This week I have the great pleasure of reporting on our 3rd Team’s visit to Rawtenstall, to try and keep our unbeaten run going.
What can I tell you about Rawtenstall…..the ground is named the Worswick Memorial Ground and has employed club professionals such as Michael Bevan and Colin Miller. The town is located in the centre of the Rossendale Valley and is another Mill Town. Famous people who are linked with this town are Lee Cartwright (Professional Footballer), Jane Horrocks and Natalie Casey (Two Pints of Lager & a Packet of Crisps) ….bit like a night out with Chris Hamer😊
Joel Houldsworth one of the first to arrive at the ground and happily says “Let’s bowl first and bowl them out so we can get home”……is optimistic outlook on life never fails to impress.
Covers are on.
Forecast states we are expecting couple of showers throughout the afternoon but hopefully we get a day’s play. One very short boundary at the clubhouse end.
Team news – in come Hamza and Alex.
Ste loses toss – We are batting first.
Hamza and Ben to open.
We get off to a steady start…..Ben plays a shot for 4. And another. Hamza then gets in on the act as he plays a shot for 6. 2 more 4’s follow from both batsmen…off to a very solid start as we move score on to 51-0 off 8 overs.
Change of bowler. New bowler has longest run up I have seen….he slowly marks it out and eventually looks like he is starting it in Waterfoot. Could be a long game at this rate.
Quiz Time: Joel wanders up to us in a pensive mood….he then proceeds to ask us a really difficult question…….”Where does rain come from”…….really! Think he was taking the precipitation!
Wicket:- Ben out bowled. 66-1. Joel in at 3. He gets off the mark and plays a couple of good shots for couple of runs.
Go Pro Alert:- Hamza has his Go Pro set up to watch him bat….hopefully has enough battery as wouldn’t have last week….JOKE Hamza. I take the opportunity to apologise for mentioning the slow run rate last week…wasn’t just you Hamza. I wouldn’t leave my Go Pro around unattended with Mr Leach in the vicinity….brave boy.
We move to 75-1 off 12 overs.
Chance:- Joel to fielder….luckily it goes to the one that doesn’t like catching……..he even drops it when they play “get the ball back to the bowler” during an over.
Shot:- 4 from Joel…same fielder does a TJ Hooker roll / dive over ball. Was easier to stop it.
Newsflash:- this place also has a Shed…this one is Refreshments whereas Church is for Sky Sports;
100 up after 15 overs. Good progress for our boys. We are on target to set a good score here today. 50 up for Hamza…
We progress to 149-1 off 23 overs.
Laurel and Hardy moment:- 2 Rawtenstall players dive simultaneously over same ball for 4. Like watching synchronised diving. They proceed to blame each other.
50 up for Joel….what I believe is his first Senior 50. Well done Joel…
Wicket:- Joel bowled for 55. Well batted Mr Happy. 200-2 Thomas Newton in at 4. After a few tentative shots, he plays a 4…..and another. Well done young man.
Hamza proceeds to 100…..unfortunately I didn’t capture a video as the shot he played seemed to be off his leg and nobody celebrated…..but then they give it anyway….Well Done Hamza. If you do want to see the video, hopefully Hamza’s Go Pro will have captured it…requests into Hamza please. Score moves to 222-2.
Wicket:- Hamza out. Ammer in next.
Wicket:- Thomas caught. 240-3. Young Ish in next. 2 4’s played from Ammer….it’s Ammer time as he brings on the gas…..still don’t know what that means but everyone says it! 6 – Ammer.
We finish on 271-4. Well batted M C Ammer – scoring 42 off not so many balls.
The players have ordered their sandwiches and take a well-earned break. During the 1st innings there was a couple of incidents involving 2 of their younger players showing a little bit of attitude….let’s call it exuberance of youth!. As I get my half time brew, one of their senior players is educating one of these young men in attitude and respect, and not to berate the umpire at any time (especially as it was our “Shak”). Good to see – it’s a learning curve I suppose.
Captain Ste to open from The Stanley Barnes end…..this is according to sign on wall….not sure who he is or was.
Abid to open at the changing room end.
Chance:- first bowl…..catch dropped by Leachy. The frustration is short-lived as a Wicket:- caught & bowled Abid. 14-1.
Observation:- players congratulate Marcus for a good piece of fielding…calling him “Burger”….don’t think he “relish”es that……not something he will “take-away”……a bit of a “Wimpy” thing to do….giving him “beef”….which he doesn’t “chicken” out of……anyway that passed a few minutes!
Wicket:- bowled Ste. 16-2. Shortly followed by another Wicket:- bowled Abid LBW. 16-3. Another Wicket:- bowled Ste. 18-4….and then another Wicket:- bowled Ste. 23-5.
Rawtenstall’s score moves slowly on to 34-5, and we are making easy going of this. The run rate is totally off the pace.
Wicket:- bowled Abid. 38-6. In comes the new batsman…in what looks like a Stetson Hat from Jr Ewing’s wardrobe (sorry kids not your era)…..first shot…looks like he plays baseball…whoosh.
Wicket:- bowled Ste LBW. 38-7. Another Wicket:- “JR Ewing” out bowled Abid. 38-8. As the game starts to come to a close, looks like we will get home early.
Ste completes his 8 overs and hands over to Alex. Wicket:- bowled Alex caught Ste. 50-9
Change of bowler at the other end as Leachy on for Abid who has completed his spell.
Good time to thank one of our club sponsors…for their amazing support during the season…
Wicket:- bowled Leachy. Rawtenstall finish on 57 all out.
In summary, good win for 3s who keep up their unbeaten run. Some good batting and bowling from our boys. My Player of Match has to go to Hamza for his century. Great knock.
More next week – wherever I am!