Welcome to the first sunday write up this year.
Right lads, was a reasonably good start to the season considering pre-season training etc and the amount of rain we've been having recently. Main point in fact is that we lost but we all blew off the cobwebs and should be raring to go for next week.
Claypole batted first (we decided to bowl), and got off to a fast start, dobbie and steve ryder accumulating runs, mainly of jimmy kirkham to start with who stated that running uphill into the wind wasn't the ideal situation for him. Chris spittlehouse bowled really well, looked as if he's just following on from where he left off last season. Chris got the first wicket, a thick edge/shot which was gobbled by hedgey at gully, one handed in mid flight (sort of). Their number 3 batsman came in and to be honest, looked like he was new to the sport to start off with, so Ed Akers being the gentleman he is, thought he would drop him quite early at point just to give him a chance .... of which he gracefully thanked ed by racking up 96 in the end. Daisy and I bowled reasonable lines, which according to daisy was a lot better than he did on saturday, and i picked up the next wicket, bowling dobbie for 54. Hedgey came on to bowl (admitedly from the wrong end) and unfortunately was on the recieving end of some primitive batting from the number 3, not helped by the occasional loose delivery. Hedgey ending up with poor figures in the end, although he did get his man, caught at square leg trying to reverse sweep his way to a hundred. Dan jones was the pick of the bowlers with his 2 wickets late on, both bowled, which shows how much of a good young player he is. Claypole ended on 239 for 5.
Hedgey and Kirkham opened for me and started off slow but looked comfortable, the first wicket to fall being Hedgey, bowled by the left hander for 9. Dave newby stepped to the crease and started to prod the ball about rotating the strike. Kirkham looked strong, until the ball when he also got bowled, taking a more caveman approach to playing on the leg side. I came in and got out attempting to bat, unsuccessfully for *0*. From that point the runs started piling up from one end (Newby) and drying up from the other. Chris spittlehouse (13) and Neil Davey (22) provided great support for Newby for quite a while, quite the opposite from me (0), ed (2) and turner (0). Charlie wand played a good supporting role for a while with newby until he got a good ball. In came Dan Jones, man of the moment, deciding that as the game had slipped out of our grasp, he should dispatch the last 4 balls of the game to the boundary .... 4 ..... 4 ...... 4 ...... 4, well played, very correct shots as well. Newby finished off unbeaten on 79 with dan jones unbeaten on 16, a total of 178 for 8, not enough but not bad at all. Just a mention for Steve Milner, always eager in the field, but didn't get a bowl or bat today.
Bring on next week for more antics, and hopefully a win.