Blue Flame on top in close encounter
PUBLISHED: 16:20 11 July 2017
The Blue Flame Inn emerged as narrow winners in this exciting encounter against Cotham Porter Stores.
Blue Flame Inn 200-8
Cotham Porter Stores 183-6
The sun beamed down on the Grove in Nailsea as the Blue Flame skipper Andy Smoldon won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket which looked full of runs.
Flame lost the doughty Kelston Crew for one in the second over, bowled by Ravi. Nat Pinkney and the in-form Chris Smoldon built a solid partnership of 88 with both batters striking some elegant shots, especially a massive straight six from Pinkney into the car park. Nat fell to a rather ugly cross batted shot with Carr bowling him. Chris Smoldon continued to bat with lustre scoring 64 until Carr again bowled his man. Rich Poole (17), John Pinkney (19) and skipper Smoldon (24) bowled with the last ball of the innings, gave Flame a formidable 201 for their toils in the heat.
Cotham Porter stores’ innings mirrored the Flame’s losing their opener Popham early on from a sharp turner from Andy Smoldon. This brought Crozier to the crease he first rebuilt the innings and then with Simmox (29) attacked the Flame’s John Pinkney and Nick Jervis with some aggressive shots. Jervis stuck to his task picking up 3-44 most importantly snaring Crozier for 74 with a wonderful leg side catch form keeper Ian Pinkney, this was the turning point of the game. Wily skipper Smoldon then called on the off spin of Kelston Crew to take the pace off the ball and frustrating the batsmen.
CPS needed 38 from the last four overs so it was left to the miserly Poole 1-16 and youthful Nat Pinkney to slow the run rate and ensure the total was just too much. CPS fell 18 runs short in a game which could have gone both ways until the end.
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