24th April 2010
St Chads Broomfield B (0) v Saxton A (5)
Saxton A won by 5 wickets.
St Chads Broomfield 121/9
Saxton A 122/5
Another unseasonable, sunny April Saturday - is the best start of the season weather ever?
The usual crew of regulars and last minute additions (welcome Jack) arrived at the St Chads B team ground - a school playing field behind a crown green bowling club with a huge outfield mainly made up of a football pitch. Nigel and Alan cast a part-time groundsman'sl eye over the wicket and pronounced it 'green, long, spongy and hadn't seen a roller in a while'. With this in mind, Skipper Ian decided to bat first if he won the toss - but luckily he didn't.
Saxton opened the bowling with Hannah and the returning Brownie and got off to a flying start in the 3rd over when the opening bat sent one to point off Hannah, for newcomer Jack Bromley to take. Five overs later, exactly the same happened again to the number 2 batsman. Then on came the bowling duo of Ian and Buck Senior, taking a steady toll of wickets through catches and keeping the run-rate under 3 an over. There were however a few missed catches to fill the fines coffers. Ian, if you get a finger to the ball at full stretch a foot off the ground - it's a dropped catch. Miss Buck and Jack then came on to wrap up the tail-end, but just couldn't take the last wicket, Jack taking 2 wickets once he'd settled down, abandoned his run-up and went for line and length rather than sheer speed. A bit of light relief was provided by the normally dependable Jamie B behind the stumps. A comfortable run-out was foiled by JB missing the stumps from 6 inches - the whole team leaping into the air to celebrate, only to realise the bails were still on.
The final St Chads total of 121 after their 45 overs looked fairly straight-forward, but then again, there's always the tendency of the Saxton 2nds batting to panic and self-destruct in an orgy of wild swinging (that's with a bat - not the lifestyle).
Nige and Wraggy opened the batting and started steadily before exiting on 10 and 13 respectively, the ex-Hobblin Gilbo getting a tiny nick to the keeper and saving the umpire's blushes by walking - thanks Nige. The Ginger Wonder came in with big plans and was clean bowled 2 minutes later for 1. At 27 for 3 the collapse was beckoning....
But never fear, here's Chris D to steady the rocky ship. His two partnerships with Ian and Dave 'Defensive' Buck took the total to 106 leaving Father and Daughter Buck to bring the side over the line with 5 overs to spare. Ian could relax at last - his faith in the padded-up batting firepower of Tyson, Baxter and Brown being less than overwhelming.
So, that's two out of two, only twenty more to go for Ian's dream to come true.