The Jubilee Bank holiday weekend bought the arrival of Clackmannanshire CC to the batting paradise that was Leith Links. This week’s team saw a change in approach from our great leader Heintz as he sought to freshen the team up after a couple of disappointing defeats, with Leith welcoming back cricketing veterans and Dad’s Army Brigade Mssrs Dicks, Middleton, Sillar and Watt into the fold.
Heintz had been practising his tossing during the week, as Heintz won the toss and elected to bat. This bought the arrival of opening of the deadly duo Messr Heintz and Williams to the crease. The squashbuckling Williams playing classically in the V behind square and the steady Heintz put on 47 in the first 10 overs before Williams departed after gloving a ball to the keeper to the impressive Campbell for 20. What followed was a typical batting collapse similar to the English cricket teams of the mid 90’s, with Leith collapsing to 102 all out. With a combination of back luck in case of Tanveer, some tidy bowling from Clackmannanshire and poor shot selection contributing to such a low total. Heintz top scoring with 30 runs, with Messrs Watt and Patel the other batsman to reach double figures.
The below par batting display saw Cammy Lawson
go into a sulk of Nicholas Anelka proportions as he decided against partaking in feasting on the magnificent spread put on by the tea ladies of Leith and deciding to spend his tea break chunttering to himself. But little did we know what was to come as this was exactly what was required as Mr Lawson produced a terrific spell of bowling along with Messrs Watt and Patel to help skittle out a sorry Clackmannanshire.
Leith took to the field looking resplendent in their new club caps, the only down side, it does ruin one’s sculpted Barnett.
Watty and a fired up Lawson opened the bowling attack and set about the task of winning the game for Leith. Watty turning back the years with a hostile and firey peppering the Clackmannanshire batters with a combination of well targeted short balls and full swinging delivering deliveries. His opening spell took 4 wickets in his magnificent 9 overs. Clearly he had been working on his pace over the winter months and was now a genuine fast bowler after having described by the scorer of Stew Mel as a medium slow bowler. In addition Messrs Lawson and Patel chipped in with a couple of wickets as well as a couple of run outs gave Leith a relatively comfortable victory, as Clackmannanshire limped to 51 all out.
A truly fantastic bowling display from Messrs Watt, Lawson and Patel, backed up from some magnificent fielding display gave Leith an improbable victory. Special mention to the sexy beast that is Stevie Middleton
for his terrific diving and rolling catch he took off Watt.
Onwards and upwards for next week trip to Goldenacre. KRO.