Horsley and Send 158-4
by Simon Vicos
A must win game and a change behind the stumps, Dean coming in as Magoo, having worked for three weeks felt the need to go on holiday to recharge.
Put into bat we sent Gibbers and Toby out to make a start, and they made a reasonably solid start of 30 before Toby once again succumbed to his natural instincts, picked his man and duly deposited the ball into his waiting hands. This was followed by a nice piece for the Video Camera where Toby attempted to explain his dismissal by blaming, his bat, his mum and the rules of the game. Having looked quite comfortable Gibbers then went in the head and as usual got out to the one loose shot of his innings and it was 40 for 2. Regan and Glenn smacked a few lusty blows about before Regan also lost the plot and got himself out for 27. Dikko only contributed 11 before blasting one down the throat of a very grateful opponent and moments later Glenn was bowled for 24 and our innings seemed to be in trouble at 100 for 5. Fresh from his cameo against Honor Oak, Morlers showed us all that he does remember which end of the bat to hold and after an hour had scored 33 before he got out to a shot that he would describe as “poostick”. Do you notice a trend developing here?,
The Skipper, looking to steady the ship played a couple of smart shots before conjuring up an ugly effort best described as a “wipe” to a wide one and yet another simple catch was taken. Toby and Curtley managed to drag us up to 158 for 7 before the heavens opened and the thunder caused everyone to scurry into the bar.
The temptation to bat for another 5 overs after an hours break was resisted and we declared. After losing an hour to the weather we went back out at 5.30. Horsley’s opening pair proceeded to club their way to an opening stand of 124, not without giving up chances though, we just couldn’t take them when they came, add to that some poor fielding in places and the game looked as though it was slipping away. However with them needing less than a run a ball and with ten wickets in hand Gasson (who had just despatched Walshy for three sixes in one over) danced down the track one time too many and Deano whipped the bails away leaving him 5 short of his century. Still , it looked as though Horsley would cruise to victory however Damo was now bowling well and snared another victim with the score on 129. Dikko then got a wicket thanks to a fine catch taken high above his head by Glenn. 141 for 3 now and we were in with a chance of saving the game. With the score inching it’s way towards the target only 3 was needed off the last 5 balls. A dot ball, followed by another and then a smart stumping left the score on 156 for 4 with two balls to go. The penultimate ball was another dot, the last ball was sent out towards the boundary but caught and returned during which time the batsmen had run three. The victory celebrations were short lived though as the umpire signalled one was a short run and that the ball was now dead.
So we claimed a point and Damo emerged with figures of 3 for 13 which considering the carnage reaked by Gasson was great performance.
With abandonment’s affecting some of the teams above us, 13 points would have been very handy indeed, however credit must go to Horsley and Send for their run chase in the 24 overs they were bowled back. A game would could well have petered out to nothing was turned into an exciting contest.
Back to the club then to watch fully grown women all dressed up as Schoolgirls…………Marvellous !!. Funny how the effect on the ladies is not quite the same when we dress up as Schoolboys !. Still my head told me all day Sunday that we’d had a great night, I wonder if my Taxi Driver would say the same ?