In England, James Clegg writes from Fairburn:
With Fairburn CC top of the Leeds West Riding League, it was good to turn our attentions to the leagues premier cup competition, the Hepworth Cup. Our opponents were Swillington, who ply their trade in the league's 2nd Division. After a week of hot sun, I was looking forward to batting first on the usual Fairburn Flatbed, but the English weather took over, with grey clouds and constant rain.
Swillington won the toss, and decided to bat. Apart from their opener, who made it into the 30s, our bowling was just a bit too strong, skittling them for 79. The rain continued, and I went out to bat with fellow opener Ian Jones. Luckily for us, the bowling was struggling in the wet conditions, allowing us to score the required 80 in just 9.1 overs. I was particularly happy to beat my partner Jones (35*), scoring 44 not out! Next week, back to the league for a game against Gawthorpe St Mary's CC.
Good to see James in the runs again. He now has 174 runs from 4 innings, so a good start to the season by him.
In Denmark, Amit Bhudia had a mixed weekend caught behind after only scoring 7 in Herning's Cup defeat to Aalborg on Friday, but making up for it with an unbeaten 30 in their league victory over Svanholm II the following day. Amit did sustain a slight shoulder injury taking a diving catch, but should be back playing again this weekend when Herning take on Albertslund and KB II in the First Division. Good to see him getting some runs ahead of the Kenya A tour to Denmark, lets hope he keeps it up.
Kenya's other player overseas, Hitesh Modi, is still waiting for his finger to heal, so missed out on Chesham's first league match against Amersham. Chesham had the better of the match finishing with 8-218, while Amersham were at 8-180 when the match was called off due to bad light and rain.