Murtagh praises new boy Delmont
CAPTAIN Chris Murtagh has praised the batting skills of Andy Delmont after a great opening weekend for Reigate Priory.
The Ryman Surrey Championship Premier Division side ran up an impressive 265-5 with the bat before bowling a cautious Normandy side out for 91 after 34 overs.
Murtagh top scored for the Llamas with 87 before being clean bowled by Naguleswaran Niranjan, but it was new overseas player Delmont, from Perth, who the captain singled out.
"It was great for Andy to get 64 in the opening game, especially after the pre-season we have had," Murtagh said. "Saturday went very well or at least as good as we could have hoped for.
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"It was quite damp to start with and there was a bit of drizzly rain for the first couple of hours of the game, but we had blue skies in the afternoon."
However, Murtagh was pleased with his own innings.
"It wasn't too bad," he explained modestly of his 87. "It was the first game of the year so you expect to get 30 or 40, so in that respect I'm quite pleased."
And Murtagh believes it was down to the superb bowling of Reigate Priory that Normandy were restricted to 91.
"In their batting innings they started very cautiously," he said. "But they came up against some very good bowling. I think our bowling line was good.
"Our bowlers did well; Will Hodson and Toby Briggs set the standard."
On Saturday, the Llamas host local rivals Banstead at Park Lane, in what will be the visitors' first game of the season after their fixture against Sutton last weekend was washed out.
"We always look forward to playing against Banstead because we know a lot of their players and they know a lot of our boys as well," Murtagh said. "The weather forecast for the weekend looks good so hopefully we will get some cricket played.
"They had the washout last weekend which might well work in our favour, but who knows."