Miller's Midweek Massive March On
Old Eds v. Millhouses - Away in the Midweek League Cup, Monday 20 May
The week started well for the Massive. Yet again late changes to the side didnÌt affect itÌs performance or fortunes. Angry had refused to play when the fixture card was published on the basis that he had agreed to play in the Midweek side (if selected) but as Monday was at the beginning of the week & could hardly be described as midweek, he made himself unavailable. Mr Langdale feigned illness at a late stage much to the skipperÌs disgust only to be informed by the Lord on arrival that he had been playing in the in same golf day as Langers. Langers was however, swiftly forgiven as Tony yet again recounted the story of the £978 night in Menzels. Gareth, well what can we say, Crofty was at a board meeting & Nobby really shouldnÌt be left home alone, so rather than seek the satisfaction of being part of a winning side Gareth chose to seek gratification of another kind, allegedly. Fortunately Terence Foulkes turned up to watch & was swiftly sent home to get his kit to save us the embarrassment of fielding a side of nine men.
The game started, the skipper treated us to fish & chips from the Abbey Friar and we settled in to watch the run feast. The oh so weak opening partnership of Jimson & Vaughnison took a few overs to find the River Sheaf but once it was in their sights it was going to be a hard night for the Millhouses lads. Vaughnison failed to build on his immaculate innings of the previous week & departed for 15, Filthson only managed 4 but Big Little / Little Big Mike Simmoson continued his rich vein & stayed with Bellies almost to the end battering 49 with Bellies finishing 117 not out. Not a bad run rate with only 104 balls available in the whole of our innings.
The Millhouses lads were certainly going to try & get them & swung their bats with vigour but unfortunately for them they didnÌt hit the ball very often & when they did it only served to spoon the ball to mid off or mid wicket. Wickets were shared around, Filthson 1, Tonyson 2, Longerson 2, Lord 2 (for 0), Vaughnyson 1, Bennyson 1 (until that point Simmo had assumed we were playing with a piece of deerÌs meat). Only Terence & Jim failed to register (except on the Richter scale). Keeping was also shared around making the scorebook read very silly things like Ò stumped Tasker R, bowled Vaughan & caught behind Vaughan bowled Dixon. They finished 84 for 9.
A fun game played in good spirits with excellent fish & chips & on to the next round as defending champs. Thanks Skip.