Fillongley 3rd XI v Bedworth 4th XI - 7th May 2016
Fillongley 3rd XI return to Haunchwood as a home ground to find the sun shining down on us in more ways than one! The Storks arrived in great spirits after the strong bowling performance from the previous week.
Fillongley won the toss (such a rare occasion, the coin has been saved, preserved and fossilized for future generations to marvel at) and elected to bat. Steve Gardner Snr. opened up with Taylor Gilder. Initially finding it quite a difficult track to deal with and some tight bowling, Fillongley slumped to 9-1 after 5 overs. This brought in Captain Simms to build a partnership with the tidy looking Steve Snr. The pair got the team to 86 before Simms got caught for 34. Aaron Gilder came in and looked good for his short inning before also getting caught. Steve Snr went on to hit a magnificent 57 with some uncharacteristically big 6s, stating “Didn’t know I could do that did you skip?”…..No Snr! But teach me!?!? Eventually Snr got bowled by the very bowler he was getting hold of. An excellent battle and a top knock from our veteran opener! Knowing that we did not have the greatest depth in our batting order, Vice Captain John Bromley played an experienced and patient innings to see that we did not hand over too many overs to our opposition as the players around him kept falling to the persistent off spin of the young Ben Jones who ended with a 5for. Fillongley ended on 155 all out.
After a very welcome tea and a nibble at the surprisingly unpopular cheese and onion sandwiches, of which the only two eaten were by the two captains, possibly out of pity for only platter not empty, the heavens opened and threatened the remainder of the fixture. Fortunately the storm passed over quickly and we were able to take the field on a slightly moistened field.
Rich Young and Roger Stain opened the attack with their expected reliability and economy, each taking wicket maidens in their respective first 2 overs. Bedworth 4th XI were 1-2 after the first 4 overs. The young Rylan Moir then dismissed number 3 with a hooping delivery getting him LBW. Opposition Captain Green hit a well earned 26, taking good advantage of the short boundary before being dismissed by the wiley Taylor Gilder. ‘Tinks’ bowled with flight and guile that the opposition simply didn’t know what to do with, allowing him to finish with figures of 7.3overs-2maidens-20runs-5wickets. With all the bowlers playing their part, Bedworth were all out for 76, granting Fillongley 24 points.
Once again, a fantastic fielding performance from the Storks, with the batting still to improve.
Special mentions for Steve Gardener Snr for his 57, Taylor Gilder for his 5for, Rylan Moir for his 2wickets for 9 runs in 5 overs and finally John Bromley for his thoughtful innings.
At the time of writing this, we currently sit top of the league with 32 points. Up The Storks!
Updated 21:45 - 9 May 2016 by richard franks