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We return home this week after our visit to Rawtenstall last week, and entertain Lowerhouse at The Cliffe. As I do what is a regular occurrence of a “Power Walk” up Cliffe Lane, the day is overcast. As I arrive on the ground, and due to a last minute issue, our wicket the last one on the square….just next to Westcliffe!! Long walks to the bar today.

Before I comment on today’s fixture, I have a correction to last week’s match report to make everyone aware of as not sure I interpreted the incident as I should have done. That catch Leachy dropped was a really difficult one…not just any old catch….but a really difficult one….it travelled at pace…a really difficult one……never seen a catch that difficult……a really difficult one. Hope that makes up for it Leachy.

Team News:- 

Ste is a last minute drop out so in comes young Nihaal Basharat for his senior debut. Good luck young man. (I must apologise as did have a picture taken for Nihaal, but the quality wasn’t the best).

Leachy also becomes Captain Leachy for the day.

Great Harwood win toss and decide to bat.

Guest appearance Zeain as umpire…..looks like he has either lost his Ice Cream Van…..or he has qualified as a Doctor…..either way thanks for supporting the team Dr Zeain umpiring today.

1st Innings:

Ben Rogers and Joel Houldsworth to open batting. The game begins…….but unfortunately a very early Wicket:- as Joel bowled. 3-1. Shak in at 3.

The Lowerhouse opening bowling attack look decent, which means a cagey start as runs are few and far between.

Incident:- Shak hit by thrower on the elbow…he goes down in pain…..luckily we do have Dr Zeain on hand to go and take a look. Unfortunately means Shak has to retire hurt for the time being……Tom Newton replaces Shak. 13-1.

Our score moves to 21-1….with only 3 runs coming off the bat….18 extras to press…..Extras is usually a high scorer when we play….we should sign him on.

Wicket:- LBW Thomas. 39-2. In comes MC Hammer…..we are ready for some Gas.

Wicket:- Ben out LBW. 58-3

Shovey in next….but doesn’t last long as he is out caught behind. 58-4

Captain Leachy arrives at the crease. Wicket:- Leachy out caught. 60-5. In comes Abid…can he stick around for a while and support MC Hammer. Shot:- Ammer hits bowler for 6……..another 6…..then a sublime 4. He isn’t finished there as he hits another shot for 6.

Wicket:- Ammer’s progress is halted as he is caught out. 89-6. Good innings off not so many balls again.

News Alert:- Lowerhouse have brought their team manager again walking round barking instructions. A 3rd team with a team manager…..maybe we need one?!

Wicket:- Shak  who has returned to the crease to carry on his innings post his injury, is then duly fired by Dr Zeain LBW. 88-7. The two exchange looks at the wicket at the decision.

Wicket:- Abid caught. 98-8. In comes Marcus to join Alex. Unfortunately have a short spell together Marcus is run out…probably not a run….Nihaal in last for his debut with the bat. Score on 103-9.

Both players try and keep our innings going and play some nice shots until Wicket:- Alex bowled. 103 all out.

We struggled today with the bat to get going and unfortunately it was left to the “young guns” at the end of the innings to try and save the day….pity we didn’t have a couple of experienced batters down the order to try and bat through with the kids.

 

2nd Innings:

Joel to open bowling from the Dog & Otter end whilst Abid to open at the Scoreboard end.

Early exchanges are tight as Lowerhouse start to gather runs on the board. Interesting viewpoint in that they have fielded a few players from last weeks 2nd fixture. This could define the result.

Change bowler:- Alex replaces Joel whilst Leachy replaces Abid from Scoreboard end.

Wicket:- bowled Leachy LBW. 48-1. We are off the mark but still a lot to do.

Change bowler as Nihaal comes on for his bowling debut for Alex. The score has now moved to 74-1. Again their 3rd team manager is patrolling the perimeter of the pitch…..

Unfortunately, this now becomes the shortest Innings Report I think I have done as the game quickly comes to a conclusion…….Game over. Is it because the Cup Final is on and everyone ants to watch it…..hopefully not.

In Summary

Not much else to say other than Congratulations to Nihaal for his debut in the Senior Side. Player of the Match goes to Ammer for his quickfire score as he tried to rally our side. Lowerhouse with a well-deserved win – Congratulations. We couldn’t seem to “Build” any momentum…..good time to mention one of our club sponsors;

Our 3rd team have no game next week so on to the week after when we can hopefully get back to winning ways.

 

Neil Kennedy

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