2 Great catches
A solid 76
2 BIG sixes
Our first league game of the season!! A rumble of excitement was flowing through the changing rooms after the toss, customary teeth brushing and pre game showers. George T gave s rousing speech and we were away. Starting well through Jonny G (anguish 5/10) and the fiery Marshall saw few runs off the bat through the first 10 overs. We chopped away a couple of wickets and were in a commanding position. Leg side wides were not our friend though and the Poynings batsmen were able to tick the runs over through a difficult period for them in the middle overs. Aaron Lees bowled with guile and Tom had great rhythm throughout his spell.
There was one particularly special moment in the field. Not when I realised Javed had stuffed toilet roll in his ears for warmth. It was Ali Marshall hurtling towards the pitch from long on towards a towering high ball, before realising he had come too far and spinning round on the ball, leaping high and handsome and plucking the ball with one hand out of the air. An unbelievable grab we were all lucky to witness.
In the last 10 we had Poynings where we wanted them, a tight last 10 and we were well
In the game. Step forward James Yates! Brought in to take the place off and bamboozle their Batsmen with his Romanian googlies, his first over went for 20. (Not helped by Aaron Lees who fell victim to the famous RCC Hill). The oppo ended up on 196, which on balance felt more than they should have got based on our performance in the field.
Opening the batting was Simon Clarke and Josh W. A solid opening stand got us on our way in the run chase before Josh walked for nicking one to the keeper. He then walked back to the crease to the bemusement of their fielders and allowed to continue by the umpire. He did eventually fall victim to the same fate after seeing off the new ball. We managed to keep the runs ticking through several rain delays which took some momentum out of our batting but did give Clarkey a well needed breather. (Clarkey did gesticulate negatively towards the crowd who excitedly encouraged George T to take a quick second when on about 65 and in his 65th over on the field)
In the last 10 we needed 90 and had the wickets in hand to get us over the line. Unfortunately only one of them (Dunstan Big 6 Harris) showed up and we fell just short. Special mention to J Yates who struck the ball very well and then decided to reverse lap sweep to the waiting ring fielder at third man for quick runs in the second to last over)
In summary -
Good - Catches, Vibe
Bad wides, not enough sixes.
Onwards and upwards next week. A good first showing with plenty to work on.