One week on from LTMCC’s defeat to Old Wyvernians, they came back stronger than before to record a four wicket victory. The bowling was strong, the fielding was virtually mistake-free and the batting was clinical from the home side.
Old Wyv’s batted first and the opening batsmen struggled to score freely against some very tight bowling from Ian Clements and Dan Phillips. In his debut for the newly merged club, Phillips bowled with good pace and control and troubled both openers before finally taking a wicket thanks to yet another catch in the gully from John Murphy. Captain Paul Johnson then turned to spin with Richard Lavocah and Mike Bull bowling in tandem and Bull’s first over saw an incredible piece of cricket to dismiss the dangerous Nathan Scott. Bull pulled off a spectacular one handed catch from a double bouncer, much to the shock of the batsman and even more so to his teammates. Wickets began to tumble at regular intervals and the scoring stayed at a steady rate. Captain Johnson ran out the opposing captain, whilst at the other end opening batsman Ian Snowdon reached his fifty before having his leg stump pegged back by Charles Gill for 62. Mike Huggett also picked up a few wickets at the death, including one with his first ball and one from a great catch from John Murphy in unfamiliar territory down at fine leg. Ben Cox, a last minute 11th man, produced a fantastic run out from deep cover with a throw as powerful as it was accurate allowing Gill to simply whip off the bails. Old Wyv’s finished on a respectable 168-7 from their 42 overs, and both teams felt that the game could go either way.
LTMCC opened with the partnership of Gill and Wijesundara and they started positively putting on 60 for the first wicket before Wijesundara fell on 31to a great caught and bowled by Ian Snowdon. Snowdon took the next 3 wickets to fall as well; Johnson LBW for 0, Gill LBW for 35 and Mike Huggett caught for 31. At 100-4, and with the game balanced on a knife edge, Ben Cox and Dan Phillips smashed 20 off and the home side looked to be in control. But the wickets of Cox and Murphy took LTMCC to 141-6 needing 29 from 8 overs with wickets running out. However, Phillips ensured the Man of the Match title by hitting a commanding 39* to see his side over the line with 26 balls to spare.