This week we welcome our visitors Bacup to Cliffe Park for our 2nd team fixture.
An early start today due to the club hosting breakfast prior to the Cricket World Cup Final prior to our game this afternoon. This is enjoyed watching our young Under 9s side. A full day of cricket ahead😊.
Following his healthy breakfast, Paul Houldsworth sets off to roll the wicket in advance of our game.
A big thankyou to our scorer today who has volunteered to support our fixture….following a lack of other volunteers……Mr Rick Law-Riding what would we do without our Rick.
Great Harwood to bat first.
Hamza and Zain to open
We move the score on to 23-0 off 8 overs. A good steady start to proceedings.
The early exchanges are pretty even on what looks like a difficult wicket again. Saying that we advance to 39-0 off 14 overs. Hamza 24* Zain 8*.
Breakthrough for Bacup……Wicket:- Zain out LBW for 8 runs. Chris Oddie in at 3 who gets straight off the mark with a 4.
Sat on line with the bowler, what proceeds is a 4 “no ball” over from their young bowler whose front foot consistently over line……..hurray…umpire decided to give one eventually
Wicket:- Hamza caught on 32. Score on 65-2. Another nice Shot:- 4 from Chris.
Score on 80-2 at drinks.
Headache:- Chirpy lot these….every bowl a claim….they even shout for LBW when it hits the bat. Have the rules changed?! At least their wives get a quiet day whilst they are here….!
Wicket:- Chris out caught. 85-3. Paul Houldsworth in next. Unfortunately for once Paul doesn’t last long…..Wicket:- Paul LBW. 87-4
Andy Brown in next.
Incident:- Andy Brown dives to make his ground….nearly comes up short….luckily, he is a tall chap with long arms. Score now 90-4.
Wicket:- Andy out caught on boundary. 114-5 Russ in next.
Another Wicket:- Joel bowled. 148-6. Alex in next.
Wicket:- Russ bowled. Score has moved to 155-7.
Buck Rogers (from the 21st Century) arrives at the crease….but unfortunately Wicket:- Ben bowled. 155-8. We appear to be in freefall. Ste in next but follows straight away….Wicket:- Ste LBW. 155-9
Finally, Alex run out going for a very dangerous run.
We finish on 159 all out.
Ste to open from Dog Otter end. Great first over. Joel Houldsworth to open Scoreboard end.
What proceeds is a number of wickets fall bringing us right back into the game……as follows;
Wicket:- bowled Ste. 4-1
Wicket:- bowled Joel LBW. 6-2
Wicket:-bowled Ste LBW. 12-3
Wicket:- bowled Joel. 26-4
Good spells of bowling from both Ste and Joel…..come on boys we can do this.
Change of bowler as Paul Houldsworth comes on for Joel. At the other end there is also a change as Alex Kennedy for Ste.
Score now on 67-4.
Alex struggles to get consistency so a quick change of bowler, Abid for Alex 103-4.
Wicket:- bowled Paul LBW. 118-4
Bacup batsman gets 50…..well batted.
Fielding:- our fielding isn’t the best with multiple incidents of the ball not sticking and catches missed which is frustrating for the team….and me watching. Another dropped catch.
Catering Alert:- Russ shouts over and ask if I can do drinks…….I shout back “Course I Can….I need to drink watching this”……he didn’t mean that!! I proceed to the cabin to get the players drinks……….multi-tasking at best. “Don’t spill blackcurrant on anyone’s whites!” I tell myself. I am ably assisted by Jean Walker…what a double act.
Score on 125-5.
Remembrance:- As the game kicks off again, and as I sit down to continue watching our fielding…..I notice whose bench I am sat on. Pete Birtwistle’s bench….he was a Great Harwood stalwart through and through following not just Great Harwood Cricket Club but also a fan of Great Harwood Town FC whom I played for, for many years. God Bless you Pete. “Arrod-Ball”.
Wicket:- their batsman run out by Joel. He is smiling…..never thought I would see that in my lifetime!
Change of bowler as Zeain comes on and then Alex again.
Fielding gives Bacup more runs…..150-6. Bacup now only need 10 off 16 overs.
Wicket:- bowled Alex caught Paul in slips. 150-7.
Unfortunately, not enough as game closes with Bacup winning. Game Over.
It is pretty clear if we give teams 30 – 40 runs in the field we set ourselves a bigger challenge to win games which is disappointing. Difficult one today for my Player of Match…..I could give it to Joel who attempted a catch near the boundary and duly only managed to hit him down below…was funny though.
Albeit it didn’t go well with the bat, I give it to Ste Schofield who bowled really well.
On to next week….