On Saturday the VP’s XI entertained a Baslow side that were struggling at the lower end
of the table. The league table and our recent form suggested that if we could maintain the
high standards of recent weeks, we would have every chance of extending our winning streak to four.
The vibe was good in the changing room prior to the start, this was largely as a result of the introduction of Alex Clayton who was making his debut for the VP’S XI. Waif was certain he had seen Alex before and had several celebrity look-a-like candidates within just a few minutes. Bull spoke calmly and with confidence and asked for much of the same during a brief team talk. Waif, who was really enjoying browsing through the look-a-like candidates on his phone, so much so that he had to show Alex a couple of the best photos mid team talk. After a short discussion, some good banter, and song or two (proclaimers – I would walk 500 miles) it was decided that Alex had fitted in well and was rewarded with the immediate nickname of Elvis.
Bull won the toss and elected to bat. Josh White and Bob opened the batting. Unfortunately the innings didn’t start the way we hoped. Josh struck a clean ball straight to the fielder, it was a tight run, the clean pick up not helping the cause with the final nail in the coffin being Josh’s regrettable decision of tucking his bat into the side trouser pocket! The fielder struck the bat no where to be seen, run out for a duck. Hopefully one we all learn from. 4-1. In came Stewie, who after easing to 4 was subject to a half appeal from the baslow side, nothing from the umpire and the fielders move back to their respective marks. Then, after an extraordinary long pause, the umpire raises his finger and Stewie is out LBW for 4, a strange situation and Stewie understandably not happy. It was great to see Elvis later on in the day sticking up for his new team mate by throwing the ball with real intent towards the stumps and umpire after a piece of smart fielding. The umpire in good spirits had a word with Elvis, but didn’t seem happy with having to take aversive action. I heard that Chris Stewart wasn’t available for comment on speculation regarding possible suggestions he may have made to team members during tea. Bob’s wicket fell shortly after hitting two nice boundaries. Bowled. The captain was next, his eyes lit up with a ball outside off stump, he committed but the ball found the edge and the skipper makes a duck. 16-4. After a couple of extremely confident strikes to the boundary, we were disappointed to see T hit one straight down mid offs throat and departs for 8. Next again after a brief stint at the wicket and a long night at corporation Wellman goes playing a tired ‘one too many Jager bomb’ looking kind of shots and the fielder takes a good catch. Wellman goes for 8 and the score is 43-6.
Ashy continues battling hard at the other end. He is also struggled with a side strain he picked up during a net session prior to the game. It was however manageable with some of T’s horse pills. This was a vital contribution from Tony and one not to be underestimated and certainly helped soften the blow for his casper like fielding display which surprised us all considering his extremely good tan. The problems continue as Parsy is cleaned bowled for 4. Things are looking very bleak at 53-7 this was a position where unlike most other weeks the batters hadn’t posted a commanding score. Ashy was joined at the crease by Benji. They slowly went about building a partnership, they didn’t score as freely as we may have wanted but managed to keep the run rate ticking and hit the poor deliveries to the rope. Ashy was dismissed with a couple overs to go for a very important 60. The innings ended with a fine shot from Elvis through cover. Collegiate ended up at 150-8, Watson scoring a useful 40 not out all through extra cover!
The VP’s were obviously disappointed at the break but felt they had given themselves a chance. It was Wellman and Watson opening the bowling. The promising young fast bowler Bruce was away attending a field trip part of the scoring chapter of his S.C.C.C Cricketing Education. The perfect start, Wellman bowled a quick delivery, the batman fended, but could only find Waif, who caught at ease. Unfortunately from this point onwards we couldn’t find the wickets required to put serious pressure on Baslow. Waif and Josh both picked up a wicket in hard working displays. The bowling attack as a unit didn’t bowl poorly but If there was ever chance of winning the game then the chances had to be taken, on this occasion the catches didn’t stick and Baslow in all honesty cruised past the target, three wickets down with nine overs up their sleeve.
Elvis had a good debut and really bought into to the team atmosphere, he fielded brilliantly, covering a lot of ground, taking a very good catch and topped up with a few cracking deliveries during his short spell.
This is a fixture the VP.s will have to put behind them. People weren’t at their best and the rub of the green didn’t go our way. Away at a Bakewell this Saturday where we hope not to play like such tarts!!