2nd XI vs. Bank of England

Pyrford 216 defeated Bank of England 5-64 (revised total of 199 from 42 overs) on run rate

The second eleven welcomed Bank to the Pyrford Oval looking to build on the win against Old Rutts the previous week. With northern weather forecast for the day, there was little doubt that the game would be rain affected at some stage.

With overcast conditions, well suited to swing and seam bowling, Skipper Stephen Cowburn lost the toss and Pyrford were batting. Roberts and Cowburn opened up, both looking assured against the new ball. A great pull shot from Roberts off Glasby was followed by a few choice words, but soon Roberts was sent back to the hut courtesy of a big appeal and a quick finger of the bank umpire- the bowler did later comment it was not out, too little too late. This brought Green Party member Hindle to the crease, who along with Cowburn took the score to 114 before Hindle fell. Hodges came in, and the two batted well until Cowburn was stumped trying to up the run rate, with 103,211 runs for the season, he was unlucky to miss out on another ton. Hopey came in at 5, and he and Hodges put on 40 (rudely interrupted by the rain), and Pyrford closed on 210-4. Hodges unbeaten on a well made 64.

Due to the rain, Bank required 192 off 42 overs. McCombe and Hope continued from last week, and the Bank batsmen struggled to get going. Hope had Skipper Lawrence caught behind, whilst McCombe removed potty mouth Cannon and Brewer. The impressive Cam Aughterson came on to bowl, and soon grabbed his first wicket. As more rain came, Bank were 64-5, well behind the run rate.

Due to the heavy rain, play did not resume and Pyrford were again victorious. A good couple of weeks for the Pears, who approach the final few league games with much confidence.

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