Houghton Main Cricket Club

Houghton Main Cricket Club

Why Can't We Bat

by Lee Parkinson

Firkin Freezing

After taking the field all looking like Michelin Men with the amount of clothing Houghton's 2nd X11 had on, the game got under way with Houghton in the field. Captain Mainwaring set the field and chucked the ball to Houghton's very own resident gigolo to open the bowling with club new commer Nic who was allowed to play after Mr Cool gave him the day off, the opening bowling partnership worked ok. Gigolo took his only wicket of the day in his 5th over with the visitors on 6, with Nic chipping in with 2 wickets to support him, 3 down after 16 overs with the visitors on 30 good start. Club Vulture's more than happy at this point.
A brief shower then brought proceedings to an halt for an hour, the scramble to get the covers on was very efficiently directed by Capt Mainwaring & Corporal Jones.
Game back on saw Hulk brought on from top end to support Nic, this partnership saw another 2 wickets fall with score on 57. Hulk supported well going for only 12 off his 6 over spell, which was constantley disrupted by his moaning after Stevie Wonder turned him down from the top end for 2 good LBW shouts.
Nic finished his spell with 4 for 25.
Brit Pop Wannabe & Mr Cool then took the stage mopping up the tail, BPW finished with 3 for 27 & Mr Cool 2 for 23.
Corporal Jones rolled back the years with a one over spell 0 for 7.
Waggy had decent day 2 byes.

Verdict from the bench much improved performance on last season, bowling tight early on lapsed towards the end. Fielding excellent.

Tea visitors all out 134, just in time to watch Grand National. While Capt Mainwaring plotted with Corporal Jones & JB the batting order to knock the score off.

Tea was supplied by Silver Fox Catering Ltd & feedback was good. Only negative was 'no coffee', but we got rid of most of last seasons crusty old T bags.

Batting order sorted experienced campaigners Capt Mainwaring & Corporal Jones take to their crease let the chase begin. 3rd over 8 on board first wicket Capt Mainwaring plays all round a straight ball From dibbley dobbley right hander from top end, his only wicket of the day. Gone for 1.

JB takes to the middle Corporal Jones sense's collapse and gets a move on, partnership ends on 37 when JBs stumps are rattled, he never got going and went for 3. Score 45

In steps LG never got forward to a shot gone for none, he's been up all night allegedly on 'playstation' more like 'babestation', Chucks now putting parental lock on all channels. Score 45 not going to plan.

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Next up Hulk sent on with strict instructions to hold it together, basic instruction support Jones. corporal Jones gets his 50 with 10 boundaries, to much applause from the sidelines, 3 balls later smashes one high into the air and caught out, score 57.

Nic and Hulk see next 12 overs off adding 10 to the total before Nic gets caught for 4, score 67. Youngster LA shows how it's done with a quick fire 11 before getting bowled. Mr Cool then partners Hulk, before Hulk gets done LBW for 10.
In steps Mr Secretary strolling confidently to his crease only to be dismissed for 0, BPW takes his end before been caught for one. In comes Gigolo smashes a 4 before been bowled, Mr Cool not out for 5.

Collapse complete all out for 93.

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