Baston Topple Table Toppers Moulton

By Jon Howard - October 5 2006
Baston Topple Table Toppers Moulton
Dont run for them. The game was played with a fierce rivalry between the sides as Moulton seeked revenge for there earlier season loss at Baston. This previous encounter was littered with controversy and confusion and only added spice to the return trip to Moulton.
Baston skipper Tim Dyer won the toss and put Moulton into bat. On a very blustery day Moulton started steadily with good tight bowling from youngsters Liam Davies and Guy Cunningham. The Moulton innings was held together by in form batsman M.Kearns with a well constructed 51. However the turning point came when seasoned campaigner John Digby was brought into the attack and produced a fine display of seam bowling to return season best figures of 5-35 to restrict Moulton to a modest 164. Baston's reply began badly losing two early wickets to left armer Chris Page, so it was left to out of form opener Pete Bibb and 19 year old all rounder Guy Cunningham to rebuild Baston's run chase. Cunningham made a very elegant 51 and Bibb a gritty 35 to take Baston to within touching distance of victory. With the light fading and tempers becoming roused due to arguments about the light and dubious umpiring decisions it was left to old pro Lloyd Stewart to bludgeon 17 not out to ease Baston to victory in the last over of the allotted 45. Moulton were left pondering where it all went wrong having been out played twice in the same season by lowly Baston losing by first 7 wickets and now 4 wickets. This time they could not blame pitch or weather conditions but simply sit back and admire the blend of imperious youth and experience Baston had on display.