|Man of the Match - Ben Carr
Cpt Calamity - Mark Fish
On a somewhat overcast and drizzly evening and after some discussions with the visiting captain we decided to go ahead and play the game in a reduced format of ten 8 ball overs (amongst the other options discussed had been a drinking contest put forward by Ali obviously!). My first captains duty went well as we won the toss and put the visitors into bat (a decision not universally welcomed in the dressing room).
However after opening up with Ali Hall and Jimmy Kirkham it soon proved to be the right decision as Walesbys first three batsman were back in the hut all for a duck. The first two going in Alis opening over with the first being brilliantly caught at point by Gareth Rees after Phil Z had parried the ball up in the air at gully. Kirkham continued the good work with a good first over and was rewarded when Ian took a good catch at mid on. The next 2 batsman did slightly better and saw off our opening bowlers (Ali 3-0-18-2 and Jim 2-0-16-1). Ian Wilkinson then took over and did superbly to deflect a straight drive onto the stumps leaving the non striker stranded.
Walesby then put a good partnership together before Mike Rees caught their big hitter on the boundary of Phil Z and Ben Carr ran out the other danger man after a rash charge down the pitch at Ian. Walesby finished on 87 for 6 with Ian and Phil Z finishing with figures of 3-0-17-0 and 2-0-25-1 respectively. A great effort in the field all round (not withstanding Ian deciding to copy his captains efforts from a few weeks ago by kicking the ball over the boundary!)
Fisko then set about knocking off the required runs with Ben Carr and Mike Rees putting the bowling to the sword (with Ben hitting three 4s and one 6 off four balls in one over!) and took us to the brink of victory before Mike was bowled for 34. In stepped Mark Fish who after some prompting from the sideline decided to try a switch hit first ball missed it and was promptly given out LBW earning himself the captain calamity award in the process. James Kirkham then came to the wicket and saw off the remaining runs with Ben with 14 balls to spare. Kirkham finished on 6 not out and Ben finished unbeaten on 43 and earned the man of the match award.
A great result and a good all round performance allowing me to pass over the captaincy with a 100% record!