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Rain reigns at Nacton

Thanks for your help, Eddie. We were one short until Eddie volunteered to join our ranks, making it three fathers and sons in the line-up at Nacton. We batted first but Mark was late because he had detoured to Kesgrave (why?) and so the two Nicks opened. Nick S enjoyed the opening over which saw 12 runs on the board. But with a very strong cross wind it was not easy and the home team hung onto a series of good catches. At 39 for five we were struggling, and 51 for six was not a lot better. Geoff HC struck three legside boundaries but it was still only 94 when the ninth wicket fell. Enter Eddie to add six overs and 11 runs to the innings for a Jack Leach-type innings of 0. Seth scored 16 not out to take our total into three figures, and 105 gave us something to defend.

Despite a good opening spell from Seth it took Conor to make the breakthrough with a good catch by Rupert. Mark hit the stumps to make it 53 for two but it started to rain and soon it was sweeping across the ground. We carried on but conditions were worsening. Conor had one for two from four overs, but was finding it hard to hold the slippery wet ball and ended with one for 10 from six - a great spell. Ethan also picked up a wicket and it was good to see the two young spinners working in tandem.

After 24 overs common sense prevailed and the match was called off with Nacton 90 for four. Well done to all for sticking it out for 20 minutes in very wet conditions - and thanks to Nacton captain Billy and his team for accepting the abandonment with grace.

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