Bryanston Butterflies 299-6 dec( J Vitali 3-96); Pilgrims 123-7 ( J Vitali 42).Match drawn.

Although we had only lost one of our four matches thus far on the Week, it was fair to say we hadn’t hit our straps and were keen to step it up a gear. We were looking to claim a fourth victory in a row against Bryanston in the longer format on the Week but it wasn’t to be, with a thrilling draw being played out. 

Having lost the toss again, we were sent out to field. We did not get off to the start we would have wanted, primarily as a result of some very poor fielding– we dropped their opening batsman Morris 4 times before getting him for 88 – an average of 17.6 per chance. J. Vitali bowled with much heart for his 3-96, as did A. Nurton for his 1-32 but ultimately we fell well short of where we should have been in the field, allowing them to declare on 299-6.

With the arrival of Elliot Whiting we did at least have our gun opening bat back in the mix. He saw off the new ball before falling for 10 from 23 balls– surprisingly he was caught rather than bowled playing across the line. The rest of the top order fell cheaply and we were once again in a massive hole at 70-7.However, it was at this point that J.Vitali and P.Reynolds entered the fray having been instructed that we would now be batting for an improbable draw, given that the opposition had 23 overs left of play to take three wickets. Remarkably they managed to bat out these 23 overs without the loss of another wicket. We finished on 123-7 with a draw that felt like a victory given the context – a pleasingly dogged performance indeed from the team at such an advanced stage in the Week.  

Pilgrims v Bryanston Butterflies
July 10 2019