East and West Hendred vs. Broughton and NN
By Mark Baring
Two wins out of two for the Owls and another convincing win.
East and West Hendred CC vs. Broughton and NN CC
OCA Division 2
Saturday 7th May 2015
Broughton won the toss and elected to field
Hendred- 237 for 6
J. Mulford- 99
A. Napper- 46
C. Mulford- 37
K. Rashid- 34
S. Walton- 3 for 52
Broughton and NN- 89 all out
T. Hill- 30
K. Rashid- 5 for 15
Hendred win by 148 runs
Gone are the days when Hendred are ill-equipped or ill-prepared for matches. When you head done to Mill Lane Sports Academy of Excellence, you will see a flurry of activity. Dom Mckenna honing his off-drives, Andrew Francis perfecting his in-swing. Jon Francis launching balls in the air for fielders to snaffle their hands around. It is a sea change that has long been required in these parts if we are to truly realise our potential and perform to the standards that we know we are capable of.
Last season we twice fell short (technically drew) of that against a Broughton side, high on perseverance and never-say-die attitude but lacking the quality to be pushing further up the league. From the start a draw/loss was simply not an option. Plus with the returning Archie Napper whose lift to the Young Farmer’s AGM in Blackpool had departed without him, we were close enough to full strength. Toss done, toss lost, batting first.
What preceded was nothing short of a captain’s dream. Archie and Jack opening the batting for potentially only the 2nd time, putting on a fantastic century partnership. Having seen off the new ball, both looked at ease in the crease and certain to impound further misery. Sadly that was not to be as Archie was given LBW 4 short of a well-deserved half-century. Jack meanwhile was not going to be giving up so easily in pursuit of a big ton, only to decided that jug avoidance was the best route and being bowled one short was rough justice for what was a superb and near chanceless innings.
However, with those two (sadly) departed it was time for another couple of men to take centre stage on what was a fantastic wicket. A couple of early rain breaks had their ex-captain doing a small rain dance as well but there was to be no respite. Back out we went with Kashif Rashid and Charlie Mulford pilfering runs left, right and centre. Kash making pummelling their spinner for some huge boundaries before holing out to deep cow. MOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Charlie was finding the spots and meandering his way nicely to the 37 not out. Having got to 237.
An early tea was taken and back we went for another unbelievable bowling spell from Messrs Palmer and Rashid. This is a genuine pace attack in the purest of forms. Carl was desperately unlucky not to find a wicket but he knows his time shall come this season. At the other end Kash was performing nothing short of magic. One devastating over went like this- LBW, clean bowled, dot, clean bowled. He deservedly got his fifer having decimated the top order and he left the remains to Andrew Francis, the captain and the vice to mop up the rest. All round it was a fielding display bristling with intent and attitude, no batsmen was given any respite. A joy to behold.
Again we can only beat the team that is put in front of us and we simply cannot afford to look beyond the next match. This Saturday we travel to Marsh Gibbon, historically one of our bogey teams and another team where we simply will not allow any respite for them. We can’t allow ourselves to think about what happened with them last weekend. Focus on ourselves and perform our skillset to the best of its ability and we will come out on top make no mistake.
Man of the Match- Jack Mulford and Kash Rashid- simply impossible to choose between them. Jack set the tone for the innings with a wonderful knock and cruelly missed out on his century. Whereas Kash was our Chief Destroyer with ball in hand with outstanding figures of 5 for 15.
Champagne Moment- Kash Rashid- He wields that bat like some kind of sledgehammer and it absolutely flies.
Mare of the Match- Mark Baring and Jon Francis- when both the skipper and vice fail to trouble the scorecards when batting then only fair we collect it.