Imps vs Bourton Vale

The Imps finally got the season underway at Bourton Vale CC. The tradition of Bourton letting the Imps bat first is certainly a popular one and Harding and Lunn got the innings off to a steady start. Unfortunately the top 4 were all too keen to help out with Bourton's fielding practice and were all caught in the ring. Rumours of a good lunch were obviously circulating. 

An agressive 46 from keeper-batsman Chris Calcott got things off to a positive start after lunch and the "tail" wagged, with Manmeet Narotra bludgeoning 54 and Archie Walker making 40. This propelled the Imps to 272 all out from 52 overs, which looked like a competitive score at the break.

When the second innings began this suddenly looked quite short, despite bowling well with the new ball, Felix Shears and Archie Walker were unable to break through. The hosts whistled to 78-0 from 16, largely thanks to the visiting captain's unwillingness to use the wicket and offering his annual Cotswold boundary sale.

Fortunately James Lunn was able to land it and ripped through the batting order and restricted Bourton to 194-8 after 43, finishing with figures of 7-100 off 20.4 overs on début. 89 required from 9 with two wickets in hand, game over, surely. Apparently not. Mitch Winter-Irving, Bourton's overseas and captain smashed a virtually chanceless 107 not out from number 6 in what can't have been more than 70 balls. 

Bourton won with 14 balls to spare. A very good, competitve game which I'm sure we will look back on fondly... eventually.