Yet another close game for Kingswood, this time in a home 30-over one against old friends Slimbridge, writes Rod Alexander. 

Batting first, Kingswood managed no more than two an over for the first nine, 24 hours rain slowing both pitch and outfield, well exploited by Slimbridge’s young attack. Eventually Mark Thomas (38), Stu Emms (32), Tony Green (19), Luke Messer (13) and Henry McCubbin (10*) began to find the boundary. 
Even so, 141-5 was not too threatening in spite of Kingswood’s 12-year-old opening bowler, Charlie Emms, clean bowling Slimbridge’s experienced Nigel Evans first ball. This was but a minor setback for Slimbridge as Johnny Dakin (28) Jordan Ellis (16) and especially ‘Hughie’ Hughes (53) took them to within 42 runs for victory with only three wickets down. All this changed rapidly. Debutant Ashley Collard, who had told the skipper he ‘did not really bat or bowl’ proved otherwise when his 4-13 off six overs saw off Slimbridge’s hopes with teenager Henry McCubbin`s 2-19 putting them beyond doubt. All Slimbridge’s wickets were clean bowled. 
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