Ealing v Wembley
Venue: Away Weather: Overcast, drizzle
Pitch: Green, spongy Toss won by: Wembley
Result: Ealing win by 72 runs.
Ealing: 203-4 (20)
Robbie White: 67
Leigh Parry: 49*
Wembley: 131 all out (17.5)
Rob Bentley: 3-33
The first stop on our T20 title defence was an away trip to Wembley – a far cry from the Swalec Stadium, greeted by a green wicket and tiny boundaries. We lost the toss and were put in, unsure as to what would be a good score.
In tradition style Oli took the attack to the bowlers launching two huge sixes from his first four balls, but was uncharacteristically outscored by Mylo, the pair putting on 60 in the first five overs.
Oli was caught off a top edge for 29, but Robbie and Mylo added a further 47 off the next five before Mylo was bowled for 41. Ahmed was trapped in front for 5 to make it 123-3, but Leigh ‘Lazarus’ Parry – playing his first game since having his appendix removed in April – came in and played in fluent style, nudging and nurdling until the ball was in his arc, when it was duly launched over the ropes and into the various hedges and fields that surround the ground.
At the other end Robbie was in a belligerent mood, smashing four 4s and four 6s in a 36-ball 67, his third half-century in a row to go with his 124 yesterday. He was eventually caught at long-off, but Leigh plundered a further 30 from the last two overs to take us up to 203-4, finishing 49 not out from 26 balls.
The rain had started to fall and the restart was delayed by 45 minutes, but eventually we took to the field just after 6.30pm. It was a formidable total, but Wembley came out fighting, smashing 60 from the first five overs. But it came at a cost – wickets fell regularly, one for Leigh and another for Glasper as we started to take control. Pace off the ball was once again our key, and although the Wembley captain went to a 35-ball 50, the run-rate had climbed to well over two-a-ball at the half way stage.
Laney removed their captain for 55 and Bentos also got amongst the wickets. 59-1 had become 105-7 in no time. Former England opening bowler Chris Lewis came in at number 7 and hit a few big sixes, but it was too little too late, with further wickets for Bentos and birthday-boy Kristian. Oli came on in the 18th over to bowl his first over of the season, and it was a successful start, picking up the last two wickets in two balls to leave the hosts 72 runs short. It was a comfortable win in the end, with the fielding in particular excellent today, and it took us another step closer to a title defence, as well as maintaining our 100 per cent winning start.
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