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Saturday 6th August v New Mills (home)

posted 7 Aug 2011, 11:08 by Mike Madden
Sometimes you just have to accept that you are second best! New Mills had lost just one game all season, and we were struggling with poor availabilities, but we had a game plan. We won the toss and decided to put the visitors in, with the reasoning that we were likely to get more points batting second. It did not start well. Colin gave away 21 runs in his first 2 overs, then JJ started to bowl no balls. In the 6th over of the day JJ forced an aerial drive that Henry Holden clutched to reduce the Millers to 39 for 1, but later in the same over JJ had to be removed after more bouncers. Henry finished the over, then Gibbo came into the attack and brought some much needed control. Colin at last found his rhythm, removing the other opener after a regulation catch to Reuben Cutts. Henry replaced Colin, as Gibbo struck when a bemused batsman played on, and New Mills were 79 for 3. Reuben bowled with great control, ably assisted by Callum McIlveen behind the stumps, but the 4th wicket and second bowling point were proving elusive. The drinks break didn't help, as fresh orange juice was served up to make us even more thirsty. Colin dropped a catch and the fielding became ragged, but with the score on 190 Peter Crowley proved to be the saviour. Henry took another catch and we were into the tail. Unfortunately the tail wagged to good effect, though it was only in the last couple of overs that they really piled on the runs, finishing on 241 for 4. My original aim was five points from the match, but I had hoped for more than 2 bowling. Nevertheless, 125 would see us reach our target, and myself and Callum put up the barricades. I was dropped twice and almost run out as part of Callum's revenge mission, but the score progressed past 20, 30 and 40. Callum was lbw for 4 with the total on 41, then I went in the same over, caught for 16. Byes were proving to be a major contributor to our score, as was Elliot who smashed his way to 18 before being bowled. New Mills were hurrying through their overs with rain in the air, and this encouraged JJ to hit out before he was bowled for 9. Henry soon followed, lbw for 12, but we had made our way to 84 and our first batting point. Peter Crowley and Gibbo piled more frustration onto the visiting attack, taking the score to 112 before Peter was caught behind for 4, then Gibbo holed out for 20 and we were in the mire again. Rob and Graham Hill stroked the ball about like veterans, gaining the third batting point before Graham was caught for 7. Rob soon followed, bowled for 14, but with ex Miller Reuben, who had already contributed a magnificent shot for four, and Colin at the wicket, it was a close call as to whether we would get our next batting point or New Mills would claim the maximum. Colin was in no doubt. He smashed 3 fours to take us to 149, then Reuben played out a maiden to take us to the last over. Colin took no prisoners, lofting a drive over the slips twice, and another through the covers, taking the final total to 155 for 9. Colin was unbeaten on 18, and Reuben kept him company on 4. We had managed a magnificent 6 points in the 84 run defeat, with the visitors gracious in the fact that we had thwarted their quest for a full 20 points by keeping our last pair intact.