Another hot and sunny Sunday finds the thirds playing a friendly against the 4th XI at Cherry Tree, the sight of many a heated ribblesdale league clash.
Cherry won the toss and chose to bat on what was a dry yet even wicket, despite it boasting more canyons than Arizona. Thanks to a plethora of drops and misfields the home side finished on a respectable 162/9. Honourable mentions include a solid showing from returnee Cameron Holt who performed admirably with the bowl and in the field, and some sharp catches from Ethan at gully and Rhys at slip, the latter being a one handed grab that could only be described as the epitome of nonchalance. Also a shout out to Paul for not firing their skipper caught behind after he knocked the cover off. Umpiring is a thankless task, isn’t it?
Seb and Ben open the batting. After a few overs both are out, bowled and LBW respectively, but Ethan and Owais are moving along nicely. Owais eventually pops a short one up to mid off after a few nice shots. 46/3.
Out trots Malik in classic Malik fashion – with guns blazing. After smashing a few boundaries he finally skies one, but it’s put down – a theme for the day. After such a reprieve many would choose to put their head down, but not Malik. The following ball draws an almighty heave and leaves the bails on the floor. 69/4 after 20 overs. While Ethan continues to tick along nicely the skipper comes in and then departs 2 balls later. Another 2 balls later and Dave gets an unfortunate top edge and follows suit. Like father like son.
In comes Jason Kayley, feeling a little worse for wear after what I assume was an eventful Saturday evening. 120/6 with 12 overs remaining. Jason and Ethan building a handy partnership. However, some very erratic bowling and generous umpiring leads to a few tight overs. Jason departs after an excellent ~30 and in comes Thomas Newton. Ethan has progressed to 47, playing some brilliant shots along the way. 32 runs required with 10 overs remaining, Ethan pinching singles and creeping ever closer to 50. After a few nervous overs the 50 comes from a cracking cover drive. The first senior half-century of the youngster’s career. Great knock Ethan. 4 to win of 16 balls. Thomas knocks one down to fine leg for two, and then creams one for four through the covers. Game over.
A great game and a great win for GHCC and Skipper Rhys takes his captaincy record to 3-0.