Thursday evening was our first fixture and the NHS Health Pros (137/7) were clinical victors over our James Hallam Youth (98 all out) at Nunholm.
The visiting Health Pros batted first and some twilight tonking took them to a 'challenging' total of 137 for 7 in their alloted 20 overs.
The novelty of a midweek grass wicket proved to their liking and Dave "great to play a game of cricket" Strachan with 28 retired, and Mat Williams with a combative 27 retired, on home turf contributed match changing middle order runs. With the bowling going round the park Sam Thornely came up with three wickets as the responsible adult in the side.
The Youth started like a train however and were rattling along at over 10 an over at the start but Adam was undone, bowled for 18, by the slower ball bouncer ploy from Rosy and the impetus slackened. Fellow opener Fergus Bainbridge contributed a rapid 28 retired but despite the efforts of Max with 13 and Sean with 12 the target was receding.
Scoreboard pressure did not help as man of the match Muneeb was able to pick off wickets in the closing overs and finished with 6 for 10. That definitely ensured that the Youth side ended up short, by forty runs, with an all out total of 98.
A good game, and great to be able to play, and establishes that nets don't always teach the necessary match nous. After a match scenario learning experience for the young side the James Hallam Youth Player of the Match was Fergus Bainbridge.
Thanks to the Health Pros for coming as the Club's first visiting team of 2020.
Thu 13 Aug 2020 Midweek Cricket
Nunholm T20 Invitational
NHS Health Pros beat James Hallam Youth by 39 runs
NHS Health Pros 137 for 7 (20 overs)
M Prasanth 25rtd, Muneeb 18, D Strachan 28rtd, M Williams 27rtd, C Nathing 21
Sam Thornely 3 for 29, James Hobman 1 for 35
James Hallam Youth 98 all out (19.3 overs)
F Bainbridge 28rtd, A Malik 19, M Corbett-Byers 13, Sean Thornely 12
Muneeb 6 for 10, Wicket each for R Ryan, C Nathing, F Strachan
Health Pros Player of the Match: Muneeb
James Hallam Youth Player of the Match: Fergus Bainbridge