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Match Report vs Whitchruch Heath 8 June 2014 @ Whitchurch Heath (Skipper and report Shakes)

Its not often we play a team on a sunday whose average age is somewhere near ours but we did (just -foxy wasn't playing). Its not often we play at all in 2014 but we did - well sort of. Its also pretty rare that one of our team ends up in hospital, but happen it did. And its a bit disconcerting finding yourself having a pint in a pub garden at 5.30 in glorious sunshine when the game began at 2.30. But again, it happened. Read on.

Many thought the game would be off after some pretty short but horrendous downpours in the preceding days but when we got there the pitch looked fine although the outfield was very soft and any hits to the deep would be bound to plug. Mindful of recent batting disasters shakes decided to insert the oppo and a least make a game of it.

After an immaculate first over from Ed which produced a deserved wicket bowled the surprise of the day was the choice of opening partner for cheese. With plenty of slow bowlers on a low slow pitch one of them had to open and it was Richie who took the honours. His second over produced the next breakthrough. You could say that his cunningly crafted, flighty delivery drifted in the breeze. More accurately he bowled a knee high full toss on off stump which the batsman hit as hard as he could - but straight back to Richie who celebrated his 50th wicket with a bit of painful hand wringing.

The oppo decided to rebuild slowly and they did against some tidy bowling from Andy and Paul. Dave then came on and started with a maiden before being joined by Jeff Clapham making his return after four years in cricket exile. At 20 overs the score was only 56-2 and at 28 overs it had moved on to 90 as Kim spilled our first chance at deep midwicket. But then Richie took a good catch at mid-on to give Jeff a wicket and the pressure was back on.

Sure enough Dave induced a well struck shot to short midwicket where Stevo stood in readiness. But the ball hit the ground, Stevo cried out an expletive in pain/anguish and moments later he walked off the pitch with blood coming from the split webbing of his hand. Soon after Andy picked up a run out at midwicket which was symptomatic of a very good ground fielding display - the lack of cricket must have given us some energy. Shakes put another one down diving to his left at cover but the oppo just couldn't quite get going. Stevo then came back onto the pitch with a taped up hand and a batting inner to protect the wound - a curious moment which raised shouts of 'jacko' from some quarters in honour of the gloved one. But to be fair he did come back on.

Then in the 37th over a rumble of thunder, following a few showers of rain, forced shakes to lead the team off in search of an early tea. The downpour was brief but violent and, after tea and inspection of a sodden wicket, the game was abandoned as Whitchurch Heath had amassed just 129-6 off 37.4 overs with cheese picking up another deserved wicket bowled at the end.

Off to the pub so we could moan about the rain while Stevo headed for the hospital

Stewart 5.4-1-10-2
Holliday 3-0-6-1
P Stephens 7-0-32-0
Hood 5-0-15-0
Thomas 8-2-25-0
Clapham 8-0-36-1



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