Hoppers cricket team maintained their unbeaten league start to the cricket season on Wednesday night when they squeezed past Chipping with a 1 wicket victory.
Following a meeting of the league committee on Tuesday night the game was played under new rules with wides reverting to 1 run instead of 4 and a maximum of 3 overs per bowler instead of 2. Batsmen still must retire at 20.
As the away side Chipping batted first and got off to a great start with Mainwaring retiring on 22. Kenyon added some stability in the middle order after a quick fall of wickets with Craig Steel picking up a wicket and Tom Peterson taking 2. With Kenyon retiring on 20 it was left to Dunford and Fazackerly to add 15 each with wickets falling around them including two run outs and one wicket a piece for Michael Lough, Alex Johnson and Steve Kerry. Chipping finished their 20 overs having posted a competitive 111.
Hoppers looked to be sailing in reply with Martin Bowden-WIlliams opening with a brisk 14 and the destructive Tom Moore smashing his way to a quick fire 20 and retired.
The reliable Steve Kerry crafted a masterful 22 to join Moore as Hoppers only retirees before Kenyon took a quick three wickets to leave Hoppers on the brink and staring down the barrel of defeat. In a situation like this experience is vital and Hoppers were fortunate to have skipper Lough and the old hand Craig Steel at the crease as the last wicket pair to guide them to victory with two overs to spare.
In recognition of his wicket and 22 retired, Steve Kerry was named as Hoppers man of the match by the opposition.
The win means Hoppers now have 5 wins, 1 tie and an abandoned game from their 7 outings so far which sees them sit top of the Boddington’s Village Cricket League as we approach the halfway stage.