early wickets, and Kaz and Phil Aspinall didn’t disappoint. With Chuch’s captain back in the tent for just 2 thanks to a magnificent overhead running catch from Haris, hopes were raised. When the dangerous Sam Holt was dismissed with the score in 12, the crowd – fuelled by some ice cold beverages – started to get excited.
However a partnership of 53 in the middle of the inning between Church pro Riekert and Josh Scully broke the back of the chase, and even when the dismissal of Riekart sparked a mini collapse, Scully saw Church to victory in the 18th over.
Just before the heavens opened.
We were treated to a marvellous act live in the clubhouse after the game, and those in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the evening except the result.
An improved performance will be needed against Darwen and Lowerhouse in our next two games if we are to stay in the competition.
Hope you can join us on Friday 15th June when we play Lowerhouse

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