|Well we turned up to Burton Joyce on Sunday after somehow scrapping together 11 bodies . After much discussion about the best way to go about the game with a squad including only 2 recognised bowlers we decided to bowl first.
This quickly started to look like an inspired decision as Jack Surtees and Ed Akers opened the bowling and quickly had the opposition in trouble with the captain leading by example and grabbing two early wickets. This really should have been 3 but yours truly somehow managed to drop a sitter at cover! However Ed completed probably his best spell of bowling for Fisko with figures of 2 for 14 off his 8 overs.
With jack having finished his first spell of 5 overs Ed turned to Gav Lewis to try his hand at some seem up bowling. After a few looseners which had Dave behind the stumps diving around and cursing Gav he quickly started causing the batsman problems especially with his slower ball bouncers!
At the other end Ed turned to the part time attempted spin of Steve Milner whose first few over went for just 1 run meaning at drinks Burton appeared to be labouring at 60 for 2.
However after drinks the 2 set batsman started to accelerate their scoring. Gav finished his spell (0 for 48 Off 8 overs) and Jack was brought back for his final 3 overs and quickly making an impression by bowling one of their dangermen. Jack finished his great spell with figures of 1 for 24 off 8 overs. Steve Milner then removed the other set batsman in his last over to finish with figures of 1 for 26 off 8.
This left us 8 overs to bowl so step up Amit Bajra and Dave Foulkes (after handing over the keeping duties to Gav) and both bowlers shook off any rustiness and bowled good spells Amit finishing with figures of 0 for 24 and Dave grabbing the last wicket to finish with figures of 1 for 25 in between Ed managed to accomplish a run out after some comedy calling left both batsman at the same end.
Burton finished on 160 for 6 off 40 overs a target we all thought was more than achievable.
Well that was the good part of the game what came next was not quite so impressive!
Gav and Andy Surtees opened up the batting for us and were soon helped by Burtons opening bowler who served up a large collection of no-balls, wides and juicy balls before having to run off the pitch to throw up. This left us on around 30 off the first three overs, however this was not to last his replacement bowled a tight line and length giving the batsman little to hit and the other opening bowler bowled a great spell, dismissing Gav (13) and Amit (first ball) and finishing with figures of 2 for 3 off 8 overs! With the runs drying up we then lost a number of wickets trying to force the pace Andy Surtees falling for 7 after having looked in good nick then Ed for 11.
At the other end however new boy Richard Hawkins was starting to smack the bowling around and after having been joined by the other debutant Sam Davison we briefly looked like we might get back on track. However wickets then tumbled again Richard (20) and Sam (4) fell in quick succession before Richard Foulkes (0) middled a lovely looking cover drive off his first ball only for the cover fielder to pull off a stunning diving catch.
We were then treated to some comic relief in the form of Dave Foulkes and Phil Gordon running quick singles. Dave quickly realised that they would have to deal in boundarys and hit the first and only six of the match. Dave fell shortly afterwards for 17 bowled trying to repeat the shot, Phil was then run out for 3 after ambling towards the none strikers end! Jack Surtees (0) fell first ball trying to charge the spinner as we chased a spiralling run rate leaving Steve Milner not out on 2.
Fisko were all out for 102. Disappointing after the great fielding performance but still a very good effort by a pieced together side and encouraging debuts for both Richard and Sam.
Man of the match goes to Ed for his superb bowling and Captain Calamity goes to Amit something hed sown up even before his golden duck by having everyone chase around trying to find his missing glove only to realise it was lodged between his knee and his pad!