SPITAL: Spirited performance from Spital cricket side

editorial image

A depleted Spital side with only nine players travelled to Eastwood resulting in a score of Eastwood 264 - 7, Spital 187 - 3.

They arrived to discover a delightful village ground with a stream running around the perimeter of the pitch.

Eastwood won the toss and elected to bat. Spital’s opening bowlers Paul Ashley and Andy Horton found it really difficult to contain the batsmen on a ground that had amassed over 500 runs the previous day with two fielders short and in scorching heat.

Eastwood were scoring at six an over and had reached 60 when in the tenth over Tony Belshaw was caught by Gavin Horton from the bowling of Ashley for 25.

The breakthrough did nothing to restrain the run rate, if anything it increased as batsmen Steve Taft and Paul Lebeter managed to exploit the numerous evident gaps in the field.

With a score of 300plus on the horizon, skipper Blair introduced Gavin Horton into the attack and brought himself on at the opposite end.

In Blair’s second over he had the dangerous Taft caught behind for 61 and in his following over Lebeter was caught on the boundary by Andy Horton for 80.

Gavin Horton picked up two wickets in the very next over as Spital bowled themselves back into the game.

The Spital fielders were to be commended for their effort and commitment and further restricted the run rate although they could not prevent Eastwood reaching 264 by the close of their innings although they picked up a welcome 3 bonus bowling points.

In reply, father and son Paul and Danny Ashley opened the innings.

The elder Ashley was out LBW to Gavin Roe. Rich Lester and Ashley took the score to 40 when Lester was caught behind for 15, to be followed back to the pavilion very shortly by Gee for three.

At this point in the game, new batsmen Gavin Horton and Danny Ashley started to dominate proceedings with neither player giving a chance.

However, with such a large target and two players short, they were unable to be as cavalier as they might have preferred but still managed to despatch numerous boundaries.

They were still there at the end of their allotted overs, taking the score to 187 for 3 with Ashley 77 not out and Horton 66 not out.

The Spital players were commended by the opposition and spectators for their effort to return down the M1 with nine points and a gracious losing draw.