The opening stand between Alex and Ali got Castlethorpe off to a good start but this innings evidenced the saying "one wicket brings two" in triplicate, with the first and second, fourth and fifth and eighth and ninth wicket stands. It was strange but true. There were however stands of 57 (Alex and Ali) and 61 (Syed and Atif) which, with the couple of stands of over twenty saw Castlethorpe bat out all forty overs and reach a total of 187-9, with Ian hitting his second career six.
After tea, the visitors set about chasing down the total in a bid to keep their promotion hopes alive. However, in spite of their third wicket stand of 89 they were unable to secure the required total, finishing on 164-9.
Whilst Castlethorpe cannot make a promotion spot this season, they definitely will not be relegated. The match next Saturday against Dunchurch & Bilton will be interesting as just a few points separate the teams in the table.