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Ealing vs Bath


Bath's Cup campaign ended at the hands of Ealing yesterday following a five wicket defeat. After winning the toss Ealing asked Bath to bat first and the 100 strong group of Bath supporters looked forward to seeing a decent total posted.
Robin Lett and James Campbell settled the nerves with a fluent opening stand of 39 and all seemed rosy but then a spell of four wickets for nine runs in seven overs really put Bath on the back foot leaving them on 49 for 4. Luke Padgett(21) and Sam Mount started the rebuilding process against some tight bowling and put on a valuable 58 before Luke was unluckily given out stumped one of a few dubious decisions through the game.
Sam Mount was still at the crease and was looking comfortable and looking to take the game to Ealing he past fifty but then sucumbed to the spin of Krispin Martin for an excellent 58 (4 x 4 and 2 x 6).
A couple more wickets fell leaving Bath on 137 for 7 when the experienced James Brown joined Tom Stayt and the pair set about trying to post a total on a good batting wicket.
When Tom Stayt departed for 40 the pair had added 83 for the eigth wicket and had given the bowlers a chance although it was felt that maybe 250 was a par score for the wicket. James Brown ending on 43 not out and showing his real worth to the team lower down the order.
At the tea break the Bath supporters felt that the team had a chance and if Ealing could chase down that score with the added nerves of it being a Cup quarter final then they would be worthy winners.
The top five in the Ealing side are renowned for taking the attack to the bowling and they didn't disappoint with Wilkins and Elech looking to attack at every opportunity until Lloyd Davies had Wilkins well caught by James Brown going for one shot too many for 18. This gave the away support some hope and when Adam Kelly picked up the wicket of Mylo Wilkins for 2 leaving Ealing 23 for 2 it was game on.
Chris Wakefield had joined the impressive Elech and the pair added an excellent 77 before Sam Mount was introduced into the attack and enticed Wakefield to try and clear long on he struck the ball with power and it look four all the way until Lloyd Davies produced possibly one of the greatest catches in Bath's long cup history diving full length and clutching the ball in his right hand what made it more impressive was that the ball was struck with real power and he had little time to react even being on the boundary. This gave Bath real hope but they still had to dismiss the dangerous Elech and knew that the wicket of the former Middlesex player Chris Peploe would be crucial.
When Peploe called Elech through for a quick single he did look to have made his ground but was given out for an excellent 53. This seemed to inspire Peploe who knew he had to see the job home. With Robin Lett shuffling his bowlers trying to take the wickets which would make the nerves start to jangle in the home dressing room Peploe stood firm and skilfully struck the ball around the ground making an unbeaten 58.
Despite a late wicket for Bath's man of the match Sam Mount Ealing were home with two overs to spare and will have to wait another year for a chance to win a trophy that continues to elude them.
Ealing were excellent hosts and despite the result all the Bath supporters left the groung knowing that on the day the better team had won. 

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