Welcome to The Cliffe for our first competitive home game of the club season. Today our 3rd team host Crompton CC. The sun is shining and looks like conditions going to be warm today. The ground looks magnificent bathed in sunshine…..having been round many grounds over the last 2 seasons I am confident to say there isn’t a better looking ground in the league than ours.
Squad News; Debut today for Ismheel (Shak Jr.), good luck young man. In come Buck Rogers (sorry Ben), Joel Bentham and Marcus Hamer. Hopes are high following our win at my favourite ground last week. I am also happy as Seb Whalley playing 2’s tomorrow which means I haven’t started drinking prior to game starting with Mr Whalley.
Crompton won the toss and decided to bowl.
Buck Rogers and Hamza to open. Good early start as Hamza plays a nice shot for 4….and another. Ben also playing some confident shots….good to see as his first game of the season.
Breaking News:- Pro Sanka turns up. Great to see as only off plane this morning after a long flight. Russ looks him up and down and gets his training kit….”look small to me” he said….who wouldn’t next to our 2s Captain!
6 overs gone 29-0.
Newsflash:- Joel looks happy again. He looks like a lad who I have just told we are playing Church away again next week!
Wicket:- Ben Rogers out caught behind. 33-1. Owais in at 3.
Newsflash:- Daryl turns up. What proceeds is a discussion around how long it will be before Daryl falls in love again. He then proceeds to throw his normal constructive criticism at the players.
Wicket:- Owais doesn’t last long as he is out caught. 39-2. Alex in at 4. 13 overs gone – 50-2.
Drinks break follows next over – 55-2.
Hamza and Alex seem to be building a good partnership as we move to 65-2 off 18 overs. Unfortunately the partnership ends…
Wicket:- Hamza out caught 38. Ethan in at 5. Lets see the young lads rack up the runs. We move to 97-3 off 25 overs. Ethan plays a nice shot for 4.
Injury Alert:- Ethan hits a powerful shot past the bowler, but unfortunately takes Alex out who goes down with an injured wrist. Players go over to make sure he is okay and he returns to his feet. Well done Alex….keep going.
Wicket:- Ethan run out as he tries to take a dangerous run. 107-3 off 27
Abid in at 6. After a great debut last week taking 4 wickets, hopefully he can produce some runs today…..jinxed him….Wicket:- Abid out for 3. 114-4. Joel Houldsworth in next….even though I cant see his face under his helmet…I will assume at this point he isn’t smiling. Come on Mr Happy…..
126-5 off 35 overs.
Wicket:- Alex bowled 33. Well batted Alex….been out there a while and played some nice shots. Joel Bentham in next. 127-5. Unfortunately doesn’t last long…Wicket:- Joel Bentham bowled. Ste Schofield in next.
Meanwhile a nice shot leg side for Mr Happy for 4.
1st Innings over – Joel H scores 22 runs not out…..knew I should have put him in my fantasy team. Great Harwood score 147-7…..not sure whether this will be enough.
As the interval takes place, and the players have a well earned rest, thought it good opportunity to thank The Park for sponsoring this years training kit. Also a big thanks to Niall Holt for scoring for the 3s today…..I would do it but obviously busy doing this…also don’t understand the technicalities of scoring yet.
Joel Houldsworth to open at the Dog & Otter End (Good advertising again). Good first over. Ethan Houldsworth opens at the Watson Ramsbottom Scoreboard end.
An early Wicket:- Bowled Ethan. 2-1. Great start boys.
This is a very slow start for Crompton….5 runs off 6 overs….yaaawwwwnn. Change of bowler…Captain Ste for Joel. 17-1 off 10 overs. There is also another change of bowler as Abid comes in for Ethan. Well bowled Ethan and Joel.
With such a slow start my mind drifts to the match report and how I can develop a story around this 2nd Innings…..knew I should have attended that creative writing course! I proceed to do the “cricketers walk” around the ground to waste a few minutes….not saying the scoring from Crompton is slow but I manage to read every advertising board on the way round….anyway back to the game as a cheer goes up….
Wicket:- Bowled Captain Ste. 22-2 off 12 overs. Another wicket isn’t far after this one…as this seems to trigger the fall of several wickets as follows…
Wicket:- C&B Abid. 22-3. Another wicket for our new signing this season. What a good strong start to the season.
Wicket:- Ste bowled. 37-4 off 16…..and another….
Wicket:- Bowled Abid. 37-5…..he then proceeds to take another in the same manner…
Wicket:- Abid bowled. 37-6. Good spell of bowling Abid.
Change of bowlers as Marcus comes on for Ste. Good first over. Ishmael comes on at the other end for Abid. Welcome to senior cricket Ishmael.
I’m proud to be part of such a great club that puts a lot of emphasis on its juniors and supports them coming through in to senior cricket. There seems to be a good production line of future stars of Great Harwood Cricket Club.
Opportunity:- the batsman launches a shot into the sky…..could this be another wicket…unfortunately not as Owais drops it. Unlucky.
Oh no Daryl’s back….I thought he had gone home…time for another walk around the ground….might do it the other way round for a change…..
Newsflash:- Streaker on the pitch…..oh sorry no it’s Daryl encouraging Alex….I think!!…
Great fielding Ethan as he stops a certain 4.
Milestone Alert – Wicket:- Ismheel takes his first wicket of senior cricket. LBW. Congratulations young man. 57-7.
Shot for 6 from Crompton….Great fielding as Abid nearly catches it on the boundary and throws it back in. Unfortunately the efforts are wasted as the Umpire gives a 6….are you sure Mr Umpire….where is VAR when you need it.
Chance:- unfortunately dropped catch. Score has moved on to 82-7.
Change of bowler as Joel Bentham comes on for Ishmael. At the other end another change as Ethan replaces Ste. 101-7 off 33 overs.
Wicket:- caught by Owais. 112-8. Come on boys lets mop up the tail. This happens as the final wickets are taken……
Game over – another win as Crompton finish on 118 all out.
In summary another good performance by the lads an a very warm day. They worked well as a team. Some good bowling and fielding by the team and good batting performances namely Joel Houldsworth and Alex Kennedy with 22 and 33 respectively. We move on to next week when we play Ramsbottom away…..not walking round that ground, it’s massive!