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2nd XI v High Lane (home) Saturday 3rd August 2013

posted 7 Aug 2013, 12:05 by Mike Madden
When you have a dream, and it is repeated, there must be some significance attached to it. So, same team, different opposition, smilarly decisive result. It was a very wet pitch that demanded that we win the toss and bowl first, but as in last week's dream the coin disobeyed. We were asked to bat, and progress was painfully slow early on. Dec Ryan got an unplayable delivery and was bowled for 18, whilst Harry Bold immediately took a liking to the pace attack. He raced to 23 before being dismissed, which brought Peter Crowley to the wicket. Peter played a more swashbuckling innings to his normal anchor role, whilst the captain prodded and poked as the score approached 100. The captain was eventually stumped for 33, whilst Elliot was caught for a first ball duck. The next few overs would be crucial, and Sam Slack and Peter ensured that the familiar Whaley collapse was at least delayed. Peter was out for 20, whilst Reuben was caught for 5, though this later turned out to be a duck as our scorer got confused, despite the fact that a left and right hander were at the crease. JJ didn't mess about, and he smashed the ball to all parts of the ground. We passed 150 and looked set for a fourth batting point when JJ was bowled for 18. Big Dave came in and played the shot of the day first up, with a glorious cover drive for 4. With one over to go we were on 170, and 3 balls later we were stuck on the same score as Sam tried to hit one to Buxworth. Finally, he clubbed a six, and we closed the innings on a season's high score of 177 for 7, with Sam on 38 and Dave on 4.

It was a confident group at tea, fed and watered well by Mr and Mrs Bold, and we returned to battle with Colin and JJ using our "lucky" ball from the previous week. Sam didn't drop a catch in the first over, which was an improvement, then Colin started to wield his magic arm with a wicket clean bowled, and then another after a remarkable one handed catch by Reuben looking directly into the sun. Dec was as loose as ever, whilst JJ had a lot of bad luck in his 7 overs for 20, but it was Colin who was on fire. He struck again with 2 more wickets clean bowled, and finished with 4 for 8 off 9 overs. Reuben struggled a little in his 3 overs for 12, but at the other end it was the Dave Marchington show. He struck first ball, with a wicket clean bowled, then two more followed, also clean bowled. Gibbo went down for an easy stop but ended up getting megged from 30 yards, which cost Dave a run, but the ex first team fireball responded with another victim lbw. The final wicket inevitably went to Dave, and Sam signalled a return to his own particular brand of form by taking the catch. Dave had the remarkable figures of 5 wickets for 4 runs off 4.4 overs, and High Lane were bowled out for 48. As ever, the team suffers from poor availability next week, but at least Dave has been rewarded with the captaincy.
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