where to start…….
Well with no first team game the side had been bolstered by 4 first teamers so Ed confidently stated his desire to bat first and bat the opposition out of the game. So of course he promptly lost the toss and we end up fielding!
The Wilsons top order seem to come out in what can only be described as twenty20 mode, scoring early runs but losing early wickets. Ed had one opener caught by Rob at slip then Jack can the other caught at gulley.
However in Ed’s next over in attempting a caught and bowled to a shot that was thrashed back at him he split open his hand and had to head off to hospital (still goes down as a drop Ed!). The remaining 10 men made a good effort in the field grasping all chances (2 to Barker and 2 to Milner) that came allowing Rob Turner to pick up 4 wickets (7.5-1-43-1) and leaving Wilsons at 120 for 6, it would have been 5 but for a drop behind the stumps. That drop was to prove costly.
As the 7 wicket partnership settled in we had some great spells of bowling from the youngsters Charlie Wand (4-0-21-0) and Harry Napier (7-0-34-0) both bowled very well and were unlucky not to pick up any wickets. As was Rich Barker (7-0-40-0) who had each of the “in” batsman dropped behind by Max!
Max made some amends by coming from behind the stumps to finally bowl their number 8 for 63 (5-0-41-1), Jack also came back and bowled there other set batsman for 50 also running out their number 9 for 36. Jack finished with 8-1-51-2 but can consider himself unlucky as he bowling deserved far more reward.
This left Wilsons on 249 for 9 after 40 overs – probably 60 runs more than they should have got but a great effort for over 35 overs in the field with only 10 men.
Max and Bailey opened up against a very good opening pair of bowlers, Max making 8 and Rob 19. Charlie and Rob Turner then came in and steadied the ship before Charlie finally fell for 19 having stood tall against their best bowlers. At the other end Rob might have been wishing he’d bought a lottery ticket such was his luck, after being dropped 5 times as well as surviving a missed stumping he made the bowlers pay by dispatching them all over the park to make an excellent 60 before being finally caught by the bowler. Gav made 13 (another to be given a second life early on as Wilsons catching fell apart), Barker departed for 4 and James Pritchett for 1. Milner fell for 8 chasing a wide one and dragging it on before Jack (8 not out) and Harry (6) kept their bowlers out for the majority of the overs both batting well until harry was caught leave Fisko 169 all out.
A great effort (especially by the younsters) with just 10 men against a good side.
Man of the match – Rob Turner for 4 wickets and 60 runs
Captain Calamity – Max for the 3 dropped catches – though run a close second by Ed for “breaking a nail” whilst dropping a dolly! (just kidding)