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Whaley Bridge 2nd XI v Charlesworth 2nd XI (home) Saturday 8th August 2015

posted 9 Aug 2015, 08:45 by Mike Madden
There was a sense of Deja Vu as we welcomed Charlesworth to New Horwich Park, with our side containing 8 juniors, the same number that travelled to Charlesworth earlier in the season. Charlesworth won the toss, and on a greenish pitch elected to bat. Although they started well, Colin Wild ripped through their top order with three wickets, all clean bowled. There was some bizarre fielding, and for once it was not Ivan causing consternation. Sam Johnson did a couple of brilliant stops at backward square, and Ivan raced across the ground like a gazelle in pursuit of the ball towards the very long boundary. Ed Kitchen replaced Will Weston, and he was rewarded when son Charlie took a good catch. Dan Burt, Ben Stones and George Holden all bowled well without success, and it was Charlie Kitchen who struck next, with a fortunate wicket clean bowled. Will Weston returned and took another wicket clean bowled, then Ivan's much improved fielding display culminated in a run out as keeper Ole Madden removed the bails. Colin returned and progressed to his first five wicket haul of the season with another two wickets clean bowled, and the final dismissal went to Ed Kitchen as the skipper took a catch at short extra cover. The total of 181 all out was challenging, but with a little application it was well within our grasp.

Sadly, the application remained in the dressing room, and when openers Ben Stones and Ivan Heathcote were back in the shed with just 12 on the board we were up against it. George Holden and Ole Madden set about repairing the damage. George was caught behind for 20, and this sparked another collapse as Charlie Kitchen was trapped lbw for 4 and Ole was bowled for 24. Will Weston and Sam Johnson both scored their highest totals for the second team with 8 and 7 respectively, but then it was left to the captain to salvage some pride at 84 for 7. Dan Burt was bowled for 2 and Ed Kitchen was lbw for 8, but the captain bludgeoned a quick 24 until he was caught to end the innings. Colin Wild didn't face a ball and remains a long way short of his first ever 100 run season, as Whaley were all out for 126. It was a disappointing end, but 7 points was a decent haul, and we look forward to fielding  a stronger side in the coming weeks.