At the home of cricket on a beautiful day, is there anywhere better. The ground looked a picture and well done to all the Friday and Saturday volunteers on that, we would be stuffed without you. Captain Matthew Wareham won the toss to our delight and with the great man in the ones and McHamish slumming it in Barbados the skipper elected to open up with himself and vice captain Tommo for this fixture v East Oxford . The pitch was very good considering the recent drought and Wareham in particular was timing the ball sweetly. Tommo fell and Swamp joined the skipper and we were looking great, 100 for 1 was OK and in good time as Wareham was in his stride. When he was out caught at long on for a very attractive 81 quite frankly the wheels came off.. Swamp was out soon after for 25 and nobody else made a contribution, only yours truly pulling up lame. All out for 179 is never enough at Marlins so a herculean effort was required against the team sitting in second place when we had the ball in our hand. Wareham was informed I would not be able to bowl and he decided to open up with Martin Henderson as the East Oxford spinner had done the damage in the first half. It was not to be and Hendo was removed after two overs. Huw and Patrick did create chances and Huw struck early on. Then the comedy moment of the day.. Paul Young dropped a dolly at extra cover, the batsmen ran on his misfield but ever the athlete Youngy gunned the stumps down with a spectacular direct hit. His embarrassed look was a picture but the run out was key as from then on we picked up regular wickets. Martin Henderson has already shown us he has an uncanny habit of getting wickets with dross, I am talking about another Martin here Keaby!! Martin does pick up wickets and he has been a great addition to our squad.
We ended up losing by one wicket and we toiled hard and we can be pleased with our efforts in the field. Our batters have the talent but more grit and desire is needed.. Batting only 45 overs from a possible 53 particularly at Marlins is frankly us committing suicide. Well done to all, we do have the ability to go on a run and we can change our lowly position in the league, no doubt about that.