The second team travelled to Houghton Main on Saturday badly needing a performance, never mind a victory, following last week’s defeat against Wath. Sadly, neither happened and we suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of a newly promoted side.
Riaz won toss and inserted them to bat. The first ball of the game, bowled by Butts – despatched over mid on, and out of the ground for 6. I have never seen anything like it. Unfortunately, that set the tone for the rest of their innings. Butts did get his revenge with getting the same man lbw, but he had already scored 26 – job of pinch hitter done. Number 3 came in, and did exactly the same – if it was in his half he just hit it through the line and he made a quick fire 28, before being bowled by Bully (who had replaced the out of sorts Staley). Just prior to that, Butts got his second lbw of the game, dismissing the other opener for an awkward 6. If only they had 10 batsmen like him. At 74-3, they had a platform, with plenty of overs left. 4th wicket put on 114 with a combination of average bowling, disgusting fielding and good batting. Riaz bowled well, without luck, 15-5-38-1, but no one supported him with the ball really. Bully and Butts came back at the end, and with 280+ looking likely at one stage, they bowled well and restricted them to 248-9 at the end. 5 for Butts, 2 for Bully, 1 for Riaz, and a run out.
248 was gettable – I am not going to beat around the bush. The wicket had played well, with it keeping consistently low which of course you can play. 3rd ball of our innings, again, Lister bowled. Danny and Israh batted well for a while, but when Danny was stumped off their seamer, floodgates opened. Riaz came and went, Benji did the same, Simmo got a first baller, and Israh hit one to gulley. 52-7. Butts and Colton put on 20 odd, but when Butts departed the game was all but over. Bully bludgeoned a few, but surrendered his wicket, quickly followed by Colton who got himself out again. Zabe hit a few clean blows, but once again was caught trying to hit a 6. All 10 wickets were given away – no one got a “jaffer”, maybe Riaz got a bad decision – but all in all, we were diabolical.
Some home truths from Riaz after the game, questioning a number of things that I had briefly mentioned in my match report last week. Either no one read that and thought I am going to prove him wrong, or you are sadly not good enough.
Rather than pick out individuals, stats don’t lie (2nd team games only) – from Saturday’s team:
Name Games Runs Highest Average
Lister 8 171 83 21.38
Asif 3 75 58 25
Walton 5 149 51 29.8
Richards9 240 73 26.67
Simpson 8 86 58 10.75
Watson 8 54 16 6.75
Colton 5 58 37 14.5
Butler 6 58 29 14.5
Hickman 4 27 12* 27
Staley 8 18 11 6
Javed Z 4 28 20 14
Name Overs Runs Wickets Average
Butler 65 279 15 18.6
Staley 54 262 3 87.33
Richards75.3 286 8 35.75
Hickman 33.2 153 9 17
Javed Z 15 78 0 –
Hopefully the formatting will be readable – look at yourselves in the mirror, and ask yourself – are you worthy of a place in this side based upon your stats? There are players who are playing in 3rd team who have played 2nd team before and will look at these stats and ask themselves how are they not in the team.