Mere CC draw fair result with Hale Barnes
Hale Barns won the toss and correctly chose to bat. Rob Jones and Kim Pinnington opened the bowling for the Pelicans. Jones was first to strike bowling the young opener for 1 which left Hale Barns on 4-1. The opening attack kept plugging away having to work hard for their wickets on what was a very flat wicket.
A few more wickets fell just as Hale Barns started to build some partnerships with the innings in the balance at 94-4. A good innings by Hunter and Robinson put Hale in a good position to build a respectable score but this partnership was broken by Sam Rickard which bowled Robinson for 35. Then the in form Hunter went stumped down the leg side by Max Ekstein off Pinnington for 57 which left Hale on 152-6. Mere were back in the game and were looking to role over the remaining wickets cheaply, but Hale plugged away and got the score up to a decent 195-9.
Pinnington finished with 4-87, Jones finished with 3-64 and Rickard 2-36.
Mere CC had to get off to a good start if they were to get close to the 195 target set by Hale Barns. But both Max Ekstein and Les Preston fell early both out for 4. Dan Ekstein went on to bat in his normal positive way joined at the crease by James Evison who played some great shots round the ground. Ekstein was next to go after being bowled by Molloy for 36 and Roper was soon to go after being bowled for 0.
These quick wickets left Mere in trouble at 56-4. The captain Pinnington came to the crease and soon went about his work with Evison getting the total up to where they wanted but Hale bowled well and dismissed Evison for a decent 41. This really took the wind out of the Mere sales which left Pinnington and Ben Owen to see out the final 6 overs finishing on 155-6 and Pinnington finishing on 55 not out.
Hale Barns would of wished for a win but a draw was a fair result. Mere next entertain Ashley at home for next week’s local derby for what again should be a good battle.