The Effingham Colts indoor team returned from the Christmas break to go clear at the top of the league by beating Twenty20 A on Sunday with an accomplished bowling and fielding performance.
T20 batted first and seemed relatively untroubled, firstly by treating Sam Cobb’s accurate bowling with respect, and then picking off anything short or wide from the other early bowlers. Three 6’s had been scored and T20 were 49 without loss before Joshua Spencer caught our first wicket off Raymond Wing. Sam Partridge then brought himself on and caused havoc with some great pace, and in the space of a few overs, T20 were dismissed for 64. Sam P took 2 wickets, with 3 direct hit run outs from himself, Raymond and William Youster.
Effingham knew they didn’t have to take too many risks, and the game looked like being over quickly with Raymond and Sam C smashing 24 from the 1st over. However at 36-3, after Sam was LBW, Raymond was needlessly run out, and Sam Spencer was bowled, there was a concern that the pressure of reaching a small target could be a problem. Joshua was the saviour with some intelligent batting and great boundaries at a time when the T20 bowling looked impressive. Although Sam P also fell LBW close to end, it was nice to see Joshua score the winning runs, albeit off a wide.
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