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Victoria Lounge v Old Ranwellians

Tuesday 4 May 2010, Victoria Park
Victoria Lounge won by 15 runs

Victoria Lounge lost the toss and were put into bat

Victoria Lounge: 107 for 6 in 15.1 overs
Alastair Dunning 33
Will Floyde 30
Ed Greening 3-23

Old Ranwellians: 92 for 7 in 15.2 overs
James Eaton 35

Seven men of the Lounge took on eight Old Ranwellians on a cool and overcast evening. Batting first, the Lounge's thoroughbred top order slashers and biffers made a lightning reassessment of the slow pitch and outfield and, for the most part, reconnected with their inner nurdlers.

The tactics paid off in spades as the total rose towards three figures, notably including an all-run four. Successive partnerships displayed enough stickability and sheer cussedness to bug the fielding side who finally and gratefully, given the chilly conditions, wrapped up the innings at 107 with five balls to spare.

Given acres of space and a fielding side with a combined age pushing 300, Ranwellians seemed favourites to overhaul their target with ease. Maybe, but for a Loungers team and a skipper with a finely tuned nose for the nuances of field placement and bowling change.

Stroke after stroke from Ranwellians batsmen was corraled within the compass if not straight into the hands of a waiting Lounger and a haul of three run outs testifies to the mounting desperation not to mention sharp field work that finally unravelled the innings, 15 short of the target.

First rate team performance from the Lounge; who could begrudge them their place in Division 2? Vic Lounge side: Al Dunning James Crutcher Joe Cannon Will Floyde Nigel Richards Elric Newby Dan Bird Non-playing inspiration: Tim Smith Selectioneer: Rob Worthington

Apologies for any incorrect details as the score book is not present as I write.

Submitted by Dan Bird and Alastair Dunning of Victoria Lounge

Victoria Lounge won the toss and elected to bat, fitting into the Old Ranwellian's game plan. A swinging ball aided the batting team as they slashed away, but the introduction of 3 wicket spinner Ed Greening stemmed the run rate.

Ford, Scoltock, and Eaton were also amongst the wickets as a satisfactory fielding performance brought the Lounge innings to an early close on 107. A promising early over which went for 11, was about it from a limp Old Ranwellians batting line up. Eaton scored a swashbuckling 35, but only Dewhirst scored double figures in an otherwise pathetic batting performance.

Hopefully Old Ranwellians will turn up on Monday night, otherwise it could well be an even more painful match than this mediocre evening was.

Submitted by Ed Greening of Old Ranwellians



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