Matt Oddie won the toss on a nice day in Milnrow and decided to bat. The two Oddie brothers are to open the batting.
Something you should know about Milnrow; well Milnrow is the birth place of actress Anna Friel. For those who don’t know Anna, she was one of the actresses involved in the first ever lesbian kiss, on Brookside in 1994. Local knowledge would correct this to the first such kiss before the watershed, and we know this because there was a blue plaque outside a house on entry to the ground.
3 overs gone and both Oddie brothers are out, as is Harris. The ball looks to be moving around a lot early doors.
5 overs gone are we’re really having to work hard on a tough seaming wicket, pro gone; caught! Jack next to go.
Allan Armer looking like he’s the one to stop this ship from sinking fast, but a loose shot from Allan brings myself to the crease with the score on a remarkable 36-6.
A quick conversation with my son who’s batting at the other end tells me that this lads bowling inswingers. Not on this occasion as the ball goes the other way. Wickets again began to tumble, myself then Briggs both out. Only Faheem Basharat offered any real resistance, bringing a very positive and youthful approach to our innings with our top score of 17. Our final score was 68 all out.
With a very small score to defend we new we had to take everything that came our way. We didn’t! We took 3 wickets including their pro first bowl, but Milnrow got to there score quite comfortably in the end after just 16 overs. Looking back at the game I thought young Basharat batted and bowled very well and for future reference when we return to this ground next season, the wicket went to sleep very quickly in the second innings
Local knowledge would suggest that people bowl first here, but it’s was new territory for us and we will learn from today.