Alas, the inevitable rain began to dictate proceedings with the play suspended after six overs at 26-3. Little did the weather expect the well drilled North Enfield unit to emplace the covers with such vigorous haste, which potentially prevented the abandonment of play. Nonetheless an early tea was taken, a phenomena welcomed with high mirth amongst all cricketers. The game now consisting of 33 overs per innings.
Upon resuming play Datchworth lost regular wickets and were restricted to 106, with captain Jones bravely exposing his bowling to the delicate tail to poach three wickets conceding a miserly 8 runs. Datchworth were much indebted to Thistlewaite who scythed his way to a a resilient 40 including a smattering of cleanly struck maximums.
The North Enfield chase appeared perilous losing early wickets, however the ever combatant Sanders took up arms and raced to his fifty, his weapon of choice: the club! In doing so serving up a veritable Smorgasbord of hitting, at one juncture even chastising himself for only hitting a four when he deemed a maximum was on offer. Then with the score at 94-3 an extraordinary collapse to 94-7 left the North Enfield tail with Pad-Rush, rather than the more common Pad-Rash. An inquisition into the brevity of the middle-order demise may simply yield an conclusion of hubris sprinkled with misfortune, however most certainly Datchworth's commendably dogged bowling had its part to play. Thankfully A.V Khan's tactic of "22-yard dash-at-all-cost" allowed North Enfield to crawl over the line with only 2 wickets but almost 8 overs to spare.
An enjoyable joust which should perhaps have been more comfortable for home team who look forward to welcoming Old Finchleians, and hopefully some blue skies, next Saturday.