Sumner Div 4 Blues were down to play LPW at Woolston Park on Saturday, however, an early morning inspection/random meeting of captains saw a quick call to metro to find an alternative venue as Woolston had issues well in excess of the overnight rain.
Warren Park was the alternative offered up on a rubber ducky. We lost our first toss of the season and were asked to field. LPW made a positive start and the openers put on 50 at a good clip before the first wicket went down - on the back of some tight bowling from Andrew Bird and Simarpreet Singh . It was about this time that the gale force wind started to roll through and make life difficult for all involved. For the majority of the innings it seemed like the ball was teasing the fielders with aerial shots managing to just evade hands - and unfortunately the few that did find hands subsequently found the ground! LPW number 3 Sukhraj was beneficiary to one of those drops when he was yet to score and made us pay dearly with a hard hit 94. To our credit, we stuck at it in trying conditions and managed to dismantle the middle/lower order and bowl LPW out for 190 in 35 overs. The last five wickets cost just one run. Will Borren was the chief destroyer taking 5-17 off 5. Nick Ward 2, Simar 2, and Bintu Rorwere the other wicket takers.
In reply, we were quickly on the back foot with a double strike in the third over. Marcus Thompson and Scott Barber wrested some momentum back with Thompson taking a liking to their off spinner. Barber nicked off with the team score at 40 and things got rapidly worse with Borren and Thompson (38) departing in consecutive deliveries with the score at 63. Useful starts from Bird, Tom McGeorge and Ward but there was nothing of substance to challenge the target. LPW captain Panchol was the pick of their bowlers with 5-10.
A deserved win by LPW in tough weather conditions and we'll be looking forward to the rematch.