A great win achieved by a great effort from all of the players. Even Phil Z, who had kindly stepped in at the last minute to cover for Hedgey.
I lost another toss, and we were put in to bat. Dan and Max opened and it was Dan who set the tone for the match right from the second over when he started hitting the ball hard to all parts of the ground, scoring 10 off their captain's first over. The boys put together a great partnership of 73 for the first wicket, when Max (27) was bowled by the other opener in the 13th over. Andy Laughton joined in the party and continued the run gathering with Dan who then unfortunately fell for 71 (off 66 balls) when he was caught behind. The score was on 122. Dan Jones came in at 4 and though he looked comfortable, he mistimed one to point for 2, bringing Jimmy Kirkham to the wicket. JK went on to hammer 60 runs with some well-timed shots. Laughts fell for 27 and the score was 154. I joined JK at the wicket and we proceeded to knock up the run rate and finish on 243 for 5, (JK ran himself out in the last over!), myself on 39 not out, and Rob Turner 0 not out!.
It was Dan Collington who again set the tone of their innings, by opening the bowling with some verve and pace! He had the opener in all sorts of trouble and duly despatched him in his 7th over. He then took the secnd wicket in his next over and i managed to get their captain in my first over, leaving Wymeswold struggling at 37 for 3. The wickets then started to fall in regular intervals, with only their number 2 managing to score any significant runs (86 when Neil polished him off)
I'd love to tell you when the wickets fell, by Sky Sports Jones cocked up the copying of the scorebook, and i can't make much sense of it! Suffice to say the wickets were shared round between the bowlers, who all bowled good lines and lenghts, and restricted Wymeswold's chances of scoring freely.
Dan picked up 2 - 33 of 9 overs and deserves his MoM award. Laughts 2-24 off 9, Drinks 3-50 off 12, Jimmy Kirkham also bowled beautifully 2-62 off 12 and Neil took the important wicket finishing on 1-4 off 3.
Captain Calamity was tough this week, but Rob Turner gets it for shying at the stumps and missing when he could have picked the ball up, trotted over to the stumps, and taken a bail off, and the guy would have still been 4 yards out!! Sorry Rob!
Thanks for a great effort chaps, we really needed to win. And we did, in some style! Laughts got that last wicket on the final ball to ensure maximum points. What a way to end!