ECAD Lions slip to disappointing defeat
The ECAD Lions commenced their 2015 season with a disappointing defeat at Wolverton Town CC.
Deciding to field due to the late arrival of the home team the Lions got off to a great start with an early wicket for debutant, Nathan Caddell, but that was to be the last success for a while.
Both Caddell and Aqib Javed bowled well in their early spells but the spinners failed to find their length bowling far too many full tosses.
Handicapped by losing Dominic Fox to a shoulder injury after just 3 overs and with both Mike O'Mahony and captain Henry Wainman both unlikely to bowl due to carrying injuries, Wolverton Town were allowed to progress with relative ease albeit with the run rate largely under conrtrol.
Martin Henderson trapped the other Wolverton opener LBW and leg spinner, John Kenward, who beat the bat regularly when he found his line, picked up Wade stumped but Panchal continued to up the run rate as the bowlers continued to be wayward.
Captain Wainman brought himself on unexpectedly to pick up two wickets towards the end and Javed finished off his final two overs with excellent control picking up two scalps himself at the death.
200-8 off their 45 overs looked to be about 25-30 runs too many on a slow track and so it proved.
Openers Mike Kelly and Saul Allison added 34 for the first wicket quickly before Kelly fell and when Allison was the second to go with the score on 61 the game was very much in the Lions' control.
However mystery spinner Ramanadanpur, who ended his 8 overs with 2 for 8, tied up one end and the run rate began to fall rapidly. Henry Wainman became his second scalp following Niteshk Chavda and at 93-5 with Ollie Aspinall falling to a loose shot quickly afterwards, the Lions innings was in disarray.
O'Mahony held the innings together with a typically gritty and reliable 57 depsite carrying a calf injury but with the exception of Martin Henderson no-one could stay with him.
To add insult to injuries the final four wickets were taken by 11 year old Fayyaz including a superb caught and bowled. He is clearly an excellent player for the future but should have been no match for the ECAD Lions players.
Overall it was disappointing to see a lack of heart from a number of players and big improvements are needed ahead of the August tour to Loughborough.