Russell Jones tripped to the middle with the Bodicote captain, Lawrence, who won the toss and decided that the visitors would bat first. After some pre-match fielding drills, the team took to the pitch with Dileep Narayanasa making his debut for the club. Adesh Pal opened the bowling in increasingly blustery conditions from the Football Pitch end and began with a maiden. Garry Singh Maan opened from the Thrupp Close end. His first ball went for two wides but his fourth delivery bowled Bodicote's opener Lightfoot for a duck. With the last ball of the over, Garry also bowled Bodicote's other opener Luke, for another duck. Adesh bowled another maiden beforeGarry struck again, bowling Wyatt for a third duck. It was only twenty balls into the game and Bodicote were three for three. In Adesh's next over, he had Lawrence adjudged lbw for two, which brought one Allen out to join another. They brought a period of dogged consolidation, staying together for a partnership of forty runs and seeing off both opening bowlers. They were replaced by Mark Currell and Atif Mushtaq, who broke the partnership in the seventeenth over by bowling R. Allen for thirteen. The next wicket to fall was D. Allen in the seven overs later when Mark trapped him LBW for 26. 67 for six. Three balls later Mark bowled Baker for eight. Bodicote achieved another good partnership of thirty between Tester and Hawkins, lasting until the 35th over when Adesh had Tester caught behind by Stuart Walding for thirteen. 98 for eight. Garry had also returned to the attack but was himself replaced by captain Russell in the 38th over who struck with his first delivery when Buckingham was given out lbw for a duck. Adesh took the final wicket next over when he bowled Hawkins for twenty-one, leaving Barlow not out on two. Castlethorpe's excellent fielding performance had restricted Bodicote to 106 from 38.2 overs. A very good effort all round.
After Basher's tea was consumed, he and Atif made their way to the middle to chase down the total set. Things did not start well. Atif was bowled in the first over for a duck by Lightfoot, Mark made his way to the crease, but was a spectator when Basher was also bowled after scoring three runs. 7-2. Garry, due for a big score to revive his 2016 form, was given out LBW in the ninth over for seven, but which time Mark had been clean bowled and Russell caught behind. 22-5. Adesh couldn't recapture his previous innings of 105, and was given out LBW for a duck. The last four wickets fell similarly quickly: Dileep was bowled for one, Matt Lewis bowled for six and Stuart Crow bowled for a duck to bring in the last pair: Aaron Day and Ian Easton. Aaron proved to be the last man out, LBW for two, as Castlethorpe crumbled to a measly 32 all out.
To say that the team was disappointed would be an understatement. After such a good fielding performance, to be bowled out so cheaply was a bitter blow but the team should take heart from the fact that they bowled and fielded so well, much improved on their match two weeks previously. It means things are moving in the right direction. Let's hope that the next league match, home to Radway on June 3rd, sees the bowling, fielding and batting all click.
Match report by Sharron Jones.