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Saturday 11th August v Hadfield (home)

posted 27 Aug 2012, 09:54 by Mike Madden
Its always a bit watchamacallit when Fid turns out for the seconds, in fact it is increasingly rare that the occasional thingamebob does play these days, but he is still mightily effective, as promotion chasing Hadfield found out to their cost.

Hadfield batted first on a suspicious wicket, and without their captain who had been relegated to first team duties, they were soon in trouble. Fid took a wicket clean bowled with just 4 on the board, but this was followed by something of a recovery. Gibbo opened at the other end, and just as the innings threatened to gain some initiative, Nige Morten took a catch in the deep to give the increasingly slower bowler his only wicket of the day at a cost of 31 runs. Fid took another wicket clean bowled, then Harry Bold took a good catch behind to give the mercurial paceman (has Neil Innes heard that term?) his third wicket. Fid claimed another victim clean bowled, then Reuben Cutts got a deserved scalp when Nige took another good catch. Milly caught Reuben's second victim, as the junior finished with 2 for 15 off a splendid 7 overs. Peter Crowley bowled 2 overs for 14, but the star of the show was definitely Fid. His next victim was a return catch, followed by his fourth clean bowled of the day, then Milly took another catch as Fid finished with 7 for 35 and Hadfield were dismissed for 95.

Whaley are renowned for not making things easy, and when the captain was caught for 7, quickly followed by  Nige bowled for 0 and Harry caught for 4, we were probably not favourites. Milly and Peter steadied the ship, and when Milly was bowled for 40 we had reached 69 for 4. Cruising towards our target of 96, it was then pointed out that the seconds had not won a game at home all season, and when Ben Bettney was characteristically bowled for 0 and Ben Stones was caught and bowled for 0, 71 for 6 was a different kettle of fish. Fortunately it was a kettle that was still full of steam, with Gibbo being rather cruelly forced to run lots of ones and the occasional two. The final injustice came with the winning run, as with one needed Gibbo misread the scoreboard and called Peter for a second and a third. Exhausted, the Shetland with asthma (see previous newsletters) dived (flopped) to ensure he made his ground, although with the completion of the first run the game was actually over. Peter finished on 16 not out, whilst Gibbo remained unbeaten on 9, and we completed a hard fought 4 wicket victory, saying farewell to the home win monkey as it climbed off our back.