St Andrews slump after sorry start
PUBLISHED: 10:30 15 July 2016
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Early collapse leads to defeat
St Andrews were left to rue a poor start with the bat as they fell to defeat against South Woodham Ferrers seconds in Mid-Essex League Division Nine.
Having chosen to bat, Saints saw Alan Street fall to a caught and bowled dismissal in the first over and Andrew Girkin run out in the next before a run had been scored.
John Thompson then hit a full toss to cover to make it 6-3, before Colin Yeomans and Paul Street dug their heels in until a drinks break.
Street then hit a full toss to mid-wicket and debutant Charlie Fitt fell to a first-ball duck, before Sean Jackson launched an attack.
Jackson was bowled for 27, with Allen Hales, Graham Street and Dave Newman following in quick succession, but Yeomans was unbeaten on 50 as the innings closed on 109.
Alan Street struck early in reply, as wicketkeeper Newman held onto a catch, and Yeomans dismissed the other opener thanks to a stumping.
But a big lbw shout next ball was turned down and, although Hales also picked up a wicket, South Woodham sealed a seven-wicket win without much alarm.
Captain Street said: “We’ve never had such a bad start to an innings as we did for this game and had it not been for that, the result may have been completely different.
“Hopefully it serves as a lesson for the rest of the season.”
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