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Saturday 15th September v Charlesworth (away)

posted 18 Sept 2012, 03:55 by Mike Madden
Its unusual that we should play the same side in consecutive weeks, but thats what happened as we again travelled to Charlesworth, though after last week's drubbing we had a considerably stronger side. The captain at last won the toss and had no hesitation in asking the home side to bat, not only because the wicket had had a lot of rain on it, but also because he wanted to give everyone the chance to bowl. Colin struck early, clean bowling the opener who said that it was his first golden duck in 51 years of cricket. The other opener had scored an effortless 71 the previous week, and he looked ominously set for another big score until Reuben tempted him outside off stump. He flashed the ball to point, where Elliott took a good catch and the home side were 8 for 2. Reuben finished with 1 for 16 off 3 overs, and he was somewhat surprisingly replaced by Elliott "Slinger" Simmonds who slung down 2 overs for 6. Colin continued to bowl well, and was unlucky not to get a caught and bowled. There was some consolation, as when the ball glanced off his hand it then hit the wicket giving us a run out. Harry took a catch behind off Colin, then Gibbo replaced the volatile Slinger as the fielders started to drop catches. Ben Bettney dropped two, whilst Elliott spilled one and it looked like we might pay for our mistakes. Gibbo got a wicket clean bowled that could almost have been a no ball as it bounced its way to the stumps, then Colin got a wicket clean bowled as Charlesworth slumped to 44 for 6. Elliott made up for his earlier mistake with a catch on the boundary off Gibbo, then the remaining dangerman tried to put Gibbo out of the ground (metaphorically speaking of course), but failed to get anything on it and was bowled. At 53 for 8 it would have been time to ring the changes, but Gibbo took two wickets in two balls to end the innings on 59 all out, and leaving himself on a hattrick for the start of next season. He finished with 5 for 22 off 5.3 overs, whilst Colin took 3 for 15 off 11. We were happy at tea, and after a brief discussion it was decided that the captain should retain his opening slot alongside Rob Hill. The first over went for 10, and we were well on our way. When the captain was bowled for 12 we already had a third of our target, and when Harry Bold was bowled for 3 we were on 42 with just 18 required. Ben Stones was caught for a duck, which led to a collapse that was extreme even by Whaley Bridge standards. Ole Madden was unluckily bowled first ball, then demoted first teamer Elliott was caught behind for a first ball duck. With hattrick complete the bowler smelled more blood as Ben Bettney strode to the wicket, and Ben achieved his own hattrick as he was caught first ball making that a personal three dismissals in three balls. Tommo came in with the score on 45 for 6 and soon calmed the nerves. He ended on 13 not out as Rob Hill finished on 22 not out to give us a much needed 4 wicket victory, a splendid way to end the season as we finished 7th, one place above Charlesworth.