SNCC LADIES LEAGUE GAME
By Suzy Suzywainscoat@gmail.com
Streatham Streak Ahead of SNCC Ladies
Buoyed by the success last week at Epsom, SNCC Ladies welcomed Streatham & Marlborough Ladies for our first league game at home.
It was great to see some old and new faces in the team with Tracey back in the fold and Mazza and Rachel bringing experience and enthusiasm respectively.
Skip won the toss and we slotted into our usual fielding positions with one player short through illness.
Weather was looking dubious but we got off to a good start with Ella opening the bowling looking strong. S&M’s batters looked unfazed and in for the long haul. Megan put an end to that with a clean bullet of a ball straight on the stumps in the early overs before rain stopped play.
Returning to a more slippery field the ball was looking tatty after being smacked for a fair few 4s. Our fielding wasn’t as sharp as it can be and some fumbling on the ball saw the runs racking up and the retirement of S&M’s opening batter.
Mazza’s magic spin gave us hope with an LBW for a second wicket but we went in for tea with over 200 to chase.
Confident that our batting was on form from recent good use of the new nets Ella and Megan opened with high hopes that the rest of us could let our tea go down before any action was required. Alas, Megan’s stint was short lived – bowled. Risky running from Mazza and Ella saw Ella run out early doors too. Wickets fell thick and fast – Amanda’s certain 4 was caught impressively. Skip’s ‘don’t hit the wides’ became ‘do what I say not what a do’ and resulted in a catch off a ball that was going wide according to our learned umpire Stevie G. With 10 overs left and barely on 100 we knew a win was out of reach. It was left for Suzy and Emma to just keep us in the game and see out the overs for some batting practice. Kamikaze calling by Suzy put an end to that with a frustrating run out. Lessons learnt all round from this game which we take away as always to work on and go again next week in The Surrey Slam.