Opportunity goes begging as rain end play
By Barry Hibberd
Rain reduced target of 123 looked very gettable
The new opening partnership of Rich Looms and Tom Muggleton held the talented Egerton top order in check with some accurate bowling. Rich produced his best first team spell, including 4 consecutive maidens his 6 overs costing a miserly 7 runs. Tom has the ability to produce the unplayable ball but his luck was out as Bailey and Glover survived after the early departure of Panchal
Young Tom is certainly finding his line and length and at good pace as all his hard work in the nets starts to pay dividends. James joined the attack and struck twice in his 4th over. Bailey who had looked in fine form was well held by Gaz at deep mid off after a juggle! Next ball Rose was yorked and Egerton were 61-3
Charlie Madden joined the prolific Glover and avoided being the final part of a hatrick, once into his stride he played some decent shots whilst adding 67 with Glover. Glover hit 4 consecutive boundaries to lift the rate, but Craig soon had Madden well held in the deep by Ben. Barber joined Glover who raced passed 50 and between them added 52 before the rain set in
On the resumption Barber went for a big shot and dollied it to Gaz off Craig. Glover who was approaching a well deserved ton had a rush of blood and tried a reverse sweep, the umpire had no hesitation in agreeing with Gaz's appeal. The innings came to an end having been reduced to 41 overs, with Egerton Park 197-6
More rain prevented a restart until only 20 overs remained. Gaz and Ben looked eager for runs but the rain came again. only 10 balls were possible before the umpire abandoned the game with C'thorpe 14-0 chasing 123 in 20 overs. The second time this season when rain has ruined a gettable target chase.