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Whaley Bridge 2nd XI v Chapel 2nd XI (home) Saturday 14th June 2014

posted 21 Jun 2014, 02:38 by Mike Madden
It was billed as the youth of Whaley versus the youth of Chapel, but when I looked around at myself, Wild, Latham and Fidler I wondered where it all went wrong. The answer to that is, of course, obvious, and lies in no small part on the golf courses of Portugal, but more of that elsewhere. So, we lost the toss, and on a hard track we were asked to bat which we gratefully accepted. Harry Bold and Ben Stones got us off to a good start, adding 45 before Ben was lbw for 13. Ivan Heathcote smashed a quick 18, then Oli Prior gave Harry good support before he was caught for 1. Harry gave a return catch for a splendid 76, then the skipper hit a quickfire 25 before being bowled. Danny Burt scored his first three senior runs ever, and when he was bowled for the aforementioned 3 it left over 110 years at the wicket in the form of TR Wild and Nick Latham. These two wily old foxes took us to 188 for 6, with Russ on 16 and Rigger on 5, and although we couldn't reach the 5th batting point we had posted a very competitive total.

The unusual opening pair of Fid and Gareth Hill got plenty of bounce, but the wicket was true as Chapel started to score freely. Gareth made the first breakthrough as the captain took a catch at midwicket, but that was it for a while. Harry Bold was brought into the attack and showed our absent slow bowler that he has competition. It was Ben Stones who struck next, however, with Oli Prior taking a catch, then Harry got his reward as the captain took another catch. Nick Latham belied his years by sprinting a full four yards from behind the stumps to just in front of them to take a catch off Harry, but Fid had finished his 12 overs for 25, and Harry did the same with 2-56. Ben Stones finished with 1-29 off 6 and Dan Burt could make no inroads in his 2 overs for 21. Gareth Hill returned to the attack and struck twice, firstly with Russ Wild being as surprised as anyone as he held onto a catch, and secondly when the impressive Oli Prior did the same. A run out kept the tension up, but as the Chapel captain threw his bat and got lucky a couple of times, Oli Prior tried to wrap up the innings. Gareth finished with his best figures of 3-36 off 10, whilst Oli bowled just 2 overs and 4 balls when the winning run came. Chapel triumphed by 3 wickets, but when the first team manage to get their players interested in regular cricket the seconds could have a very strong squad. 
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