Again I don’t know who won the toss but the Wood batted first and after their fantastic effort last week Shaun and Baz opened for us. They continued in similar vane with 9 boundaries coming of the first 4 overs but alas the partnership was not to last. Having put on 50 in 7 overs Shaun was bowled for 21 in the 11th – 81 for 1 (a slightly higher run rate than last week!!). Baz reached his 50 in the next over but was then caught behind on 52 – 90 for 2 off 13. Biff and Jez now into the action and after a slightly slow start, both soon hit their stride with boundaries coming on a regular basis.
They had almost matched the first wicket partnership having put on 78 when Biff was out LBW for 36 (off 42 balls) – 168 for 3 off 27. That became 168 for 4 as Gee’s run of bad luck continued being stumped for a duck in the 29th over. Oakesy joined Jez and this partnership took us past the 200 mark, Jez continuing to ride his luck with misses in the field, reaching his 50 in the 35th over but he was bowled two overs later for 53 (which I’ve just realised was the top score) – 210 for 5 off 37. Macca in at 7 playing most unlike him, notching up 9 dots before getting of the mark with a single and it was Oakesy’s turn to be stumped, going for 15 – 219 for 6 off 39. Big T faced 3 balls for a single before being bowled in the final over – 220 for 7, and it was left to Macca and Joey to see us home, Macca on 4 and Joey on 1 with the Wood notching up 225 off the 40 overs.
Reedy and Macca opened the bowling with Reedy taking the first wicket in the 3rd over with a ball that skidded through – 13 for 1. Macca in on the act next over thanks to a Baz catch – 15 for 2 off 4. Although they did not take any more wickets, this pair were able to restrict Great Chart’s run rate to 3 an over rising to 4 at the end of their stint, a great effort from them both. The double bowling change brought on Oaksey and Biff and Ian struck with the last ball of his first over thanks to a fantastic catch by Biff taken low down running in from the boundary – 81 for 3 off 19. Ian struck again in his next over this time Joey taking the catch – 89 for 4 off 21.
It was then Biff’s turn, having been hit for successive boundaries he bowled the culprit, their top scorer on 40 – 100 for 5 – and with the last ball of the same over took his second wicket, a second Joey catch – 104 for 6 off 24. Biff claimed his third wicket in his next over, another bowled victim – 127 for 7 off 26. It was then Ian’s turn for his third wicket courtesy of a Gee catch – 146 for 8 off 29. Gee was brought on to replace Biff and his over went dot, wicket (a caught behind by Shaun), dot and then run out – the controversy being that one bail had already come off the stumps but Shaun removed the second bail and, quite rightly as quoted by Ian, the batsman was given out.
Great Chart having been dismissed for 146 in 30.4 overs another brilliant win and a full set of points for us. Bowling figures:- Reedy 9-0-40-1, Macca 9-2-33-1, Oakesy 6-1-34-3, Biff 5-0-32-3 and Gee 0.4-0-0-1. I think our Man of the Match award this week goes to Biff for his 34, a superb catch which was the start of the GC collapse and his three wickets. Shaun has asked me to point out that he only gave away one bye which came off a Macca no ball whereas Baz as stand-in last week let through 3 – I think this is a bit harsh but the competitive spirit seems to be working well in the team so long may it continue – well done the Wood.
Fashion alert!!! apart from the fact that the new, very smart SCC shirts had arrived Baz took to the field wearing his flat cap, the only headgear he could come up with. The discussion back at the Pavilion after the match was for flat caps to be compulsory for the whole team with the SCC badge on the front – and Groundsman on the back for this season’s new team. Your votes are needed for this addition to the team colours to be adopted.