Wow – A great all round performance from the team today delivered our second win of the season and our first with no help from any first teamers.
We arrived at the ground to find a slightly dodgy looking wicket so had already decided to bowl first if we won the toss. A quick use of the roller improved it slightly but I was still surprised when having lost the toss the opposition decided to have a bat.
We started off with James and Jono giving us a steady start and James being unlucky not to pick up an early wicket after an edge went through the slips. One of their openers then started to play in a more agricultural manner and started to find the boundary, one over from Jono in particular went for a few meaning after 9 overs they were 60 odd for no wicket. At this point I was starting to worry we’d be chasing a 200+ score.
However a double bowling change did the trick. George Butler replaced James and bowled a lovely line and length frequently passing the outside edge. At the other end Rich Barker replaced Jono (5-0-34-0) and quickly got their free scoring opener out playing on. At this point the run rate dropped dramatically and wickets fell at regular intervals, George picking up the second wicket caught by Kyle.
James came back on for George and picked up a well deserved wicket after a sharp catch at gully by Rich and finished with figures of 8-1-32-1. Rich continued his great spell picking up a further two wickets (catches by Paul and Kyle) to finish with man of the match figures of 8-3-23-3.
The Barker dominance at that end continued with Kyle replacing his dad and quickly getting in the wickets bowling their remaining opener just as he was set to make his 50! George completed his spell at the other end to finish with great figures of 8-1-24-1 and show what a great prospect he is for the future. Liam replaced George and continued where he had left of with some lovely flighted deliveries. A sharp bit of fielding by George then had their number 7 run out with a direct hit before the last danger man was caught by Glenn on the boundary off Kyle (6-1-19-2).
Liam then mopped up the tail bowling the number 9 at the second attempt (the first one didn’t count after being adjudged a back foot no-ball) then had the number 10 brilliantly caught by Kyle to finish with excellent figures of 3.4-0-10-2 and leaving Baseford Mill all out for 150.
150 looked a very gettable target as long as we applied ourselves. The team talk was all about getting a steady start against the opening bowlers and ensuring enough players chipped in with 20-30 to get us up to the target. Leaving our bigger hitters at 6,7 & 8 a gettable figure off the last 10.
I think for the first time since I’ve been captaining it all went to plan. Paul and James opened up with a steady start and saw off the opening bowlers without our normal rush of wickets. When James finally fell in the 17th over for 16 we were at 43. Dave strolled to the crease and began to steadily increase the run rate with some well timed boundaries. Paul also picked up his pace before finally holing out for a well made 31 (his highest score for Fisko). Glenn joined Dave but wasn’t around for long adjudged LBW for 1 leaving us 63 for 3 after 24.
Brian now joined Dave and the runs began to increase (Dave especially hitting some lovely shots) before a bit of bad maths led to him being run out for 30 trying to force the game thinking he needed more runs an over than was actually required. I joined Brian at 98 for 4 with 9 overs remaining. Some timely boundaries and exception running between the wickets (forcing countless mistakes from the fielders by putting them under pressure) meant we reached the target with 11 balls remaining with Brian and myself unbeaten on 21 & 39 respectively.
A great performance all round.
Man of the match goes to Rich Barker for his game changing spell with the ball. Captain calamity goes to Jono for a number of the reasons the best two being getting stuck in his new shirt prior to the game having failed to un button it prior to putting it on and then when being asked to bowl on the off stump replying “is that the one on the batmans left hand or right hand side!” A thoroughly knowledgeable cricketer is our Jono
Well done lads and bring on the return leg in two weeks time.