20th May 2016
The BG Faders entertained the DUFS from Northampton. It was the first competitive fixture of the season and the first leg of a home and away fixture. It was a chance for players to show off what they had been working on over the winter, in the pre-season nets and practice games. The match was tied at 131 and played in a friendly spirit competitive spirit where either side could have won. The Faders certainly thought it was in the bag when they required 10 from the last three overs and then 1 off the last. However DUFS bowled exceedingly well in fading light.
The DUFS posted a score of 131 with Rob Henderson impressing with his death bowling (4-19-3) and ably supported by Steve Brown (4-26-1). There were three run outs, two of an exceptionally high standard executed by Rob but again our catching let us down a little. This served as a reminder to those of us that are overly competitive on the side lines watching our own children “it’s not as easy as it looks”! Andy Cooper (2-6-1) bowled a useful spell in the middle of the game.
The Faders runs per over must look like a normal distribution curve, with 5 runs score from the first three overs and 10 from the last three. Thankfully there was some big hitting in the middle fourteen overs from Rob (25*), John Evans, (25*) and Kevin Harris (28*). The pinch hitters were supported by David Hind (12) and Ian Turton (14) and it was left for Tom Coates and Steve to see us home for the tie.
Result: Match tied 131-131
Next match vs Bilton Buccaneers 24th May 2016 at BG.