HMCC 1st XI Match Report (H v Wilmslow Wayfarers)
We are all familiar with the saying, “the black sheep of the family”. Alas, on Saturday the idiom became, “the clown in his whites during the warm up”. DotD secured before a ball was bowled. Nice new trainees though lad!!!!
To the toss. And, as we often say due to the league points system, a good one to lose. Into bat. And into a class opening stand against a strong opposition bowling attack. 80 runs were on the board and Ainscough was really finding his fluency when his wicket fell. Has he developed a little habit of exiting immediately after a bowling change? “Have a look” lad? Perhaps but a lovely innings and the foundation was laid.
Now, how often do we see a Mersey-ite carry his bat? Could the sum total during the last 3 1st team seasons be counted on one finger in fact? Take a bow Jordan Barnett. Patient, elegant, solid, hard fought and “all around the ground” spring to mind. Well done indeed.
One of the features of this promising start to our season of invincibility (!!!!) has been our ability to get to double batting point landmarks. 3 times we have batted first and we’ve snuck over the line to 120 at Cholmondeley, 165 at Bunbury and now 183 home to Wilmslow. Lisney, Maqsood and the speeding Bassi bullet supported the belligerent Barnett to secure 10 points by tea.
And what a tea. Fit.
Out to defend. Conscious, it must be said, of the absence of a couple of stalwart members of our attack. Wilmslow showed impressive intent from the get-go as league leading run scorer, Sunny Malik, sped to 18 off 6 balls. The 7th, however, didn’t go as planned and a big moment was afoot. Lisney awaited a skier…….. baited breath…… cap flipped off…….. a slight tremor….. and in!!!!!!!! Pocketed. COTMB!!!! And well bowled Reymundo.
Wilmslow were far from finished though as the top 6 all contributed. At 150-4 they looked home and hosed with Assi and Zeb calmly accumulating. The thing is though, these Mersey boys don’t like losing. Some astute captaincy from Ainscough meant that the remaining 30 odd runs were going to have to be earned.
Enter Reymundo again. Big wicket. Assi knicked off. But again the pendulum would swing as Zeb took on the mantel with some loud talking as he struck Wilmslow to 174. 7 down at this stage with 3 overs left but you wouldn’t have thought it. The Mersey boys were up. And at it!
Cue moment of the match. Abbas bowls, Zeb smashes, Zeb middles, Abbas snaffles. Game turned. Catch of the season so far, both for quality and importance. And yet the drama wasn’t over. For the second time this season Mersey place every man on the rope. A game of cat and mouse as former Mersey man Saqib Ali strides out. The odd word exchanged? Mind games? Hell yeh. We wanna win this league!
4 balls left. 7 needed. A skier Fair doesn’t get to.
3 balls left. 7 needed. Saqib knocks the cover off it but doesn’t walk or get given. Incredible.
2 balls left. 7 needed. Aerial….. Ainscough…… Out!!!!!!
1 ball left. 7 needed. Everyone round the bat……. A play and miss!!!!!
What a game of cricket!!! 176-9 chasing 183. Some excellent batting and bowling from both sides (and 2 worldies from Faisal at slip). Mersey’s resilience wins through though. Points: HMCC 17, WWCC 9. The return game should be a cracker.
Over and out.
The black sheep (aka A Fair)
Updated 20:19 - 5 Jun 2018 by Tim Humpage