An Unexpected Result
Rain, Yes Rain, Ruins Run Chase
Bright blue skies and soaring temperatures saw Sedgwick welcome Carnforth 3rds at the weekend. Boycott had experienced a few selection problems for the first time this season whereas Carnforth were at full strength for the first time, so it was looking like a good contest would be in store.
The toss went Boycott's way again and he elected to fieldhoping to make early inroads into the Carnforth batting line up. And sure enough, in the fourth over, Carnforth were 2 for 2 with Wrighty having bagged both wickets with catches from Dainty and Barnes going to Tom and Tissy respectively. Baxendale and Smith attempted to repair the damage and they took the score onto 36 before Smith, who had been blessed with good fortune in his innings of 16, gave a return catch to Wrighty to give him his third wicket in the 14th over. Dugdale joined Baxendale at the crease and the scoring for the next few overs was steady but unspectacular, but crucially Sedgwick could not find a breakthrough. A couple of catches went down which became ever more costly as the score accelerated after the half-way mark.
Wrighty had finished his spell and it was time for Boycott to juggle his bowlers. Chris Miller had no luck and he was replaced by Sam Portmann, and at the other end Tissy and Kev were getting no joy. The clouds were gathering in more ways than one as the century partnership came up in the 30th over and the 150 mark was passed in the 32nd over as the boundaries started flowing. With the ball still swinging in helpful conditions, Boycott's final roll of the dice was to bring Matthew Salisbury into the attack and immediately he was rewarded as he induced a miscue from Dugdale and he was caught by Wrighty for an excellent 90 with the score on 171/4. The stubborn resistance from Baxendale was also ended in the next over as Sam bowled him for 44. James Thornton signalled his intent with a couple of fours but Matthew's boomeranging inswingers did for him and he holed out to Windy Miller and with his next ball, Matthew bowled Woodend to set up a hat-trick. Unfortunately it was not to be, but the scoreline was looking much more respectable at 187/7. Sam finished his spell and it was left to Matthew to bowl the final over and with it he took his fourth wicket bowling Butterfield for 1 as the Carnforth innings closed on 198/8.
So a decent total to chase down, but not insurmountable with pitch and outfield playing like it was and the batsmen at Boycott's disposal, but first it was time to sample Diane's delights. And then the rain started. It was light at first so the covers stayed off, and then it got a bit heavier, but with blue sky not too far away the covers still stayed off. And then it looked really threatening, so the covers went on and the heavens opened. In fact it was so heavy and with the ground so dry, pools of water started to appear on the outfield. With the rain having lasted over an hour and with some mopping up on the outfield to do, the captains decided enough was enough and shook hands. A good match in prospect brought to an early conclusion and not the result either teams wanted or expected.