Inspired yet again by 4 wickets from Skipper Barns and a superb knock of 55 N.O. from the “not so youngest player in the team”, Noel Matthews, the 3’s came away from the Polo Saturday afternoon with a big win over top of the table team Punjab CC.
Electing to bat first, Punjab were dismissed for 111 in 21.4 overs on a relatively good batting strip at Polo. Destroying the Punjab batting was the skipper himself, A. Barnsy who picked up 4/27 off 4.4 overs. Khan coming in next with 2/21 off 4 overs with Chicken Andy and Bish chipping in with one a piece. Big Nadeem being tight as a duck’s butt with 4 overs, 0/10.
Chasing 112 to win, openers Noel Matthews and Andrew Bentley put on 71 for the first wicket and despite a rather “unsportsmanlike” run out dismissal of #3 batsmen David Fell by the Punjab wicketkeeper, Southerners never looked worried and cruised passed the score with 3 overs to go. Noel Matthews scoring 55 not out and being supported by 20 runs from Andrew Bentley whose average now has reached whole numbers!
A big win for the 3’s and with 2 games to go, two wins should see the 3’s in at least the qualifying final.
Great effort to Barnsy and Noel and of course to the whole of the 3’s and the club so far in the season.