1st XI outplayed but saved by the rain

Another poor performance from Sunbury saw them totally outplayed by Normandy as without their top 2 slow bowlers Manro and Virdi, Normandy were able to mount a formidable total and then appalling batting saw them reduced Sunbury to 47-6 by the nineteenth over.

Fielding first Kevin Smith took out the two Normandy openers, before Middlesex regular Nathan Sowter suffered a serious rib injury and was forced to retire. Ajit Singh Sambi and Ishy Sohi, bowling with pace and direction, captured 2 more wickets as Normandy went to 100-3 before the lunch break. That was as good as it got for Sunbury as they had to wait 27 more overs before they captured the next wicket as Normandy cruised to 241-4. Unusually sluggish fielding from the hosts helped Normandy continue their run-fest and they were able to declare at 320-7 with 5 overs of their innings remaining. Singh-Sambhi was the most successful bowler although the leg spinners 3 wickets went for 88 runs.

What followed next was nothing short of a disaster as Sunbury were reduced to 47-6 but a stand of 53 between Rhythm Bedi (38) and Alex Hughes at least took the score to 100 before Bedi was controversially dismissed and when another wicket fell shortly afterwards with the score on 114-8 with 13 overs remaining Sunbury were looking at one of their most humiliating defeats for many seasons. Determined defence from Hughes and Smith and a 15 minute rain break saw Sunbury holding firm. When play resumed Normandy had lost 5 overs and Smith was soon given out lbw. Number 11 Singh Sambi had confidently blocked 2 balls after Hughes who ended with 28* played out a maiden, the heavens opened a second time, this time denying Normandy what would have been a well deserved victory.

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