It was glum faces all round when I returned to the clubhouse following a drubbing in the 1st team by Westgate. The 2nd team had suffered a similar fate at the hands of Holme 'A' and Paul Dew
, ever the diplomat gave me his assessment of how the game had gone. Unfortunately there isn't enough space in the report to include all the expletives he used!
With the 1st team dropping like flies, the 2nd team batting line up was weakened and Holme took advantage of this and by winning the all important toss. They elected to field and runs for our batsmen were hard to come by on a slow pitch and outfield which had obviously been affected by the monsoon we experienced for 24 hrs on Thursday. Apparently Eric had rowed out to the square to check on the covers!
Wickets fell cheaply and at regular intervals although there were notable batting performances from Dan Greenwood (21), Paul Dew
(28) and Trevor Nicholson
(30). A score of 110 might have been enough had the pitch not improved, but the bowlers did not exercise enough control or have the penetration that had been demonstrated the previous two weeks. However, Trevor Nicholson
was the stand out bowler returning figures of 1 for 12 off 8 overs. The colour of his face at the end of the match showed the amount of effort he had put in. Although there were no dropped catches this week and there was some good fielding especially from Chris Berry
, Holme coasted to victory for the loss of one wicket. Perhaps the intensity wasn't there this week and the focus was elsewhere, possibly over at the tennis courts where there were a couple of distractions!
Anyway, one loss is not a disaster and provided we don't have the selection problems we experienced this week we should be able to bounce back against Cartmel next week, especially with the added spice of Kevin Williams
returning to face his old club. And my weekend has just improved with City winning the title, which just goes to show that you should never give up.