Courtesy of Rob Kerr
Blenheim Sweep Aside Islip
BPCC bounced back from last week’s defeat to winning ways after an emphatic victory over local rivals Islip.
Islip won the toss and elected to bat, their No2 batsmen could not cope with a useful inswinger from Will Cox and went for a golden duck and it wasn’t long before the No 3 swung at a straight one from Spearman (who later claimed ‘it did a bit’) and was bowled. This brought their Inzamanesk No4 to the wicket who made his intentions clear, his first four scoring shots 4,4,4,4 and soon the opposition were on 64/2 off 10 overs. Once the bowlers realised that full tosses and leg side bowling were his forte his scoring rate dropped dramatically with Will eventually removing him for 38-
A change of bowling saw Canham open with two maidens and James Talbot bowling their No6 for a (Golden) duck. Then Canham took three wickets in the next over reducing the score to 80/7. Eventually all out (96) with Canham mopping up the tail with impressive figures 5/8. Notable in the field was Malcolm attempting to stop a four and tripping over the rope twisting his ankle and then feinting and so had to leave the field of play, James Talbot turning a one into a four by kicking the ball over the rope and L Keyes missing a clear chance, debutant Jayden was reluctant to talk about International sports such as Rugby/Ashes/Tennis but performed well enough behind the stumps (Kerresque?)
96 runs was never seemingly enough runs to defend and so confident was skipper MC that he ‘ reversed’ the batting order- well Stan opened !!! Unlike Compton, Angol took his chance to shine and with a V Richards type stroke play soon was on 4. Nick Talbot protected him from their opener fending off three maidens on the bounce. Stan was soon stroking another boundary through the covers and an exquisite cover drive brought him a single and into double figures, the 10th over was his undoing but he had done his job. Raj Gokani who had only touched the ball three times in the field (twice from the far side of the rope) failed to get anything on his first ball and his walk back to the pavilion was the opposite gait to that of Angol’s jaunty stride.
Where was Allan Engel to finish the job off ?– surely a missed opportunity from the Londoner. Keyes like a coiled spring hit his first ball for 4 but picked out their 6’6’’ opening bowler positioned at deep mid on who plucked the ball out of the air he was soon back on the benches dragging on another Embassy and contining his barracking of any one in earshot (PS –Anyone seen his jumper ?)
N Talbot finally dismissed for a dogged 8 and so Spearman joined Cox senior who with his eye on his diary (away three weeks) never looked in trouble and was turning certain two’s in to easy one’s- The over’s ticked by and after 25 we crept passed 70, with Spearman gone Talbot J went to the crease grabbed a single to keep the strike smash 4, smash 4, miss out! Our Aussie Jayden debutant finished off the game with two fours leaving Coxy undefeated and Canham padded up waiting to go in at No 9!
We all retired to the pub where Canham bought a jug, Stan sat in reflected glory Lee dropped a glass (to go with his drop in the field) and Mike from where I sat looked Poles apart!