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Sunday 10th June v New Mills (home)

posted 12 Jun 2012, 11:59 by Mike Madden
The Captain's Blog will fill you in on the trials and tribulations involved in actually getting eleven players out for this game (and I use the term "players" loosely). But eleven players were acquired, and we faced the might of New Mills planning on taking first knock and finishing as early as possible. New Mills won the toss, and after a briefly awkward moment skipper Whitchurch invited Whaley to bat, and TR Wild did not need a second invitation. Two great cricketing thinkers opened, in the guise of Crowley and Cadwallader, but there was not much time for their esoteric musing as Caddy was caught for 2, soon followed by Peter caught for 4. Captain TR was next to go, caught for 2, and at 22 for 3 it could have been an earlier finish than anyone dared hope for. Rigger lived up to his name by blocking for some time, whilst Gavin took an unorthodox but effective stance before being bowled for 21. Rigger had inched to 12, and he had scaled the heady heights of 18 when Ben Stones was trapped lbw for 1. Nick Howe showed every intention of smashing the ball well clear of cow corner, but he was bowled for 1 with the score on 68 and Rigger now on 20. Gibbo is still to fulfil his batting potential this season, and he was bowled for 3, then the oft retired Pykey was bowled for 4 with Rigger still there on 24. Clayton charged the bowler and was caught for a duck, then Fid and Rigger saw out the remainder of the innings, reaching 0 and 25 respectively. 88 for 9 off 40 overs was an acceptable and suitably unchallenging target, and New Mills were unconcerned even when their opener was run out. Gibbo took a caught and bowled, but the real star in the field was TR, having his hair parted by a bullet thrown in by Nick Howe, and dropping his usual plethora of chances in all parts of the field. Back to Gibbo, and he featured heavily, particularly when a ball bounced up off his foot and took his hat off, but despite the fun New Mills cruised to an eight wicket victory with almost 22 overs to spare.