The sun shone on what would be Sharow’s 4th full game in the 2014 season. After C Somerville’s treacherous move to local rivals and Mike Ainsley’s goalkeeping heroics leaving him with a fractured thumb; James Crowley and Trev Bain stepped in to try and continue the unbeaten season away at Rainton.
Stand in captain T Kennedy won the toss and elected to bowl first- just like Sharow had in all of their victories so far. When Rainton were on 60/0 from 4 overs this decision seemed questionable to say the least after some very loose bowling from R Simms 3-0-32-0. T Kennedy and P Ainsley had to steady the ship to reduce the run rate (9-0-32-0) and (9-7-9-3) while Ainsley picked up wickets during possibly the best bowling spell of the season so far; including M Harris (26) and S Weaver (12). A great spell from R Ezard (7-1-17-3) helped get rid of the middle order including Matt Box (11) with a genuinely unplayable ball- it could have been more if T Kennedy could have grabbed on to one at first slip instead of slapping it one handed into the ground. Little resistance came from this point, and T Bain (3-0-11-0) managed to tie up one end while the renewed MVP Si Garvey destroyed the tail end, in a fashion similar to Dale Steyn with figures of (7.1-5-7-4). So after an awful start to the innings, Rainton were bowled out for 110. Mention to Steve Mcvean who ended 20 not out after playing some fine shots.
111 to win.. could it be done? The answer is yes. D Garvey (50*) and Paul Ainsley (51*) brought the team home without losing a wicket in 29 overs. P Ainsley evidently wanted to get home in a rush after taking M Box for 14 in an over with a very uncharacteristic 6 straight over the sight screen. D Garvey dispatched the loose ball with disdain reaching his 2nd consecutive half century. 6 points to the Sharks- remaining at the top of division 3.
3- Paul Ainsley, an inspired bowling spell taking wickets and bowling tightly as well as a 50 to bring the side home
2- Si Garvey, another 4 wickets in what seems to be looking like a great season for our new MVP.
1- Damo Garvey, continues great form with the bat to get another unbeaten 50.
Fielding Points- Ben Johnstone after being neglected in the last two weeks, only 1 bye in 3 weeks deserves some recognition.