Finally a game that all who took part enjoyed. Having arrived at Burton Joyce with a similar side to those that played the previous 2 weeks we were looking for any sort of improvement!
I wanted to win the toss and bowl with it being black skies and blowing a gale but of course it wouldnt be that kind to us and we were forced to bat first. With the 2 previous scores of 39 and 62 all out it's fair to say i wasnt best pleased with being forced to bat first and when both openers went for 0 (Whitby's second first baller in 3 weeks) it didnt look like anything would change.
However Dan pearson rode the horrible conditions with the ball swinging around and hit a very credible 15, with Bryan Butler donig similar. When Pearson got out Akers, in shocking form, joined Butler and put on a decent stand importantly batting time. Akers in for an hour and Butler in for over an hour. In that time Butler and Akers put on 43 runs in difficult conditions with Akers finally chopping onto his stumps for 13, and Butler continued to make a very important 27. Useful contributions from Dan Jones (15) and Rich Hawkins (12*) meant that Fisko reached a total of 105 off 36 overs. It doesnt sound enough, however with the pitch and conditions it was defendable.
Akers and Jones opened the bowling and Akers picked up the first wicket early which made us believe it was on. With the wind not helping Jones, Pearson came on after 2 overs allowing Jones to switch ends. Akers picked up another wicket in his 4th over with Pearson bowling very well picking up another wicket in the process. Akers took himself off after 6 overs (i thought it was 5, but we'll come back to that) and brought Jones back on. Jones bowled exceptionally well from the other end bowling 5 overs 2-8, and with Rich Barker having 6 very good overs picking up a wicket, Burton Joyce were 67 for 6. With only 9 wickets to find after an earlier accident sent one of the opposition to hosptial, Fiskerton thought it was on. However a final stand of 39 from 2 experienced batsman saw Burton Joyce home, but it was a valiant effort by everyone.
MOTM - Brain Butler for his 27, but Dan Jones and Dan Pearson can also consider themelves MOTM with their important contributions.
Captain Calamity - once again many candidates with Bryan Butler taking this one too. Having got another wicket Bryan comes into the circle and got out his mobile phone. With all of us wondering why on earth he had it i asked the obvious question. The answer was "i'm texting my wife, she wants to know the score". Sam 'Klinsman' Davison came close, diving in for a single before the ball had even left the fielders hand 40 yards away. Paul Whitby can also consider himself lucky after his nightmare form continued. I also was a candidate having miscounted and bowled myself for 9 overs having given myself 3 in the second spell thinking i'd bowled 5 first. Thanks to Russ Jones who was scoring for telling me after the match and not whilst i was starting my 9th over!!
Sorry its a long one, but onward and upward from here boys.