Courtesy of Rob Kerr
Things didn’t look great at the outset, we were easily outgunned on the sartorial stakes as “Cricketers Club” turned up in fancy striped jackets and matching caps. Hardly a match for stand in captain George Talbot in shorts and flowery shirt as they went to the wicket for the Toss..
Blenheim elected to bat and Sameer and Leakies opened – It wasn’t long before Sameer fell to an excellent slip catch for single figure score.(3) Leakies swung the bat in his usual belligerent self and was second to fall (26) with the score on 45 after 8overs. This brought together our two ‘replacements’ . Ross Morgan and Dom Baker.
Dom looked out of sorts to start with and played and missed several times Ross was soon into his stride and midway through his innings struck three consecutive fours taking 15 off the over.
Dom encouraged by this was soon employing his favourite cut shot that reaped several boundaries.
Ross went passed 50 with an on drive for four, and three overs later Dom raised his bat to the small but enthusiastic crowd.
The opposition used 7 different bowlers to try and break the partnership, which finally happened with the score on 168 when Ross was caught (65) and a handful of overs remaining. Gokani (R) doubled his length of time at the crease from last week, was caught second ball ! Dom was run out(62) and R Hambledon (5) was soon back in the pavilion.
Jayden (Oz) produced a cameo knock 19 (n.o) and G Talbot swished and missed a few
Tea was taken 219/6 – a decent score on the board.
Haircut Sir !!
G Talbot coming off his curling run saw his first ball clattered to the boundary for 4, after that,redemption he took two wickets in his second over and another two in his fourth taking himself off with opposition wondering what had happened (4 overs 4wkts for 5 runs) – To be fair Gokani was playing the generous host bowling some juicy full tosses that their opener J Tozer helped himself to he finished his allotted(7) overs and was replaced by J Kennedy
At the other end Leakies was introduced to try and even the game up a little , he gave the ball plenty of air (in fact some would say he is good Tosser !) –his first over was a maiden and his third contained three full tosses and a long hop all missed by the batsmen who duely let the next ball through to be clean bowled- wicket maiden unbelievable!
His third wicket was a superb juggling catch from Jay Gokani in the deep , so just as on Wednesday when the as yet unheard cry went up “well caught Spearman” again it was a first on the South lawn with a “well caught Gokani” – Jay was rewarded with this good work replacing Leakies who had gone off for the inevitable Embassy to celebrate his good fortune. Then a farcical run out the ball went straight to square leg the opener called their captain for a single then realised there was fielder as well as the umpire at square leg and sent him back – he was stranded half way down the wicket –pretty much summing up their day
Jayden snapped a wicket at the far end and it was left for Jay to claim the last victim (to get the first Gokani wicket in the scorebook) The Cricketers Club were bowled out for a disappointing 74 .(their worst score of the season)
Some excellent fielding (Morgan 3 catches behind the stumps) Joe West running faster and further in one game than his dad has all season coupled with some pretty average batting made for a handsome victory in spite of some regulars sunning themselves around the globe.
Away at Great Tew next week look out for Allans’ email (He was playing in above match but DNB and wasn’t offered a bowl- none the less his athletic dive for that catch was worth the entrance money (free) )