Skipper's Double Jug Avoidance Plays Second Fiddle to Brilliance of Chigwell's New Freddie (Thaxted 11/7/04)
What do you do when you have a strong all round side against relatively weak opposition in a 40 over game? Bat 1st, get loads of runs and you do what the hell you want in the field, and no I don't mean bowl loads of overs!
After a pre arranged toss with their karaoke skipper we bat first on a greenish pitch. Rob A is promoted to open with Ross and they put on 45 at around 4.5 an over until Ross is bowled. Tim H is out fairly quickly and Nigel is brilliantly run out by a direct hit from the boundary when starting to look good.
At this point Olly, Chigwell's new Freddie (thought he was Boris - Ed) enters the fray to devastating effect. In a superb display of stroke play he races to 50 in 23 balls almost overtaking Rob on the way! Rob goes on to make an excellent 50 before being bowled trying to up the pace for 63 off 74 balls. Olly goes on to make a magnificent 86 off 43 balls including 3 huge sixes and 12 boundaries before being run out in the last over, Nick finishing with 16 not out as Chigwell close on 243 for 5 off their 40 overs.
Dominatrix and Mitzy open the bowling for a miserly 20 odd runs of their 10 overs, 2 wickets for Tim and 1 for the dominator. Owen takes over from Dom bowling very well and beating the bat several times before finishing unrewarded with only 15 runs from his 5 overs. The skipper takes over from Mitz and bowls tidily without joy until achieving a most unusual dismissal as the batsman gets a very thin edge which whacks him on head and flies into the air where is superbly caught one handed by Tim H running round from gully. The next delivery bowls the batsman off his pads and we have a hatrick ball which the skipper only manages to bowl well outside the leg stump! The 3rd wicket arrives shortly afterwards at which point I was going to come off but was persuaded to go for the elusive 5 by the experienced duo. The 4th wicket is taken in the next over much to the skip's delight with his best delivery, but the skip fails to achieve the goal as he puts down 2 catches off his own bowling, both of which were very takeable according to Mr and Mr experienced!
At the other end Nigel bowls a lively spell without taking a wicket and Tim Hall bowls like Shane Warne with 3 wickets one of which is the perfect leg break beating the batsman all ends up. Rick finally holds onto the ball behind the sticks and the skip brings down the curtain on a great day's cricket by clinging onto a dolly!
I would like to add that I think we had a terrific vibe out their today, long may it continue, the opposition really enjoyed it as well and want to make it a regular fixture.
Nigel, if you can make Sunday that would be great, that 50 is going to come this season!
I look forward to the honour of skippering you again next week; roll on Sunday!!!!!