Following a visit to Middleton yesterday with the 2s, I am back at The Cliffe today to report on our 3rd team fixture against Lowerhouse CC.
Debut today for Lewis Elliot from our u13s side as wicketkeeper. Even better he faces his sister’s boyfriend…….who will get the bragging rights?
We are batting first.
Big thanks again for Umpire Shak for supporting this game.
Joel Houldsworth and Joel Bentham to open batting.
Early Wicket:- Joel Houldsworth out LBW. Score on 5-1. Alex Kennedy in at 3.
Note to Self:- I just need to time my lap round the ground now but will see which way Joel Houldsworth sets off as his batting performance isn’t going to have made him happy…not that he ever is anyway!!!
Score moves on to 17-1 off 5 overs. I must say the early exchanges of bowling are very hostile (or just terrible bowling) with bouncers and beamers striking Joel Bentham and Alex Kennedy….some bruises tomorrow I think.
Young girl wicketkeeper goes off for Lowerhouse injured as ball strikes her in the shoulder…the Lowerhouse bowlers even hurting their own players! Hope she is okay as she was stumping very well.
Another injury as Joel Bentham goes off injured after being struck in the hip……it’s like a scene out of the Bodyline Series years ago.
Wicket:- Alex out LBW with score on 45-2. The ball appeared to be going way down leg side but 1 player appealed, and umpire given it. We will never know.
Good to see the return of Jason Kayley to the team for his first game of the season. Hopefully he can play a “little” part in our success today….a “small” reminder in what he can do….a good “compact” innings….playing some “short” bowling…..to “mid(get)” wicket…..and does get “stumped”.
Right on cue…..Jason plays 2 nice shots for 4 as we move to 50-2.
Score moves quickly on to 74-2 off 19 overs….going okay.
Wicket:- Rhys Holt out caught after some aggressive batting. 92-3. Tom Newton in next
Shot for 6:- Jason hits Scoreboard and breaks the last man number…….only been back a minute and causing problems!
Score moves to 100-3.
Wicket:- Newy bowled LBW for 1. Ishmael in next. Score on 102-4.
Wicket:- Kayley caught and bowled. Well batted Hobbit. Score on 115-4. Joel Bentham back in following his retirement earlier.
Score moves to 144-5. Wicket:- Joel caught mid-wicket. 144-6
Captain Ste in next to keep up the momentum….Wicket:- Ste out caught. Abid in with score on 169-7.
Wicket:- Abid caught. 171-8. Marcus in next to face last couple of overs. He holds his ground.
Innings closes on 191-8.
Decent score of us to defend hopefully on what seems to be a poor wicket. Anyway, same for both sides.
Ste to open from Scoreboard end.
Abid opens from the Dog and Otter end.
Lowerhouse move to 33 off 10 overs…their 2 batters look set and are being patient.
Change bowler as Fobbit replaces Ste. He batted well, can he get us a few wickets. Yes he can……
Wicket:- bowled Kayley. 44-1.
Wicket:- bowled Kayley LBW. 44-2
Wicket:- bowled Kayley. 44-3
Chance in slips:-….over Kayley’s head….like most things probably.
Another Wicket:- bowled Abid caught Rhys. Score moved on to 49-4.
Change of bowler into the attack as Marcus comes on for Abid who bowled excellently.
Wicket:- bowled Marcus LBW. 57-5
Wicket:- bowled Marcus caught Abid. 61-6
Captain Ste asks Joel to bowl….he gets ready….Kayley then states he has 1 over left to bowl….Joel retreats with a really happy look on his face…hands waving around….has to be Movie Quote time…Return of the Hobbit!
Wicket:- Marcus bowled. 82-7.
Finally, a change of bowler as Joel does come on for Hobbit. We then see the remaining wickets fall as follows;
Wicket:- bowled Joel LBW. 86-8
Wicket:- bowled Marcus LBW 87-9
Wicket:- bowled Joel
88 all out
Good performance today by the boys…..we batted well to post our score and then terrorised the Lowerhouse batsman with some excellent bowling from Abid, Jason and Marcus backed up by Joel at the end.
Player of Match
Difficult one today with some good performances. A close decision as Jason Kayley got 41 runs and bowled figures of 8 overs, 3-20, and Marcus Hamer was 2 not out with the bat, with bowling figures of 6 overs, 4-16.
Looks like Mr Kayley just edges it…albeit he can share this one with Marcus as a “small” gesture😊
On to next week…….