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2nd XI v Hollingworth (away) 5th May 2012

posted 7 May 2012, 03:03 by Mike Madden
After the rain and the cold we were not optimistic about the trip to Hollingworth, but we were pleasantly surprised by a dryish pitch and outfield. Hollingworth won the toss and elected to bat, a surprising decision given the conditions. Colin Wild and Sam Slack started well enough, but it wasn't until the 11th over that Colin managed the first breakthrough, clean bowled. Atmospheric conditions meant that it was much colder at one end of the ground, so the captain took decisive action by moving himself out of the chill zone and into short midwicket. This worked wonders as he took a catch diving forwards, then Gibbo got in on the action with a return catch. Peter Crowley was not as effective as in recent seasons with 0-21 off 5, so Harry Bold took off the keepers pads and passed them to Elliott. Gibbo finished his spell of 7 overs for 20, then it got interesting. Ben Stones, on his debut, took a wicket clean bowled finishing with 1-6 off 2, and he was replaced by the mercurial Ben Bettney who also took a wicket clean bowled in his 2 overs for 9. Harry Bold bowled 4 good overs for 11, then Sam and Colin finished off the innings.. Sam had 0-37 off 11, whilst Colin took his 3rd wicket when Sam took a catch to finish with 3-24 off 14. Hollingworth closed on 143 for 6, a challenging total on a slow pitch with variable bounce. MMM and Elliott opened, with Elliott soon perishing at long on for 1. Tommo came in, and struggled early on, whilst the captain swung the bat at everything, mostly with one hand after a thumb injury. The partnership passed 50 with Tommo only just in double figures, then MMM was stumped for 43 with the score on 61. Tommo started to open up as Harry kept him company, but Harry was bowled for 0, quickly followed by Graham Hill caught for 1 and Ben Stones caught for 0. We were 85 for 5 and the scoreboard was creeping along, but Peter Crowley ensured that Tommo had most of the strike to keep it moving. The runs ticked down as Tommo reached 50, but with the partnership on 54 Tommo was given out lbw for a match winning 76. There were just 4 runs required, and Peter and Sam made short work of this, with Peter not out 11 and Sam not out 3 as we won by 6 wickets. It was a fantastic all round performance that gives us hope for the remainder of the season, though with 6 regulars missing next week who knows what will happen!