Chigs lose the Plot, and are Battered into Submission in the Gloom
I lost the toss, and we were invited to bat on a pitch which was very different from that of the week before. The rain during the week had made it slow with variable bounce, and although the ball was swinging their opening bowlers were wayward and we never scored at a fast enough rate. Rob A was promoted to open with Harvey and was out to a shot he will want to forget, other than to remember never to play it again! None of our big guns fired and it was left to Tim H to anchor the innings with a patient and well-deserved half century. Harvey went in the mid twenties and James stuck around supporting Tim for a while before he and Dom both fell cheaply. Nick played a responsible and at times fiery knock and he and Tim held the innings together with Nick finishing on 55 not out. The pace of the innings meant I had to bat through to 5.00 pm, and we finished on 197 for 9 off 54 overs.
Dom and Owen opened the bowling and I was wary of making sure I kept the opposition in the chase as, although their openers looked comfortable, they were not scoring many runs. Owen bowled 5 overs for only 8 runs! Owen was replaced by Hannah and Dom by Nick who finally achieved the breakthrough with a stumping by James. Hannah bowled 3 overs and was replaced by Charlie leaving the new spin twins leading the attack. Charlie bowled an excellent spell, deservedly taking a wicket - another stumping by James! They reached the last 20 overs needing 6 an over, but still with 8 wickets in hand. By this time the right-hander really had his eye in and Charlie had to be replaced after an expensive over. Nick's last over also proved costly and we needed to stem the flow of runs and take a couple of quick wickets in the fading light. Rob A replaced Charlie and Dom was brought back for Nick. We had a chance to dismiss the slogger when he mistimed one and there was a very poor misunderstanding between myself and Tim, for which I take full responsibility, as the ball fell harmlessly to earth between us - much to Rob's displeasure. The wicket just would not come until it was too late and as the fielding disintegrated they hit the winning runs with 3 overs or so to spare.
I would like to thank James for taking the gloves and doing a top job, it is never easy for anyone to keep to the dominatrix especially when very aggressive and in very poor light.
There was a clear run out that was not given early on and a run out missed when the ball went to the wrong end and James missed a difficult hat-trick stumping chance off Nick, if a couple of things had gone our way it could have been very different as I don't think they had that much batting to come and it would have been difficult for any new batsman coming in against Dom in that light, we might even have won. On such small margins can matches be won or lost.
We can bat and field a lot better, and there are many lessons to be learned from yesterday for future games particularly for the skipper!