First round of the Owen Taylor Cup got off to a good start, with myself and Mark Fish scoring quickly from the first ball. The opposition were put under too much pressure early on and found themselves wicketless after 6 overs having been punished for 100 runs. Mark gracefully retired at 53* having clearly warmed himself up for the weekend with what has to be said was extremely orthodox stroke play, powerfully striking the ball through covers on more than one occasion. This gave Jimmy Kirkham an opportunity to spend some time in the middle, Jimmy too retired, shortly after he faced his 6th ball. However, this time it was without the grace of Fishy, unfortunately he middled one straight down a widish long on's throat. Neil Davey was the only other batsmen given a go and looked in reasonably good touch following his winter league training at Cuckney CC. After the alloted 12 overs we finished on 174 for 1, a total we felt more than confident defending.
Given the fact we had achieved 174 with the bat off just 96 balls, the bowling duties were shared, with everybody getting an opportunity to take wickets. David Yates being the star man with 3 for 20, excellent when you take into account this was his first game of cricket for many a year. It was made even more special as his close friend Kev Osbon, who had introduced David to the club was bowling from the other end and was spanked during his 12 ball over.
Phil Z continued to impress once more, as he collected his 3rd scalp of the season. Jimmy Kirkham managed to find a good length having pulled a butt muscle so was coming in off just 3 paces, he too took a wicket for just 4 runs. Everybody else chipped in, Akers looked more confident with the ball than previous seasons. Davey & Ali were as steady as always, and Turner continued to help the opposition with cannon fodder and pork pies. Nelsons Ashes limped there way to 125 for 7, presenting us with a comfortable vicory.
Man of the match: David Yates for his bowling performance.
Captain Calamity: Myself, for being so fat & unfit. Therefore incapable of scoring another 9 runs to get my first century.
Well Done lads throught to the next round