A strong Sunday side made the travel to Derbyshire to take on a Sutton side that have provided some great games in previous years. However, this year the newly merged Teachers and Mossdale team made light work of the boys from Derby.
Captain Paul Johnson won the toss and inserted the opposition with great effect. Kyle Wells struck with the first ball of the match to dismiss Booth thanks to a safe catch at slip from Steve Wagstaff. Wells ended with 3-39 from 9 after taking out the top 3 batsmen, whilst the other opening bowler Wagstaff accounted for the opposition captain and he finished with 1-33 from 12. The bowling change saw Ben Brassington and his spinners come into the attack and he claimed 4 wickets and dismantled the middle order of the hosts. Bal Kapoor and Charles Gill finished the innings with a wicket apiece and the Sutton team for a well below-par 111 from 33 overs. LTMCC fielded brilliantly and there were catches for; Zaheer Mohamed, Jay Wijesundara, Gill x2, Nigel Loxley (and a stumping) and James Smith, just balls after demolishing the fence attempting to take a catch.
The Sutton opening bowlers looked to be bowling with real pace and purpose and scoring was difficult for LTMCC openers Zaheer Mohamed and Ollie Crompton. If it wasn’t for extras, LTMCC’s first ten overs wouldn’t have troubled the scorers much. Mohamed gained some momentum and began batting like his usual destructive self, he was watchful against the openers but then kicked into high gear against the spinner, Prince. At the other end, Crompton looked like his head was still in town from the night before but he stuck at it nonetheless. Crompton eventually fell for 11 with the score on 103 and James Smith came to the crease. Mohamed quickly finished the game and fittingly hit the winning runs with a monstrous six, he finished on 75 not out with 10 boundaries and 4 maximums.
A game completely dominated by LTMCC but a great day out for all involved. A lovely social time was had in the pub after and a special shout out goes to Sutton for providing a fantastic spread. We will try to do something similar for the return fixture later in the season.