Despite a superb knock of 43 by Mark Pallett (out with two balls left) and well supported by James King (31 Not Out) in a share of 90 for the last wicket, the 2nd Sunday XI lost their 1st game of the season to Winslow at Whitepost Road today in a game which saw nearly 500 runs scored in almost 80 overs.
Chasing a mammoth 276 off 40 overs, they made a solid start to their innings with Liam Manley (28) & Ian Reynolds (33) putting on more than 50 for the opening wicket whilst keeping up with the required run rate (7 an over), but a steady loss of wickets, including a farcical run out of skipper Richard Lambden after the bowler managed to put a hand to a full blooded drive by Paul Symington, meant they were always struggling to reach their target.
Winslow’s opener, K Price, a Stoney Stratford 1st teamer alongside one Nathan Hawkes, scored 147 Not Out. All our bowlers plugged away and, but for a couple of high scoring overs and if they’d held a couple of catches, would have had been chasing a much lower opposition score. Our only wicket taker was James King but several lads bowled steady throughout & should all be proud of their efforts.
Thanks to everyone who played, to Luke Symington for scoring all day (after playing an Under 13 game in the morning) and to Winslow for managing to get a team together (they only had 5 on Friday morning) whilst using the skills of John Pallett (father of the aforementioned Mark and manager of the aforementioned U13’s) & the writer of this article who also took his 1st wicket in Banbury colours (if that counts whilst playing for the opposition).