With Captain Higgu missing as he was with Simon Davey finishing his UEFA B License and vice captain Blunky on the treatment table with a broken nail, Sir Mark won the toss on his captaincy debut and elected to field. A smart move really, otherwise the game would have been finished by 4ish.
Leeroy opened up the hill and bowled a tight line with Mad Mike tearing downwind and bowled the usual. He snicked Thommo off on 5 with Gattuso dropping the catch. At least that only cost us another 100. Les knocked out the middle pole of the other opener and it was a steady start. Wilko was back in the side after a harrowing few weeks - first a torn hamstring then a marriage and honeymoon. He bowled a tight leg stump line with plenty of leg byes before removing Steve Taylor. He actually knocked the stump out of the ground. Bizarre. Chesney replaced Les and bowled a few tight overs. Blunky and SCM had put the world to rights after completing a good view laps. But then I went to Oakwell instead. 80-2 at just before drinks.
BARNSLEY 1 - 0 BRISTOL CITY
A super display from The Reds and a well deserved three points. Craig Davies produced a lovely curling strike from the edge of the area early on that struck the post. Bristol were babbar and we kept attacking. Even Wiseman looked assured at centre half when he's usually rhubarb and is a complete non footballer. Half time was ZERO ZERO, and that usually means that we fall asleep though and leak goals like against Ipswich on sky last season. Instead we came out fighting and MELLIS headed in a beautiful cross from Cranie. But the disaster struck. Sir Bob kicked somebody up in the air and was chowed and we had to defend for the last 35 minutes. It was horrible. But we held out. JB was pretty pleased at the final whistle. Super.
Anyway, I got back to whiston to see us on 74-9 and Wilko tried to whack Jonesy into the church and was caught at backward point. A truly horrible day.
MAN OF THE MATCH - Not much really, but LES took 4-35 and got 24.
TOAD OF THE DAY - Ten others. Also, THE REF at Oakwell got on my nerves too, the bald git.
BILLY OATES CUP FINAL.
Captain Teddy Bear won the toss and inserted Kilnhurst on a green deck. It paid off imediately as Green hit Reckless Ricky straight to Mick Limby at mid off. Reckless struck again soon after nicking off Ian Cobb, with the skipper pouching a good catch at slip in his cleavage. Ex-Wath guitar hero Danny Whitehouse then became Ricky's third victim when he somehow missed a swinging full toss. A good opening spell by Johnno and Ricky. But the Callum Dearden and Ryan Morton gave the fans some entertainment. Morton, fresh from finishing Berrat's career with a cruel beamer two seasons ago struck a few lusty blows, but it was Dearden who led the charge - the highlight being a pull for 6 off Paddy into the housing estate. An entertaining partnership was ended by Elton, but I missed the wicket as I went to the shop. Dearden then slapped Gareth to Dave Dezzy at backward point and we were back in it at drinks. Another good stand turned the game again though before Elton struck again as WAITTO took a stupendous catch at longish off, losing a leg in the process. Wath then fought back with the father/son combo of Limby and Toad cleaning up the tail - Mick with some curious slow bowling and Toad claiming a catch stumping.
Innings close at 157. It would have been accepted at the breakfast table this morning.
The opening partnership of Gurner and Toad didn't deliver. Jory yorked bu Morton first ball for a blob. Paddy then hooked a loopy catch back to the same bowler, and Mick Limby was caught at slip for not many too. When Sam Thomas
clipped Morton to mid wicket, Wath were 4 down and the career ender had taken all 4. Gurner put his foot down with a lovely square drive for 6, but was then bowled by Simon Cowell and his massage sausage. The tripod the produced an excellent spell of stump bowling and took the scalps of Waitto and Reckless and when Big G dragged on to Plumber, the game was up. But Captain Teddy Bear was still there. He put on about 20 with Elton had began to open his considerable shoulders swiping a few sixes. He ran too, completing a three much to the crowds delight. Elton cut one to point though off Plumber, which brought a Bunningesque celebration. Johnno then had to hold an end up which he began to do, he looked comfortable. Teddy Bear smoked a couple more sixes, and the runs started to flow quicker after 100. Just ask Belly. But then disaster struck as Johnno was trapped LBW by the returning opening bowler and the game was up. A top effort in defeat though.
MAN OF THE MATCH - A good opening spell from Crompton, but Captain DESBOROUGH stole the show.
TOAD OF THE DAY - A couple of candidates, but PADDY wins the coveted award.