The scorecard for the game can be found here
This Sunday we took our revenge against the mighty Charing Cross Sunday friendly XI!
On a lovely summers day Chris won the toss and decided to bat much to the delight of Symo who was a bit worse for wear after a few drinks the night before. Adam Woodcock opened the batting alongside the refreshed Matt Hunter who was nice and relaxed after a week away in Italy. Unfortunately this didn’t help his batting too much as he departed for 1 not that anyone noticed mind as everyone else was glued to their phones watching/listening to Jimmy finish off the aussies!!!
This bought Ade Forrest to the crease who was loving the weather and was desperate to have a bat. He and Adam had a slow but steady and much needed partnership of 73 before Adam got out lbw to our old foe Gerry who may even be a slower bowler than me!! Debutant Jason Ford was next in and he didn’t quite get the tradition of getting a duck on your first game for the hill. He got a couple of singles and hit a good shot for 4 before getting bowled for 8. Next man in was Sunday bully…sorry Sunday captain Chris Webber to try and up the rate.
Symo followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming Park Hill’s bookie for the day. He had a bet with Clare and me that Chris would hit a 50 in the match before Ade. We both felt comfortable with the bet considering Ade was already on 39 at the time!! Together they put on 51 before Ade got out lbw to the miser Vin for 49. This left everyone with their heads in hands including Symo even though he backed the other horse that was still going well. Elliot came to the crease with everyone expecting fireworks from the 2 batsman but Chris holed out for 43 off just 20 balls and left the 3 punters with a £1 safely in their own pockets. The final pair of Elliot (26*) and Owen (5*) did every well with their running between the wickets and boundary hitting to leave us on 181-5
In reply Owen and Jamie opened the bowling well and picked up a wicket each. Owen stared slowly but really got going as the spell went on picking up an important wicket. Jamie bowled like he is with his money, really tight only going for 12 runs in his 5 overs and also picking up a wicket after the square leg umpire overruled and gave the caught behind decision. Symo was first change bowler and bowled well without much luck before being given a breather to save himself for the death….
Clare had a short 3 over spell bowling on the same spot she always does and should have had a wicket if it wasn’t for the calamitous calling in field which left Chris juggling the ball, avoiding Jamie before dropping it. Elliot came on with his leg twirlers picking up 2 wickets and claiming if Shane Warne’s ball to Gatting was ball of the century then his 2nd wicket should be ball of the millennium!!
The skipper then decided that Elliot was probably a bit too quick for the oppo with his spin so put on Dave Lawn to slow things down a bit. It was him (8-1-17-2) and the returning Clare (8-0-20-1) who really turned the screws towards the end of the game.
When Lawny had finished his spell Charing Cross needed 50 off the last 4 overs and we all thought the game was over. Owen bowled the 37th over which was pretty expensive so just to make sure of the win Chris told his death bowler Symo to get loose to bowl the 39th over. Clare bowled the 38th over without much excitement so we were still clear favourites and then came Symo.
As he is a very good friend of mine and I saw what state he was in the night before I won’t pick on him too much but let’s just say the over was more Nick Westcott-White than Jimmy Anderson and left Charing Cross needing 12 off the last over to win. Chris did what all good captains do when they are good at cricket (unlike me and Phil) and picked himself to bowl the last over. This left the result never in doubt as he only conceded 2 runs to leave the Hill with a 9 run victory!!
In summary I felt it was a very good win for the club after a few Sunday loses in recent weeks. Ade played tremendously for his 49 and really deserved a 50. I am sure he will get another opportunity really soon and just in case you were wondering, yes he does still owe jugs for top score and jug avoidance. Jason had a good debut for the club and we hope to see him back very soon just to see how far he can hit it! It also certainly helped that Chris and Elliot were waiting in the middle order to up the rate at just the right time.
The bowling was ok with some really good figures for some of the bowlers and not so good for others. The guy Chris dropped off Clare went on to get 80* with some big hitting towards the end so the game would of been over much quicker if he got out. There were some dodgy umpiring decisions as well which didn’t help but it was all in vein at the end.
Where I felt we really won the game in the end though was our fielding. While Charing Cross conceded a lot of runs just through fielding mistakes, we chased every ball down, took most of our catches, backed up well and were generally just better than them. This is shown on the scorecard where only Elliot took a wicket bowled. All the rest were either caught or run out!
I would like to say congratulations to Chris for his first win as Sunday captain. I recognised the stress on his face when the game got tight and I know how much he wanted to win a game before Phil got back so massive well done buddy. Also I think we can all agree it was nice to see Blakey back down at the cricket so soon after his injury. Sundays wouldn’t be the same without his smut and innuendos!
The scorecard for the game can be found here
Cheers and hopefully see you all soon
Up the Hill!!