Bowlers & Fielders Set Up Victory for 2nds
Another Good Win Inside The Distance
Match number 5 and another dry day at Sedgwick saw the hosts entertaining Leven Valley newly promoted from div 4. Sedgwick A team had undergone a slight reshuffle having given the first team a couple of players and Bernard deciding that a leisurely stroll from Keswick to Barrow in aid of St John's Hospice was a better option. Overnight rain had left things a bit damp and at the toss Boycott elected to bowl hoping that things would improve as the day went on.
Well things certainly improved in the first over as Mike Brierly bowled Brackwell before a run was scored. Both he and Wrighty then kept kept it tight until Devaney tried an expansive shot only to be pouched in the covers by James Butler. Butel came and went courtesy of another catch by Robinson off Brierly and Leven Valley were struggling at 19 for 3 in the 11th over. This then became 27 for 4 as a suicidal run saw Needham well out of his ground after some smart fielding by Wrighty. No prizes for the running but first prize for the subsequent bat hurling.
Boycott introduced the spin of James Butler and it wasn't long before he got in on the act finding the gap between bat and pad to bowl Husband who was starting to look well set. 29 for 5 from 19 overs and with Sedgwick well on top with 2 new batsmen at the crease things just started to go slightly awry. The intensity just dropped a bit and chances just went wide or fell short. Burrows and Weaver put together a recovery of sorts which took them to 67 in the 33rd over before Butler dismissed Weaver who holed out to deep cover with Brierly taking a good running catch. Two more wickets in the37th over with Alistair catching Moffat to give James his third wicket and Wrighty with a direct hit gaining his second run out of the day to dismiss Burrow for a well crafted 27 left Leven Valley on 80 for 8.
3 more tight overs to finish with from Richard Haddath and Brierly who also trapped Stephens LBW saw the innings come to a close on 86 for 9. A top performance by all the bowlers backed up by some excellent fielding had surely set a great platform for the run chase. The bowlers had done their bit, now it was down to the batsmen.
After another excellent tea overseen by Paul and Michelle who did an admiral job standing in for Sue in her absence, it was Boycott and Robinson who set about the task of knocking off the runs. Chris Husband, the leading wicket taker in the 4th div last year would open the bowling and he knocked back Boycott's off stump with a cracking delivery which left Sedgwick on 15 for 1 in the 4th over. He repeated the performance again by removing Alistair for 1 and Sedgwick were 38 for 2 in the 9th over. Will Richards then made his presence felt with a quickfire 14 until he was Husband's third victim , again bowled with the score having moved onto 53 for 3.
As long as the wickets remained intact then victory would only be a matter of time and with Husband starting to tire, Robinson and Paddy started to cash in. From 53 for 3 in the 11th over, they took score past the required total in the 16th over as Robinson finished on 44no and Paddy finished on 17no as Sedgwick closed on 89/3.
Another excellent team performance played at a standard one would expect, but which isn't always achieved. However, if those standards are maintained, then we should have a reasonable season. Netherfield 3rds away on Tuesday evening in a 20/20 cup match followed by Morecambe 3rds away on Sunday..