Back at Marlins this week against Charlbury, whom we beat soundly nine weeks ago. Captain Wareham again put faith in young cricketers and on winning the toss he elected to bowl on a firm surface at the home of cricket, using Tristan Armitage first over. T again bowled well getting a touch of in-swing from the left arm angle. Huw Robinson shared the new ball and again he impressed. Huw struck early and had several play and misses also. Huw turned an ankle and his spell was cut short as a result. Hendo again bowled with decent control and at the other end Tristan Murrell bowled the quickest spell I have seen a Long Marston bowler bowl for a few years. Muzza had the batsmen in a bit of trouble early on, a guy flashed hard and i got a hand on a potential catch at slip, I am afraid it was too quick for me, I honestly did not see the ball until it was a yard away. Muzza did bowl a guy with an absolute seed nipping back and breaking a bail in two. When the radar is fully functional we will have a serious bowler here, quick enough to trouble any batsman, even in division one of the Cherwell. At the moment Muzza is bowling a few wides and he is beating himself up at times, keep focused Tristan, when you get it right I want to be there to witness carnage. Muzza did take three wickets and that is a good platform to build on, I bowled a lengthy spell and picked up 4 for 37 to reduce Charlbury to 156 all out in the 49th over.
Swamp joined our skipper and they were both dropped as Charlbury started in very charitable fashion indeed. Swamp was out for 30 and broke his own world record for the slowest walk off ever. Wareham was joined by Swampy junior and we were cruising and Wareham passed 50 and we were all relaxed. Once the skipper fell for 66 we began to bat like a team without focus, we had the platform but not the game plan to execute victory. We were big shot or no shot, not one player looked like they wanted to knock the ball into a gap and do it the easy way. We all let the openers down, yes one should have bunkered in and see it through but to leave nine people to amass 40 or so runs was a good effort. We lost our way and we ended up settling for a draw when we should have won. That said we again picked up double figures as regards to points and this will count at the end of the season. Thanks to Phil Jackson for scoring, appreciated mate.
WHILST ON I WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE TO PROMOTE THE LMCC FUN RUN, A LOT OF WORK HAS GONE INTO THIS AND WE NOW NEED OUR MEMBERS TO SELL THIS, WE ALL KNOW SOMEONE WHO RUNS, THE WORD WILL SPREAD IF WE LIGHT THE FIRE.