Stand-in skipper Dave Palmer inserted Kennington on a blisteringly hot afternoon at the Park with the visitors somewhat belying their reputation for being a better bowling than batting side ! Kennington finally declared on a challenging total of 257, but we did not do ourselves justice with the ball, with by far too many short and wide deliveries, which were punished as you would expect them to be at this level. Josh was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 58 of his 13 overs, with useful contributions also from Dave Palmer and Harry Noble.
A quick start to our innings was required and after the early loss of Eliot Page, Dennis and Josh put together a useful partnership. But with Dennis falling for a well-struck 43 and then Josh, a more measured 40, it was going to be left to the young middle order, to keep us up with the required rate - and they didn't let us down.
Jordan Laing batted beautifully, striking the ball cleanly to all parts - and was soon joined by Harry Noble. I am sure that when Harry came to the crease, Jordan advised him to just take a look for a couple of balls. But all of us who have come to know Harry, knew that was not going to happen and he smashed his first ball to mid-on and nearly knocked the fielder clean off his feet ! Harry and Jordan kept us in the game until the final few overs, with Harry out stumped for 40 ( which included a beautifully struck straight 6 hit on the up, back over the bowlers head ) and Jordan finishing unbeaten on 78.
We finished on 232 for 7, which was a great effort and everybody enjoyed the game. Next time, if we bowl a little better, we wont have as many runs to chase !