What a great win and a thoroughly enjoyable game watching the future of the club coming through and showing what great potential they have.
After a trying week trying to get a two full teams out on the Sunday we started off the game with 10 men. Knowing an 11th man in the form of Grog would hopefully be arriving within an hour I’d have ideally liked to have batted first. Unfortunately the opposition had the same idea as they were awaiting two players as well, as they won the toss we had to go into the field with 10.
Opening the bowling from the top end was George Butler and he continued to show what a bright prospect he is with a great opening spell where he could easily have had two wickets in the first over with a number of balls going past the outside edge and another somehow just missing the top of off. Rich Barker at the other end also started off well regularly beating the outside edge.
However the openers continued to ride their luck playing and missing and getting leading edges flying just over fielders. One of these causing amusement in the field after the shout of catch it from Bryan not realising the ball was coming his way and sailed just over his head – and off his own sons bowling as well!
After 8 overs George was replaced by Thomas Spice and the game changed, Thomas bowled a lovely line and length and soon had the openers in trouble, the first wicket should have been caught by me but my seeming attempt to catch it in my teeth didn’t quite work! However unperturbed Thomas simply bowled the opener next ball instead. Two more quick wickets followed after good catches by Rich Barker and George Butler – George kindly pointing out to his skipper “that’s how a catch is taken”! Thomas then picked up his 4th wicket by having yet another player bowled.
With Rich picking up a wicket with the last ball of his spell (8-1-31-1) we had Baseford 70 odd for 5 after 16. Liam and Kyle then replaced Thomas and Rich and Liam picking up an early wicket after a good low catch from Grog who had now arrived to take us upto 11.
However Baseford’s 7th wicket partnership dug in and slowly started to accumulate runs. Liam finished with figures or 4-0-17-1 and Kyle with 8-1-31-0 before George came back on to finish his spell and was exceptionally unlucky not to pick up any wickets after seemingly going past the outside edge at will finishing with figures of 8-2-24-0.
Thomas and Grog came on to bowl the last 8 overs between them. Thomas continued his great spell and was unfortunate not to pick up the 5th wicket his spell deserved but still picked up great man of the match figures of 8-2-25-4. At the other end Grog rolled back the years with some great spin bowling finally breaking the 7th wicket partnership with George taking another good catch. A sharp bit of fielding from Dave Yates ran out their captain before Grog bowled there number 9 to finish with figures of 4-0-5-2 leaving Baseford on 135 for 9 after 40 overs
Having chased down a higher total on a worse pitch the match before we felt confident of knocking off the runs and long as we all chipped in. Paul and Kyle opened up and got us off to a good start aided by 10 wides in the first two overs from the Baseford openers. However as the bowlers found their line and length scoring became harder. Paul was bowled for 5 (apparently distracted by a flapping sightscreen!). Kyle was joined by Dave and the two consolidated the scoring before Kyle was adjudged leg before for 10 leaving fisko on 40 for 2. Glenn joined Dave and continued to move the scoring along before two quick wickets fell. Dave was bowled for 17 from a ball the swung late on him. Bryan headed to the crease but was back two balls later attempting the “Bryan leave” against one that swung back and hit his off stump (captain calamity confirmed!).
I joined Glenn and we quickly had the scoreboard moving and keeping us well ahead of the rate with some good boundaries and quick running before I missed a slower ball and got bowled for 12. Glenn continued to tick along having been joined by Rich but was bowled two balls before drinks for a well made 23. This left us 90 odd for 6 after 20 overs.
In strolled George to the crease to join Rich and belied his young years with some great temperament and technique. This lad will be a seriously talented left hand batsman, one cover drive in particular looked very Lara’esque (leading to Bryan trying to convince us it’s all down to his coaching!). Rich and George gradually crept us up towards Basefords total before Rich got caught chasing a wide one for valuable 18. Thomas came in but had one jump up on him and was caught for a duck.
Liam came in and as with George played in an exceptional mature way playing straight and running well between the wickets. George then got a ball to jag in to his thigh and had to come off for treatment, so Grog strolled out to the crease and kept the scoring ticking – even running a two when pressured by Liam. When Grog fell for 5 we were 3 short so George strolled back out and calmly hit the winning runs finishing 15 not out with Liam 3 not out. A great performance by the lower order giving us a great 1 wicket win.
A great all round performance again from the team to give us our first back to back wins of the season and a special mention to the 3 juniors (George, Thomas and Liam) who showed great temperament and technique throughout the game with both bat and ball. This is exactly what the second team is here to encourage and a great effort by the seniors to ensure their effort was not in vein.
Bring on the league leaders next!