Bardsey 86-3 beat Adel 71-6
This week saw Gav Thorpe named as permanent skipper of the indoor team for the rest of the season, based solely on the fact he is the only one who has played every game and likely to play the rest of the season. This week’s team selection saw last week’s ringer Joe replaced with young Alex ‘son of HOF’ Jones and Rich Marsden return in place of Robbo who has travelled to foreign lands for a holiday. Thorpe’s first action as new skipper saw him win the toss and after some consultation with his senior players the decision was made that Adel would bowl first.
Based on very good performances over the last few weeks Thorpe gave Horse the first over again and it was a very good decision with the over only costing 2 runs. In the absence of Robbo it was decided that Rich would take the second over, another excellent decision with the over only costing 4 runs, Adel were off to a good start. That start was carried on by Bob, with his first over costing only 5 runs but he also removed the Bardsey opener with a Joe Pratt special – a leg stump delivery of very full length. The other Bardsey opener was not in the mood to hang around and started playing some very extravagant shots and began hitting the ball very hard and along with the number 3 they started picking up the runs and building a solid partnership. They continued scoring well until Bob struck again with another Joe Pratt special to remove the number 3 and then Adel were back in the game as the Bardsey opener reached 20 and was forced to retire. Thorpe rotated his bowlers and it was a game of cat and mouse as the game ebbed and flowed with periods of the bowlers keeping it tight and then the batters breaking free to score quickly before going back the other way. And after their 10 overs Bardsey had reached 86-3 with Jerry picking up the other wicket to fall. After the first innings of the game there were mixed emotions in the Adel camp with some looking at the total as a relatively small one that was definitely gettable with the firepower in the Adel side. However there was some disappointment as the last few overs of the innings had been expensive to allow them up to 86 and then also caution based on previous run chases of similar and smaller totals.
As usual Bob strapped on the pads to open for Adel and this week, in the absence of Robbo, he was accompanied by Horse. Both started solidly whilst not setting the world alight they both picked up the runs and the scoreboard was ticking over nicely. Horse made it on to 11 before a strange passage of play occurred. Horse was presented with a short and fairly wide delivery which he naturally went after, but unfortunately managed to hit it into the side netting and be caught, however he was not out but he had not heard the No-ball call from the umpire and having charged the bowler he was out of his crease and as he thought he was out he didn’t try to get back and was therefore Run Out, which led to a small spat as the Bardsey fielders tried to give Horse a send-off. Jerry came in at 3 and attempted to get Adel towards the total, however he lost Bob at the other end to a very good catch (Bob you seem to be developing a habit of either getting out to blinding catches or us running you out – maybe you should work on that). AJ came in a 4 and promptly despatched the Bardsey bowler back down the ground for 4 and looked in good touch to say it was the first time he’d picked up his bat since the end of last season and had to get his stuff out of the loft prior to playing. However there was a piece a miscommunication between the youngster and Jerry which resulted in hesitation and then Jerry being Run Out. Rich came in at 5 and made a quick 6 before he too was Run Out. The last man for Adel was the skipper Thorpe who had a great plan for his first ball when the Bardsey captain set a 3-1 off side field, however all he managed to do was drill
it back at the bowler who after about 6 attempts finally caught the ball. This left AJ as the last man standing with Thorpe as his running partner (not through choice but because he was last man out). AJ made a good account of himself scoring 25 but the task was too great for just one man and he was out off the first ball of the last over with 18 required to win. A poor batting performance on the face of it, but the general consensus from the Adel team was that it was the best bowling attack we had faced in any game so far and we did very well to get as close as we did.
There could be a few selection issues on the cards next week, with Horse struggling after nets (and golf) and Jerry suffering a back spasm after the game and also with Robbo and Rich unavailable for various reasons. Watch this space!!