After a washout yesterday where the 1st and 3rd team games were postponed due to waterlogged pitches, we welcome our near neighbours Church to The Cliffe.
I don’t believe there is anything more I can tell you about Church that you all already don’t know from my previous encounters with this club this season to date (I make it 6 including Hyndburn District games). My views of Church haven’t “Altered” though…….we have “congregated” at the ground so……..let’s “Christen” the weekend with a win……..and “Pray” we get a result….and hope “Aah Men” work well as a team. Anyway, enough of that.
The weather is fine and looking forward to a good game.
We are batting…..missed the toss so not sure who won.
Hamza and Ben to open the innings. First couple of overs not much to report in runs but this is soon changed as….Wicket:- Hamza caught. Score 10-1.
In comes Dr Zeain at 3….not dressed in his white coat this week but playing instead.
Shot for 4:- nice shot Ben. Zeain also joins the party with a 4 & 6. The 6 managed to take one bounce then hit Hamza’s car….which sources at the ground tell me it has just been put up for sale. Anyway, comes with an added feature now……a dent!
Incident Alert:- a nice shot for 4 is stopped by their fielder by his foot….great piece of fielding stopping the ball inches from the boundary rope…apart from when he returned to pick the ball up his foot was grounded outside the rope….surely a 4? 2 runs signalled, and the fielder remains very quiet…..great sportsmanship.
Wicket:- Zeain out LBW playing an aggressive shot. Score 27-2. Ethan Houldsworth in at 4
Car Park Announcement:-
Hamza moves car from where Zeain struck it to another part of the car park……..is it only me that finds it funny that he moves it in front of “Cars parked at Own Risk” sign.
Wicket:- Ben caught behind. 37-3. Unlucky as was batting well and looked set. Harris Masood in at 5….albeit doesn’t last long as is run out. 37-4 Captain Russ in next.
Newsflash:- Dobbo is here….must be free to get on today.
Ethan hits a single resulting in Captain Russ “sprinting” to make ground. Russ duly turns to what seems to be thanking Ethan for the run, stating……”what you doing you numpty”.
Wicket:- Russ caught. Score moved on to 46-5.
Paul Houldsworth in next. Father and Son partnership can hopefully stabilise proceedings and get us out of trouble.
Unfortunately not…..Wicket:- Ethan run out (don’t want to be part of the debate in the Houldsworth household later!). 47-6. Shovey in next, but doesn’t last long…Wicket:- Shovey out. 48-7.
An order reshuffle by the captain sends Alex Kennedy in next. Need someone to stay with Paul. This is also a first with Alex batting with his Coach for the first time in a competitive match.
Shot:- 6…Paul nearly takes his daughter out with a great shot…but great family teamwork as Ethan plucks the ball out of the air before it hits his sister….Well done Ethan.
Score on 59-7.
Paul and Alex seem to have stopped the wicket fall with some nice shots from Paul and some good defensive batting from Alex. After putting on a decent partnership (for today anyway)…..Wicket:- Alex caught behind final ball before drinks. Score 77-8.
MC Ammer in next – with clear instructions from the captain to stay there. Unfortunately,……Wicket:- Ammer bowled. Score 78-9. Must state at this point later in the day at Rishton Ammer did say that if the bat had hit the ball it would have gone for a 6….but as Paul reminded him……it didn’t!!
Bottom Whiteheads in last to try and get us to 100…….nice time in report for a Sponsorship mention and thanks for supporting the club……
Quite factual really as today probably doesn’t need to stay open that late as we will be finished early!
Wicket:- Tanny caught. We finish on 90 all out.
In summary not one of our best batting performances bar runs from Paul Houldsworth and a too brief partnership between Alex and Paul. Some silly run outs also added to our woes.
Tanny to open bowling from the Dog and Otter end. Paul to open from the Scoreboard end….hoping we get off to a good start with a couple of early wickets.
Early exchanges are tight albeit we can’t seem to find a breakthrough. Change of bowler as Ethan comes on for Tanny.
Score is 17-0 off 9 overs.
Change of bowler at the other end as Alex replaces Paul who has bowled excellently with 5 overs, 0 wickets for 2 runs. Score is creeping up at 24-0 off 11 overs.
Some more tight exchanges between bowlers and batters sees score move on to 46-0….off 17 overs. We desperately need a wicket but doesn’t look like we will get one.
Anyway we do……Wicket:- bowled Alex caught Harris. Score 47-1.
Change bowler as Zeain replaces Ethan. The captain is mixing the bowling up to either try and get a breakthrough or realising the game is slipping share the workload around.
Change bowler as Ammer comes on for Alex…..(to bring some Gas…still don’t know what this means or whether he works in a petrol station……anyway lets “pump” it up Ammer!. Score moved on to 68–1.
Don’t know what’s worse, watching our team struggle like this……or sitting with Mr Happy!! Actually, looks kind of happy in this photo….or he has wind!
Unfortunately, the game moves on to 27 overs and Church need 1 to win. Shortly after…..Game Over.
Summary – we didn’t seem to get going today with either bat or ball.
Player of Match
Has to be Paul Houldsworth for his batting performance of 36 not out and then bowling figures of 5 overs 0 for 2.
On to the next one…..you’ll be pleased to know not before another visit to Church next Friday in the T20 game…..will report back whether the Sky Sports Shed is open or the bar.