• Jim Nicholson

3Xl vs Hungerford

With unavailability further up the chain, the thirds were left with only 6 players on Thursday morning with thank to some returning players to fill the void with the addition of 2 loan players from Steeple Langford the Shrews went into battle with 11 names on the team sheet. 

Stand in skipper, Nicholson won the toss and with a tacky pitch and cloudy conditions opted to field first. Stig opened he bowling coming down the slope with Nicholson supporting him up the slope. The ball was moving around in the conditions with both opening bowlers keeping the score at a reasonable rate.

Nicholson warned both Hungerford opening batsmen for leaving the crease before the ball was bowled early in the innings and in the 16th over finally had enough removing Kottapalli, running him out at the non strikers end for 12. At the first change Hungerford were 57-1.

Kenny Mundy took over from Stig with Andy Mundy replacing Nicholson. K Mundy made in roads taking 2 wickets in his spell, bowling J Rich for 51 and then bowling C Percival for 4. A Mundy bowled his 8 overs for no reward.

Anu Rajan replace K Mundy down the slope and playing only his second game for Shrewton took his first wicket  for the club with J.Elliot edging one to 1st slip where Trevor Cruse made no mistake pouching the catch. Will Allen one of the Steeple loanees came on for A Mundy again without reward.  At drinks a conversation was had about the length of the game. Hungerfords umpire was adamant that it was 42 overs so that was what was played. 

Nicholson decided to give youth a chance and brought on Tom Plank who was making his debut for the thirds and playing in his first ever adult game. Plank bowled well in spells and fully deserved his two wickets. The first being hit to deep to cow corner with Anu Rajan taking a good catch to dismiss F Tulloch for 24. Planks second was to bowl M Galbraith who with the innings in its final stages and Hungerford already past 200 decided to have a swing, Plank bowled him for 8. A Thuse finished on 71 not out and G Cook 3 not out. With extras totalling 40, Hungerford posted a score of  248- 6.

With both  Steeple loanees needing to leave early Nicholson asked them both to open the batting. Alistair Barrett and Will Allen went out and not long after Allen retire hurt back to the pavillion having been struck by a drive from Barrett. Anu Rajan coming in at number 3. Rajan was the first to fall for 5. Allen returned to the crease but was bowled for 0. Barrett was next out for 4 surviving a inoxuious should for obstructing the field. The bll ened straight up and first slip tried to get to the ball. Barrett returned into his crease and a collision ensure, a stifled appeal was given by the umpire. The Hungerford skipper graciously recalled Barrett for a short reprieve.

Andy Mundy was bowled for 4, Kenny Mundy was bowled for 6.

Stig was in at number 6 and batted very well, seeing various Shrews batsmen come and go, Stigg was left high and fry on 36 not out.  Trevor Cruse was out LBW for 0 bringing the stand in Skipper to the crease. Nicholson was going on nicely after surviving  very tight run out shout making 24 before leaving an in swinging straight one and being bowled out.  Youngsters Tom Plank was caught and bowled for 2 and Lucy Nicholson caught for 0. The final Shrews wicket was Rob Leachman who came out to ensure we weren't short and made 3 before being caught and bringing the game to a close. With extras of 24 The Shrews made 108 all out. Scoring 2 points with the bat and 2 with the ball.  Congratulations to Hungerford who played well and were a good bunch. The shrews head off to lick their wounds and regroup. Next week is Shrewton 3's blank week and are away to Redlynch and Hale 3's in 2 weeks time. 

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