Fantastic Four For Fours!
By Jug-Raj Grewal
Four wins in a row, up to fifth place!
Our second game home in a row at Met Police Bushey was against Chorleywood - who were one space above us. This was the start of the second half of the season, and unfortunately we had to concede the first match against them first time round.
Bipin and Ashul for the second week in a row opened the bowling, and what a brilliant display it was - Test Cricket-esque! Bipin's yorker saw their number 1 out, and Ashul clean bowled their other opener with one that unfortunately kept low - you've got to feel for the bat.
After that, it was the JP show. Ashul using his height, banged one shorter into the pitch which found the edge of the bat and was caught behind with great assurance by our keeper. Shortly after, we saw another contender for the catch of the season - Bipin banged one in at a length which the batsman drove at, only to find the edge of his bat - JP then dived low and to his right to take an absolute gem of a catch! Another routine catch left JP with a total of 3 catches, with Bipin taking a total of 5 wickets and Ashul with 3. Definitely the most entertaining bowling display we've had!
Some brilliant fielding by Smit, Ronak and Tom kept the runs low and really squeezed it - great assets to the team and important to the run we're currently on.
With the oppo at 36-8, on came Parth and Smit. Smit kept it incredible tight and continued his ascent - going for 6 runs off his spell and picking up an important wicket to keep the pressure on. A solid stand by the Chorleywood skipper saw them eventually get to 102, where he managed 50 with a torn hamstring - Parth taking a great catch at mid off to conclude the innings.
Just like last week, the game was only 50% done. It's very easy to get complacent, but the opening pair of Kam and Skip went out to bat, keeping the scoreboard ticking. We saw it home with some great strokes by Kam, supported by JR - great signs for the last half of the season. The game was finished with a boundary - Kam with 40* and Skip with 63*.
The negatives was that a few players not getting a chance to bat or bowl, which is always upsetting.
On go the fours!