How a game can change so quickly. As far as starts go we had a brilliant one. Opposition 97-6 after 30 overs and our opening 4 bowlers having been economical and bowling tight lines meant that we were in a strong position to build on this. We let this slip in dramatic fashion. The next 10 overs going for another 97 runs, a combination of short poor bowling, dropped catches, mis-fields and maybe a few experimental field placings, meant that the hard work that all 11 had put in from the start was unravelled in 45 mins and they now had a competetive total on the board. After a brief period of negative comments and a ticking off for the team from the Skipper, not for the performance but for the negativity as though the game was already lost, we sat and reflected over tea. Fiskerton have chased down much higher totals on our own ground and we had the talent in the batting line up to get these runs.
Notts Unity had a strong bowling line up including a Mr Zaid who was in Spits' own words F*$?!@G FAST, he was certainly quicker than your average Div 3 bowler, but then a team that is accompanied by England seam bowler Ajmal Shazad, you would probably expect it. A positve start was made by Dan Jones and Andy Laughton, the latter threatening to hurt himself if he followed a some what questionable spell of bowling with a duck. Thankfully this did not happen and Fisko made a reasonably confident start with the bat and even with the loss of Dan Jones in the 4th over the run rate was steady and Fisko were batting ourselves into a position to maybe kick on from. Unfortunately some poor selection of shots and a lack of application at the crease from the majority of the line up meant that Fisko were bowled out for 118 and in the end lost comprehensively.
Some good batting from Andy Laughton, Jimmy Kirkham, Joe Warriner and Ed Akers, coupled with the fact that we were today missing the batting skills of Dave Newby, Dave Hedge and Max Danby means that many positives can be taken from the game and with greater application and shot selection, we may be able to chase/post much higher totals this year.
Man of the match goes to Chris Spittlehouse for an excellent spell of opening bowling with 8-1-16-3 and Captain Calamity goes to Joe Warriner. 1st mark against, late to arrive with no prior warning, 2nd mark against being too far in from the boundary to catch the young lad who went on to score a damaging quickfire 56 and the final nail being a misfield, having done all the hardwork to chase a ball round the boundary, only to run straight over the ball and allow it to go for four.
Not an ideal start for us lads but I'm confident given a full first XI to choose from and a little more depth and conviction in our bowling and batting, we will be more competetive. Apologies to Dan Jones for not getting a bowl when maybe his accuracy at the death may have given us the chance of restricting them to a bit less.
Playing the same team again next week lads so lets make it 1-1 for the season.