In typical English weather we set out to try and gain some momentum leading into the second half of the season. With some players showing good form and others starting to hint at their potential we took on Maori Oxshott at home.
Surprisingly it pretty much rained the whole game, with little bursts of nothingness to keep both umpires from calling a halt to proceedings! I lost the toss and we were sent into bat, Another strong showing from “Jannert Kreder” with 67 laid the platform what should have been a much larger score but with the rain and a turning pitch curtailing our efforts and making run scoring very difficult indeed. Some much needed injection from our lower order took us up to a healthy total of 206 with a fine 50 from Ian Meyer in difficult circumstances being another highlight to go with Jan’s earlier runs.
With a wet tea break and some more rain we wondered if we would make it back on the field but a rest bite in the rain meant we rushed back on. I managed to snare their opening batsmen first ball of their innings and had Tom managed to hold onto a sharp chance at silly cover we would have another wicket from the first ball of Damo’s over. Suffice to say we turned the screws and turned them hard. I raced to 4 wickets and unfortunately with Damo picking up the other 2 the opposition clearly indicated their intentions when the shutter doors came slamming down. Their number 4 batsmen scoring 10 off about 30 over’s. Suffice to say 91 for 6 in 43 over’s was an indication as to perhaps why Maori Oxshott find themselves scrapping at the bottom of the table at the moment, but credit for sticking it out and lesson for us in the fact that we need to get those remaining wickets, somehow. I thought we bowled incredibly tightly and never allowed them to get into the game in what turned out to be a really hard pitch to get runs on, making Jan and Ian’s efforts all the better. Some beers with a delighted opposition who realised it was drink the fridge night and were getting great value for money!
I somehow managed to snare man of the match although as stated I thought our two half centurions did a great job. Another valuable set of points but 13 would have been far sweeter!
Valley End this coming week, at home. With availability not being at its best we are going to have to dig deep and show true bulldog fight. After the abuse received at Valley End both from players, spectators, and local reports it would be great if we could get as many people as possible down at the ground supporting this week.
Cheers for now.
Ryan Pogson (1st XI Captain)