(Long match report, so we must have won. Ed.)
Well firstly we arrived for a 2pm start and they had been waiting for ages for their 1pm start…
We managed to get to 10 including a Bletch U13 who had never played a men’s game before.
I lost the toss and we were put in to bat by a young and keen looking Medmenham sprinkled with experienced old hands. Keyes and Boardman set about the task in their usual fashions against a strong opening bowling attack, especially Yarwood down the hill, his pressure contributing to Keyes perishing to the other opener. Debutant Alex Dellar perished quickly with one that kept very low and cleaned him up, leading West to the wicket. After seeing off the openers they started to accumulate with some good running and nice boundaries until West perished for 41 with base nicely set at around a hundred and ten overs to go. (Too many perishings. Ed)
Engel joined Boardman to keep the scoreboard ticking and then after an Engel retirement Kerr added an injection of boundaries until he too perished. Boardman made it to a solid 50 and we started the final over of our 35. Fleming was run out without facing a ball backing up as Boardman’s straight drive was deflected onto the stumps and then suicide running by Angol ran out a tired Boardman one ball short of carrying his bat. The eager debutant Jordan (aged 12, in his first adult game) arrived at the wicket at the non strikers to witness Angol finish the innings with a four. A respectable 152-6 achieved.
A grumbling Walker opened the innings up the hill to allow our young speed merchants to attack down the slope and to great effect. Fleming, not seen in a Blenheim side for two years, has added about ten yards of pace and was swinging the ball nicely. After a flurry of boundaries behind the wicket in the first over a rearranged field saw only three men fielding in front of the bat and the batsmen struggling. Fleming bagged a lovely LBW before the introduction of Dellar down the hill. Deller bowling a tad slower and just back of a length had the batsmen also struggling and bagged a catch 2nd ball to an impeccably positioned West at mid on. (Implausible. Ed.) Walker finished his spell nicely, 1-24 from 8 with Dellar 1-10 from 5 and Walker was replaced by Angol.
Angol started well with good control and a simple catch taken by Fleming. Then after drinks saw the introduction of Jordan down the hill. Considering it was his first adult match and first bowl on a full size wicket it was an amazing performance, nicely full and in the channel at a point in the game when they were looking to push on yet nervous to get out to a 12 year old. So it was a delight when last ball of his first over he bowled their dangerous skipper rocking back and misjudging the flight and pace. The floodgates then opened and Angol started taking wickets at the other end. First ball of Jordan’s 2nd over also saw a clean bowled and the young man was on a hattrick…Which was very nearly taken the release hit just clearing short midwicket and not quite reaching short mid on. Unfazed he bagged a 3rd clean bowled in his third over as Angol ravaged the tail from the other end finishing his 4fr with a 2nd catch by Fleming, this time sharp and low at short cover. A fantastic bowling performance with Angol finishing with 4-17 from his 6.4 overs and Jordan 3-17 from his 4 overs.
Sometimes lady luck shines on you, the result all out for 98 looked convincing but could have been very different. But for a first win of the season, especially after only having 8 men on Thursday evening, it was stellar. Everyone enjoyed it, always such great hosts and friendly opposition (who even offered us a spare fielder) and we look forward to their visit to the South Lawn next month.