Firstly a massive thank you to the 10 players who stepped out today and gave everything for the team. It was a great effort and the result should in no way reflect the performance and effort of the 10 in the field. There are a lot of senior player who this season could learn a lot from the commitment and flexibility shown by the team today, it’s only a shame the lack of senior players making themselves available deprived us of a result the effort deserved.
Anyway onto the match, after a very long week trying to get enough of a team together not to cancel the game (including having to hand over two players to the firsts on Sat evening) we turned up to the ground with a mix of the old, young and very very young!
Having won the toss (about all I did right all day!) and confirming with their captain they didn’t really have a firsts side out we decided to field to give everyone a game (knowing we didn’t have much depth in the batting!)
We started off (at the second attempt – after I forgot to take the match ball out!) with Harry and James forming a new opening partnership for the team. It was the first time they had bowled for the senior sides this season and they didn’t disappoint both moving the ball at will and going passed the outside edge on countless occasions. Both got the wicket they deserved bowling both the openers comprehensively setting us off on a great start for the first ten overs.
Me and Paul then came on at first change, Paul bowling a lovely line and length and picking up two wickets (one bowled and one plumb LBW) and finished with figures of 5-0-28-2 before his body decided it was time for a rest!. Unfortunately we were let down severely at the other end by my inability to fine anything remotely called line or length and see my first 3 overs disappear for over 40 (captain calamity confirmed). Liam came on to replace me and bowled two overs before drinks that whilst slightly expensive were a great deal better than what had preceded them.
Still drinks came and at just over 110 for 4 I thought we were still in with a chance if we could just break the current partnership. As such we restarted after drinks with Harry and James finishing off their spells looking for that breakthrough. Unfortunately their batsman had realised the danger posed and were content to see out the spell and just pick off any bad balls. James finally got the breakthrough with his penultimate ball finishing with figures of 8-0-38-2 with Harry finishing with figures of 8-3-33-1.
With 14 overs left to bowl and Paul’s body in need of a rest we went back to me and Liam. Liam bowled a superb second spell and got a well deserved wicket bowling their number 7 bat and finishing with figures of 7-0-38-1. At the other end the change of ends finally seemed to allow me to find the actual wicket and pitch a few balls and after two missed stumpings (though Kev was sure one of them should have been given) their main bat finally missed my cleverly disguised straight ball and got bowled leaving me with figures of 6-0-58-1!
After swapping the gloves with Kev to allow him a bowl he preceded to roll back the years and swing the ball both way (albeit very slowly!) and picked up the wicket his bowling deserved (4-0-18-1), Stuart Black came on from the other end for the final few overs and bowled a very tidy spell (the one ball aimed at my head behind the stumps aside!) giving him figures of 2-0-7-0.
All this left Gedling and Sherwood on 227 for 8 off the 40 overs which was a great effort for 10 men (and boys) in the outfield. As special word of thanks has to go to Isaac Osbon and Oliver Proctor for tirelessly running around and making the long trip from fine leg and deep square leg each over – without these two we would have been unable to even take to the field.
After a very nice and comprehensive tea we started our reply with Kev and James opening the batting. Both looked untroubled until Kev (4) was triggered LBW by Paul (causing much discussion and the pub later between the two!). Harry joined James at the crease and the two started to work the singles well off the openers before Harry (3) got a feathered edge through to their keeper (probably the only thing he’d caught so far!).
I joined James at the creased and between us we’ve moved the run rate along with James playing some nice classical shots and me a few more agricultural ones. Unfortunately I (10) got a half tracker that did didn’t bounce, Stuart Proctor came and went for a duck before James (20) finally fell.
Black Junior and Senior paired up at the crease before Stuart ran out his dad for 3. Liam came in and hung around for a few overs with Stuart before being bowled for 1, Stuart was then caught and bowled for 4 before Oliver was caught out for 0 leaving Isaac not out at the other end.
58 all out looks bad on the scorecard but given the line-up we had everyone acquitted themselves well – especially James who looked very comfortable at the crease.
Man of the match came down to a choice between James and Harry with James just edging it due to his 20 with the bat. But special mentions to Liam for his bowling and willingness to throw his body in the way of the ball (hope the knee is ok now) and Oliver and Isaac for their work in the outfield.
Thanks to the hosts for a very good natured game and some considerate bowling to our youngsters at the end