The Ramblers’ despairing start to the season continued with a humiliating defeat to local rivals Great Bentley by 141 runs. Skipper Owen Nash handed debuts to James Hetherington and Aaron Kearny as well as a recalls for Aaron Redpath and Drew Nash. Making his second appearance of the season was Chairman Colin Garrod.
Ramblers took to the field first with Adam Daniels and Imran Sheikh opening the bowling with Daniels’ spell particularly parsimonious, conceding just 13 runs off his first 7 overs. The pressure told in the 7th over of the innings when Daniels made the breakthrough as Sargent edged behind. What made the wicket so impressive or unlikely was that poised behind the stumps was Alex Ball, the Ramblers makeshift wicket-keeper, who flung an outstretched arm low to his left to snare a fine catch.
However, Gt Bentley recovered to move onto 88 before the loss of another wicket. This time Nicky Comber made the breakthrough, continuing his impressive debut season collecting 2 wickets in the game.
The two other wickets to fall were both run outs after good work from Daniels and Sheikh. Debutant Aaron Keaney was the 5th bowler used by Captain Nash and gave a good account of himself proving difficult for the batsmen to get away just as Gt Bentley were looking to push on.
Great Bentley finished on 197 for 5 off their 45 overs.
198 was the target and Ramblers needed a solid start if they were to get close to Great Bentley’s score.
Unfortunately a solid start is not what they got when opening batsman Simon Stewart received a ‘jaffa’ from opening bowler Occleshaw, with the score on 2. After the loss of their talisman, the Ramblers batting line up was decimated with only Sheikh and Daniels making double figures. In the ensuing bloodbath five Ramblers failed to trouble the scorers with Alex Ball barely getting a chance to take guard before he was back in the pavilion.
The Ramblers were all out for just 56 leaving them rooted to the bottom of the table. The Ramblers will be hoping for a change in fortunes next week with an away match at Bocking on the 16th of June at 1pm.
The Ramblers “Special Award” went to Alex Ball for his prowess behind the stumps.