Tight bowling guides 4ths to yet another victory

This week saw the 4ths travel to Overton to take on their third eleven. After 6 consecutive wins, the 4ths looked to keep up winning ways and put pressure on the teams above of them. Playing on an artificial wicket, Compton were out of their comfort zone compared to the usual slow and low wickets of King George.

After getting lost en-route, Compton made it in time for Captain Phil to win the toss and elect to field first. Amy Mistry and Scott Spearing took the new ball and instantly got it swinging. Unfortunately, after Scott finally found the edge, Nick wasn’t equal to the task and could only palm the ball up, to narrowly miss out on the rebound.

As the hosts were 24-0 off the first 11 overs, Ian Forward eventually made the breakthrough as the opener smashed the ball straight up and Jenny Wilson provided an excellent catch at extra-cover. Ian then struck again. His rank full toss was caught well at cover by James Copland.

Another spell of tight bowling restricted the scoring of the Overton batsmen, Phil bought himself on. He struck in the second over of his spell. James Copland provided the catch at mid-wicket. Phil took two more wickets as Compton looked to take the final few wickets to gain the extra bonus points. Amy and Scott returned to try and remove the new batsmen. Amy picked up her first wicket of the match as she bowled Lawrence. Scott joined the party in the final over of the innings,picking up a well deserved wicket, as Josh caught well at mid-on.

The Compton bowlers did well to restrict Overton to just 121-7 off of their 42 overs. On an artificial wicket, with even bounce, the Compton top order were confident heading into the chase.

Compton did get off to a shaky start, as Scorey was dropped at first slip off the second ball of the innings. After a quick start, Compton were ahead of the required rate from the outset. After Nick had hit a few early boundaries, Scorey tried to join the party but could only hit the man at cover. Nick was dropped at mid-on, as he and Simon looked to capitalise on some slack bowling.

Simon and Nick carried on the high run rate, peppering the short leg-side boundary. Simon was dismissed for 10 as he attempted one shot too many. This left Jenny Wilson to join Nick at the crease. After a few more boundaries, the Overton skipper decided to take the pace off of the ball. The change spin bowler trapped Nick in front of his stumps and Scott was quick to raise the finger. Nick was out for 44, leaving Compton needing just 40 more to win.

James struck two boundaries before being bowled, leaving Jenny and Josh to guide the team home. Jenny scored a good 38 not out, including some impressive boundaries.

The win gave Compton 21 more points and moved them up 2 places to fourth in the table. The 4ths will look to make it an 8 game winning streak against Petersfield at North Walls.


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