4ths in Winning Form
4ths in Winning Form
The boys travelled to Shirehead, where they lost the toss and took to the field. The home team opening pair looked well set and soon had 40 on the board. At this stage, Netherfield were looking at the prospect of chasing 150-plus. The introduction of spin-twins Dan Curwen and Josh Irving into the attack, and brilliant catches by Neil McDonnell and Aaron Stephens to dismiss the openers, turned the game in our favour. A caught and bowled each from Dan and Josh, and a fine catch in the outfield by Mick Notley saw half the batting side back in the hutch soon after drinks. There were more wickets for Dan (4 - 22) and Josh (3 - 25), and Charlie Nichols, whose open 7 overs conceded only 6 runs, returned to take 2 well deserved wickets. The Shireshead innings closed at 121 for 9.
In reply, Mick opened with Reece Irving, who batted nicely for 8 overs before edging to the keeper, and Mick followed due to a direct hit runout. Charlie and Dan rebuilt the innings with a marvellous 50+ partnership. When Charlie departed for 33, we still needed 40 to win the game. Neil came to the wicket, and, with Dan still batting beautifully and playing the anchor role, biffed a few boundaries to take us over the winning line. Neil finished on 32no, and Dan on 31no.
A great game of cricket, with some outstanding individual performances, but, more important, it was a total team effort, particularly in the field.
Aaron Stephens and Vaughan Samson did 20 overs each behind the stumps, both looking good with the gloves.
As well as the wicket takers mentioned above, Ben Stafford bowled 6 overs of line and length for only 11 runs, and Vaughan bowled some great deliveries in a 3 over spell before his turn at keeping.
Harris Wood opened the attack with Charlie, and didn't have one of his best days, but his talent will not be denied. He has been outstanding in our opening games, and is a major contributor to the success of the team.
It was also wonderful to have lots of support on the day from family and friends who made the journey to our most distant game.
Team photo courtesy of Justin Wood