Since the nerve-jangling opening day loss, Matt Stevens’ 1st XI have rallied rather and, aided by the infernal weather, find themselves three matches unbeaten on the spin, well placed in Division One with the ‘batting points’ column looking particularly healthy. In their four fixtures played so far, the 1st XI have wracked up more than 200 runs three times and chased down 177 on the other occasion. Rob Leddy, averaging 64.75 at the time of writing, has been in terrific form and the precocious Aussie’s form has rubbed off on his teammates with Phil Johnson, Pete Burraway and Dave Riddle all recording half centuries in the first third of the season.
Olney Town and Eggington were both handed heavy defeats, by 139 runs and six wickets respectively, yet for all their impressive form with the bat, Elstow couldn’t take all New City wickets to claim three wins out of three since that onerous reverse at Milton Keynes. Dan Course recorded his best Elstow figures with 10-4-29-5 in the Eggington victory while Stu Robson has looked to wrest the crown of premier club fastie away from Rob Tebbutt with 6.3-2-5-15 in the Olney match.
The 2nd XI also suffered an annoying defeat first up, away at Olney. Lewy’s Light Brigade narrowly lost going down by five wickets on the banks of the Ouse in drieky, bowler friendly conditions. The sticky dog pitch and lack of boundaries made for a tense encounter as the hosts survived a late, late Elstow rally to get over the line with 10 balls to spare. Stand-in captain Nick Lewis was the star with bat and ball scoring sixty one and narrowly missing out on a five-for. His first wicket partnership with the classy Chris Richards (21) provided the ballast for Elstow’s 133-5 and despite his 28-4 and the efforts of his opening bowlers, Jimmy Tanswell (9-5-14-1) and Cain Hamilton-Boyle the patched-up Elstow side couldn’t hold on to preserve their modest total.
Happily, and under sunnier skies and under yet another stand-in captain, Rex Hedges, the 2nd XI recorded their first win of the campaign next up. Fledglings and farmers combined perfectly to chase down 189 with five overs to spare. Henry Hunt (38) got the run chase underway then stoical batting by Guraj Galsin (28), who has also enjoyed a successful start to the season keeping wicket, and Hamilton-Boyle (41) helped see their team to a remarkable three wicket win.
Elstow Cricket Club got into the Jubilee spirit with a themed Club Day on Saturday 2nd June. The club made £400 from the day and were fairly lucky with the weather compared to the brave souls who got involved in the celebrations in London later on in the long weekend. The junior sides played exhibition matches in the morning before the senior teams and friends of the club put on a seven-a-side tournament in the afternoon. Fancy dress, oodles of boundaries and a fair few ‘snakebites’ made for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. On a typically British summer’s day, the last word went to an Australian, as Rob Leddy captained his team to win the Jubilee Tournament and a rather appetising looking (carrot cake) trophy.