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Whaley Bridge 2nd XI v Charlesworth (away) 23rd May 2015

posted 25 May 2015, 06:42 by Mike Madden
In bygone days it is rumoured that players were selected on the basis that they drove and owned a car. This year it could well be the case that players will be selected if their parents can offer transport! With 8 juniors in the side a desperate email was sent asking for help with lifts, and I am pleased to say that there was an overwhelming response. Of course, this being our third trip to Charlesworth in four weeks, parents and players alike were well aware of the home side's hospitality, and especially their teas. So, ten of us plus the scorer got there on time, and of course, Fid was our 11th man. It was a bit of a quandary as to whether we should bat first if the pitch was in decent nick, or bowl to guarantee a full game, As it turned out, the wicket was wet and uneven, so when we won the toss we had no hesitation in asking Charlesworth to bat. Seven overs in we were definitely on top, with Colin Wild taking two wickets after a regular catch from Ed Webster, and a somewhat more spectacular one handed effort from the captain at gully. It wasn't quite 'The Catch' from a couple of years ago at High Lane, but it certainly gave the youngsters something to live up to! And that was about as good as it got. There were some encouraging spells, but there were a lot of misfields, and a number of dropped catches, most notably from the skipper, again at gully. Charlesworth lived up to their reputation at tea, even waiting for us to feast at the banquet before their own players tucked in. Its a shame that they look like getting promoted! The batting was relying heavily on the captain, and when he was bowled for 4 in the 3rd over the writing was very clearly on the wall. Ethan Williams reached double figures, eventually being bowled for 16, but at 61 for 9 we looked like achieving just a single point. However, Colin and Fid had other ideas. They set about the bowling with gay abandon, passing 60, 70 and 80. It seemed that 100 was on, and as Colin was dropped in the deep we did indeed go on to notch our second point. Fid was caught for 17, leaving Colin unbeaten on 32 as we reached 107 all out. Colin now has 48 runs for no dismissals, and his elusive first ever 100 run season must surely be this year. There were few mentions for our five under 14s and one under 15, but they all acquitted themselves admirably. There will be many more opportunities for them over the next few weeks, as the under 16s finish their exams, which is not so encouraging for the absentee first teamers whose automatic places will surely be under threat before too many more seasons pass.