On Sunday our Social XI hosted littletown in what was their final game of their league campaign.
Many of the Dens social lads look forward to reading Littletowns match reports on their website as they are a team who play the game in the same spirit as them. The Marsden lads certainly will have received a welcome morale boost given the fact that Littletown have put us down as Marsden Academy in their match report, especially considering the fact that without the "young" Davies brothers and Nathan Tully in Sundays team, the teams average age was probably more than the teams total batting average this year. (Whatever Barrie is putting in his tea time Currys must be having a great effect on making the lads look younger)
In the match Marsden fielded first, still recovering from the end of season shindig the week before. Despite a good opening bowling spell from Ian Elliott and Marc Wood littletown notched up 267/7, which included a maiden wicket for Stu Wells.
In reply Marsden could only muster 75 although Dave Tully will be left hoping the Duck Cap stays lost as this was the first game of the season when no one was out for a duck leaving poor Dave as the holder of the crown till April next year. Pete Bassett has until our presentation in November to try and find it!
Despite a lot of the club watching the firsts playing at Dawdon on the way to an F15 championship a sizeable and partisan Crowd still gathered at the Den to produce a great atmosphere for both teams, and they we're treat to a good game played in the right spirit. Both teams also enjoyed an impromptu performance from young James Bassett and his Ukelele at the end of the game. This was followed by yet another shindig to celebrate the previous weeks end of season shindig.
It remains to be seen whether talk of fitness regimes and weekly 5 mile runs will be put into practice over the winter to try and improve the teams form, or whether good old fashioned 5 mile pub crawls will suffice instead.