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Saturday 2nd June v Broadbottom (home)

posted 3 Jun 2012, 06:28 by Mike Madden
Its been a long time since we played "Broady", but both teams were looking forward to a good contest. As with Chapel, Broadbottom have seen their squad strengthened recently, whilst Whaley were bolstered, albeit briefly, by the addition of Reuben Cutts and Callum McIlveen. We won the toss and elected to field, as with rain in the air a rain affected game usually favours the side batting second, but with hindsight, no - dont start that again, it probably wouldnt have made much difference. A good opening stand was finally broken when Rob Hill dropped a very difficult chance, but had the foresight to pick the ball up and throw it in for Colin to effect a run out. By this stage Callum had been taken out of the attack with a bad knee, and Reuben had virtually been taken out of the game with a bad back having bowled 2 tidy overs for 9. Ben Stones struggled with a ball that got wetter with each delivery, and after 2 overs for 15 he was replaced.  Gibbo trapped the other opener LBW, then took another wicket clean bowled, whilst Jake built on his good performance of last week by taking a wicket clean bowled in his 4 overs for 13. When he sorts his radar out he could well become a force with the ball, though his Crowleyesque dive in the field was a cause for some concern. Ben Bettney bowled just 1 over for 11, and we finally managed to take drinks after having to send someone down to Whaley for a bottle of orange juice. Callum decided that he was fit enough for another 2 overs to finish with 0 for 22 off 6, then Harry Bold came on and exerted more control than the rest of the attack combined. He claimed his only victim LBW, but his 6 overs cost just 28 runs and he suffered with a lack of mobile fielders. Colin returned and chipped away, taking 2 wickets with an LBW decision and a Rob Hill catch, but he suffered in his last over as the Broadbottom opening bowler hit him for 20 and his figures collapsed to 2 for 90 off 17. The innings closed on 228 for 7, and with Reuben declaring that he could not bat we were effectively 0 for 1. MMM and Callum faced a hostile opening attack, but saw off the worst of it with a stand of 69, broken when the captain was trapped LBW for 29. Callum perished soon after, caught for a top score of 38, then Elliott went bowled for 7. Harry Bold showed admirable application as he fended off short pitched balls and full tosses, pausing to flinch as one caught him unawares. Jake was out LBW for 13, then Ben Stones was bowled for 0, but Rob Hill finally reached some of the potential that he has been threatening. He rode his luck, including a juggled chance that ended up as a six, but when he was bowled for 30 we were well on our way to respectability. Gibbo was out LBW for a lusty 12, which took us to our 3rd batting point, whilst Ben Bettney lasted just two balls as he was caught for 0. Colin had revenge on his mind, swinging at the bowler who had hit him for 20 in an over, but the Broadbottom bowler won again, bowling Colin for 0. Whaley were all out for 151, but it was a decent performance for a team hampered by injuries, and hopefully the treatment table will be a little clearer for the visit to Compstall next week. Both teams had played sensibly and with good spirit throughout, despite the drizzle that threatened to curtail proceedings, and it was good to see both teams represented in the Sheps afterwards.