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Whaley Bridge 2nd XI v Chapel (home) Saturday 16th May 2015

posted 20 May 2015, 05:14 by Mike Madden

Despite an early morning Facebook plea for players by the Chapel captain, it was a strong side that rolled up to Whaley on another cold Saturday afternoon. Chapel won the toss and had no hesitation in asking Whaley to bat. We started well enough, but when newly promoted Ivan Heathcote was caught for 14 we were only on 29. Two balls later Oli Prior departed, bowled for a duck, then the captain and Ben Williams set about rebuilding the innings. The captain was stumped for 35 whilst Ben Williams was bowled for 31, and at 95 for 4 it was delicately poised. When Will Weston was caught for three there were ominous signs, and we were reduced to 100 for 6 as Sam Johnson was bowled for 1. Mark Johnson steadied the ship, losing Ed Webster, bowled for 2, along the way, then Mark himself was caught for 20. Veteran Nick Latham put bat to ball effectively, rattling up 19 before being bowled. Colin Wild (8) and Gareth Hill (5) saw the innings to a conclusion, with 155 for 9 on the board. It promised to be competitive, but there was a definite lack of experience in the bowling ranks.

The burning question at tea was 'Who is keeping wicket?' to which the reply was 'Me'. This was met with disbelief, but I donned the pads as we took to the field.Chapel got off to a very good start, with Colin Wild, Will Weston and Gareth Hill all failing to make a breakthrough. Oli Prior came on and struck after a very good catch by Sam Johnson at square leg. Nick Latham struggled to recapture former glories, but Mark Johnson rolled back the years with a very tidy spell. He got his reward with a wicket lbw to finish with 1-5 off 4, but at 102 for 2 we needed many more wickets, and fast. Ed Webster and Sam Johnson had two overs each without success, then Colin came back on to get his first wicket of the day clean bowled. Chapel eased to victory by 7 wickets, but with only a couple of overs to spare. We gave three Under 14s their debut, and all performed well in very cold conditions. We look forward to plain Chapel later in the season when we will hopefully be able to field our strongest XI! And one more thing, there were two byes and lots of leg side takes!