Blue Flame cruise to comfortable victory

PUBLISHED: 09:16 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:16 09 August 2017

A birds eye view from the cricket scorers perspective

A birds eye view from the cricket scorers perspective


John Pinkney hit 91 not out as Blue Flame defeated Failand and Portbury by eight wickets.

Failand and Portbury 134-9

Blue Flame 137-2

Failand and Portbury won the toss and batted making steady progress against the strong opening attack of Rich Poole (1-25) and debutant Mitch Bench (2-22) hailing from the state of Victoria.

Bench struck first finding the edge of Howells bat, Simon Empson did the rest with a breathtaking slip catch, followed quickly by Nat Pinkney juggling a fine catch off Bench again.

Wickets fell at regular intervals with Flame putting pressure on the batters with a magnificent fielding performance, Matt Croker made two top drawer stops in the deep and Oli Bryant fielded beyond his years.

Not to be outdone, Jimmy Darcy (2-13) was asked to bowl by skipper Paul Bryant producing a dream opening over a double wicket maiden. All the bowlers chipped in, Empson (2-12) Pinkney father and son John (1-14), Nat (1-27) taking wickets as F&P posted 134-9.

Flame got off to a slow start due to the fine bowling of Phippen (2-17) and Amir (0-5), Phippen bowling both openers Nat Pinkney and Croker with genuine pace, supported by Amir who was almost impossible to score off.

John Pinkney (91 not out) joined Kelston Crew (30 not out) with score on 13-2 and swiped his first ball for six from the bemused Phippen. Pinkney struck six sixes and four fours to guide Flame to victory.

A seven-wicket victory on paper looks an easy one, it was a lot tougher, we must thank Failand and Portbury for their hospitality, sportsmanship and most of all a fantastic tea, with a lemon drizzle fit for the new series of Bake Off.

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