This week, Smithy was not in Philadelphia on business and he took the reins for the visit of Worcester Park. Disagreements ensued over the format and number of balls. We ended up in a timed game with one ball - making for a few grumbles right from the start. Worcester Park arrived with a mix of colts, old guys and grumpies - a bit like ourselves!
W&H batted first and the two left handers Sal and Billy opened up. Sal was not his fluent self, but dug in and the partnership got to 53 before Sal, having just said he was batting conservatively walked halfway down the wicket and got bowled for 18. There were a few unusual bits in Billy's innings - two 3s were run, at least one shot went along the ground and he stayed in for more than a couple of overs. The middle order struggle was reminiscent of an England innings. Albert blamed the slow pitch for his dismissal to a full toss, Adam and Ferrari both went for 6. Our guest Kiwi, Andrew, looked very good in a quick 22 and Digby was going well before mistiming a drive into the air for 14. Jack Allen smashed an excellent 31 not out and Peter Allan threatened to run 2 at one point! Closing on 176 for 8, W&H were not too downhearted. Could be defendable.
Tea was even better than normal - we even got chocolate cake this week and sang Happy Birthday to Jacob Smith - he's now 3!
Worcester Park's openers faced up to Digby and Jack and edged their way to 106 before a wicket came. Yes - it was Albert who got it. Albert bowled well taking 3 for 52 off 13 overs. Digby beat the bat and found edges time after time - eventually he took his first ever wicket in July - hopefully the first of many. Alas the breakthrough had really come too late and Worcester Park got home with 2 balls to spare. Jack had also bowled well for no return.
In the end, not enough runs and too many edges!!