Lost by 20 runs
The Mote 238-9 (M White 52; J Marriott 54; S Wade 4-23)
Dragons 218 all out (R Carnelley 82; Mason 4-19)
A new fixture greeted the Dragons on Monday morning as the warm glow of not being at work spread around the camp. Upon winning the toss Mote Park’s captain chose to bat and Simon Wade delivered the news to the Dragons. Opening bowlers Joe Peck (2-21) and Sam Boynes (1-29) made short work of the Mote Park opening pair and the home side were 35-2 after the first 10 overs. The middle order for Mote Park were up for the task, and with half centuries for batters White and Marriot, Fatouros with 46 and Mason a quick-fire 36, the Dragons looked to be on the bat foot. Pick of the bowlers for the day was, without doubt, captain Simon Wade who picked up 4 wickets for just 23 runs in his 7 over stint.
Dragon’s debutant, Ross Carnelley and stalwart Chris Churchman opened the batting chasing a total of 239 to win the game. After 10 overs this was well within reach, having scored 61 with Churchman (29) the only casualty. At the half way mark, the Dragons were definitely on top having scored half the runs required for the loss of only two wickets; Matt Tavare having come and gone for 22. Unfortunately this was to be the high point of the innings as the chase started to wobble like the hollandaise on an ill-advised eggs benedict. Second debutant Ben Powell, two Mihills and an Arnold managed to get past double figures but, when Carnelley was dismissed in the 28th over for 82, the Dragons found themselves up against it. The win was sealed by Mote Park in the penultimate over when a smart piece of fielding (and a stupid piece of running) finished the game. A superb and balanced fixture hopefully to be repeated for many years.
(Match report J Peck)