Outcasts Fall Just Short Yet Again
Economists v Outcasts
Thursday 18th May, 2017.
Economists Won By 10 Runs
For the fourth week in succession Outcasts travelled to the rural pastures of charming north Cheshire, this time to Rostherne to meet old foes Economists, and still in search of their first win of the season. The many road works and diversions made getting to the ground difficult, but all the team arrived in time for the 6.00pm start. Rostherne's cricket ground has a certain idiosyncratic and somewhat eccentric appeal, with rabbits grazing on the boundary edge and numerous mole holes punctuating the outfield.
Economists won the toss and elected to bat first on a pitch that proved to be rather uneven and unpredictable. The going was slow in the early overs with only 11 runs coming off the first 5 thanks to some tight bowling by Scott 'Sykes' Broadhurst and Paul 'Raging Bull' Mooney. During this spell Roberts was run out thanks to some sharp fielding by skipper Chris Truesdale in only the second over.
Kyran and Chris replaced Scott and Paul, and it's fair to say that the Economists batsmen enjoyed more than their share of good fortune in this phase, with several lofted shots just falling between fieldsmen rather than going to hand. Kyran was particularly unfortunate in this respect. Maddison was bowled by Chris for 12, and Outcasts were well in the game with the hosts only 36 for 2 after ten overs.
Opener Khunger finally fell to a well-taken catch out on the boundary by David Walsh off the bowling of Chris Truesdale. Williams should have accompanied him shortly afterwards, but Wood hopelessly misjudged a top edge at short cover and put down a simple chance. It could well have cost his team the match, too, as the reprieved batsman went on to score an undefeated 27. Together with Shenkmen, who eventually retired undefeated on 30, the pair rebuilt the Economists innings, putting on over 50 runs between them. The home side's final total of 98 for 4 off their 20 overs was considerably more than they could have reasonably hoped for at the half way stage of their innings.
Outcasts' batting hasn't been the strongest over the past year or so, and needing a rate of 5 runs per over to pip the Economists, the visitors' reply didn't get off to the best of starts. Steve, Ted and Andy were all back in the hutch in the first few overs, and Outcasts were struggling on 16 for 3 after eight overs. However, Chris Truesdale and David Walsh came together and gave the innings momentum with good running between the wickets, something that has not been a feature of recent Outcasts' batting displays.
A game with one or two minor controversies witnessed its first when Chris deflected a ball to the wicketkeeper and was adjudged out, caught behind. Bowler, keeper and umpire were all convinced that Chris had gloved it, but he stood his ground, claiming that it had come off his arm, not his wrist. In a fine show of good sportsmanship, especially from the ‘keeper the Economists withdrew their appeal and Chris was allowed to continue.
David Walsh reached the obligatory retirement target of 30, and Chris was eventually dismissed for 16, caught by Williams off the bowling of Chinneck. At 73-4 off 16 overs, Outcasts were still in with a shout of chasing down their target but, despite a spirited 16 from Scott, they fell just 10 runs short. It was in the latter stages of the match that the second 'incident' occurred. In rapidly fading light, Economists chose to introduce their paciest bowler. Outcasts batsmen were finding it difficult to pick up the ball and there was genuine concern about the risk of injury. Andy Broadhurst who was umpiring at the time requested that the quickie be withdrawn from any further action and the game ended amicably enough with a narrow win for the hosts. Economists' opening bowlers took 3 wickets between them for a cost of only 16 runs off their 8 overs, and Chinneck's 2 for 8 off three overs late on secured the win for the home team.
The next match sees Outcasts play at home at Winton for the first time this year, hoping for better things to come.
MOTM. David Walsh for a good catch and an undefeated 30.