Imps v President's XI

A fine second spell from Imps' debutant Jack Grundy, plus some outstanding fielding, sentenced the President's XI to a 39 run defeat in an entertaining encounter.

With Sammo and Nigel Moore well set at 173-3 in response to the Imps 272-5 declared, this seemed an improbable outcome, before the match turned on its head following two brilliant pieces of individual skill.

First Mark Pidgeon plucked an astonishing one-handed return catch out of mid air to remove Sammo, before Nige was run out, for the second time in three days, by Tom Grundy's direct hit.

When Jack Grundy then intervened, to quickly remove PS2, Fudgie and Tom Smith, the latter with the most outrageous Franklyn Stevenson-style slower ball, six wickets had fallen for 32 in nine overs of mayhem.

Despite Motters' valiant 34, the last pair faced an uphill battle, and the President's men were finally dismissed for 233, with five of their 52 overs unused.

Earlier, opener Sean Morris' superb Imps season continued, as he made 89, adding 118 for the first wicket in 26 overs with Guy Shears (36).

Sean, who hit 12 fours in his fine knock, then added 63 with Gearie (41) for the second wicket, before an accurate spell from Nige (12-2-41-2) slowed the scoring rate.

Mindful of their thrashings in the two previous encounters, and much to the displeasure of their hung-over opponents, the Imps were forced to bat on to the 58th over, so a late flurry from Pidge (39*) and Fred Rex (12*)could boost the total to respectable proportions.

The President's top order threatened to make a mockery of a third consecutive run chase, as they tore into the Imps attack. Reddo played some superb drives as he raced to 50 from only 35 balls, being especially severe on Tom Grundy.

At the other end Tom's brother Jack found good movement, and was unfortunate not to pick up a couple of wickets. After Pidge yorked Reddo for 67, Sammo's 49 ball half century, which included the ritual beasting of Wynnie, kept the run chase ahead of target.

With exactly 100 required from the final 20 overs, and seven wickets in hand, the President's XI were favourites. But Pidge clutched one of his relatives out of thin air, before Jack claimed 3-25 from six second-spell overs, to give the Imps their first victory in the series since 2005.

Probably the best of the seven matches played in appreciation of the former captain's contribution to the Imps, K&D and the game in general, ended with an excellent buffet in a packed clubhouse. Thanks to Alan and Motters for their efforts, and to all involved for a thoroughly enjoyable day.