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Cryptics a close second, again!

23 Jun 2024

Match Report: Cryptics vs Amersham CC
Date: Sunday 23rd June 2024
Location: Amersham Cricket Club

Amidst the picturesque setting of Amersham Cricket Club, a thrilling 40-over match unfolded between the visiting Cryptics and the home side. The Cryptics, having won the toss, chose to bat first and set a formidable target.

Cryptics Innings:
The innings was anchored by a spectacular debut performance from Ben Haigh, who opened the batting and scored a superb 127. His innings was marked by elegant strokes and a commanding presence at the crease. He found able support in another debutant, George Bloomfield, who contributed a solid 40. Towards the end, Robin White added quick runs, smashing 25 in a brisk cameo that helped push the Cryptics' total to a competitive 257 from their allotted 40 overs.

Amersham CC Innings:
The defense by the Cryptics started promisingly, with Ben Westhead striking early to remove one of the Amersham openers. Tight bowling and disciplined fielding kept the run rate in check, and at the drinks break, Amersham needed to score at 9 runs per over to chase down the target.
The fielding highlights included two spectacular catches by Ben Haigh and Kit Brunswick, which further pegged back Amersham. However, as the game progressed, some big hitting by the Amersham batsmen and a few missed opportunities in the field meant that the match hung in the balance going into the final over.
Amersham required 5 runs off the last over. The first ball saw a shot meant for long-on race away to fine leg, significantly easing the pressure. Despite three consecutive dot balls following this, Amersham managed to secure victory on the penultimate ball.

In an exciting and closely contested match, the Cryptics displayed strong batting and moments of brilliance in the field. However, Amersham's determination and some crucial big hits towards the end saw them clinch victory. The Cryptics, despite their valiant efforts, fell just short in what was a fantastic game of cricket.