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Whaley Bridge v Compstall (away) Saturday 12th July

posted 17 Jul 2014, 05:34 by Mike Madden
Is it me or do second teams all look stronger these days? On a fine sunny day we rolled up to Compstall, and having won the toss there was no doubt that we would bat first. Elliot Simmonds and Harry Bold soon put the Compstall attack to the sword, scoring at six an over in the early going. Elliot was caught for 40 off wily veteran Mike Hawkin, but by then we were 89 for 1. Harry Bold then suffered the same fate in the same over, and at 90 for 2 we were apprehensive. Reuben Cutts was a welcome addition to the squad, and together with Ivan Heathcote they steadied nerves. Ivan was out for 14, quickly followed by Ben Stones who was caught for 3. Ole Madden smashed an early boundary but was then bowled for 5, and at 134 for 5 we were in trouble again. The captain joined Reuben and batted Compstall out of the game. A very tired skipper was stumped for 67, and shortly afterwards Reuben was caught for 41, but with Ethan Williams and McIlveen nudging a pair of unbeaten threes the score reached 233 for 7, surely a total that we would be able to defend.

With a shiny new cherry in hand Colin Wild roared in. Harry Bold took a wonderful catch at square leg, and we were on our way. Colin got a second wicket clean bowled, then another after a sharp thinking Elliot manufactured a stumping. Reuben got in on the act with a wicket clean bowled, and then the fielding took over. Ethan fielded the ball at mid off, and as the batsmen tried a suicidal run he fired it at Elliot who calmly removed the bails. Harry Bold then repeated the feat twice more, and when Reuben made a difficult catch look easy off Andrew Gibson's bowling it was all but over. One of the Compstall batsmen had gone home, and it was left to Ben Stones to take a running caught and bowled to finish off the innings. Compstall were 71 all out, we won by 163 runs, and for the first time this season we recorded 20 points. Somehow I don't think it will be as easy when the same opposition visit Whaley Bridge next weekend.