22 Feb 2020
Cricket - Day 9

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The squad began the day in high spirits, looking to end the tour on a high with 2 wins. Our first match was against the Desert Cubs, and skipper for the match, Ed R, won the toss and elected to bowl. The opposition started brightly, posting 60-1 off the first 10 overs. However, some great bowling from Rupert E (4-10 off 4 overs) pulled us back into the game to go with an outstanding catch from Ben B (Joe Root). On top of this, the skipper bowled brilliantly at the death, with 3 quick wickets, limiting the Desert Cubs to 103 off their 25 overs. Reigate’s innings started well, with great delight among the team when Ollie H (Gooch) scored his first runs of the tour. A strong start was then faulted by some good bowling, but some powerful hitting from Ed R (42*) along with some good support from Matt W (22*), guided the team to their first victory of the tour.

After winning the first T25 of the day, Will T won the toss and we were batting first. Jamie Q and Ben B were opening up as temperatures were nearing the 30s. With Ben B falling relatively early after a quick start, Will T and Jamie Q came together and put on 80 for the second wicket partnership. After a flurry of runs at the end we finished on 170-4 after the 25.

Malin W and Ed R opened up the bowing in the second innings, bowling some good lines and lengths, but with some very good batting no wickets came. Alex MJ struck in the middle, energised by the warm drinks provided by beef, with the only wicket, and they reached the target with 4 overs to spare.

Ollie Y & Alex W