As Compton 4ths looked to continue their winning streak, they faced the challenge of Aldershot 5ths and a damp King George wicket. Playing on the bottom pitch, Captain Phil Wilson lost the toss and Compton were forced to bat first.
A steady start from the openers Matt Scorey and Nick Spearing, took Compton to 25 off of 8. Nick fell victim to the slow low pitch as he was bowled for just 9. Scorey was joined at the crease by Simon Copland. The in-f0rm Simon and Scorey steadied the ship scoring at a steady 3 runs per over. Unfortunately, after making a hard-fought 25, Matt Scorey was bowled after losing concentration after Simon’s interesting dive home the ball before.
Rav Gill was bowled first ball, leaving Morton on a hat-trick. After looking nervous on the hat-trick ball, James Copland survived and looked to up the tempo of the innings. James upped the tempo of the innings, after the solid base set by Scorey and Simon. James played a good aggressive innings hitting some good boundaries. Simon continued scoring well, before he was stumped on 44.
The lower middle order continued to up the tempo. James was eventually bowled for 43, leaving Dave and Zac to continue the high scoring rate. They hit 15 and 11 respectively, before Rashad and Amy Mistry scored a few more vital runs, taking Compton to an above par score of 184 for8.
In reply, Aldershot never really looked in the chase. An impressive debut bowling spell from Amy Mistry saw her and Nick combine to dismiss two of the top three caught behind. She didn’t stop there. As one of Aldershot’s young players tried to play against the swing, Mistry found the leading edge, falling straight to Rav Gill at mid-wicket. Determined not to be out-done, Staggy joined the party finding the bottom edge to give Nick his third catch of the game.
Despite some sloppy fielding and dropped catches, Compton continued to take wickets as James and Nick combined for a run-out, Zac bowling their number 6. When Phil bowled the number 9 for a duck, the fourths looked to be on the brink of another easy victory. However, the number 11 took a fancying to Phils bowling. He scored 16 quick runs before Phil dismissed Padwick for a duck, bowling Aldershot out for 76.
This impressive bowling and batting performance gave Compton a big 108 run victory and 23 crucial points. Next week see’s the 4ths take on Overton away.