On a warm summer’s day CCS travelled to Duston and won CCS won the toss and elected to bat first. Chamberlain and Atwal opened the batting for CCS. After a reasonable start the strong opening bowler managed to take 2 early wickets. The task was then put to joint Captains Rust and Briggs, Rust managed 8 off the bat before being bowled again by the strong opener. Unfortunately Briggs did not last much longer. Patel and Wilde formed CCS’s best partnership. Patel eventually being caught and bowled for 14. Wilde on the other hand, stayed in until the close of the innings as the wickets of Snook, McGrath, Cox, Forbes and Verumu all fell around him. Disappointingly CCS gave the home side a relatively low score to chase, 65 to win.
Duston started their innings strongly with a mixture of well placed shots and erratic bowling. A star needed to be born to give CCS any hope of a victory. Up stepped Atwal! In his second over his first 3 balls had gone for 1 run before he took a wicket on his 4th and 5th ball. Could he get a hatrick? Expectation was high, – CCS in desperate need of a break through. Atwal ran up and bowled a “peach” of a ball and claimed a remarkable hatrick. Unfortunately for CCS, Duston managed to steady their ship and with some calm batting managed to reach 65 without 2 much problem.
CCS will be somewhat disappointed with a performance not reflective of their usual standard.
Duston won by 4 wickets.
Player of the match – S Atwal – hatrick hero!