the pre match inspection of the pitch provoked plenty of debate as to what to do, but as usual this was rendered pointless as skipper called wrong and Amaranth decided to bat.
With 2 players lost en route, the Posties took the field with nine players and with skipper furiously texting and making calls when he could, to try and get the missing players to the ground
After a good spell last week, Jim Branton retained his place and opened up in tandem with Gul Hussein who had been an injury doubt all week. Gul opened his box of tricks and worked through them one by one, Jim was bowling with pace and energy and between them they immediately put the Amaranth opening batsmen under pressure.
Jim beat the bat time after time, but the edge was proving elusive, Gul drew first blood as the pressure built, drawing Amaranth Skipper Ian Potter into an attempted drive – Skipper Stelfox had to make his apologies and drop his phone mid phone call to take the catch after a slight juggle – as Nick pointed out Men can multi task.
Drake followed Potter back to the pavilion without the score moving on Assad taking a catch off cousin Gul as the home team sank to 14-2 , Gul took wickets 3 & 4 too, having Disley caught by Jim Hinks and clean bowling Hatton. Jim Branton was working tirelessly from the other end, proving unplayable to the Amaranth batsmen as he racked up 6 maidens in a tremendous stint of 12 – 6 – 19 – 0.
Matt Williams came on to replace Gul who had taken a superb 4-23 off his 9 overs, and Matty was quickly in on the act, having Cnennelles caught by Steve Manton , McHale caught by Stelfox and Armstrong caught by Manton first ball. Wigglesworth offered some resistance for the hosts before being snared by Assad Hussein, caught by Matt Frosdick, the pair repeated the act to get rid of Disley, before Manzoor Hussein finished the job off clean bowling Wigglesworth with a beauty as Amaranth collapsed to 67 all out.
In Chris St Clair Whicker’s absence the prolific opening partnership of Stelfox and Matt Williams was reunited with three 90+ opening partnership already to their names this season – Amaranth opening bowler Armstrong made the mistake of trying to bounce Matt with his first ball – the ball duly disappeared over the square leg boundary for 6 as the bowler followed right through and glared at Matt from a couple of feet away. Not learning his lesson the mistake was repeated 2nd ball, and it was duly dispatched about 40 yards further by Matt – the follow through and glare was repeated whilst the Amaranth skipper instructed the fielder who retrieved the ball from 100 yards away to ‘stay there’ by his skipper.
The Amaranth opening bowlers put in plenty of effort , but the Posties openers were batting with confidence, and rattled past the fifty mark in less than 6 overs – the onslaught continued as the visitor raced to 69-0 off 8 overs, Matt finishing on 39 not out Stelfox 25 not.
Due to the early finish - a further game of 20 20 was agreed, each players bowling 2 overs and retirement at 25.
The Posties racked up 180+ with Kamran adding to his 6 count, and many players chipping in with decent scores. Matt Williams took up the gloves to keep for the first 10 overs and put in a tidy display, when we had the unusal site of Assad bowling medium pace, the 10 yard run up did seem to tire him out after a few deliveries.
Matt Frosdick stumped for the 2nd 10 overs, and provided a masterclass in how not to keep wicket. Amaranth managed 80 odd as the posties won for the 2nd time in the day.