I want to thank the other 8 players that turned out last night for the game against Sad Dads. I don’t intend this to be at match report as such but I thought we played brilliantly and to win by over 20 runs with an over to spare with only 9 men against a full 11 was just excellent. Everybody played a full part…The fielding was sharp, we battered some poor bowling and survived some decent stuff. Only 7 batsmen required to get us to 156 with Walmsley and Watson retired and available to come back in if needed. Bungle got what he felt was an iffy 1st ball decision from Nick swinging at a legsider but I had asked him to go out and throw the bat as we were already in a strong position with 4 overs and potentially 5 batsmen still to come.
We were playing the 2 overs per bowler conditions ( me implementing the agreed AGM resolution and then finding out nobody else has bothered since we agreed it! ) but of course it’s not possible when only 9 players turn up ( Billy read your emails ).
I agreed with the oppo skipper that 4 of our bowlers could bowl 3 but that I would ensure the 4 bowlers would be drawn from the ‘less strong’ half of the bowling draw. Well….Apologies to all 4 of those for the slight but they all bowled out of themselves. Robert Vale came in against 2 of their strongest bats and kept great control, I took 1-13, Nick Back only bowled 2 in the end as we had them all gone in the 19th but took at least one and bowled with aggression and Watson took 3 ( yes you read that right) wickets to go with his 37 not out including the clean bowled 11 man to finish the match. Boxer bowled an excellent second over at his normal pace after his first over of attempted offspin ended up as an over of full toss tosh and got smashed about ( although to be fair one went straight to a fielder for an unlikely wicket ) , Simon Fretter bowled with control after my plan to bring him on towards the end was compromised slightly by the sudden appearance of heavy dew making the ball hard to grip, Bungle opened with his usual venom generating some movement and zip off what is really only a couple of ankle compromised paces these days and John Walmsley gave me an over at each end of the innings of his nagging offside line and took the penultimate clean bowled wicket in the gloaming to set up the victory. Direct hits from the field, great catches and Vaughan keeping as well as I have seen especially given the lack of protection I could offer behind the wicket with the reduced numbers made this a team victory of the first order. Thanks and we’ll done all.