4s beaten by 4 wickets

A youthful side travelled to glorious Bamford Green on Saturday 22nd June, only to be beaten by “local knowledge”

 

Cloney won the toss and had no hesitation in electing for bowl first. The opening pair of Michael and Anderson and Daniel Keane started well before Michael was adjudged LBW to one that cut back. Ben Crothers showed his intent thumping a six ball 16 before being bowled by one that stayed low. Graham Higgin showed his usual consistency and partnered well with Daniel. Once again, Daniel looked particularly good before he too was bowled. That left it 56 for 3 after 9 overs.. The in-form Tom Crothers clearly didn’t read the script and started confidently, driving well and finding gaps. He kept Graham on his toes with some good running before Graham tried to sweep a straight one. Tom struck the ball beautifully showing his talent and composure to carry his bat for a superb 55*, containing 1 x 6, 5 x 4 and in doing so, achieved his first senior 50.

In reply, Inst had the upper hand at 20 for 5 mainly due to an excellent spell from Sachin Joshi. However as the sun shone, the outfield quickened and the inconsistent bounce of the artificial wicket was no more. Despite having Cloney on the ropes, they weathered the storm. They recovered to 81 for 5 after 15 overs and it was game on. After a Ben Crothers wicket, Cloney’s best batsman Keith Martin entered the fray. He was quick to pounce on anything short as our bowlers struggled to bowl full and straight. Daniel Keane came was re-introduced into the attack however despite bowling tightly, he was unable to get the required breakthrough. Tom bowled nicely but a couple of opportunities, which could have turned the game, weren’t taken.

Cloney hit the winning runs in the 24th over.

A very good game of cricket, which our young players should learn from.

Thanks to Donacloney for the game

Instonians 145-7 (D Keane 26. G Higgin 22, T Crothers 55*)

Donacloney 146-6 (R Clydesdale 55*, K Martin 41* S Joshi 4-8)