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A bit of a shock to have a game on today following the recent Monsoon season. I have packed the car with every variation of coats and jackets I could put my hands on.

Today we make the short journey up the M65 to Nelson. We need to get back to winning ways following last 2 poor defeats. As we arrive at the ground the weather appears fine with breaks of sunshine through the clouds…..

So, what can I tell you about Nelson……..well obviously the birthplace of Horatio…….albeit from the ground you can’t see the docks where he would have parked his boat. The story goes he lost his eye in nearby Colne (or was it Corsica – not sure). Anyway, let’s hope our “Voyage” is worth the while…..and we “Sail” home with a “HMS” victory…………as we “wave” goodbye to our run of defeats. A few stumpings from Ben “Jolly” Rogers would be good as well.

We win toss and Captain Paul Houldsworth (in Russ’ absence) decides to bowl.

1st Innings:

Bottom Whiteheads to open bowling from Scoreboard end, whilst 3rd Team Captain Ste Schofield opens from clubhouse end.

Early Wicket:- bowled Ste. 23-1 off 5 overs.

Chance:- to slips, unlucky as a difficult chance to Andy Brown. Nelson move their score on to 36-1 off 10 overs. Some good bowling at both ends from Ste and Tanny.

Change of bowler as Ethan Houldsworth comes in for Tanny.

Another change of bowler As Alex Kennedy replaces Ste.

Wicket:- bowled Alex stumped Ben as the batsman impersonates someone off Strictly Come Dancing doing the Mumba down the wicket. Score is 59-2

We reach drinks (which is unusual of late as the only fluids I have seen is the rain tipping down. Score – 87-2.

Captain Paul mixes up our attack with another change of bowler as MC Ammer comes on for Ethan.

Fitness Alert:- Ste is like a magnet to the ball today putting in some miles in the field….fielding really well.

Wicket:- bowled Ammer caught Ethan. Score has moved to 114-3. Change of bowler as Joel on for Alex.

Wicket:- bowled Joel caught…..yes you guessed it…..Ste. 123-4

Weather Alert:- Yes……Rain starts to come down. The game continues as the players stay out there….hopefully only a shower….change of bowler as Harris on for Ammer. 156-4

Change bowler from the clubhouse end as Tanny on for Joel. Their batsman having a good knock and with 6 overs left moves on to his half century. Well batted (the round of applause is deafening from the 3 people watching). Heard later he got £1.22 in his collection……will lend him 8p to get a pint of Orange😊.

Wicket:- the Nelson young batsman out caught & bowled Tanny. Well batted for 22. Score creeps up to 195-5.

Wicket:- bowled Tanny. 195-6…..he would have been on a hat trick but end of over.

Wicket:- bowled Harris caught behind. 195-7

Wicket:- LBW bowled Harris.

Nelson finish on 197-8.

Good performance especially at the end and some really strong fielding.

2nd Innings:

Ben Rogers and Alex Kennedy to open batting.

Unfortunately the early partnership is broken as Wicket:- Ben out. In comes Andy Brown at 3. Score is 7-1.

Wicket:- Alex caught behind frustratingly as looked set. Score 29-2. Ethan in at 4.

A good partnership forming with Andy and Ethan as we move score on to 43-2 off 15 overs.

Wicket:- Andy bowled. Score on 44-3. Harris Masood in next.

The new pair don’t last long together as they go for a very tight run…..Wicket:- Ethan run out. Score 50-4. Mr Happy in next.

Wicket:- Joel (Mr Unhappy) bowled. Score 60-5….albeit we do have a good chance here with the overs left.

Captain Paul in next. Another strong innings here could lead us to victory.

As drinks break arrives score moved to 62-5.

Hate to say it but above us the clouds appear to be closing in again…..Score 84-5….20 overs left. Need 114 off the remaining overs.

Captain Houldsworth starting to hit out….6….and a 4.

Wicket!- Harris bowled. Score 112-6. Shovey in next as the rain starts to form.

Unfortunately, rain stops play with score on 114-6.

Various conversations now being had with various scores being called out as everyone tries to calculate the Duckworth Lewis (thought this was an Estate Agents!) Marcus (our scorer) informs me we are behind the run rate.

30 minutes on……..Doesn’t look like we will get back on.

Captain Paul shakes the hand of the Nelson Captain as Game called off. According to our scorer Marcus we get 4 points as we were behind Run rate.

Summary

Unfortunately, the weather ruins another weekend of cricket for our lads. I truly felt if the rain hadn’t arrived we would have gone on to win this game.

Difficult to pick a player of the match, but will give it to Ste Schofield for his tireless efforts in the field. Well done Ste.

On to next week……

Neil Kennedy

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