Stapleford Phoenix v Great Shelford III

Phoenix v Great Shelford 3s.
GS3 won by 3 runs

Match Report

A good-natured friendly game between the two sister sides, with a number of Phoenix men representing the opposition, resulted in a narrow victory for Great Shelford 3s on the last ball.
Stuart won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat. The Phoenix opening bowling was indifferent to say the least but Alex picked up two wickets and the change bowling was much better.
Tim bowled well to record a brace, Nusrat was his usual economical self, Ralph took two wickets – one of which was a superb catch in the deep by Bruce to dismiss Stuart – and Aidan had Matt stumped (to the batsman’s annoyance) with one of his left-arm lucky dippers.
Shells posted 131-7 from their 20 overs, a total inflated too much by the wayward extras early on.
Aidan got our reply off to an aggressive start before he was dismissed by a small girl* and Ralph glided his way to an unbeaten 25 that forced his retirement.
Gareth’s hot streak with the bat continued as he smashed a six to return to the hutch with an unbeaten 30.
It was then a question of whether our tail could finish the job but, with the not out men waiting to come back in, Shelford had enough nous to restrict the runs without taking too many wickets.
All in all, an excellent game in a convivial atmosphere on a pitch lovingly prepared by the Shells skipper and the Fixtures Secretary.
*Alana Calne, who also dismissed her own dad, is actually a fine bowler, and a very good fielder too.

Great Shelford III
Batsman Runs
G Martin c Swinton A West 8
H Calne c Swain A West 7
G Rolls not out 30
D Rainsford b Harrison 8
A Foster c Minter Harrison 4
J Melton c Swain Minter 18
S Creed c Cairnduff Minter 13
M Dobson st Garman Swain 3
P Creed not out 7
S George not out 1
A Calne dnb 32
Extras 32
131-7 in 20 overs
Stapleford Phoenix
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
A West 3 0 25 2
J West 3 0 18 0
Nusrat 4 0 17 0
T Harrison 4 0 27 2
R Minter 3 0 16 2
A Swain 3 0 21 1
Stapleford Phoenix
Batsman Runs
A Swain c Rainsford A Calne 13
D Garman b S Creed 5
J Swinton b S Creed 6
R Minter retired not out 25
R Calne c Rolls A Calne 2
G Everson not out 30
N Robinson b George 1
T Harrison c Rolls George 9
B Cairnduff not out 4
J West run out 7
A West not out 2
Extras 24
128-7 in 20 overs
Great Shelford III
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
M Dobson 4 0 15 0
S Creed 3 1 19 2
A Calne 3 0 24 2
A Foster 3 0 8 0
George 3 1 26 2
G Rolls 3 0 19 0
Martin 1 0 4 0