Having lost the toss for the 4th week in a row, we were put in the field.
Bestwood Village lost one of the oponers early doors to a fine Neil davey delivery, the next wicket to fall was that of the no.3 batsman. Who too was bowled, this time by Andy Beecroft. However, this guy decided to change the laws of cricket and decided to stand his ground having had his off stump thumped by Beecroft. For the next 3-4 mins the square leg umpire, (who was in fact just a player as they had not brought any officials) argued with Rich Nevin accusing our keeper of cheating by some how managing to flick the bails backwards off the wickets!!! Eventually he left and a steady fall of wickets began, Max was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 38 off 5 overs. Hedgie was far too expensive, AG more than held his own with 1 for 34, as did Davey with 1 for 40. Economy wise Beecrfot was amazing, he bowled against aggressive batsmen and only went for 16 off his 8 overs picking up the wicket mentioned above.
236 was the final total for Bestwood Village.
Stretch & Carr opened the batting, Stretch fell early for just 1. Ben Carr showed his class with a very respectable 45 before being caught chasing a slightly wide delivery. However for me the man of the match was Steve Kemp, having not picked a bat up in 12 months he got to 43 before being caught. Having held 3 catches in the field earlier he had had a good game all round. Nobody else really troubled the scorer, we really need to preserve our wickets too further down the order. This was again highlighted by batsmen 7,8,9,10 & Jack scoring just 11 runs between them.
Captain Calamity has to go to Gav Lewis: having dropped everything all day. Gav bugger off back to India on your bike ride!!!
This was a difficult game all round, made difficult by an extremely disruptive opposition. Arguing with umpires, arguing with scorers, arguing with players. It was just a shame we could not shut them up by snatching 4 points off them.