Rakesh And Raj Reign For Outcasts Against Albion

Outcasts CC v Albion

Winton Cricket Club

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Outcasts 108-7 off 20 Overs

Albion 90 All Out

Outcasts win by 18 runs


Outcasts returned to their Winton base having seen their previous three scheduled regular season fixtures (excluding the Dorset games) cancelled due to bad weather and/or an inability for them or their opposition to field a team. They were two players short when the match against old foes Albion was due to start on a fine evening, and the two captains agreed that Outcasts would bat first and hope that at least one of their missing players would show up. Albion included two youngsters in their ranks, both of whom were to go on and give highly creditable performances.

Relative newcomers Rakesh and Pavan opened for the home team with Rakesh taking most of the strike and scoring freely all round the wicket. The pair had put on 73 together by the 12th over before the stand was finally broken with Pavan falling lbw to Earle. Rakesh eventually retired undefeated with 61 to his name, including 9 boundaries.

With the departure of Rakesh, and then Paul Kidd who had lent doughty support after Pavan's dismissal, there was a flurry of wickets. Jon and Julian went to successive deliveries from Earle, both bowled, and while Harvey thwarted the hat-trick he, too, was soon to depart for 4.

Next to go was David Walsh, contentiously given out lbw without scoring. According to the umpire the ball hit his front leg below the knee roll in line with the off stump and would have gone on to hit middle. But David had thrust his leg well down the pitch and the appeal from the bowler, who already had had two shouts rebuffed, was polite and enquiring rather than convincing. In hindsight it was an ill-judged decision because it failed to recognise the spirit and nature of the game, and the guidelines that determine lbws at this level. David was understandably perplexed, then aggrieved, and his departure soured the atmosphere for the next few overs.

It took Raj to mount a lower order rearguard action, and get the Outcasts back on track with a final total of 108 - 7, passable for a side not noted for its batting prowess. The big question was would it be enough to defend? Jeff Earle was the pick of the Albion attack with 4 wickets for 19 runs off his four overs, with Matt Barlow's 2 for 15 offering good support.

Bowling supremo Jeff Earle opened Albion's innings along with Alex Fidler, and it soon became clear that the visitors might struggle to reach their target in the face of tight bowling from the hosts. While Earle kept going at one end a series of wickets fell at the other, with Raj being especially effective with a most impressive five wicket haul. Chris T and Harvey chipped in with wickets of their own and the team was helped in the field by two extraordinary catches by Rakesh. The first, off a skier, he appeared to misjudge slightly before taking one handed almost behind his back. The second was a screamer that he took in the air above his shoulder - a clear candidate for Champagne Moment if ever there was one!

Last pair Steve Glover and young Jake Raby were not about to give up without a fight, though, and with six overs left and 24 runs still needed the game was very much on despite the loss of wickets. In the end it took a smart bit of fielding from stumper Andy to see the back of Glover for a battling 14. Jake was left stranded after a polished innings that saw him undefeated on 22.

So Outcasts came through victorious by 18 runs in a game that was played for the most part in a good spirit, an altercation at one point between an Outcasts' bowler and an Albion umpire notwithstanding. Both teams retired to the Winton club house for a pint and a pizza after the match to watch the end of the Lionesses World Cup soccer match against the USA.

Next up for the Outcasts is their second trip of the season to Lymm, having lost the first way back in May.

MOTM: very difficult to choose between Rakesh for his 61 runs and two catches, and Raj for his 21 not out and his five-for. A shared award on this occasion.

Champagne Moment: Rakesh for his stunning second catch.

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