The Two's lost their second game of the season in a close game at Chew Court. Batting first Chew got off to a poor start losing the two openers Paul King and Mark Fitzgibbon with just 24 on the board. Joe Williams played a cameo of 28 before running himself out. At the other end Dave Blower was slowly but surely gaining confidence and scoring well in a great partnership with Steve Ive.
From 59 for 3 the pair racked up the runs in a long and fruitful partnership of 177 before Blower was caught for a magnificent 106 which included 8 fours and 7 sixes. This was Dave's first ever ton in any form of cricket and showed his potential which everyone hopes will develop from here.
Steve Ive followed soon after for 51 and Jess Oliphant smashed a rapid 17 no off just 4 overs.
242 for 5 was a good score on a decent track and everyone thought a win was on the cards.
The win looked even more certain as YMCA got off to a dreadful start. Fraser Thomas, showing great control removed the opener who played no shot to a ball that nipped back to hit off stump. The Jess Oliphant got one through the gate and taking the inside edge crashed into the stumps. 12 for 2 and Chew were on their way.
More YMCA wickets fell at regular intervals and at 128 for 6 the game was as good as won...
Sadly Chew hadn't removed the dangerous Ben Milsom who had been scoring freely up to this point and although it looked like he might run out of partners Ben carried on dispatching the bad balls and when joined by Skipper Dipesh Shah the run rate climbed to 7 an over.
Shah played the anchor role while Milsom filled his boots on the tiring and inconsistent Chew attack. Too many four balls which Milsom cashed in on more often than not.
A chink of light at the end of the tunnel as Chew picked up a couple of wickets with YMCA closing in on victory, the impressive Milsom caught well on the long off fence by Steve Ive, and Shah nicking behind to Gatton.
But the damage was done and even at 8 wickets down the required rate was only 4 an over and yet more poor bowling enabled YMCA to sneak home with 7 balls to spare. A good game to win had been lost and Chew must learn to bowl a little more accurately if they are to defend even big scores like 242.
Pick of the bowlers was Fraser Thomas who finished with 1 for 28 off his 9 over spell.
Next week a trip to our friends at the seaside... Watto, fancy a game in the Two's?
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