Extras-what a player.
By David Brown
Glorious day to end the 2016 season on.
One last piece of nonsense before I’m locked away for another seven months. Well, there was absolutely nothing riding on this game and it was a good job as we were outplayed in every department with the game being done and dusted by 4.30 to bring the curtain down on a disappointing 2016 season for the Thirds as we dropped into the bottom division with a whimper. Extras contributed 35 runs to our meagre total of 106 with only three batters making double figures and Bridgeholme eased their way to ease past our total with 27 overs left. If ever one game of cricket summed up a season, then this was it.
A glorious weekend on which to finish the cricket season with the weather more suited to high summer than early autumn. Due to the Sunday season running on a week longer than the rest of the Halifax league, a few of the lads had (quite rightly) turned their attention to football and rugby as there was nothing riding on this game. This meant that there were no fewer than six changes to the side which narrowly lost away at Sowerby seven days previously with Rhys, Joey, John, Bash, Robbo and Paul ‘Pedro’ Collins coming into the side for George, Greeny, Charlie, Brocky, Matty and Ted. John was making his Sunday section debit for this season and both Brian and Pedro were on their last games for the club before standing down to either current or impending family commitments, although they have said that they wouldn’t see us short in 2017. We wish them all the best. With Isaac making a mad rush over from Hull to ensure that we had 11 men, stand in captain Dave Brown won the toss and on an ‘interesting pitch’ which resembled more of a sand-pit than a cricket pitch, then there was little other option but to have a bat as Isaac wouldn’t arrive until 2.30.
The opening partnership of Rhys and Richard was untried, but with nothing to lose, then this was as good a time as any to give it a whirl. Rhys was somehow given a second life after being dropped at square leg off a leading edge and Richard had a fair bit of luck as a couple of inside edges narrowly avoided his stumps, and hit the boundary rope instead. Our luck ran out when Richard was cleaned up by their opening bowler. Rhys and Bash then added 18 before Rhys departed. Bash gave the Bridgeholme tea lady the fright of her life as he clubbed a six straight into the tea room, before both were dismissed with the score on 41 by the Bridgeholme opening bowler, who, would go on to record impressive figures of 2 for 9 off his six overs. Brian smashed a six before being caught and despite Dave and John putting on 30 for the 5th wicket, the writing was on the wall when the captain and Robbo both fell in successive balls with the score on 86. Robbo was given out LBW despite a big inside edge onto his pad.
Extras, meanwhile was plodding along nicely and would go on to make 35 and would easily be the top scorer on the day. John’s was the eighth wicket to fall and despite Isaac having arrived, meaning that Bridgeholme would have to take 10 wickets, our innings was soon over as Pedro, Joey and Isaac were all cleaned up rather swiftly to leave us on 106 all out and with Booey not out at the other end.
It only took Bridgholme 13 overs to knock off the 107 runs needed for victory as they went for it right from the start. The plan to open with Rhys to see if he could get as much turn out of the pitch as their off spinner did, didn’t work and we ended up using six bowlers. Both Richard and Booey stemmed the flow of runs somewhat with Booey ending up taking both wickets to fall, one courtesy of a sharpish catch in the slips by Robbo. Booey would go onto record figures of 2 for 20 and we also threw the ball to both Brian and Pedro for one final time as the game entered its closing stages. Just to sum our day up, the game was ended by a thick outside edge off the Bridgeholme’s number 4 bat which evaded all of our fielders to crawl its way to the boundary and that was that- thank you very much.
So, the damage had already been done, but disappointing to be on the end of such a heavy defeat to round our season off. We are already looking forward to next year where we’re looking to plot our return to the middle division.
Scorecard can be found here:- http://www.halifaxcricketleague.co.uk/content/18092016-bridgeholme-cc-sunday-vs-sbci-cc-sunday
Fielding Mark:- Simon Robinson