Close but no cigar as 2's fall short at Adel
An impressive fightback with the ball almost does the job after a poor batting display
The lads filled up with a decent breakfast in anticipation of the usual standard of teas as they headed to Adel for game 3 of the season. Keen to build on the tied game last week, and will Adel also without a win, there was a sniff of a victory in the air.
Once again, Cooey lost the toss and we were invited to have a bat. A couple of changes from last week brought about a new opening partner for Will Cooper, with Mark Wilkinson stepping up into the number 2 slot. The first ball of the afternoon brought about the worst possible start as Coops was adjudged to have nicked one down the leg side to the ‘keeper. Despite the wooden sound, his reaction suggested that bat & ball did not come together. Later the same over, Rupert Wyard, in at 3, became Witz’ second victim, with a decent inswinger beating the bat and toppling the timbers. Adam Collett was in at 4 but before the score could advance, surviving opening Trev was trapped in front by Potter for 0, leaving Pool in a very uncomfortable position of 0 for 3. Cameron Duncan joined the skipper and got off the mark with a single. Unfortunately this wasn’t the start of the recovery, as the following over saw Cam get bowled by Witz. 1 for 3 then became 1 for 4 when Dan Hewer edged behind to the ‘keeper. Cooey had added a 2 in between, but this did nothing to dilute the dire situation that saw the visitors teetering on the precipice at 3 for 5. Jamie Wilkinson was in at 7, with talk of breaking records from a very chirpy Adel side. To be fair, they were perfectly justifiable. Finally, with a 2 pushed through point, the score overtook the wickets column. The 6th wicket partnership between Cooey & Jamie slowly developed and lasted 12 overs as the pair took the score on to 28 before Cooey drove hard to Shires at mid on who managed to hold on. Cooey had survived almost an hour for 8 runs in testing conditions. Jamie was continuing to play his shots, and was joined by Matt Naylor. Neither of these batsmen was likely to die wondering, but there was still a job to do. Some solid defence was mixed with hard hitting at the loose ball, seeing off the opening bowlers in the process. With the score on a slightly more respectable 55, Jamie eventually fell to a ball that kept low and sneaked under his bat for a very useful 26. Buzz then upped the ante, blitzing his way to 32 before also getting one that kept low and cleaned him up. Josh Bent was able to 5 to the total but was culpable in the run out of Jack Wood for 0, and last man Robbie Goldthorp was unable to add to the total as Pool were bowled out for 77 in 35 overs.
The equation was a fairly simple one for Adel. Score 78 runs in 64 overs or less. Just over 1 per over. Not the most difficult challenge they will have faced, especially after collecting full batting points in their last two games. But Pool had other ideas. The rather loud Adel skipper took the number 1 spot, but it turned out that his actions could not match his words as he holed out to Rupert Wyard at mid off in Jamie’s first over to depart for 0. Supported at the other end by Buzz, the pair then set about making life as difficult as possible for the home side. The pair of them did a cracking job of restricting the runs as O’Sullivan & D Ridgeway struggled to make any inroads into the total. The second wicket fell in the 17th over, by which time the score had crawled along to 21, with Jamie trapping Ridgeway in front with one that jagged back. O’Sullivan was the next to fall, bowled by Jamie for just 7, despite being at the crease for an hour & a quarter. This was testament to the accuracy and discipline of the bowlers, well supported by the fielders. Young Rampukar was in at 4, full of promise but in truth tried to go big with every shot and with just 6 to his name sliced one from Dan Hewer to Robbie Goldthorp at point who made no mistake in snaffling a good catch. 28 for 4, and the home side were starting to get a bit twitchy. That soon became 35 for 5 when Jamie claimed his 4th, bowling G Thorp for 5, and when Dan saw an action reply as C Ridgeway sliced into the safe hands of Robbie at point Adel were in big trouble at 37 for 6. A frustrating partnership then developed between O’Sullivan at 7 and J Thorp at 8. Jamie finished his full allocation of 15 overs with impressive figures of 4-16, and the skipper brought himself on, eventually managing to break the partnership as Thorp holed out to Dan at mid off but by this time the home side at dragged the total along to 64. Just 14 runs required with 3 wickets in hand. Pool still had other ideas though, and Adel were soon 8 down when Cam Duncan held on to a nick from the bowling of Rupert with the score on 67. O’Sullivan managed to move the score on to 72 when Rupert bowled Shires for a duck, leaving the home side still needing 6 runs with 1 wicket remaining. The number 11 Potter pulled out a surprisingly decent on drive for 4 and a single from O’Sullivan brought the scores level. Could Pool end up with back to back tied games? Sadly not, as Potter managed to work one away for a single to see the home side claim victory in a game that had everything. Well, everything except runs. In the end, Pool were unlucky not to come away with a win after such an effort with the ball.
So, 3 games in and with a little more application and luck Pool could have had 3 wins under their belts. The bowling and fielding has been consistently impressive and if the batting can begin to reach a similar standard they will be a real handful to their competitors.