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Whaley Bridge 2nd XI v Hollingworth 2nd XI (away) Saturday 21st June

posted 22 Jun 2014, 05:59 by Mike Madden
It was a warm and humid day when Whaley Bridge 2nds travelled to unbeaten league leaders Hollingworth, and with Michael Glover as our 11th man a last minute response from Fid certainly strengthened our side as Mr Glover was happy to immerse himself in a newspaper for the afternoon. However, it was soon Whaley Bridge that were making the headlines as the skipper and Elliot Simmonds put on 56 for the first wicket. Elliot was out lbw for 32, quickly followed by Ben Stones who suffered a similar fate for 0. Ivan came in and set about the bowling to good effect, but when the skipper was caught behind for 37 the signs were ominous. Rob Hill was caught for 5, Bruce Glover for 0 and Ivan for 14, and at 100 for 6 we were in trouble. Jack Kitchin hit his first senior runs and his first four for three years which triggered a wonderful personal celebration, but Danny Burt was bowled for 2 and Jack for 6 bringing Colin Wild and Gareth Hill to the wicket. Gareth seems to have developed some new found confidence with the bat, but a bewildered Colin was out lbw for 0. Gareth thrashed around before being bowled for 11, leaving Fid unbeaten on 0 and the score on an inadequate looking 121 all out. We gifted Hollingworth an additional 15 overs to reach their target, but we thought it unlikely that they would need them.

Fresh from two weeks off, Colin roared into the attack. Elliot showed what an improving keeper he is with a diving catch to get the ball rolling, and when Colin bowled the other opener there was just a hint of an upset. Fid dislodged the stumps to reduce the home side to 2 for 3, but then a dangerous looking partnership took the score to 29 when Colin got his third victim thanks to a catch at gully by the captain. His fourth followed soon afterwards as Rob Hill took a good catch in the deep, then Fid struck again with another wicket clean bowled. At 34 for 6 there was one dangerman remaining, and Colin soon put paid to that as Ben Stones took a confident catch at long on. Colin got a much needed and well deserved rest after 10 overs 5 for 28, whilst Fid bowled his full 12 taking 2 for 14. Our change bowlers still had work to do, and Ben Stones didn't let us down as Gareth Hill took a juggling catch at mid off. Gareth started erratically but settled into a rhythm and got his reward when Ivan took a catch. Gareth finished with 1 for 10 off 4, whilst Ben Stones finished with 1 for 1 off 1.3 overs, the end coming when the number 11 panicked and Bruce and Elliot fashioned an easy run out. Hollingworth were defeated and deflated as they dropped two places in the league, finishing on 57 all out. To say we dropped a couple of catches and there were one or two misfields would be somewhat churlish, as it was a magnificent performance in the field, and one which our injured secretary chose to miss as he left the ground at tea.
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