Bodsworth 5 overs 1 maiden 1 for 8. Appleby 4 overs 1 maiden 0 for 10, and Heaton 3 overs 0 maidens 2 for 20. It was a bedraggled bunch of players who padded their way off the pitch at the end of the afternoon, but with more cricket ahead of them on the 'morrow. Sunday dawned with no respite from the soaring temperatures. Chaldon CC won the toss, I suspect to great relief, and elected to bat. Mallorca's Sunday X1 skippered by Frank Leavers encountered a resolute opening pair in Fox and Claus, the latter hitting a cracking six off Jamie Carter's second over, in fact the runs were coming at a rate of 6 an over, and we were witnessing some fine cricket from the visitors. Charles Holcroft made the first strike for Mallorca when Dowland, in unusual role as wicket keeper, had Claus caught for 33, with the score standing at 55. Price joined Fox, but it was to be a shortlived partnership when Leavers held onto a catch off Mal Leggett to dismiss Fox for 28. Price produced some classy stroke play, taking the score to 90 before Wood was bowled by Mal Leggett for just 4. James Housego came in at No.5, and he and Price shared a valuable stand of 44, but Dowland once again held onto a catch off Adam Leggett to send Price off for a well deserved lager. His score 38. The tourist's score 134 for 4 after 22 overs. Housego finished unbeaten on 28, and Chaldon's final tally was 152 for 5 from the allotted 25 overs. For Mallorca 'Veteran' Malcolm Leggett's stint of 3 overs produced 2 wickets for 15 runs. Charles Holcroft, Adam Leggett, and Jeremy Reed each took a wicket. Was I disappointed, due to the short 25 over game it had been decided that tea be taken after the match, only tea and biscuits were served at the interval, woe was me!! However after the men had collapsed for the required time, Mallorca's batsmen Bird and Dowland looked suitably refreshed and set about their task with gusto, even running a couple of three's which was quite a feat in the Sahara conditions at the MCG. Mel Bird was clearly enjoying life, until a beamer off Claus struck him at the side of the temple and felled him. There was a long break as the bloodied remains were scraped off the pitch. OK, so I can joke about it now, but it wasn't in the least amusing at the time, either for Mel Bird or indeed the perpetrator! Mel was carted off to the medical centre for treatment with the only consolation that he had contributed 33 runs to the Mallorca score. Jamie Carter and Joel Dowland, the young blood of the side, took the score to 72, before Lunn made a seemingly impossible diving catch at midwicket off Richard Claus to dismiss Carter for 12. Peter Nalty and Dowland shared a stand of 63, both regularly finding the boundary. Chaldon's skipper brought on Bolger who claimed Peter Nalty's wicket in his first over, bowled for 32. Joel Dowland hit the winning runs with a splendind boundary taking Mallorca's total to 156 for 2 from just 22 overs. The members of Chaldon CC from Surrey have expressed a desire to return to Majorca in the Spring. They are an excellent side, with quality players, and we hope to see them at the MCG in the not too distant future, when hopefully the conditions will be less punishing for all concerned.
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