Tillingham CC 229 All Out (39.3 overs): C Duth 4-17 (4.0 overs), I Greenwood 2-22 (4.3 overs),
HABCC 115 All Out (33.0 overs): F Riaz 26, I Greenwood 14
It was for the most part a chilly day in the field, and it was certainly a very poor wicket throughout, with balls jumping, shooting and seaming all over the place and both keepers having a nightmare. I counted fewer than a dozen well-timed boundaries in both innings, mostly by their batsmen, though Farooq got a couple away through the off-side. The day was notable for the debuts of married couple Swaroop and Chuppi Duth. Swaroop looked a very useful pace bowler, but it was Chuppi who consistently lured Tillingham's men into rash shots (two caught at backward point).
The day also saw the return of Andrew Bezant, whose left-arm pace bowling is going to be valuable this year. Let's hope all three play regularly.
Tillingham had a couple of good batsmen, but rather more good bowlers, and we were never in the hunt.