Elham called wrongly at the toss so Moxo chose to bat as we were still a couple of players short. G and Macca opened for us posting a useful 44 in 9 overs, Macca being bowled for 16 in the 9th over. Jezza was caught in the next over for a duck, bringing Tom to the crease. He couldn’t follow on from his great effort on Saturday, being given out LBW for 5 in the 15th over – 69 for 3. Cowlo in next announcing his arrival with a huge straight 6 but was only able to add a further 3 singles before being caught – 105 for 4 off 19.
G went first ball of the next over for a well crafted 53, Lewso and Moxo the 2 new batsmen. Moxo had added a single to the score when hesitancy and no/yes calling saw him almost chasing Lewso down the wicket, Lewso being the one to be run out – 106 for 6 off 21. Reedy joined Moxo, the partnership lasting for 4 overs when Moxo was caught for 2 – 120 for 7.
Big T in next but a double wicket over saw Reedy go for 14 and Harry for a duck – 122 for 9 off 26. Arthur, our 11th hour replacement, joined Big T and they added a further 15 to the score, Big T last man out on 15, leaving Arthur 1 not out and the Wood on 137 off 29.2 overs. Not our most brilliant effort!
Following an early tea we opened the bowling with Reedy and Tom. Tom, thanks to a juggled catch by Big T, making the breakthrough in the second of his 3 opening maiden overs – 16 for 1. Macca replaced Reedy and he claimed the wicket of the other opener on 48 – a spectacular slip catch by G taken high to his right, that was worthy of Collie himself. Even the batsman admitted he didn’t mind getting out to such a good take! – 64 for 2 off 15.
Macca also took the 3rd wicket – a Reedy catch – 73 for 3 off 17. The only other wicket to fall came in G’s first over, Tom hanging on to a very high skied catch – 86 for 4 off 21. The fifth wicket partnership saw Elham home in the 35 over. Great catching again but work on the batting needed if we are going to make any sort of impact this season.
Oh and fielding moment of the day – Big T at wide third man endeavouring to stop a boundary off Macca’s bowling but only succeeding in sitting down, watching the ball roll over the white line – good one Tris!