Another sub-standard batting performance from Sunbury saw them well beaten for the second week running. They could only post 172-9 which Normandy knocked off for the loss of just 3 wickets with 13 balls to spare.
Winning the toss and batting first the early wickets of Ollie Roland-Jones and skipper John Maunders (13) put Sunbury on the back foot, before Nat Gregory (10) and Sam Burgess steadied the ship with a third wicket stand of 30 before Gregory was dismissed in the twentieth over. Rhythm Bedi joined Burgess and the pair began to recover the position before first Burgess (28) and then Bedi (28) both fell within 3 runs of each other as Sunbury slumped to 98-5 with just 20 remaining. Alex Hughes (26) with a dogged knock and latterly in the innings Vishal Manro (24*) were the only other Sunbury batters able to come to terms with the situation before the inning closed on 172-9. A score that proved to be well below par.
Sunbury’s bowlers stuck manfully to their task and made scoring difficult. A chance of two early wickets in consecutive balls from Kevin Smith when firstly a difficult catch was grounded by Gregory and the following ball a run-out decision went with the home side didn’t help. With such a comparatively small target, Normandy had time on their hands and no need to take any risks. and with stands of 28, 38 and 64 they reached 130, in the fortieth over before they closed down their victory with comparative ease.
A poor start to the campaign with the bat needs urgent improvement and although the bowlers were as ever very competitive there will need to be a better performance when they face the very strong Reigate Priory outfit away on Saturday. .