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Whaley Bridge 2nd XI v Charlesworth (away) Sunday 17th May

posted 20 May 2015, 05:32 by Mike Madden
The nearest we ever got to Cup Fever was Peter Crowley's cold as we headed for this rearranged cup fixture, and with the prospect of facing Hawk Green in the next round it was a day to give youth a chance. There were no shortage of volunteers for scoring duties with the prospect of a Charlesworth tea (Reuben won that particular contest), and we once again included three Under 14 debutants as well as Will Weston who was appearing for the second time. We lost another toss and were asked to bat, and with Nigel Morten still en route from London the youth policy was to the fore. Alex Dickman opened with Ivan Heathcote, but Alex was bowled for 2. George Holden is practically a veteran these days, and he set about the occasional bowlers. Ivan struggled and was bowled for 13, whilst Oli Prior was bowled for his second duck of the weekend. Will Weston played some very nice shots, punishing the bad balls, and he was eventually caught for 22. Mikey Gilmour was run out for 4, bringing Tom Crick to the wicket. Tom and George struck up a good partnership until George was caught for an agonising 49, then the recently arrived Nigel was bowled with another of his trademark horror shots for 2. The legend that Michael Glover has become hit two crashing fours before he was out lbw for 8, then Tom was also given out lbw for 11. The captain and John Fidler took the innings to the final over, with Fid run out for 1 and the captain unbeaten on 7. It was a reasonable effort, with 151 all out a challenging total on a wicket that was keeping low.

Tea was, as usual, a splendid affair, though without the youthful faux pas that George managed two weeks earlier. Fid settled into his stride, giving Tom Crick behind the stumps a torrid time with plenty of leg side stuff. Will Weston, at the other end, was a little more expensive, but he made the breakthrough with a wicket clean bowled. Oli Prior made up for his ducks with a wicket clean bowled, but George Holden, Mikey Gilmour and Ivan Heathcote all failed to increase our wicket count. Tom gave up the gloves to Alex Dickman, and came on to bowl himself. His pace was obvious, but his control somewhat erratic. However, he did manage to take a wicket after a well judged catch by Mikey Gilmour. The game was lost, and with just three required to win Michael Glover came into the attack. His first delivery was a wide, as was his second. So with one to win he had still not bowled a 'ball. Surely his third would be somewhere near? No, it was wider than the previous two. He finished with figures of 0 overs, 0 maidens, 0 wickets, 3 runs, a statistical anomaly that is possibly unique. We lost by 7 wickets, but the performance of the youngsters is a very encouraging sign, and the defeat means we get a whole weekend off at the start of June!