THREE IN A ROW AS OUTCASTS PREVAIL IN RUN-FEST
BROADBOTTOM v OUTCASTS AT BROADBOTTOM CC
Tuesday 25th July 2017.
OUTCASTS WON BY 4 RUNS
Following a successful trip to Dorset, with two wins in the two tour games, Outcasts ventured for the second time to the rolling hills of Broadbottom. Anticipation had been high after the post-game feast served up by our opponents last year, but the message that there would only be a cold buffet was met with some disappointment. New recruit Stuart Craigan was making his debut for the club.
Skipper Chris won the toss, and chose to bat on a green looking but flat pitch. Ted Noone and Raj Vij opened the batting, but Ted was bowled in the first over, in what was to be the Outcasts’ only batting failure of the evening. The in-form Steve Potter joined Raj, and they proceeded to get the scoreboard moving nicely, until they both reached the retirement limit of 25. Dave Walsh and Kyran Noone took up the cause, and continued in similar fashion, with Dave hitting some meaty blows, once he’d got his eye in, and Kyran growing in confidence as his innings progressed.
Dave also reached the retirement mark, bringing Paul Mooney to the middle. Kyran was looking odds on to become the fourth retiree, when he was run out for 23 going for a suicidal run, but Paul relished the situation and before long, he also retired undefeated. Jon Gibson and Tony Threlfall added some brisk and very useful runs at the end, and Outcasts finished on 151 for 2, one of our highest scores in a 20 over match, aided by some clean hitting, and not the most hostile bowling attack.
The format favoured by Broadbottom is that every player, except the keeper bowls two overs, and the Outcasts’ opening attack consisted of Kyran and debutant Stuart Craigan. Both bowled tidily enough, but it was clear that on this good pitch, anything loose was going to be punished. Broadbottom accumulated runs at a steady pace, with some big hitting, and some frantic running, and they too had a number of retirements, but were always slightly behind the required rate.
With three overs to go, Broadbottom still needed 41 to win, and it looked like a certain Outcasts win, but some aggressive batting from Jay kept them in it. When he hit a six off the first ball of the last over from Chris, the result was still in doubt, but no further boundaries followed, and Broadbottom closed on 147 for 2, giving Outcasts a five run victory. Jay finished on 23 not out, off only 13 balls.
So almost 300 runs scored in the game for only four wickets lost, surely a record, and four retirements (almost five) in a 20 over game, must be another first? After the game, our hosts provided a cold buffet, and while it didn’t quite reach the heights of last year’s banquet, this is rapidly becoming one of the Outcasts’ favourite away days.
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