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Saturday 4th May 2013 v Charlesworth (away)

posted 7 May 2013, 13:46 by Mike Madden
The sun shone as we arrived at Charlesworth, and on a firm track it seemed an obvious choice that whoever won the toss would bat first. However, Whaley Bridge seconds had a very strong bowling line up, and not much recognised batting, so it was a bit of a dilemma for the Whaley Bridge captain when the coin came down "tails" as called. With thoughts of getting all of the six juniors a bat, as well as giving Harry a breather before he had to don the gloves, Whaley had first knock, and it didn't start well. Harry was caught for 1, then the captain played on for 28, and at 33 for 2 we were in a spot of bother. Ben Stones was caught by the bowler for 3, Ben Williams was trapped leg before for 6, and Ivan Heathcote showed some promise before being bowled for 7. Ole Madden and Gibbo put up some resistance, but Ole was bowled for 5 and Gibbo was caught for 10. Two more under 14s, Bruce Glover and Ethan Williams, nudged a few runs, but Bruce was caught for 6 and Ethan for 2, so at 79 for 9 Colin and Fid were our last hope. Colin launched himself into the attack, whilst Fid launched himself towards tea with a few lusty blows. Colin was caught on 19 with the score on 99, just one agoinising run away from a batting point. Sustenance is always a banquet at Charlesworth, and this was no exception. The lethargy in the field was in equal proportion to the number of plates cleared at the table, and it was no surprise that there were one or two misfields. Colin managed a good strike, clean bowled, whilst Fid took a wicket after a fine catch from Ole Madden, but there was very little else to cheer about. On the plus side, five of the juniors got to bowl, and it was the performance of the six youngsters that drew praise from opposition and umpires alike. It augurs well for the future, but for now an eight wicket defeat was probably the best we could have expected.