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As memories of summer start to fade with the first rains of Autumn we can reflect with some satisfaction on one excellent village outing - the inaugural annual Arnesby v Shearsby Cricket match. In fine weather with an enthusiastic crowd cheering on, Arnesby held on to beat Shearsby by just 12 runs in a tense finish.
Watched by an assembled gathering from both villages of over 50, Shearsby captain Simon Stacey put Arnesby in to bat. A steady scoring rate of around 5 an over saw Arnesby reach a good score of 202 after their allotted 40 overs. Notable performances by George Lees (60), Dave Matthews (34) and Pete Turner (27) in the middle and end of the innings ensured that the best Shearsby bowlers were always under test. Good bowling from C Evans and P Sanders (2 wickets) pegged Arnesby back at the start, and accurate, economical bowling from S Stacey, C Stanley and P Durran helped slow the Arnesby run rate. However it was George Lees that impressed most with 8 fours and one six in his solid 60.
In reply Shearsby matched the Arnesby run rate all the way through to the half way stage – but the brakes were applied sharply when D Matthews and P Turner stopped the fast flowing Shearsby runs. Further momentum was lost when P Stanley retired on 50 although he did come back at the end of the innings to finish a splendid innings of 68 not out. N Harridge and P Durran combined in the middle order for a fine partnership, but unfortunately Shearsby could not repeat that effort as they ran just short.
The day was a great exhibition of sporting talent that exists in both villages ably assisted by a guest player for each team: Norman Moltu (born and bred in Arnesby, but now moved on) and Nick Harridge dropping in from Perth Australia!