Percy Main denied win at Annfield Plain by rain

Percy Main were cruelly denied the chance to force a victory by rain at Annfield Plain.

Captain Barry Stewart lost the toss and the men from St John’s Green were asked to bat in overcast conditions at Annfield Plain.

Openers Stewart and Anthony Hornby both hit boundaries in the opening two overs before the latter was dismissed for five as he edged a good delivery from Michael Hawdon to Graham Carr at first slip.

Then Liam Tobin went for three to bring Michael Phillips to the crease at 27-2.

Phillips and Stewart added 28 for the third wicket before the skipper departed for 33, adjudged lbw by the umpire to a delivery from Shane Oliver that appeared to be missing the stumps.

Stewart’s unfortunate dismissal left Percy Main 55-3 after 17 overs.

Philip Cramman helped Phillips add 33 for the fourth wicket. Phillips having played himself in began to unleash his arsenal of strokes. In consecutive deliveries he drove Christopher Graham for four through cover and then lofted him for six over mid-off.

The partnership ended when Cramman was caught at mid-off for eight by Michael Hawdon off Graham’s bowling.

Andrew Green tried to play in his usual positive manner, but his positive approach caused his innings to end after ten balls. He was lured down the wicket by a flighted delivery from Shane Oliver and was out stumped for four by wicketkeeper Sam Stephenson.

This left Percy Main 99-5 after 27 overs with Phillips 41 not out.

Michael Boyd hit Graham for four but was dismissed two balls later trying to repeat the same stroke.

Ben Jenkins lasted four balls as he was bowled by Graham.

Mark Armstrong joined Phillips, who brought up a 64-ball half century that featured five fours and two sixes.

Armstrong’s patient knock ended when he was lbw to Graham for 10.

Steve Knight, batting at ten due to a knee injury, helped Phillips add 12 for the ninth wicket before Phillips was out for a well compiled 63.

Two more runs were added before the innings ended in a somewhat comical fashion.

Spence received a short delivery from Hawdon when he looked to pull through square leg. In completing the shot Spence overbalanced and his momentum took his bat into the stumps. The resulting hit wicket dismissal meant that Percy Main were all out for 146 with Knight five not out.

Percy Main got off to a great start when Annfield Plain went in to bat. Andrew Green struck in the third over with a run out.

Green took Percy Main’s second wicket when he hurried Shane Oliver with a short ball that he was only able to scoop to Liam Tobin at square leg.

Green struck for a third time when he managed to induce a drive from Graham Carr that was lobbed straight to mid-off where Philip Cramman took the catch.

With Annfield Plain 35-5, Percy Main knew they were a few quick wickets away from being able to force an unlikely victory.

However the rain forced the players from the field after 14 overs with the score at 38-3.

Unfortunately the rain would not relent and the players were unable to return to the field. This meant the match was abandoned.