Cowdrey CC vs. Stone CC, 30.08.15

I lost the toss, and we were asked to field. We kept it quite tight in the first few overs up to the drinks break with them about 80 odd for 2. Glenn and Dino both bowled seven overs, taking 0-29 and 1-15 respectively. Geoff and Mario also bowled, taking 1-32 and 0-32 in their seven overs each. We did drop a few catches but we fielded quite well. At this point, it started to go wrong for us. Their opening bat (apparently the Saturday 1st team skipper) went on to get 96. Slates did try and knock him out with a beamer that hit him on the head without a helmet on. Jordan Walkling eventually got him caught on the boundary going for his hundred. Walkie finished with 1-33 from his three overs, while Slates finished with 1-58 from his six overs, and I finished with 0-24 from three. Their Skipper got 56 from about 20 balls and another 1st team player finished 32* as they smashed the ball to all parts of the ground with some very good direct hitting, finishing on 223 for 4. It was a very long tiring day in the field but we stuck at it quite well – as I said earlier, weak my Arse.

After a nice tea, we went out for the long run chase. This was when their “we’re weak” claim began to ring hollow. In came two young lads on Kent’s books, one of them a 12 year old who took 2-9 from six overs, who bowled a few beauties. Dino opened the batting on his birthday and batted great in the Bateley mold. We lost Ross given out by Roger LBW for 2 (he hit it so he says, faint inside edge). Walkie Talkie went for 2, Slates & Kelvin both went for 10, and me for 1 stepping too far across. We were in real trouble now at about 50 for 5, but Dino and Glenn steadied the ship for a while. That is, until Dino edged one to the keeper for a fine 44. We held on for a few more overs – Mario out for 6, Geoff for 9 batting longer than normal, and Glenn was last man out for 25 in the 27th over, leaving Roger high and dry without facing a ball for 0*. 113 all out.

They then laid on a BBQ for us. We all stayed apart from Slates, who jetted off on his hols for a few, and a jolly good time was had by all, but there were some very broken souls I can tell you. I would hate to see what their strong side looks like let alone their medium team.

– Dartsy