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Whaley Bridge 2nds v High Lane (away) Saturday 23rd July

posted 31 Jul 2016, 12:55 by Mike Madden   [ updated 3 Aug 2016, 06:27 ]
There were a few unusual things about this game. Firstly, it was sunny. That in itself is remarkable in this wettest of seasons. The sun and the heat brought about the second unusual occurrence, we had drinks breaks every 15 overs.

High Lane batted first on what looked like a crumbly wicket, and Colin struck to keep up his good record this season. Ole was asked to unleash sheer pace, and he took a wicket first ball, one of three that his velocity earned him. He also achieved a non dangerous beamer, in that it sailed way over the batsman's head en route to Rob Hill behind the sticks.

Peter Crowley returned from the firsts and claimed three victims, whilst another first team regular, Reuben Cutts, finished off the innings with a smart caught & bowled.

We were reasonably confident chasing 131 all out, perhaps over confident. We gave the first teamers their chance, pushing the captain and vice captain down the order.

When David Lomax fell early on to an opening bowler who roared and pounded his chest as though auditioning for a part in Planet Of The Apes, the writing was on the wall. The High Lane enthusiasm was infectious and well founded. Reuben looked good but glanced one to the keeper. Peter flattered to deceive. The captain and and his vice didn't last long, and although Tom Heys clipped a nice leg side four we were never even close.

82 all out was what we deserved, and there will be radical changes in future games, not least because of availabilities. As we stood around afterwards, listening to Roy Clayton deliver ball by ball commentary on an agonising but predictable defeat for the firsts at home to Dove, we decided that Rob could take the keeping stuff as he would be available for the match at Buxworth. The only other person that could be guaranteed to be in attendance was Shawy, the umpire, so he has the scorebook!

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