The yellow van made full use of its newly installed sat nav as the first team travelled to Bilton-in-Ainsty for the first time this millennium. Young Denno (goose) returned to the side. Gok Wan made her debut as scorer.
Heavy overnight rain may have caused some teams to call games off but Bilton were made of stonger stuff and a prompt start was in the offing. Toss won Skip had no doubt about opting to bowl first on a damp wicket.....a wicket that became even damper after 2 balls as rain stopped play. After a five minute break play resumed....this time with the freshly arrived Ifti taking the field (sat nav required?).
Young Coe decided to see which parts of the wicket were most affected by the rain proceeding to send down an over of "varying length" he eventually found a spot he liked somewhere near his feet, the ball looped up and was top edged to fine leg where it was well taken by goose. Saxton continued to bowl well, Young Coe, Older Crampo and Ifti all bowling a tight line. Bilton batsmen chanced their arms with a few airial shots. Potter made a case for not letting him field close to the bat by attempting to stop the ball with his head - nice lump !!! A few overs later after recovering (sobering up ??) he joined the bowling attack taking 1-34 from his 8 overs. Skip tried a couple of overs. Wicket in the first then taken apart in the 2nd as their number 7 picked his "straight one" 4 times in one over (picking it straight into the next field !!!). Bilton finished on 201-6. Gettable but possibly a few more than they should have got.
Goose was going for a night out in Harrow-gate so had to open the batting with pinch-hitter Buck. Bilton had obviously been watching young Coe as they sent down over after over of short stuff. It worked as both openers departed leaving Saxton on 4-2. Potter and Len steadied the ship for a few overs. Hutton made 41 his innings ended shortly after popping his knee out.....not to be recommended. Wickets continued to fall with a few getting in before getting themselves out. It was left to Oringe and Young Coe to see Saxton past 1 point territory - the innings ending on 151.
Another defeat......big game next week against Kirk Hammerton who seem to be on a similarly poor run.