Sunday, July 6, 2014
Bridehead, Little Bredy, Dorset
Bride Vale C.C. vrs Outcasts C.C.
The 2014 touring Outcasts were once again lucky with the weather – a beautiful summer's day, blue skies, fluffy clouds and sunshine ...despite the national forecast, predicting off-shore winds and cool, unseasonal temperatures. Alas, the Outcasts' luck didn't follow them through the afternoon..... as the Sunday 30-over match could easily be described as ...”The Revenge of the Illustrated Cricketer.”
The Outcasts won the toss and elected to bat setting the scene for some exciting on-field activity......, at the same time there was some exciting activity off the field, as the female contingent of the touring side were being treated to a hands-on facial massage, thanks to Bosvena, Paul Chick's wife. The facially-relaxed 'gals' were however able to keep a keen eye on the match, though Bosvena (with her back to the field of play) missed most of Paul's excellent batting, he finished as Outcasts' top scorer with 27.
Paul Chick opened with Colin Wood to a tight attacking field. And although it took some 16 overs, the opening pair clocked up an impressive partnership of 58 runs – Colin securing an innings of 24. The solid opening boded well for the Outcasts, Colin edge one for 4 and Paul drove a nice 4 in the sixth over. Both survived opponents' clumsy fielding with a dropped catch for Paul and one of Colin's high-in-the-air shots.
Worth mentioning here is a pivotal point in the match....as Umpire Buckle (correctly) gave 'no ball' in the opening over to “semi-professional” bowler, Duane Gay – known amongst players as The Illustrated Cricketer, thanks to his eye-catching tattoos. Duane didn't take too kindly to the Umpire's decision, and vowed to take revenge....
The 17th over was a game -changer, with two Outcast wickets lost: Paul caught and Colin LBW to Gay.
Roger, stepped up to the crease and hit an elegant and sumptuous 4, but despite this early encouragement, he was bowled (but played on) by Persey in the next over.
Ant – a seasoned Outcasts' anchorman, batted with confidence, played a good shot but it went straight to a fielder's hands and he was out for 1.
Chris Scally – a local Dorset lad, became an honorary Outcast for the day and took the batting, unfortunately, he was caught behind for 3.
Next up was Paul Mooney – who was LBW by a ball that kept low, ended his innings with 7 runs....
Eric and Ted finished off the 30 Over innings – both batting steadily, Eric a solid 23 with an entertaining four 4s and Ted a credible 17.
The Outcasts finished on 127 runs for 6 in 30 overs – just over 4 runs per over, which with tight fielding and strong bowling was was certainly a result the spirited Outcasts could defend.
The Bride Vale innings got off to a competitive start with just 52 runs for three wickets at 15 overs.
Second batsman, Livingstone was bowled by Mooney and caught by wicket keeper Hewitt, for 11 runs while first batsman, Earle was caught by Dewhurst (bowled by Mooney) for just 7 runs. Mooney's bowling figures also show he achieved two wicket Maidens and helped to contain the Bride Vale batsmen.
Batsmen: Bustin and Dollman (3 & 4) fell to the expertise of bowler, Shufflebottom and a catch by Mooney. Shufflebottom also had a very creditable 10 runs off 4 overs and bowled one Maiden. but then things took a turn for the worse.....
The Revenging Illustrated Duane Gay came into bat...A brilliant and outstanding catch by Mooney - right on the boundary - was momentarily the 'Champagne Moment' but the catch soon lost its sparkle and fizz as Mooney's left foot – or was it his right foot? - was visibly 'over the line' and 'NOT OUT' was the call of the day.
Duane went on to clock up a whacking 63 not out, setting a new Outcast record for scoring the most runs (47!) off bowler Buckle in two overs......hey ho.
The match ended with Bride Vale C.C. achieving 131 runs for 4 wickets in 21.1 overs – winning the match by 4 wickets.
Drinks and photographs followed.........
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