UKAFCA beat the Duke of Norfolk’s XI by 64 runs at Arundel Castle.
The UKAF men’s senior XI recorded their second victory of the season against a strong Duke of Norfolk XI at Arundel Castle. Winning the toss, UKAF decided to make first use of the batting-friendly conditions but suffered early setbacks, losing openers LCpl Jordan Relph and SAC Tom Shorthouse with the score on 2. Pte Tade Carmichael and debutant SAC Adam Sutcliffe set about repairing the damage, adding 93 for the third wicket. Carmichael had plundered a 35 ball half century before a mix up saw him run out, and 95-3 became 110-5 with captain Cpl Jay Boynton departing for a duck and Sutcliffe being run out one short of what would have been a well-deserved half century. Cpl Alvin Pollard played patiently while Bdr Graham Wiseman counter-attacked. Wiseman followed up his man of the match performance against Cambridge with another quick fire century before he was caught on 105 from just 64 balls. Pollard followed shortly afterwards for a valuable 36, and it was left to Cpl Keiran Pearce (19) and LCpl Luke Robinson (14) to push the score to 300 before the declaration came.
In reply, the Duke of Norfolk XI got away to a quick start before seamer Lt Cdr Jon Parker picked up 2 wickets to leave the score at 37-2. Former England rugby stand-off Rob Andrew anchored the innings, compiling 12 from 43 balls before being bowled by Shorthouse. With the score at 60-3, Mahesh Rawat – contracted to the Pune Warriors in the IPL – joined Buckinghamshire batsman Steve Naylor and the 2 turned the tide, taking the score to 220. With 81 required from the last 14 overs and 2 batsmen well set, the game was firmly in favour of the Duke of Norfolk XI, however Parker retuned to remove the pair – finishing with 4-37 – and spinners Narayan and Shorthouse picked off the lower order with 2 wickets apiece. When Narayan trapped England rugby coach Eddie Jones leg before for a golden duck, 7 wickets had fallen for just 16 runs and the innings closed at 236.
Parker’s contribution with the ball was remarkable in the circumstances, and Carmichael again played fluently but Wiseman picked up his second man of the match award in consecutive games for his century.
Scorecard here: 20180520_DukeofNorfolk_UKAF (1)