SMCC travelled to Met Police for the second installment of declaration cricket. Having won the toss for a second consecutive week, Ilbers decided to have a bat first. Fretwell started off for the Police and struggled to control the swinging ball. He soon found his radar and swung one through Ellis’ defences. Thomas and Stephens batted well to take the score up to 50 with MP still extracting movement out of the surface. Thomas had made 24 before Fretwell managed to get one to jump and took the shoulder of the bat, looping up for a return catch. Stephens and Fernando eased in to a nice partnership before Stephens was LBW to Turner, leaving SMCC needing to rebuild at 90-3. Unfortunately a procession of wickets followed with no one able to support the in-form Fernando. MP bowled good areas and got a little assistance from the pitch, with 5 caught behinds in the innings. Fernando was the 9th man out for a fine 76. SMCC bowled out for 173 from 40 overs.
SMCC came out determined to make up for a sub par batting display and McGill delivered a quick opening spell. He soon found the edge of Turner’s bat only for the sharp chance to be put down at slip. From there, MP left the ball well and took advantage of the loose deliveries. Good fielding from SMCC meant that Turner and Jayasinghe had to work hard for their runs. The breakthrough came from Talbot who found the edge of Turner’s bat, “Power” Little doing the rest. Porter was next to go as JC found the edge and Ellis took the deflection via Power’s gloves to take the score to 77-2. Bryan and Jayasinghe edged the score up past the 100 mark, taking advantage of the loose deliveries. The return of Danny Davenport caused some concern in the home team ranks as 3 wickets fell in 5 balls. First Bryan was trapped LBW, Grieg edged to Ellis at slip and Jayasinghe was also caught in front. 118-2 had become 123-5 and with 2 new batsmen at the crease, SMCC had a sniff. At first, Phillips and Dows played cautiously but were quick to latch on to the loose delivery from the tiring attack. MP chased down the necessary runs from 48.3 overs with 5 wickets in hand.
SMCC left themselves too much to do this week but shouldn’t be disheartened after a good bowling and fielding display – we’ve bowled and fielded worse this season and taken all ten wickets.