George Holden’s so far unbroken sequence of captaincy success was continued on Sunday-against Arthington’s “Festival team”- traditionally strong.
Your humble scribe can hardly recall a better Romany bowling and fielding performance against a good side. Good catches were held by Jonny and Andrew Moore,, after 20 overs Arthington were only 52-2, and there was hardly even a fumble. The throwing in from the deep by Ed Marsden, Vinay, Hamid, Atta and Jonny Lee was excellent throughout, and eventually we did get the run out we’d threatened to all afternoon-Arthington’s stylish but veteran Dudley, run out going for a second run. John Surtees kept very well and took a sharp catch to remove Arthington’s own “Sir Geoffrey” (Barker) for a measured 42…
Atta (2-16) and Ed (3-33) had bowled very quickly and well, and Ben Wyard, who bowled very well (2-10) and Jonny got wickets. Although Arthington’s Vince Greaves’s big hits for 48 did some damage, off Hamid, Andrew Moore and Jonny, there was no dropping of heads, Ed bowled Vince, and we all felt 186-9 left us a gettable target.
George and Hamid duly gave us a 96-run opening partnership, Hamid went on to get 89, and all of Atta (33 not out) , Jonny, and Vinay (with two fours to finish) chipped in and we won by 7 wickets with more than 6 overs to spare!