After a 2 year absence of doing match reports, I am back by popular demand. Sorry Seals. What a season we have had so far, so many ups and downs. Thing is, nobody said it was easy, there again, no one ever said it would be this hard. Oh well, let me take you back to the start…
Simmo won the toss, and decided to field first. 2 new faces in the team, Will Street, out of the Charlie’s (Wall & Langdale) school & fresh from being undefeated champion at soggy biscuit and Collegiate’s answer to Jonty Rhodes, expert fielder Tom Newman. Rotherham got off to a flier, mainly off my bowling. Melman on the other hand, was bowling superbly without luck. The luck did change however, when Wadsworth played on against yours truly. From 48-0, they quickly were 78-7 – and this was despite the fact 4 catches went down in this process.
Lyricist Fielding was the 2nd to strike, removing EastEnders very own Jonny Allan clean bowled. Both openers felt it was such a shame for them to part. Rotherham were soon running in circles, as Fielding got another with the help of a juggling Root at slip. I got rid of a frustrated David Mace, who was caught well at mid off by captain Simmo. Ben quickly doubled his wicket tally, with the help of Melman (cover point) and Lister (extra cover). Ben’s success rewarded for asking the questions, and the batsmen telling him their secrets. I’ll tell you, he set them apart on Saturday.
Toff Street entered the attack, and his off spin was causing a few problems, and at times their heads were on a science apart. He eventually opened his account for the 2’s, again with the help of Lister, when he got Stuart Guy caught cheaply at midwicket. Perhaps Mr Lister has found his calling on a cricket field – expert fielder? Anyway, I digress, at 78-7, we had done brilliantly. However, a partnership of 41 took Rotherham to 119, down to mainly complacency, sloppy fielding, runnin in circles, comin in tails.
Thankfully man of the moment Fielding completed his maiden 5 fer with the help of Will I Am (3rd time lucky) at midwicket. Will got his 2nd of the day, a good catch by the evergreen Root at long on, but Rotherham battled away and finished on 137-9. Obvious pick of the bowlers was Ben, 5 fer something, but I would just be guessin’ at numbers and figures. With a bit more application, we should have bowled them out for 100.
Lister and Patanker opened the batting, and led us brilliantly to 16. Lister the early casualty, going back and being caught on the stumps. Oh that naughty pitch, hey Tom? Ajay soon followed, playing a poor shot and when Stewie (caught at square leg pulling) and Simmo (missing an unplayable (?) one) quickly followed, we were in massive trouble at 25-4.
Will I Am came in (without Cheryl who is still in hospital) and he batted with an assured look, but like Simmo missed a straight one; 44-5 – no one ever said it would be so hard. Cometh the hour, cometh the man; lethario Fielding. He and Rooty batted superbly, very conservatively, yet sensibly and took us within touching distance of victory.
Rooty (64) eventually holed out at mid on with the game not quite won (121-6) which was frustrating as it meant I had to go in. Unfortunately (this is for Butts & Colton RIP) there was no cameo, and I was stumped trying to win us the game in double quick time. Very silly of me, as it exposed the tail. It was left to bum fluffed Woodhead to partner Ben, who was now firmly eyeing up the fifteen…………bottles of Carlsberg he had planned to buy for the team following his success.
With the penultimate over of the game, Ben saw us home with some good old fashioned bludgeoning – he was a worthy man of the match. I just hope all his fans saw it, I can always send over some video footage if it was missed. I’m goin back to the start.