Following a week off with a well-earned family break, aligning nicely with a weekend break for our 3rd Team, I am back to report on our match with Church CC at home.
A busy morning of assisting our Club Chairman putting up blinds……and then putting covers on with Captain Ste……things I do for this club….I am pleased to see that we are here and not at Church…..bet you it is lovely there today….unless you want to watch Sky……have a drink….see people….not be depressed….I could go on.
As I arrive at the ground, it looks like we may get a wet start to proceedings as the skies are overcast…fingers crossed.
Before we commence proceedings a massive congratulations to Captain Ste on the birth of his first child Toby…….Mum and baby doing well. Congratulations to you all.
Ste wins the toss and we are batting. The players take to the field…..
Joel Houldsworth and Joel Bentham to open.
Big thanks again to Umpire Shak for supporting this fixture. Looks good in a white coat…..not as good as Dr Zeain though….
Wicket:- 1st over wicket as Joel Bentham bowled. Seb Whalley in at 3. 0-1.
Seb and Joel get us off the mark….Seb with a nice shot for 4.
Unfortunately, proceedings come to a halt as the rain clouds gather above us.
Rain stops play….score on 21-1
Action Shot:- as the players take to the field to put the covers on…..Fine bunch…
Weather Forecast Update!
I must admit I can’t believe they have come off……hardly a monsoon. Church requested to come off….they must not want to play.
Great………Darryl is here……..should be well behaved today as has new girlfriend in tow.
Players back on….
we have only lost 5 overs so now a 35 over game. Our score quickly moves on to 41-1.
Change of bowler for Church as on comes our ex-player Aftab….
Chance!- catch dropped by fielder – lucky Joel. Unfortunately, this is followed by a…..
Wicket:- Seb out bowled for 28. Well batted Seb.
Thomas Newton in next. Score 48-2.
Wicket!- Joel H out caught for 33. 66-3. Andy Brown in next
4 – shot Thomas. 99-3. 8 overs left
Wicket:- Thomas out LBW. 126-4
Batting change as in comes MC Ammer instead of Alex.
Milestone!- 50 for Andy Brown. Played some great attacking cricket. Well done Andy. Score moves to 149-4.
Wicket!- Andy caught out but a good innings. Score 158-5
Alex Kennedy in next with just 2 balls remaining.
We finish on 166-5. Well batted Ammer with a quickfire score.
Rain was heavier at the end of the innings than when we went off at the start of the innings with “driving” rain…good time to mention one of our Club Sponsors…..
…..luckily we finished the innings. All round decent batting performance on what must be a tricky, wet wicket. Hopefully we have enough to finish the job.
Hopefully the weather holds out as rain has stopped…….
Ste to open from the scoreboard end, whilst Abid opens from Dog and Otter end
Church move to 11-0 off 5 overs. Good news though as…….Wicket!- bowled Ste caught Joel Bentham. Score now 14-1. This is swiftly followed by another….Wicket!- Caught and Bowled Abid. 14-2.
Church manage to stabilise proceedings and move on to 18-2 off 9 overs.
Change of bowler – young Ishmael replaces Ste.
Wicket!- Bowled Ish LBW….30-3. Well bowled young man. Ishmael claims the LBW from the umpire who quickly gives the batsman out. Funny really as am sure Ishmael claimed “Owzat” before he even released the ball…..good decision “Dad”…..sorry I mean Umpire!
Weather holding off and looks quite bright now….looks like we will get our match to completion….
Change of bowler as Alex comes on for Abid. Chance!- Joel Houldsworth dropped catch from Alex….Joel doesn’t look happy (that doesn’t make much of a difference as he is always that miserable to be honest).
Change bowler Joel H for Ishmael. Wicket:- bowled Joel. 45-4. This quickly followed by another…..Wicket!- bowled Alex LBW. Score on 48-5.
Not sure if the ball is turning a lot today whilst Alex bowling but there is a lot of head holding going on…..i later find out that he nearly bowled the batsman around his legs as Captain Ste let out a frustrated groan from slip.
Church move the score on to 60-5.
Change of bowler as Marcus Hamer comes on for Alex. A change also at the other end as “Gas” replaces Joel. Score now on 71-5.
Wicket!- Bowled Ammer. 81-6. Another change of bowler as Alex comes back on for Marcus.
Wicket!- bowled with a pee roller. 91-7.
Wicket!- bowled Alex caught Ammer. 103-8.
Game Over. Church finish their run chase on 117-8. Win for Great Harwood.
good result for Captain Ste and our 3rd team maintain their winning streak. A good all round performance from the team with some good fielding supporting our batting and bowling. Good batting performances from Andy Brown with his half century, and good knocks from Seb and Joel Houldsworth. Wickets again for Abid, Alex, Ste, Joel and Ammer.
Player of the Match – Andy Brown with a half century. Well done Andy and have a good holiday.