Another fantastic day produced an exciting close match. It was dry, warm and humid with generally overcast skies. Bowl For The Face captain, Dan Graham, won the toss and chose to bat. Magic Hat CC captain, P. Codron, and R. Codron opened the bowling to K Jones and D. Bronks. On the 3rd ball of the day, KC-Jones' bails fell off. But it was not clear if she hit wicket or the wind was to blame. Anyway, the benefit of doubt was upheld and she stayed in. But it wasn't long before MH got the breakthrough with K. Jones eventually bowled by R. Codron for 5.

P. Kaye entered and immediately started to hit some fine boundaries off R. Codron and A. Hardy. D. Bronks was then bowled by R. Codron and BFTF were 27 for 2. M. Grant entered and scored a quick 5 before confusion saw him run out by A. Hardy from a fine opening over by A. Cutts. J. Glazer came in to bowl and kept it tight with 1 off his first over but Hardy was finding Kaye in irresistible form as he quickly notched up 26 and retirement. His son Jordan, also started well with a couple of boundaries before he was caught & bowled by N. Codron. BFTF now 46 for 4. D. Graham entered and showed his batting prowess with a few sixes and quickly moved on to 27 and retirement.

T. Cansfield came in and quickly got in a muddle as a powerful ball by D. Cohen was nicked onto the stumps. J. Paul went in and scored a couple of fours before he was bowled by Cohen, who was having a blinder! BFTF now 88 for 6. S. Chapman entered and after a single, he was caught by P. Codron at midwicket off L. Jones' teasing ball. P. Codron then put on the wicket keepers gloves and J. Holder opened his bowling with a fine delivery to dismiss D. Ross for a duck. BFTF now 95 for 8 off 19 overs. By this time P. Kaye & D. Graham were the last men standing as they returned from retirement and both produced excellent batting to reach their 50's by scoring 66 runs off the last 6 overs. J. Glazer had a difficult chance to catch Kaye, but the shot proved too powerful to hold. BFTF achieved the highest ever score of 161 off 25 overs for the loss of 8 wickets. Magic Hat had their work cut out to beat this big total and needed a run rate of 6.5 runs per over to win.

P. Codron and A. Hardy opened for MH and formed a solid partnership against T. Cansfield, K. C-Jones, J. Paul and J. Kaye. A few boundaries, quick running and an expensive over from D. Ross pushed the score to 49. P. Kaye started his bowling and had Codron and Hardy on the back foot. His final ball of his maiden over saw a fast in swinger deceive P. Codron and the stumps were shattered. His elder brother Nigel came in looked to be forming a good partnership with Hardy, before Hardy was bowled by a fast Kaye delivery. MH now 54 for 2. R. Codron entered and looked comfortable. N. Codron went for a drive over the top but lofted too high and P. Kaye was underneath it to give J. Paul his first wicket of the day. MH now 93 for 3 and looking good for reaching their total.

L. Jones was in with R. Codron, who finally reached 25 and retirement and was replaced by J. Glazer. Jones scored a quick 11 before a top edge off T. Cansfield was caught behind by S. Chapman. MH now 118 for 4. Enter M. Grant for his 2nd over, which proved to be the turning point of the match. An incredible 3 wicket maiden saw off Glazer, Cutts and Cohen and MH dreams were in tatters. P. Codron joined J. Holder in the middle as the 10th batsman, but tight bowling from P. Kaye left Codron and Holder too much to do. Needing 23 runs off the final over, P. Codron added some respectability with 14 runs off D. Graham including a 6 off the final ball. But it was all in vain. Magic Hat finished on 152 for 7 off 25 overs. (3rd highest score). In a close match, Bowl for the Face won by 9 runs.

Thanks to everyone who made this day one to remember and below is your coefficient score for the match.

Player Coefficient Points:

Paul Kaye 123
Marcus Grant 94
Richard Codron 69
Peter Codron 65
Dan Graham 59
Dotan Cohen 49
Louis Jones 34
Adam Cutts 34
Julian Holder 31
Tim Cansfield 28
Kristen Cutlip-Jones 24
Jonny Paul 22
Stuart Chapman 17
Nigel Codron 14
Jordan Katz-Kaye 9
Dan Bronks 7
Adie Hardy 0
Jon Glazer -1
Dylan Ross -4
Bowl for the Face CC v Magic Hat CC
2010 Match Report