After a wet and grey start to the day, the small delay meant 2 overs were taken out of the game. Kidmore won the toss, in what appeared to be bowling conditions, opted to field. Unfortunately, the conditions had deceived skipper Frost and the pitch offered the bowlers very little. Chesham, knowing their own pitch well, batted confidently and the wet outfield meant the ball was soft and deviated very little off the straight. Despite accurate bowling from the openers, a few missed chances meant that Kidmore were struggling to get a foothold in the game. The introduction of Jake Easton to the attack brought the first wicket as Hughes-d’eath’s leg stump for 23. However, this did not stop Chesham’s solid batting as opener O’Donavan and keeper Hedges put on 53 for the second wicket. Spin bowlers Faroqi and Ashby bowled accurately but with such a soft ball there was little turn. Kidmore End’s ground fielding was good and committed and spirit remained determined in the field, unfortunately their catching was not as accomplished and many chances went missing. The run rate was not impressive and although Chesham batted well they had not taken the game away from Kidmore End. O’Donavan ended up on 94 but beyond the top 3 batsmen no one scored more than 17. Faroqi bowled 14 overs and finished with 4-65 with Ashby holding 3 catches off him in the deep. Ashby bowled accurately to take 1 wicket and Taylor bowled very well to sneak 2 wickets as well. Chesham finished on 221.

This was a very achievable total to chase, but a disastrous start meant the Kidmore were 0-2. With accurate bowling and a drier ball than the one Kidmore bowled with, spinner Aslam was able to extract noticeable turn. He bowled 21 overs without a break and performed very well indeed. He was supported by spinners and seamers at the other end. With the two early wickets Chesham knew Kidmore would have to force the issue in order to chase the total. For the first 20 overs they set defensive fields and contained both Sheldon and Ashby who found scoring very difficult. At the half way stage Kidmore End were only 50-2 with just 23 overs left in the game. Neither Ashby or Sheldon were able to convert their starts into match winning scores. The very high run rate required in the second half of the game meant, Kidmore’s batsmen has to take risks. Whilst some of the lower order, such as Taylor and Faroqi, were able to stricken some mighty blows out of the ground, the required rate was just too much and the scoreboard pressure resulted in wickets falling. Kidmore were all out for 149 and lost by 72 runs. Aslam finished with 6 wickets and Chesham had done the double over Kidmore End this season.

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