2nds undone at Shiregreen

The 2nd team travelled to Shiregreen on Saturday smarting from last week’s defeat at Rotherham. Michael Simpson lost the toss, and we were asked to field on a barren and open looking ground compared to previous years.

Kieran Dinnage and Robert Shaw opened the bowling, and Shiregreen got off to a flier. Neither bowled that badly, as Shiregreen promoted their number 11 from previous weeks to open the innings and he came off with a variety of unorthodox and orthodx shots to all parts of the ground. On another day, he could have been out early – but it wasn’t that day. It is fair to say both bowlers were not helped by some very average fielding, and although the outfield was not the best, think most people will tend to find the long barrier works on all grounds.

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Against All Odds………….

The stiffs travelled to 2nd place Darfield on Saturday with a very inexperienced side, with only Rooty above the age of 29! Surely defeat was inevitable. But as Steve Brookstein famously sung, against all odds, we returned back to our upper class suburbs with 7 points.

In came Bishop, Kaizer, Moroney, Stefan for Stewie, Newman, Street and Shaw – the last 2 on 3rd team duty as they “had” to win. Presumably our game was not a “must win” one then? Whilst I don’t want to take the shine off a fantastic victory (for both 2nds & 3rds) – hope this does not become a regular occurrence, bearing in mind that we are far from safe in the league.

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Battling point for 2nds

Wickersley were the visitors to Abbeydale on Saturday, with big game for both sides. Wick needed to get 7 points to get pressure on Elsecar, and we needed the same margin to move us away from Shiregreen. Neither happened.

Trower won the toss, and opted to bat. At 75-0, it looked to be a good move, but it could have been a little different. Bully was unfortunate not to get Butt out lbw without score and after he was replaced by Colegate, he too was unlucky not to get Trower twice. First, with a ball that went through vacated slip position and secondly with a sharp chance that fell to Longers at short extra cover. Fielding bowled very economical spell again, without looking too dangerous.

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Collegiate cleaned up by Tasker’s men

2nd team hosted Hallam on Saturday, with their first game in several weeks at Abbeydale. On arrival to the ground, it is a miracle I am going to write a match report, as the strip was saturated (never mind the square/ground) and the prospect of cricket extremely doubtful. Anyway, sun and wind = pitch deemed well enough to play (albeit delayed start), much to the groundsman’s astonishment. For once, I agreed with Carl and could not see how we could play the game when the square was so damp/dangerous.

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Hold the back page – the 2nds are back!

The second team had the daunting trip to Shiregreen on Saturday, with pressure increasing to grow with a big game against our relegation rivals. It was the proverbial 14 pointer – and thankfully we came out on top!

Riaz lost the toss, and we were inserted. I kid you not, we had no idea which wicket we were playing on, as the pitch had not been cut at all (phone call to league before hand by umpires). That said, too much talk beforehand by our batsmen about this, who managed to talk themselves out before even batting. Anyway, Butts went off and got the chip butties in.

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