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2nd XI v Hadfield (away) Saturday 3rd September

posted 7 Sept 2011, 11:42 by Mike Madden
With storm clouds gathering it seemed inevitable that the trip to Hadfield would be in vain. Our arrival under gloomy skies appeared to confirm this, though maybe we would have to make use of one of the pleasures of playing at Hadfield, their Playstation, as we certainly wouldn't be calling the game off at the start. As it turned out, Hadfield was surprisingly dry, though the wicket was definitely moist in places. We tossed up and the Hadfield captain showed a certain amount of hesitation before asking us to bat, though it certainly didn't look like a batsman's paradise. It proved to be slow and sticky, but Callum McIlveen and myself battled on well. We accumulated slowly, but gradually the pace picked up, and we passed 50 in the 14th over. Unfortunately the next over produced a wicket as I was caught for 25 with the score on 66, and almost inevitably, Callum suffered the same fate shortly afterwards for 22. Incredibly, Henry Holden became the bowler's third caught and bowled victim for 2, and when Caddy was bowled for 2 we were in full blown crisis mode. Peter Crowley was caught for 1, reacting by hurling his bat across the dressing room, then Harry Bold was caught for a stoic 8.  Graham Hill was bowled for  the only duck of the innings, then Gibbo was bowled for 2, meanwhile Reuben Cutts was calmly getting on with things at the other end. As the overs ticked down he went on to the offensive, whilst Colin was promoted above Clayton for some big hitting. Unfortunately, this failed to materialise as Colin ended unbeaten on 2, whilst Reuben was given out lbw off the last ball of the innings for a magnificent 20. The total of 118 for 9 did not look to be enough, but with several other low scores recorded at the ground earlier in the season, and with the weather closing in to make the pitch even slower, we were still optimistic. Colin struck in his first over with a very sharp return catch that is becoming his stock in trade. Peter struggled in vain at the other end, but Colin struck again, this time clean bowled. As the drizzle started, stopped, and started again, Gibbo struggled to grip the ball and was replaced by Reuben. Caddy and Clayton tried to outdo each other at a game of statues, with Caddy giving in and sprinting 20 yards rather than allowing Clayton, who was considerably closer, to make the effort. Henry took over from Peter, but by now the batsman were set and making a mockery of the slow wicket. Callum gave us faint hope with a wicket clean bowled, but neither Harry nor the returning Colin could make further inroads. The seven wicket defeat was comprehensive, but there were positives from our youngsters with both bat and ball.