Well how we lost this game I’ll never know.
For the first 30 overs there was only one team in the game. After winning the toss on a day when we were amazed to even be playing given all the rain around, I chose to bowl first given the embarrassment of riches I had in the bowling department.
We started off with Jimmy and Harry and both immediately had the openers in trouble. This was backed up well in the field until Phil somehow managed to fail to find the keeper from 15 yards away when the batsman was stranded miles out of his crease.
However the missed chance was not to prove costly as Jimmy had the same man caught be me in the next over. This was quickly followed up by another wicket for Jimmy as the batman didn’t read the cross seamed delivery and again picked me out. Jimmy finished his superb spell with figures off 6-1-2-18.
At the other end Harry continued to impress and after having a simple chance grassed by the usually reliable Newby got his reward when Phil took a sharp chance at point (much to all our amazement!) and then bowled a beauty to pick up another. When Harry took a break we had Keyworth 33 for 4 after 12.
Polkey and James took over and continued the good work. With James getting their number 6 stumped after good work behind the stumps by Rob and their number 7 being bowled by Polkey. At 40 odd for 6 an early finish was looking on the cards. However Keyworth had cleared stacked their lower order with some good batsman and steadily started to pick up the runs. Polkey finally had their number 5 caught by Max and finished with figures of 8-2-22-2 and was replaced by Phil. At the other end Jono came on to replace James but couldn’t quite find his usual consistency and mixed up some Jaffa’s with a few wides, no-balls and half trackers (4-0-17-0).
Phil bowled their skipper out but didn’t have much luck aside, with countless good balls seeming to fly away of edges for runs and finished with figures of 7-1-38-1. At the other end Harry came back to finish his spell and finally had the number 8 caught off his own bowling finishing with a man of the match spell (8-0-20-3). However their last pair smashed some crucial boundaries off Phil and James in the last few overs, Still even with a few blows at the end James finished with great figures of 7-3-24-1.
All in all we felt comfortable chasing down a target of 146 even if it was probably 30-40 runs more than it should have been.
Newby and Kev started off our reply with Newby looking in great touch and Kev giving good support at the other end. We raced to 41 without loss before Kev(10) was given out caught behind by Polkey to one that seemed to have hit more pad than bat. Max came in and kept the tempo going with a couple of quick boundaries before lofting one straight to cover.
Jimmy joined Newby and the two looked to be sailing along untroubled with Fisko reaching 90-2 and seemingly in complete charge until the spectre of the fisko collapse once again reared its head. Newby fell caught for 49 before there top bowler had both James and Rob bowled for ducks in the next over. Two needless run outs accounted for both Harry (0) and Jim (13) before Polkey was stunningly caught at cover for 8.
After myself(2) and Jono(5) were bowled we had collapsed from 90-2 to 114 all out
A real shame as our earlier bowling had deserved so much more.
Man of the match goes to Harry for his 3 wickets and great spell of bowling.
Captain calamity was a tough choice with plenty to choose from:
Phil – for his horrendous attempt at a run out
Newby – for a bad drop
Harry – for dashing off early with Kev’s keys in his bag!
James – for a first ball duck (though it was a great ball) and dashing off early without paying
But the after match discussion decided on Polkey for giving Kev out when he hadn’t nicked it, being involved in the Jimmy run out but more importantly for possibly the worst LBW shout I’ve ever seen – leading to much laughter from the field and a rather bemused umpire having to inform him that when a player hits the ball out of the middle of the bat LBW really doesn’t apply!