Eight points gained as Laxton take on the elements

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Laxton Park did their best to beat the rain on Sunday but ultimately the elements brought an early end to their match against Warboys.

On a wet and windy May day, both sides escaped with a few points and slightly soggy pullovers.

Laxton chose to bat first on a sprightly, green pitch. Openers Nick Ward and Ivan Hales fended the new ball off well as Warboys’ opening bowlers Adam Hyde (0-24) and Matthew Lavender (0-14) toiled for no reward.

A change of bowlers for Warboys brought Laxton’s house down, however, as first Ward (17) and then Hales (24) were sent packing by Withers and Skidmore respectively.

Kevin Dobbs and Will Kinnear brought some stability to Park’s innings as they put on 50 together before Dobbs was well caught in the slips for 13. Kinnear (38) had provided much of the home side’s entertainment with a few lusty blows, but once he’d been felled by Warboys’ quickie Latchford, Park’s innings petered out. Latchford (3-5) and Withers (3-23) were the pick of Warboys bowlers as Laxton posted a measly total of 136.

As the rain continued to fall over the park, Warboys’ openers were keen to finish this match before the darkness descended. Opening bowler Phil Dobbs helped the visitors in these endeavours as he conspired to concede 14 runs from the first over but fellow opener Adrian McCrone was more miserly as Laxton attempted to make the game into a contest.

The Great British summer was the ultimate winner, though, as both sides eventually conceded that the game was unfinishable. This was not before both Laxton’s openers bagged themselves a wicket - McCrone had Skidmore caught for 19, whilst Dobbs trapped Fox (9) plumb LBW.

Laxton will see this as eight points gained; Warboys perhaps may see this as a lost opportunity against 10 man Park.