4ths v Ware
The 4th team hosted Ware at Whitwell with both sides looking for a much needed win. Skipper Dave Saunders, confident in his stonger than usual batting and bowling lineup, put the opposition in on a parched Whitwell track, struggling in the on-going drought conditions.
Ware had no problems though as the openers put on 55 for the first wicket, Joe Clark (5-0-30-1) making the breakthrough, bowling Compton for 30. Ware continued to pile on the runs until Rupert Bruce (6-0-42-1) took a tremendous caught and bowled, charging from the bowlers end to eventually take the skied catch at square leg. Biggs (8-2-16-2) kept the middle order quiet, although Ware opener Pattison (81) continued the attack in the later overs until Luke Ponder (4-0-30-2) took a caught and bowled chance. Ware finished their 40 overs on a challenging 212-7.
In reply Preston quickly slumped to 41-5 with Saunders, Hearne, Ponder and Pomeroy taking an early shower soon joined by Gambo (22) after his second run out in two weeks (must be getting slower Paul?). Newell (10) and Clark (12) took the score to 77-7 with Preston in danger of a heavy defeat. However, Maxwell (68*) led the fightback, displaying a fine array of attacking shots as he and Biggs (40) hauled Preston back into the game putting on 130 for the 8th wicket. With 6 needed from the last two overs, Biggs was stumped and despite adding 5 more runs to level the scores at 212, Preston lost their last two wickets, resulting in a rare tied game.