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Himbleton are brought down to earth

Droitwich Editorial 10th Aug, 2020   0

HIMBLETON’S yo-yo season continued on Saturday as they got a taste of their own medicine from an extremely strong Astwood Bank 2nds in Group B of the Worcestershire League Trophy.

Once the toss went in favour of the visitors, it was always going to be a long day in the hot sun for The Meadow Boys.

After an early success for Jamie Alford (1-15), the Astwood Bank batting order made brutal use of an excellent batting wicket, a fast outfield and Himbleton’s famous short, straight boundaries.

Throughout the innings their batsmen seemed intent on putting the previous week’s shocker behind them and attacked from the start and continued this approach throughout.

Himbleton were left to rue a number of dropped catches as Williams (77), Pyatt (55) and White (60) peppered the boundary.

A final total of 278-6 was adjudged just above par in first-rate batting conditions.

Unfortunately, the heat seemed to drain the resilience from the Himbleton top order as Critchlow, Whadcock, Brace and Richard Pretty all departed early against a demanding and penetrative attack.

At 60-4, Ali Pretty (40) and Sean Jenkins (30) restored some order to proceedings by taking the reply to 130 before both fell in quick succession.

A delightful cameo from Sam Jenkins (24no) was the only remaining highlight as the Meadow Boys fell away to 179 all out.

Skipper Sean Jenkins was left to rue a less than perfect fielding display.

“When you’re up against a side with that much quality in it and on a hot day you need to take your chances,” he said.

“Sadly, we didn’t and it cost us dearly. The bowlers did their best in challenging circumstances and the batting didn’t really fire. I’m sure we’ll bounce back this weekend at Redditch.”

In what is turning out to be a great season for Himbleton 2nds, victory at Cookhill means it is now four wins from four games and they sit top of Group B of the Championship Plate competition boasting the only 100 per cent record in the group.

A 90-run partnership from Will Colson (38no) and Jeremy Pilgrim (43no) was the mainstay of the innings as Himbleton reached 210-5 in their 40 overs.

Jem Rose (3-22) and Caspar Jones (2-14) were the pick of the bowlers as wickets were shared in Cookhill’s reply, which ended 34 runs shy.


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