2nd team hosted Hallam on Saturday, with their first game in several weeks at Abbeydale. On arrival to the ground, it is a miracle I am going to write a match report, as the strip was saturated (never mind the square/ground) and the prospect of cricket extremely doubtful. Anyway, sun and wind = pitch deemed well enough to play (albeit delayed start), much to the groundsman’s astonishment. For once, I agreed with Carl and could not see how we could play the game when the square was so damp/dangerous.
2.30 start – we won toss and bowled. Returning Bully picked up 2 early wickets, and at 10-2 we made dream start. Unfortunately, the story of the season, last season, the season before and the season before – bowlers did not bowl consistently well, and too many bad balls despatched by Humphrey. Jim failed against us again, hitting a half volley on leg stump from Butts to Fielding at midwicket, 57-3. Few more quick wickets, 2 for Benji and one for Fielding and at 83-6 we were on top. However, crucial turning point – Humphrey dropped by Colton, and his reprieve ultimately cost us the game. He batted sensibly, bringing up his 50 and batting with relative ease. For the 7th wicket, Hallam put on 45 and although we finished with Richards/Butler both bagging a brace (including Butts getting Humphrey out for 99 with Riaz’s help), Hallam’s 165 looked a good score – particularly as the ball started popping as the wicket dried out.
We were bowled out for 37. Nothing to report on really – their SA bowled the ball in good areas and let the pitch do the talking, which accounted for the majority of players with a few exceptions. We could have done better with the bat, admittedly, but the bowling and fielding performance was not up to the required standard, allowing Hallam to post a good total.
That said, the result proved once again that without Humphrey or Jim – Hallam are a weak side. Humphrey gets 28% of the team runs, with Jim weighing in just a little under with 16%. Therefore meaning, almost half of their runs come from 2 players – showing the importance of taking chances when these players offer them (sorry Colton).