What A Difference A Week Makes
2nd Best In Every Department
Right, well this won't be as long a report as there is very little to say which was positive about Saturday's visit to Galgate.
The weather was ok apart from being a bit chilly but rain during the week had left the outfield a touch on the long side and the strip was difficult to read but looked likely to be soft and slow. Both captains were going to bowl if they won the toss and Boycott came up trumps. The Galgate side was weakened due to the absence of Morgan and Smethurst and with Si Beales on standby for work, all he could offer was to umpire, so Sedgwick had a glorious opportunity to pick up 12 more points.
The first over from Mike set the tone for the Galgate innings. Pitching just short of a length and popping up to hit Sloan on the shoulder, in fact anything in that area did not look like hitting the stumps as it was coming through at waist high or above. Unfortunately, neither Mike nor Sam could get an early breakthrough, although it would have been a different story had Mike held onto a sharp chance with his second ball. The openers weathered the storm and wore a few in the process, but as the pitch was so difficult they had only managed to muster 7 runs from the first 10 overs and at this stage, any score of 100 was looking decent.
It wasn't until the 17th over, with the score on 26 that Mike took the first wicket, that of Yates snr, with one that popped up, like many of them, giving a catch to Kev Sealby at square leg. Tissy was operating at the other end and in his fifth over, he accounted for Sloan for 24 with a catch behind the stumps with the score on53 for 2 from 22. Not bad, but the signs were there that the scoring rate was increasing especially with Chris Beales at the crease. Too many wayward balls not taking advantage of the pitch meant that the scoring rate would continue apace and whilst Tissy took a couple more wickets with, it's fair to say, not the best balls he's bowled, accounting for Speak (12) and skipper Yates (2) the bowling then became very untidy, and that's an understatement.
The score passed 100 and with the pitch still misbehaving and the lower order to come there was still a chance of restricting Galgate to 120, but unfortunately Beales was still there and he and Glover put on a useful partnership and even a blow to the helmet did not unsettle Glover who was eventually dismissed for 19 when Alistair was introduced into the attack. He also accounted for Beales (63), Baton-Eccles (0) and Trimnell (0). At the other end, Boycott brought on Kev Sealby for the final couple of overs and he got into the act taking the wicket of Bewsher for a duck. However the damage was done with some expensive overs in the middle of the innings and once again, too many dropped catches. How many times have we said that over the seasons. It just doesn't seem to get any better and really needs to be addressed. So Galgate closed on 151/9 from their 40 overs which was probably 50 too many on that pitch, but with a decent batting line up to come and having chased 147 the previous week, anything was possible, although this was a very different pitch.
The Sedgwick innings stared off fairly brightly and the pitch seemed to have eased a bit with only a few balls popping from the suspect areas. However, Beales and Glover were bowling a fuller length, giving themselves a better chance of hitting the wickets, and in the fourth over Glover had Hrishi trapped LBW for 7 with the score on 11 for 1. Sam lasted four balls before giving a return catch to Beales off a leading edge and at 12 for 2, it was not the start Boycott had hoped for. Tom came to the crease and he and the skipper kept the score moving along nicely and the pair took the score onto 49 before the spin of Yates accounted for Tom who departed with 19 to his name. A couple of overs later and in Glover's penultimate over, Boycott inexplicably played inside a full toss and was bowled for 31. so with the score on 59 for 4 with 15 overs gone and Alistair and Matthew in the middle, it was anyone's game. The run rate was fine if the wickets remained intact.
Some ridiculous running saw Matthew back in the clubhouse without troubling the scorers and when Alistair holed out trying to take on the spin of Yates he returned to the clubhouse with only 3 to his name. The win was starting to look much more difficult and was made even more so when Paddy missed a straight one from Cornthwaite which hit his pads just before the second bounce and he returned with only 8 to his name. and then John Wright (2) offered a simple catch to square leg off Cornthwaite. This left Tissy and Mike to repair the damage and hopefully get us within striking distance, but at 75 for 8 from 22 overs, it was always going to be an uphill task.
5 overs passed without any further alarms, but then Rob Speak took off his wicketkeeping pads and accounted for Tissy who was caught at short mid off for 6 and then Kev Sealby perished first ball giving another simple catch to square leg. All out for 86 in the 28th over.
Frankly, that was a pathetic performance with the bat especially since Sedgwick had the better of the pitch. Too many soft dismissals, some poor running, mediocre bowling and some dismal fielding. Galgate did everything better, and if we continue to play like that then the fourth division beckons. Hopefully it was just a blip and as it is early in the season there is time to put things right. However, with two games over the bank holiday weekend, selection should be interesting.