Short but Sweet
Sam Knocks Burneside For Six
And so it was the calm after the storm, quite literally as Sedgwick travelled to Burneside for their Sunday afternoon encounter. Why the division 3 programme for this weekend was on a Sunday is a mystery, but as it turned out, a blessing since the weather was decent and a game could be played. Unfortunately the gloom hadn't lifted from Burneside's players faces as they only had 9 players, having been let down at the last minute, a situation which is becoming all too common for some teams at the moment. Fortunately for them, the toss went their way and they elected to bat, presumably swayed by the fact that they wouldn't need to be chasing leather for the next 45 overs.
Boycott was missing both Wrighty and Mike Brierly who were away on some sort of pamper weekend, so he opened the bowling with Sam Portmann and Ashley Reece. In the first over, Burneside were immediately on the back foot as Sam took two wickets in two balls as he firstly had Holden brilliantly caught in the covers by Will Richards and the next ball George Willacy also proved he was as good with his hands as he says he is when he took a catch at square leg to dismiss Wilkinson for a duck to leave Burneside on 4 for 2. Six overs later and Sam took his third wicket bowling Burrow for 1 leaving them on 16 for 3 and then it got worse, much worse. In the space of 5 more overs, Burneside were bowled out for a total of 30 with no other batsmen contributing to the score other than Thwaites at number 3 who scored 20 and was well caught towards the end by Kev Sealby. Sam finished with 6 for 9 whilst Ashley and Meg Lewis each chipped in with a wicket.
No point in stopping for tea at 2.40 so it was a straight turnaround and Boycott shuffled his batsmen, promoting Will Richards and Hrishi who had looked useful behind the stumps. With Will at the crease, the innings would either be over quickly or he would be returning to the pavilion quickly. Unfortunately it was the latter as he holed out to mid wicket without troubling the scorer. Kev Sealby hoping to impress at number 3 was only able to add a couple of runs to his name before he was bowled which meant Bernard would then join Hrishi at the crease. Normal service was resumed after the temporary blip and the pair took the score past the winning total with Hrishi looking good finishing on 22 not out and Bernard on 6 not out. 3.15pm and the game was over, time for tea and possibly an inquest by Burneside as it wasn't one of their finest days. Hopefully they will get stronger as the season goes on. Still, for Sedgwick, it was another 15 points in the bag and with Heysham not playing, a jump to the top of the league. The hard bit is now staying there. Galgate at home on Saturday and that will be an altogether different prospect.