Our first taste of defeat this season, which could have been very different. In the first two games very few mistakes were made, but in this game they cost us dearly. On a stinking hot day i lost the toss (always a morale boost!) and we were asked to bowl first.
We had a good start through Roger Tysoe & Paul Orgill taking an early wicket and keeping the score down. At 15 overs we had kept the score down to 50 for 1. At drinks i told the lads to make the next 10 overs count as they were crucial. We had to make sure they were 4 or 5 down at the next drinks break to ensure they didnt tee off with wickets in hand. Cue the start of the mistakes. Firstly Paul Whitby dropped a simple high chance, despite the frog hands he had on. It was a shame for Paul as for the rest of the innings he kept well taking a catch, a stumping as well as executing the run out. Next another chance was spilled at mid on, which was the turning point. The BATS captain at the time was on 30.......he went on to make 102. We missed yet another chance to remove him later on when Grog dropped him at slip, although he did recover to secure a run out, but still the captain got away. A couple of wickets for mself and one for Grog, along with 2 for Paul Orgill and 2 more for Roger Tysoe in their second spells ensured 3 bowling points.
However we were now chasing 199 rather than 80 less, which is what our drops cost us. A huge difference given how hard we'd worked in the heat for 45 overs. Only 3 batsmen got to double figures, James Tamplin scoring 37 on debut with some strong shots, Steve Milner (24) and myself (14). The other 7 wickets to fall scored exactly 6 runs between them. Both Orgill & Grog getting first ballers with the BATS spinner taking 7 for 12. Not Good.
I sound like a broken record but people have to value their wickets and bat time. If we bat time we'll always win more than we'll lose.
MOTM to Roger Tysoe for his 12 overs of excellent left arm over. His first over went for 10 but his next 11 went for only 20 with 3 high quality wickets to boot. He also showed excellent skills in the field with his pace and arm from the boundary.
Capt Calamity.....sorry Paul, but a simple drop with the gloves on combined with a duck wrapped it up, although there were a couple of candidates!