The 2014 season came to and end today at a sun kissed valley ground. playing against the touring team of Newton Poppleford, the valley were sent into the field. Jamie Holland picked up some early wickets before taking an excellent slip catch off the bowling of dingle. Dingle had one “hit” him in the belly at slip the over before off the bowling of Harry Hitchings. Bowling in 3 over spells, the monk, Stuart Verdin bowled some dross but also picked up a wicket to show that sometimes bad bowling does get wickets. Elliott, Hugh, browner and Phil all bowled tidy spells but failed to pick up wickets. Ned Holland showed us all how it was done before taking one IN THE FACE whilst fielding. The dauntsey girls are going to be crazy for Ned tomorrow at school. Zac Chappell also took his first wicket for the club but his day was far from done.
An excellent tea was provided by the cuff family before the valley set out in pursuit of 167 runs for victory. Browner went early but some ferocious hitting by Harry Hitchings (41) quickly put the valley in control. But when he, Will and Dingle all departed in quick succession there was still a lot of work to be done. Jamie Holland was batting nicely but it was the batting of Zac that really lit up the afternoon. Before today, Zac had amassed just 11 runs from 7 innings for the club and as Jamie politely said,” every run Zac gets is really a bonus”. Zac then unleashed a flurry of boundaries, punishing anything short and targeting the legside boundary. Zac eventually departed for 44 with the scores level. The two has put on 93 runs for the 5th wicket with Jamie finishing on 56 not out. All that was left to do was for a padless cal to hit the winning runs over legside.
The club played 14 friendlies this season, winning 9 of them. A big thanks to all that have been involved to make it such an enjoyable season and I look forward to seeing you all at the end of season quiz and presentation evening on Saturday 4th October.