Bowlers save the day
REIGATE Priory have bowlers Will Hodson and Neil Saker to thank for saving the day after a dire batting display on Saturday, according to captain Chris Murtagh.
The Llamas were all out for 87 at Weybridge and staring another defeat in the face, but the duo's fine bowling saw the home side dismissed for a meagre 54 to see Priory return home with an unlikely victory. And skipper Murtagh admits it was one of the most bizarre games he has been involved in.
"It was strange – we were put into bat and for the first hour everything was going really well but then I can't really explain what happened after that," Murtagh said. "A really bad batting collapse, one of the worse I have ever seen.
"That was disappointing but then what happened after lunch was hugely encouraging."
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Despite the uphill battle Priory had given themselves with their poor batting performance, Murtagh insists he never gave up hope of grabbing the win given the superb form of Hodson and Saker.
"It was a really uphill task but we knew Weybridge had been bowled out quite cheaply before this season," Murtagh explained. "We just came out and luckily bowled really well. The swing machine Hodson and Saker were magnificent."
Priory are up to fifth in the Premier Division of the Ryman Surrey Championship and Murtagh believes his side still have a shot at the title.
"I wouldn't say we are favourites to win the league but I think we still have a chance," the skipper said. "We need to perform better in all three areas of our game but the table is very tight at the top."
But before Priory host Normandy in the league on Saturday, they travel to Division Five club Oxted & Limpsfield for a Surrey Championship Cup quarter-final.
"I don't know much about Oxted," Murtagh said. "I'm sure Oxted will be quite up for it as well; hosting another local team and one who are perhaps better.
"But I'm looking forward to it because the Twenty20 cup games are always fast-moving and we get to wear the coloured kit."
Oxted & Limpsfield against Reigate Priory starts at 6pm tonight.