A beleaguered and under resourced Pyestock CC fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of East Meon CC this Sunday.
Missing several key players, the result that many predicted came to the fore as Jon Ford’s side struggled early on after being put into bat on a tricky surface and against the wit and guile of the experienced home bowlers.
Only Tom Threlfall (35), who himself was lucky to survive a couple of chances early on, along with Jack Bromley (21) and a late flurry from Sam Armes pushed Pyestock over the 100 mark before being dismissed.
It was never going to be enough and despite tidy spells from Chris Heath and Sam Armes, each boundary hurt the visitors immeasurably and a selection of misfields and spurned opportunities added to the frustration.
With the writing already on the wall by the 10th over, Jon Ford rotated his bowlers, and just when it looked like a 10 wicket defeat was on the cards, Dan Heath’s leg spin claimed Pyestocks first wicket. This failed to stem the tide and although there was time for Jack Bromley to claim his 150th wicket in a Pyestock shirt, East Meon eased to victory without too much of a work out.
Hopefully on future visits we will put up more of a fight against the talented home side, who bowled to the conditions in a way Pyestock simply could not. A fully deserved victory in an unusually one-sided contest for the 2020 season. It is hoped reinforcements will strengthen the side for the visit of Peper Harow next week, but without the likes of Ben Bromley, Pete Harris and Neil Butler, it remains to be seen whether the side will be of appropriate strength for what our longest serving opponents will pit against us.