Tommy ‘Guns’ Leonard led his In-Betweeners to consecutive Midweek victories, this time at home against Preston Bissett, with an unbeaten 57 in only 8 overs.
Marsh batted first with Joe Leonard and Mikey Herriott opening up, but a good opening spell from ‘ESL’ (as written in scorebook?) removed them both; Herriott without score and Joe (playing on) after a very bright 24 including 2 pulled sixes. When Stuart Leonard holed out for 15, Marsh were 44 for 3 off 5 overs and despite this quick fire start much work remained to be done to set up a challenging total.
Skipper Guns started securely and grew in confidence as the runs flowed and support came from the esteemed Julian Chambers. The partnership almost went the distance when Jules was stumped on 17 with only 4 balls remaining. A partnership worth 70 and underpinned by positive singles running and some strong clubbing from Leonard, including 6 fours. ‘Jaybone’ added 9 from 3 balls to take Marsh to 136 for 4 off the 12 (8 ball) overs.
Preston were on the back foot from the start as Mitchell’s pace restricted Harin and Jackman and only conceded 8 runs in his brace of overs. Timdog kept the line tight and was rewarded with a Track 8 shooter to bowl Jackman! Jaybone Abbott followed Mitchell and was even more economical only conceding one from the bat – pity about the 5 leg side wides which had Joe Leonard first springing and then rubbing (Ouch – count them?!)
Young Jacob Chambers started nervously, but settled enough to claim the Number 3, Ryan with a Stu Leonard catch (He can catch with the gloves off!) ‘The Crab’ peeled off several layers of jumpers enough to rotate his arm and took a brace of wickets as Preston were rapidly giving up the chase. A couple of Run Outs and a last wicket for Chairman Kyle concluded proceedings and Preston closed on 67 for 8 after 12 overs.
Well done to Preston who started with only 9 players and ended with just 10 and were severely understrength from normal, but battled honourably throughout.
Good match time for Marsh with 6 bowling and 5 getting useful time at the crease.
Next In-Betweeners Game: Twyford (Away) on Wednesday, 30th May