Close Defeat at Kendal
Goslings Take Side To The Brink
The weekend soon comes around and Holme 2nd XI aka operation Nasser faced their first away match of the season. Skipper Sam was forced into a number of changes from last week's winning side one due to an early season injury and the other after a dubious late holiday request form was filed. Holiday Varcs was replaced by Kev Barnes, Dave Jones took up umpiring duties and was replaced by Double-Barreled Calvin and reserve wicket keeper Ollie was replaced by Alex. This left a hole in the starting lineup that none really had the enthusiasm to fill and after Skipper Sam injured his thumb during training Neil took the gloves and became the reserve, reserve wicketkeeper.
Skipper Sam won the toss and decided that today was a day to have a bowl first and sent Kendal into bat on a glorious South Cumbrian day. The two Kendal openers played well facing the hostile swing twins Jimmy 1-24 and Paul 1-35. However after a tight opening spell Holme A were still without their opening wicket and were replaced in the attack with Spin king Allan and Calvin. What felt like the next ten overs of the match consisted mainly of Allan bowling to Aspinwall, who played the ball to Stevie G. This was repeated a number of times until a request was made, by both teams, to let us all join in! Allan duly obliged and took the wicket of Aspinwall (caught Stivvy) and Birkenshaw (LBW). Double-Barrelled Calvin bowled well taking the wicket of Watson (LBW) to finish with 1-35. All that was left was for Stevie G to mop up the tail, ending his spell with a remarkable 2-7. Allan, continuing to mesmerize the Kendal batsmen, bowled through to the end finishing with 3-23.
After a leisurely tea break Holme A set about chasing down a reasonable target of 127 to win. With a deep understanding of the strains put upon modern sportsmen (fixture congestion and player fatigue) Holmes squad rotation policy meant two new openers were chosen from the many many willing volunteers and it was that Kev Barnes and Alex Yates were sent out to open the batting. Both played well on a wearing pitch playing sensibly and steadily accumulating runs. Unfortunately it was not to last with Kev Barnes caught by Birkenshaw for 16 his replacement Neil started well, but was bowled for 1 and Alex was run out for a hard fought 9. Stivvy and Jimmy both batted well and looked confident in steadying the Holme innings. Again it was not to last with Stivvy being bowled for 11 and Jimmy caught on 3. Then came Johnny Wolf (I’m sure i scored more than 8!) and with Skipper Sam set about not only trying to save the match, but actually win it! Skipper Sams captain's innings (20) got Holme to near the brink of victory until he was caught off the bowling of Stewart. Next came a period in the history of Holme cricket club that will live long in the memories of those who witnessed it. After the demise of Skipper Sam word spread round the supporters in the stands that the game would soon be over. How wrong they were! With a little help from trusty 12th man byes,the father and son duo Paul (11) and Stevie G (12) took us to one strike away from victory. Alas it wasn’t to be and after two quick wickets Holmes innings was over.
So a defeat by 6 runs for Holme 2nd XI aka operation Nasser, but a defeat that we can take a lot from. Thinking back to previous seasons and similar games the defeats were often hefty and to push a team as close as we did shows how far we have come. Bring on Morecambe 3rds!