The VPXI begun the campaign with a home game at HSBC against a youthful Hollinsend side. After 3 weeks of great weather, it was inevitable that come Saturday, we would be met with wind, rain and cold…..and the weather did not disappoint.
New captain Bulk won the toss (already better than Sealy?) and inserted Hollinsend. A motivational speech before the game was given (and shared with Daniel Longley talking to his Dad about what they are having for tea next Thursday) with the boys in no doubt a) what was expected of them and b) where to go for chicken nuggets. In future, kids banned from our changing rooms for a whole host of reasons.
Wellhard and Bull opened the bowling. Wellman found little change from the pitch, but bowled an extremely economical 7 over spell. Bull was a little rusty; his only real contribution was bouncing one of the openers and putting him on the floor (you don’t lose it). Club record signing, Ricky V.W, replaced Bull with the hope he would not suffer second season syndrome and he did not disappoint. He took 3 quick wickets and from 36-0, Hollinsend became 54-3. Longy Longy Longy took over from Wellman and he was quickly into his transparent ways. Champagne moment undoubtedly putting someone out at cow (joint decision, led by the captain) with the very next ball the batsman hitting it straight to a surprised Rookey who took a simple catch.
After Ricky’s burst, Alex Masterson came on who has clearly come back a yard quicker from last season. Future is bright. He took 3 wickets (3-11), with Longy Longy Longy providing a great foil finishing off with 4-9 from his 10.1; Hollinsend finishing on 95 all out.
The fielding was superb. Ash (Suarez), Masterson (Neymar), Stewart (Messi) and Belton (M Laudrup) marshalled the offside superbly and gave them nothing. They have set the standard. Unfortuantely Belts overdid it, and now not only can he not drive, he cannot walk following a piece of fielding that went wrong. The club (and bar) is there to support him.
Awful tea. Suggest we BYO next time. No cakes or buns much to Bob’s annoyance – and that man is usually so happy go lucky.
New opening partnership of Ash and Scholfield started poorly, with the silver fox lbw early. Bob did not last much longer, but thankfully the experience of Stewart (64 not out) and Rooke (18 not out) ensured the job was done and the 25 points were secured. The first game of the season and a victory – a rare occurrence.
Baslow away next week. Until then.