Outcasts Downed Again
Outcasts v Rammy Dads
23rd May 2017
Rammy Dads win by 6 wickets with 5.3 overs to spare
A bright, sunny and warm late May evening saw Outcasts play their first home game of the season against Rammy Dads, who were visiting Winton for the first time. Chris won the toss and elected to bat, with Scott and Derek, playing his first match of the season for Outcasts, opening for the home team.
As has been the way of late, Outcasts got off to a sticky start, losing a couple of early wickets, and finding themselves 17 for 2 off 6 overs. The situation was soon to get even worse, with both Steve Potter and David Walsh perishing in the same over to leave the hosts struggling on 21 for 4. Nick Thompson and Andy Broadhurst then effected something of a recovery, taking the score to 46 without further loss. With both batsmen incurring leg injuries, we were also treated to the unusual sight of two runners on the field at the same time! I'm not sure if Peter Taylor's records will be able to tell us the last time this happened for Outcasts if, indeed, it ever has! Nick eventually departed for a very creditable 23, and, with Andy battling to 11, Outcast finished on 78 off their allotted 20 overs. Rammy spread their bowling around, with 10 players chipping in with two overs apiece. Dixon and Rothwell returned the best figures, with 2 wickets for 1 run, and 2 for 3 respectively.
78 was always going to be a difficult target to defend, and so it proved. Although Summers was out early on for 6, lbw to Raging Bull, Grundy and Faisal batted like the regular club performers that they probably are. Both reached the obligatory 25 retirement score, and although there was a brief flurry of wickets later in the innings, the visitors got over the line with more than 5 overs to spare. Les, who had been dismissed by Hodgson in the first innings got his revenge by clean bowling his man first up. Chris was the pick of Outcasts' bowlers on this occasion, with a highly commendable 11-2 off 3 overs.
The game was over by about 8.25pm and Andy had ordered pizzas and garlic bread to be delivered for 8.45pm. By 9.10pm they still hadn't arrived, but Rammy Dads hung around to their great credit until they finally turned up. The pizzas and the new ales on offer in the club bar helped to take away the bitter taste of yet another defeat for Outcasts.
Next week, we are on the road again, this time to Bakewell to play Peak Park Planners. However, there remains some doubt as to whether we'll be able to raise a team, with several notable absentees, so stand by for email updates later in the week.
MOTM. Nick probably shaded it for his top score 23 runs.
24 May 2017