HHCC's last win came on the 26th May @ Barnsley, so against a struggling Hensall side seemed the ideal time to find our lost form.
Hensall were put in to bat and Steve Simpson
made the breakthrough with the score on 6 with a superb swinging delivery to beat opener Reeson all ends up.
Soon it was two down, with Steve taking a pretty much identical wicket, the ball swinging a proverbial mile to bowl no.3 James Calvert.
Spin-king Craig Murphy
was soon in the wickets, with no.4 Smith cleaned bowled without troubling the score. Hensall 11-3.
Things went from bad to worse for the hosts as the introduction of Jack Gascoigne
paid off nicely. He took 2 wickets in three balls (arguably could have been 2) to leave Hensall in jeopardy at 16-5.
When Craig Murphy
removed the only Hensall batsman providing any real resistance (P. Calvert) with the score on 24, it was down to the juniors of the middle order/tail to make some sort of respectable total.
Juniors Taylor and Lund played very defensively and added 18 between them before Taylor was given out LBW from the bowling of Ryan Johnson
. Hensall 42-7.
Lund followed him back the next over with the score still on 42, with Jed Wilkinson
taking a cool catch from the bowling of Gary Green
Alan Jones came in and hit very aggressively, making 15, including 3 boundaries, to take Hensall past the 50 mark.
However, Craig Murphy
came back on to take his wicket, chipping the ball up for a simple catch that Chris Walton
took with aplomb.
Soon after the innings was over as no.10 Farmer picked the wrong fielder to hit the ball through the air to, safe-hands Steve Simpson
. Hensall 58 all out.
Captain Steve Simpson
opened the innings for HHCC as we did not want to be beaten by the elements again (Hooton Pagnell), hoping to finish the game quickly.
The intended explosive start didn't quite happen however, with the first 2 overs resulting in no score.
After 4 overs the score was up to 11, but we had lost the wicket of PAUL WILKINSON
, somehow given out LBW.
added just 3 to the score before he chipped the ball up for a good catch. HHCC 19-2.
Ryan Langley joined Steve with intent to hit runs quickly. He made 8 until he struck the ball back at the bowler Paul Calvert who, casually, stuck out a mit and the ball stuck. Ryan, and quite possibly everyone else at the ground, was gobsmacked as he had to walk off. HHCC 35-3.
joined Steve and played a defensive game until it became apparent that it was going to rain, having already come off the field numerous times for showers. Any more rain and the game could easily be abandoned.
Steve also took the message and began striking the ball hard. He made 33 until, as the drizzle was beginning to pick up, and the scores were level, hit the ball back at Calvert for his 4th wicket.
Steve sprinted off and Jack Gascoigne
sprinted on to get the final run as quickly as possible. He did so with ease, hitting the ball away and picking up 2 to take us over the winning line. HHCC 60-4.
A convincing win! Let's carry this form through to next week against top-of-the-league (Rothwell)! Big Game!