With recent form suggesting Skipper is a useless tosser VC Clifton volunteered to do it, and as is tradition the visiting captain called correctly and chose to bat.
Dunbar fresh from his ‘7 for’ haul last week opened the attack for the posties in tandem with Clifton, and the boys were quickly putting the South Milford openers under pressure, Last and Barr looked organised and committed but in no great hurry to score any runs – Clifton and Dunbar kept it tight, and asked lots of questions, but the South Milford openers batted sensibly for their team and Barr in particular knew where his off stump was, but at a run rate of less than one per over it was know major concern for the posties knowing the bowling options in ‘the locker’
Bruce and Will were replaced by Ifti Hussein and Chris St Clair Whicker, and this quickly paid dividends as Ifti took two in his first couple of over, Last clean bowled and Liddle well caught by Jim Hinks. Barr was clean bowled by Ifty a few overs later and the momentum began to build for the Posties.
Chris St Clair Whicker got in on the act removing Brown & Bevan aided by sharp catching by himself and Brian Bruce Dunbar. Mick Last fell to a low catch by Stelfox of Chris’s bowling before Ifty tempted Harker into taking him on for a quick single and promptly launched a direct hit. Chris St Clair Whicker polished the tail off with another couple of wickets, a second caught and bowl and a rare Clifton catch as the visitors slumped to 70 all out.
Jim Hinks and Chris St Clair Whicker opened the batting for the posties, and as usual Chris looked keen to get on with things hitting a nice 4 early on before falling LBW to the impressive Tom Brook, Matt Williams who posted 175 against the visitors earlier in the season was bowled off his pads for just 7 by Brook , and Stelfox was clean bowled by him for 4 to leave the Posties in an unusual position of 16-3. Matt Frosdick joined Jim Hinks at the wicket and between them the stabilised to ship before picking up the momentum, Jim hitting a composed 40 not out, aided by Matt’s 10 not out to see the hosts home to a 7 wicket victory off just 14.2 overs.
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