CRICKET: Revesby return to winning ways

Cricket.
Cricket.

Following a couple of successive league defeats, Revesby returned to winning ways with a narrow two wicket win at Owmby. 

After a few days of awful weather, the sun helped to dry out a very wet ground to make the outfield look extremely lush with the downside that the ball did not travel quickly across the turf.

Revesby skipper R. Jeffery won the toss and sensibly inserted the home side. Helped by some smart and extremely sharp outfield catches, the bowlers took regular wickets during the innings.

The main batting contributions coming from D. Hill (32) and K. Bowring, who remained unbeaten for a patient and hard-working 29, although extras proved the highest score of the innings at 33, with the final total after 40 overs reaching 102–9.  M. Ridding bowled very well towards the end of the innings, finishing with 3–13.

Revesby lost an early wicket in pursuit of the reasonably modest total, with opener W. Laird being bowled for 1. 

R. Jeffery took the score to 44 before being caught for a top innings score of 30. Two further wickets fell in quick succession to leave the game interestingly poised at 55 -4, and the visitors needing another 48 for victory. 

M. Twells and J. Lewis then added a further 45 runs between them, taking the score to 100, just three short of victory. 

Another late wobble saw 4 wickets fall for just 2 runs before D. Hunt hit the winning run to get Revesby over the line. 

Top bowling success for the home side came from T. Gardiner, who took 2 wicket for no runs and C. Deegan with 2 -23 from his six overs. 

A hard worked for but deserved victory which, despite the number of extras conceded and the stutter towards the winning post, sees a valuable 20 points gained by the away side, leaving Revesby second in the Division one table as the squad head for Buckinghamshire at the end of the week for a three day tour that will test their stamina to the full, with three games and a reasonable amount of socialising.

League action will be resumed on Sunday June 15 with a home match against Nettleham 1sts.