Lilley gained their first win this afternoon under Vice vice Captain Steve Eyres. In for Stewart Collinson, Dave Carmen and Phil Clarke this week was the return of Tim Perry, and the last minute saviour duo of Alec and Mark Crump.
Lilley lost the toss (yet again!) and were put into bat on a grassy wicket by Steppingley.
First out to the middle was Mik Carmen and Bradley Tomkins. Mik Carmen putting to the sword E. Peters towards his quickfire 16 in 13 minutes in which all of his runs were four 4’s. He unfortunately fell victim to him, caught after being bowled by a head high full toss, which wasn’t called a no ball by umpire Taz Qureshi. Next out to the middle was Gareth Tomkins to join his brother Bradley. Gareth and Bradley, immediately then went to town on some poor bowling again by E. Peters and there other opening bowler Hughes, dispatching them to all corners of the ground with some fantastic strokes in a good partnership of forty three. Gareth went to new bowler C. Brown’s first delivery in a lovely knock of 31 to leave Lilley 63-2 off of 10 overs and not looking in a bad position. Up at the crease next was captain Steve Eyres, who was hoping for another good knock after his 38 at Markyate last week. Eyres lasted three balls before being caught at mid off with a zero to his name. Tim Perry was next to join Bradley at the crease. With Bradley already cruising along nicely with a few runs, Tim then decided to join in on the action making a good partnership with Bradley for about 85 before Bradley was run out unfortunately on 49 whilst going for a quick single. Phil Horner was next out to the middle, only to be adjudged LBW by umpire Mik Carmen on his first ball bowled by young bowler Sargent. Joel Mellor then got out there to join Tim and hit 12 runs all down the leg side before giving catching practice to there captain K. Peters at mid wicket off of L.Peters bowling to then send in Craig Paddington. Next to go for Lilley was Tim Perry who played some stupendous strokes towards his 64 including one towering 6 straight back past bowler Whitfield before bowling him on his next ball leaving Lilley at 195-7 off 34 overs. Taz(1) was next in before also being bowled by Whitfield. Alec Crump was up next to join Craig before the latter was caught for 6. Mark Crump, then joined his father out at the middle only to go on his third delivery caught behind for naught to leave Lilley 203 all out off of 37.1 overs with Alec on 2 not out.
Due to the absence of Lilley’s opening bowling partnership of James Ashby and Phil Clarke, Lilley’s attack today was Tim Perry and Gareth Tomkins. First ball, Perry comes steaming in at opening batsmen C. Brown only for him to get a massive inside edge onto his stumps. Next over, Gareth gets Brown’s replacement Tate, which he edges to Taz at first slip leaving Steppingley at 5-2 off of 2 overs. Steppingley then went to put on 54 for the next wicket with Brown and Leigh-Brown at the crease hitting some streaky strokes in which the latter was dropped twice at mid on by Steve Eyres in the same over off of Gareth’s bowling. He finally went though on 36 after being bowled a straight one by Perry. Brown next went for 25 off of Tomkins bowling. Steve then brought himself and Taz into the bowling attack. Taz’s reward was getting Leigh-Brown’s replacement Hughes(12), caught at second slip by Mark Crump. Whitfield was the first of Eyres’ victims being caught for a duck. Steppingley put on 27 (including extras) for the next wicket with Miller and E. Peters at the crease before Eyres had Miller caught at point by Craig Paddington for 8, and then getting in his next over E.Peters caught behind by Mik Carmen for 5. Next in for Steppingley was one of there young bowlers Sargent who wasn’t much taller than the stumps! He made a quick 5 before being bowled by one of Taz’s leg spinners and then sent in their other young small bowler L. Peters. He joined his dad and captain K.Peters already out there who was trying to get the strike when he could and also guide his young players through there innings. Unfortunately K. Peters went for a single, but with his son not backing up, had him run out which left them all out for 137 off of 27 overs and Lilley to win by 66 runs.
Report By Joel Mellor