The team traveled to Tewin in search of a much needed win with the threat of relegation beginning to loom. Biggs (19) and Maxwell (39) batted patiently against the opening attack and were set to reap the rewards of the bowling changes when Biggs had to retire injured after one quick single too many. Maxwell, Ponder (6) and Saunders (21) all fell to young off spinner Cullen but Hearne (36) and Kay (a new pb of 37) stepped up to marshal the Preston innings to a decent 190-6 off 40 overs.
Tewin opened with Taylor who had previously smashed Preston for 137*, however this time he was relatively quiet and when Newell (8-0-18-2) bowled him for 6 out of an opening stand of 47, Preston spirits lifted. Preston bowlers tied down the middle order well, leaving Tewin needing 60 off the last 10 overs. As Tewin wickets fell, dangerman Grey remained at the crease despite a huge LBW shout to Luke Ponder (6-0-25-1). The Tewin captain declined the appeal to the amazement of all and Grey (40*) proceeded to knock off the remaining runs taking Tewin to 193-7 off 38.1 overs. A disappointing end to a game we felt we should have won.
Disappointing also to hear some dissent about batting order. Our absolute priority now is for this team to avoid relegation to the bottom division and match circumstances may require difficult decisions to be made about bowling and batting order. We’ll make those decisions for the good of the team as we look for our next win.