Run chase too high for Banwell

Banwell and Churchill fall short in their run chase against Temple Cloud.

WITH no Jeremy Pearson in the side, Banwell and Churchill decided to put Temple Cloud into bat and then hope to chase down the runs.

Several dropped catches in the first few overs saw Temple Cloud skate away to 50-0 before Wilton was lbw for 24, and when Campbell, the other Temple Cloud opener, had to retire hurt for 27, there seemed renewed hope for Banwell.

Mark Biggs settled in to a good spell of bowling, another great return of 12 overs for 28 runs. Catches were still being dropped, three went down off Mike Pye though he did trap Appleyard lbw for 18. Langley and John Biggs took two further wickets at the end to leave temple Cloud on 236-4 off their 45 overs.

Banwell were optimistic this was a target they could reach. Mark Biggs was soon rattling up the runs, but was bowled for 24. There followed an accurate spell of bowling from Flinders (12-1-35-1) to put Banwell under pressure.

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Dan Borrett hit a quickfire 20 and this was followed with some excellent hitting from Chris Langley, who eventually collected 49 before being bowled by Head.

Dave Eckett had provided a backbone throughout but he also fell to Head in the run chase at the end, for 68. It was not to be though, the fall of Eckett signalled the end of the run chase as Head managed to bowl the 43rd over for only one run.

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Banwell had to settle for collecting the 10 batting points with a final total of 207-7.

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