A closely fought 18 overs match, played in a very positive spirit, saw Thixendale secure victory with only 1 over remaining.
Craig Nicol and Pete Kelly opened for the visitors, scoring freely during the first 7 overs, before Kelly was bowled on 28 in the 8th by T Sercombe, ending a partnership of 52.
Nicol continued to rack up the runs for Ovington before also falling to Sercombe after hitting an impressive 55 runs of 42 balls (7x4s; 1×6). Thereafter, the Ovington run rate began to slow, with Sercombe bagging 2 more wickets to post impressive figures of 4-0-16-4.
Opening batsmen Nige French would carry Thixendale to victory, with an impressive 62 (10x4s; 1×6), before being run out in the latter stages of the home sides innings. Jonty Gillingham added a useful 20, before falling to the bowling of a fired up Matt ‘mouse’ Besford (4-0-21-2). As the light faded, Thixendale passed their target with 6 balls remaining, before both teams retired to the Cross Keys Inn to share a drink and a mountain of chips.
Performance of the night goes to Ralph Sinclair after single-handedly consuming a teaspoon of English mustard in the Cross Keys. Thankfully he wasn’t in my car for the journey home.
Last game of the season is Wednesday 10th August, home to Aviva Vikings. Andy Cole will be skipper for the evening – keen as Colemans.