Moon Hall opened the batting and Ainsley (33) and Jake (9) got the home side off to a decent start. Canbury bowling was fast and wild, way too many runs were gifted to Moon Hall, overs seemed to go on forever.
Tom and Josh took the first wickets, Freddie played on to a ball from Angus.
Chris scored 14 for Moon Hall before being bowled by Tom. James took a wicket at last with a slower ball.
Going into tea the visitors faced a daunting total of 150… or 151 runs needed to win.
Moon Hall had a couple of quick bowlers – who were much more accurate than Canbury had been. However, once he had settled in James and Josh worked well together, James hitting the boundary pretty often – and then taking a single to keep the strike.
Josh saw the ball well – and proved to be resolute in his determination not to give away his wicket lightly. The one 4 that Josh hit was quite “streaky” – he made just 10 runs – but the time out on the square was crucial, as the Canbury Year 10 team had very little depth to come on.
Meanwhile at the other end James was seeing the ball well – and playing lovely shots to both sides of the strip. He did offer one chance – but the ball was dropping from a huge height and arrived out of the sun – leaving the fielder precious little chance to see it let alone catch it.
James score x5 6s and x13 4s. Last season for Malden Wanderers he scored 550 runs in 13 matches – but he always has to retire at 50. This time he was allowed to try and get to his first hundred. On 95 he scored 4 to take him to 99. The next ball he hoisted for a 6! Congratulations James 105 not out.
Josh had already retired, Pouya and Turkay scored the last runs needed – Tom having been out lbw. In the end Canbury reached the total with 2 overs and plenty of wickets spare.
Undoubtedly the overall better side were Moon Hall. They played with a real understanding of the game, their backing up was especially good, and the banter behind the stumps was very good natured. I am very much hoping that we can make this fixture a “home” and “away” next season. In the meantime we hope that Moon Hall might come to one of the early season 5-a-side informal “kick-abouts” at Goals with TCC, CA and our usual regulars.
Many thanks to Mr Cattenach for his hospitality – and to the catering staff for the excellent and much appreciated tea.