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JAVS still unbeaten with dramatic victory over Penn Street

Cricket is back
Cricket is back

Antonio Machado a Spanish poet once wrote 'There is no path; the path is made by walking'. The path to glory was well trodden by the JAVs in a ding dong cricket match at Penn Street on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The same day England played against the Windies to a crowd of fewer people than was at Penn Street. At one point I counted over 300 people socially distanced, well not quite. Penn Street won the toss and put the JAVs into bat. Some batsmen had isolated for too long as it was a slow start with only 36 runs accumulated in the first ten overs. Skipper Charlie Yolland soon set about the bowling attack with a steady flow of boundaries. Ably supported by Jack Simpson 13 runs, Simon Hungin 28 runs, Joe Baker 18 runs and Oly Myers with a round dozen. With a total of 213 runs after 40 overs Skipper Yolland scored 114 not out. A captain's innings if ever there was one.

Penn Street fielding a very strong side soon set about the JAVs bowling attack with a destructive 59 off ten overs for the loss of two wickets. On Sky TV they have the swingometer of the chance of a victory by a particular team. During this match it would have ebbed and flowed as runs were amassed and wickets fell at regular intervals. At 20 overs the home side were 110 for three, ahead of the rate with wickets in hand. Ten overs later four wickets had fallen with the score on 159 for 7. Things were tight. Bring on the death bowlers of Charlie Yolland seven overs, three wickets for 29 runs and Martyn Way 3.4 overs, three wickets for 12 runs. With eight balls remaining the JAVs were victorious by 11 runs. A very tight finish. It is good to have cricket back. May the summer begin.

 

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