VPs win surreal encounter at Hollinsend

VPs 89 (Thew 8-23); Hollinsend II 53 (Winter 4-23, Wellman 4-13); 25 points.

The VPs beat Hollinsend II on a dry day but on a wettish wicket despite collapsing for 89. Sealy won the toss and we batted on a wet wicket, breezy day. The ball was moving about on a two-paced wicket and we had no real answer. Steady clatter of wickets as Thew picked up a good 8-fer to leave us all out for 89 from 38 overs.

Excellent tea from the Hollinsend ladies. Enough for three games.

Usual discussion about runs on the board and it’s not over yet. Which as it happens, this time, it wasn’t.

The Bull had a bit of nightmare but Angry managed to get 4-fer with a combination of slow long hops, catches off the back of the bat, and others (good catches from injured Bob and Wellers). At the other end Tom Wellman looked a distinct handful and also got 4-fer. From 18-1 it went to 25-4 and then 34-7 to bring an unlikely win in sight. A straight one from Longers and a runout finished the game.

The surreal part was an increasingly hostile barracking apparently originating from a failure to clap oposition batsmen off when out, a perfectly polite request for the number 9 not to get as far as silly mid off before the ball was bowled, an appeal for lbw (OK, apparently he hit it but I didn’t realise that, sorry), running the number 10 out by a yard (who called a dodgy 2), and being a big club whose members should know better.

Hollinsend are a good club with a good community policy based not far from my first Sheffield club (Frecheville, also good). So good to win but emotion tinged with a certain sadness because of the misunderstanding and upset.


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