LANZAROTE WELCOME REDBOURNE CRICKET CLUB TO THE GRAN CANARIAS
Redbourn CC got the Lanzarote Cricket Association touring season off to a great start. In this four day, two game whistle stop tour the lads from Hertfordshire hardly had time to take a breath. What with the travel, cricket, local tourist atttractions! and of course fancy dress beach cricket, there was little time for them to take full advantage of the lovely accomadation the LCA provided for them in Puerto del Carmen.
Their first big challenge of the tour was to be up and ready for a 9.30 pick up on Friday morning to compete against the LCA 2nd XI. Having mastered their first test on the tour, a much weakened 2nd XI proved to be less of an examination than first thought. However this was due mainly to Redbourn´s quality batting, the highlight being a third wicket stand of 109 between Chris Yorath (83) and Anthony Muder (44). A daunting total of 227 seemed to be too many for the home team to chase down. This was underlined at the half way point with the LCA on 72 for 4, mainly due to Redbourn´s Dan Thatcher´s lively bowling, 3 for 22 off 6 overs.
There was a middle order recovery from Chris Davidson (48) and Paul Stenson (23) rescuing some pride for the locals who eventually finished some 40 runs short of the Tourist´s total. However it would be remiss of me not to mention Rak Bajpai who put down his rather large cigar to come on and clean up the tail with figures of 3 for 31 off 3 overs.
Having enjoyed the more popular Puerto del Carmen tourist attractions throughout the weekend the match against the LCA 1st XI was always going to be a big asked for the Tourists. However Redbourn proved class is permanent battling their way to a reasonable score of 157 for 8. Darren Bassell finishing unbeaten on 32 and another good performance from Chris Yorath (31) being the high points of the batting performance. Good bowling performances from Frankie Khislani (2 for 20) and Matt Evans (2 for 24) left the home side feeling confident they could reach the total set by the visiters.
This feeling ebbed away as the home side were struggling at the half having only scored 57 and lost 3 wickets. However the local lads rallied showing they have real strength indepth in the middle and lower order reaching 158 with an over to spare having lost 8 wickets. Frankie (37) and Matt (33) proved to be the pick of the batting as well as the bowling, even though Jamie Rogerson recovered from his poor bowling performance to hit the last 10 runs to keep the LCA 1st XI´s unbeaten home record alive. Excellant figures from Dan Thatcher (2 for 13) and Jim Lee (2 for 14) kept things tight to the end and was part of an excellant days cricket enjoyed by players and spectators alike