Chatteris CC 1st XI travelled to Great Shelford in their penultimate game of the season needing points on the board to stay clear of the relegation zone.
Due to many players having other commitments Chatteris had to make do with only 10 players, three of those being under 15’s. After losing the toss and being put into bat the senior players stepped up to the mark with Chatteris scoring 170 for 9.
The standout batsman was Liam Boxall who made his maiden 1st XI 50 hitting some superb boundaries. M. Hollis continued his explosive form with a quickfire 38, with valuable contributions from M. Leach and M. Hill who scored 33 and 17 respectably.
Confidence was reasonably high at the tea break. Having a score on the board Chatteris felt that with early wickets anything was possible. Chatteris did exactly that with a good opening spell from A. Palmer (2-51) and Leach (3-32).
They had Shelford on the ropes at 15-3 but a valuable partnership between D. Heath and J. Badcock (25 and 84*) steered Shelford towards the target with captain P. Mortlock guiding them home with 10.5 overs to spare.
Despite the loss Chatteris managed to pick up six bonus points, which are valuable at this stage of the season.
Captain Ant Palmer said: “I was extremely proud of the players that turned out for us today and we put in a good performance. Even though we did lose the game I was happy with the points that we picked up.
“I would like to encourage people to come down to the cricket club on Saturday to support the team as we still need points to ensure we survive in this league.”
Chatteris entertain Kimbolton for the last game of the season still needing points to ensure survival. Match starts at 1.30pm.