In the absence of skipper Sharp, Steve Collo went out to the toss knowing that on a gorgeous batting track it was important thet Wilsons skipper chose the wrong side of the coin. He didn't and chose to bat.
Opening the bowling Drinks' first 4 overs were maidens, taking the first Wilsons wicket in the second over. He was rested after his sixth over with the excellent Ghani (75), who was dropped twice, hitting Drinks for 12 off the over. The bowlers throughout, with the exception of Drinks (2 for 40) and Dan Collo (2 for 17) went for 6 an over. Dave Hedge came on to bowl and made an impression taking 2 wickets for 40. Collo Snr failed to take any wickets this week (0 for 41). Dan Collo was thrown the ball and was instructed to bowl quickly in a short burst. He did this and bowled with aggression to trouble the batsmen with some fine bouncers. Luca's 5 overs were well bowled at the end of the innings We all worked hard in the field and Hedgies 3 brilliant catches and one from Drinks in the deep meant that a strong Wilsons line up reached 250.
Our openers Robbo and Rees again got into the twenties before falling to Shehzad. Jimmy Brown was unfortunately given out caught behind after it brushed his thigh pad for 0. The pick of the batsmen this week were Drinks (61) and Jimmy Kirkham (41*) but we just gave ourselves too much to do and reached 207 all out in 42.2 overs.
MOM This week goes to a good all round performance by Drinks, Capt Calamity goes to Mike Rees, after forgetting his kit and dropping a catch I think even Phil Z would have gathered. The ones straight to you are always the hardest Reesy.
Beaten by a side in top form but a great game of competetive cricket. Disappointed not to be able to ring the skipper with the good news and hope to welcome back Sharpy next week in a must win game at Nuthall