Old Leo’s 129-0
TCC suffer back-to-back defeats this time at the hands of Old Leo’s and at times were made to look like village cricketers.
On a wet and gloomy day at the home of cricket the toss was always going to be a big one and so it proved. On a notorious difficult wicket and in tricky conditions TCC were asked to bat having lost the toss.
The day started badly Jack Allport ‘nicking off’ in the first over. And things went from bad to worse as 0-1 quickly became 30-6.
The wickets were falling almost as quickly as the excuses that preceded them. Mather & Colley looked like something from ‘strictly come dancing’ as they set off for a suicide single only to stop in the middle to perform some sort of break dance routine.
TCCs premier batsman (FJ) admitting “I cannot play on these wickets” after walking onto off-stump and missing a straight one.
Marshall strutting to the crease like TCCs answer to Brian Lara, caught at slip first ball driving at a wide ‘un. “But skipper it was there”!
At 30-6 things looked bad. But as the clouds parted and the sun began to shine TCC had their finest hour. The in-form Dewhirst joined at the crease by the enigma that is Jack Mills.
Both batsmen set about their work. A partnership of 67 in quick time was much appreciated as the ‘Western Terrace’ began fill.
Mills eventually out for 30 surely cementing his 1st team place a few weeks even if some of his shots you won’t find in the MCC batting handbook. Although they were described a bit differently at 9pm after 5 pints.
Somehow TCC scrambled 125ao Captain marvel (Dewhirst)59no the stand out performer once again. In the twilight of his career, he is arguably in the form of his life.
Despite a relatively low score TCC would still have something to bowl at on a wicket now easier to bat on but still offering something.
The ‘big guns’ of Wiseman & Marshall surely would have a big say in this match. And yes, they did. Wiseman clutching his hamstring after a few balls and Marshall rubbing his thigh. (although he doesn’t know what that muscle is called – it hurt apparently).
With both openers injured, Dewhirst rolled the dice and turned to his back-up bowlers.
Aston one over for 17, not a day for testing the middle of the wicket. Haseeb 2 overs for 26, not a day for leg spinners. Mather bowled well and worthy of a mention.
In the end TCC well beaten. Thoughts turn to next weeks game where in the words of DReam “things can only get better”
Next game: (a) North Leeds.