On a muggy day on a green top I think the captain won the toss and asked them to bat – with 3 lads at top of batting averages, we could have been chasing leather as much as 1st team did.
However, cometh the hour, cometh the beer, cometh the man – Step up Rob Gibson – telling the wife he was supporting juniors, he was down bright and early, waiting for an acceptable time to open his 1st beer (11.15am – only because we timed our lap wrong and was on wrong side of pitch at 11). Managed to get away with a rank half volley to danger man number 1 putting it straight into CV’s hands, he then proceeded to bowl out of skin for 13-8-20-4, any standard that is impressive considering he went for 8 in 1 over. He was opened up with Luke – wasn’t his day, he’ll come again. Gaz had been stripped of the new bowl but bounced back with 8-2-31-3.
But the real pleasure of the bowling was Jack Mills now realising he’s now the second best Mills playing senior cricket – 2-0-13-0 with his dad and his dog at one point literally stood at deep mid-wicket with a bemused look on his face, the next over he managed to get round the bowlers arm to berate him properly – “FFS Jack bowl at his f*cking toes”, I think the next bowl went flying past 1st slip for 3rd man to stop.
In truth Colton was a bit light, a few young juniors (a couple of promising ones) – and a batter who could not run between the wickets and gifted us 3 run outs. Fielding was good, with Luke in as close as you feel comfy was feel was nearly as embarrassing as the time I saw Floppy put in as close as wants stood at regulation cover with a helmet on. Shout out to a belting catch from bucket hands Tom Sara at point. Special mention to Basa again who at times may as well keep a yard down leg side (some of it planned). Then duly obliging of going to stand up at wicket which created another wicket.
Things got a bit awkward at break, as a request of heavy roller please to try get some more bounce from a low pitch- Floppy decided to roll it for what felt like for 5 hours, in that time Colton got that bored they rolled a ball down the hill, landed on a length just outside off peg which duly got rolled over. Pratty eventually after much moaning we couldn’t touch his pitch realising he’d paid his 10er and was getting a chance to open bat decided to get something down to cover it. It was taken mostly in the good humour it should have and Jarvo as umpire took it in his stride.
So chasing 77 to win, we started slow and steady to win the race, with some good sharp testing bowling from Colton, Gibson whos just found out now hes been absolutely screwed out of 3 runs at least from the online score – that better get changed back and sharpish – (take it off Rob’s) – is now down out for 14, Pratty had done the hard work to have a filthy swipe 2nd bowl to a straight one from a young spinner. Needing 50 still to win looked like it was going to be plain sailing, however CV was looking good for 11 before getting caught, if you ask was Gaz he got the ball of the century for his 2nd golden in 3 weeks (just play away every week Gaz!) We were quickly 40-5, every one was beginning to struggle against the 13 yo spinner who got Pratty out, but not Jack Mills (22) – if their ever was a man who needs to back up his frankly awful attempts at sledging with the batters – it was Jack Mills who mercifully bullied the 13 yo, which I thought were tears in his eyes at one point, slapping him for a big over to ease a lot of the pressure, feeling he’d see us home the bigger boys came on and Jack legged it. Tom grafted for his 2, as Mr Raina and im sure more people can see is bowling action on request bamboozled his way to 4-11 was putting us under a lot of pressure, which was nervously seen home after the rain as we are capable of batting Deep, a time for Basa to get a go up the order one thinks?
A hard fought win on a muggy day, we play an unbeaten Chads next week at Chads. Go hard lads. Bring to points home.
Mule of the Day: – Danny Pratt for what can only be described as a filthy swipe at a new bowler, god knows what he was doing after he’d done all the hard work. Leave the slogging for those who can get it off the square.
Man of the Match – unavoidable– Rob Gibson.