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Whaley Bridge 2nd XI v Chapel (away) 30/8/2014

posted 5 Sep 2014, 11:22 by Mike Madden

With the first team already rained off it was with some trepidation that the stand in  captain arrived at Chapel on Saturday – a situation not improved by the admission that Ivan had known Gareth Hill was unavailable for some time, but that neither of them seemed to have told anyone else. Enter Tom Hayes, who seemed so excited to be playing he actually offered to chase his Mum, who had just driven away, down the street. In the event we felt it better to just call her.

The following is totally from memory as I’m in work and the scorebook is in my car, but here goes.

With the pitch confirmed fit, Whaley Bridge won the toss and elected to bowl on a damp, green, but sticky wicket. Colin and Reuben’s first spells of 9 and 8 overs respectively brought little joy, with Chapel making their way to around 70-0. A change of bowling saw Danny Burt strike, and we were off and running. Danny went to take two further wickets, one of which it must be said we in a large part due to a brilliant fielding adjustment by Reuben Cutts – bringing Oli Prior in 10 yards to take the catch at cover next ball.

Ethan and Bruce both bowled well, and there was a wicket for Ethan. Colin came back on to clean up the tail, ending up with four, and with a wicket from Stonesy and Reuben chapel ended their innings on 170 – a remarkable turnaround given their strong position at the halfway mark.

The chase began slowly, with stand-in Captain Simmonds making little progress initially alongside Harry Bold. Harry was bowled relatively early on, and Stonesy and Reuben also went cheaply. Ivan batted well for a score in the high teens, and when he was eventually caught behind following a 40 minute break for rain the game was in the balance. Bruce stepped in and took some pressure off Elliot, putting away bad balls and taking good singles – eventually finishing on 14. With fewer than 10 needed, Ethan Williams joined Elliot at the crease and was not out for no score when the winning runs passed the keeper – Elliot finishing on 104 not out with Whaley knocking them off for 5 and ensuring a full points quota.

 

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