An eventful week of Mansfield league ups and downs finally ended playing a home fixture up at HSBC, but on the artificial wicket as no grass pitches available. A full team was only confirmed on Sunday morning after some miscommunication higher up. The opposition were Coal Aston who the previous week had scored 300+….in a hurricane like wind, toss lost and asked to field!
Trainers on, Jack Lister and Alex Bruce Willis opened the bowling. On a small boundary with lightening fast outfield, good bowling didn’t get much reward with boundaries coming quickly for Coal Aston. Bruce got a well earned breakthrough removing the middle stump for the 1st wicket. After 10 over’s no further breakthroughs left the score at 64 for 1! (And not all from bad bowling). Double change saw Rob Shaw and Dan the man Priestley enter the game. Dan got into his rhythm quickly, although picking up his 1st wicket will a full toss caught by Bruce at mid off. This then opened the flood gates for wickets, Dan bamboozling the incoming batters (some from the south Yorkshire premier league), collecting wickets on a regular basis helped with good catching from Lobber on the fence. Rob Shaw then decided to home in on the off stump and knocked it over 3 times! Coal Aston flopped from 64 for 1 to 114 for 6, and then final push from Dan the man and Shawsy saw Coal Aston all out for 116! Rob Shaw ending with 4 for 24 and Dan 5 for 26, which was an excellent effort on a flat, slight dead artificial wicket.
Tea – chip butties (all that was available at short notice??).
A slightly short batting line up saw Matt Tyas and Ben Rooke walk out in trainers to the middle to start the 2nd half. An equally good start was made by the 2 Collegiate openers, runs, boundaries and gaps found easily made for an excellent opening partnership. Rookey was the dominant force to start before being caught on the boundary for 48, leaving the score at 87 for 1. A small upper middle order collapse then took place leaving the score 100 for 4, Matt Tyas still standing strong and looking in control. Joined by James Scholfield (the batsman!), a few lusty blows saw the total overcome in 21.2 over’s, Matt Tyas batting through for 42 not out.
An excellent win in trying condition, making points and an early finish!
To recap, this was Dan Priestley’s 2nd 5 wicket haul of the weekend…is he too young to buy a jug of beer??