Old Boys v MOD
Wednesday 18th July 2007 at The YMCA, Golden Hill
By EC Davies
After a euphoric end to Monday's game against Fishponds, the match against the MOD could not have been more contrasting in nature. A heavy downpour on the previous evening showed the wicket looking rather moist and a little under prepared, so I suppose you could say nothing new there! Our skip, SJ Smith, decided on a change of tactic and put the opposition in. HOB's bowling looked rather thin, as for much of the season the Skip has had the luxury of having six or more bowlers at his disposal. However, with only five frontline bowlers and a very short leg side boundary the pressure was on for the bowlers to perform.
Caller, opening the bowling with SJ Smith, bowled a great line and length. Bowling his 4 overs straight through, Caller, removed MOD's opening bat, ending with figures of 1 wicket and conceding just 4 runs. Now the problems began, SJ Smith, Davies, Lambshead, and Adams tried to contain the MOD but their batsmen were in rampant form. With umpiring decisions also not going our way, one blatant lbw shout and an even more obvious run out, luck would not be on our side today. Adams finally dismissed their opener but only after he amassed 78. The combination of Serjeant (fielding a backward point) and Fillingham accounting for the other wicket that was to fall with a run out.
Set a monstrous 170 to win from 20 overs our opening batsmen of Sarjeant and SJ Smith set about the chase in a purposeful style, keeping up with the required rate until the first wicket fell. SJ Smith clobbered 2 sixes into a neighboring 'Wendy House,' whilst Sarjeant accumulated his share of the runs with some of his trademarks off side drives. SJ Smith was the first wicket to fall and so perhaps the fate of the HOB's with the score on 63. Fillingham joined Sarjeant, but after a change of gloves Sarjeant was too on his way back to the pavilion. Pearce joined in the chase with some lusty blows of his own before playing just one shot to many. Loosing wickets now at regular intervals, it was evident that this would be just(!) beyond our means. Fillingham was the last wicket to fall, bowled in inconspicuous style, with Davies and Adams remaining the batsmen not out. HOB's finished on a more than respectful total of 124.
The MOD were playing with a few too many regular weekend cricketers, which really was the difference between the two sides. Caller was duly named Man of the Match for a tight opening spell of four overs at the start. Let's hope back to winning ways in Monday's match against City Clarks weather permitting!