v Stoke Druid
Wednesday 1st August 2007 at The YMCA, Golden Hill
By JS Smith
Before writing this I would like to apologise for the report being 10 weeks late. Unfortunately this means I can barely remember anything about it so I've tried to space it out with lots of one / two sentence paragraphs………….
The match against Stoke Druid was an opportunity for a first victory since the 12th of July. Rain, the famous draw and more recently a couple of poor performances accounting for the barren spell.
According to the website Stoke Druid won the toss and elected to field. Ed and Sam opened the batting and both got into the early teens before losing their wickets, both straight bowled, some thing of a rarity for Mr Davies…
Then in came Jo and was caught for a duck, although the website scorecard shows him to have hit a four and still managed to score 0 runs…. An impressive feat.
Wickets continued to tumble as they had in previous matches with Stu, Pete and Anth the victims. Oh and Ashley with a duck, I think it may have even been a golden one.
Things were looking pretty ominous for the Old boys, another defeat looming; this one looked like it was over already. Enter Will Thomas making his Old Boys debut, determined to make an impression he proceeded to smash 64 not out off a ridiculous number of balls - it couldn't have been more than about 25 deliveries.
The real star was Jon of course, with his stylish and aggressive 9 not out, taking the leading role in a wonderful partnership.
Seriously though, it was an outstanding effort from Will, who turned the game on its head with a scintillating array of powerful shots. The Old Boys finished on an excellent 128 for 7.
We have always been very confident of defending anything over 100 and today was no exception. Leigh and Anth opened the bowling and took one and two wickets respectively. Both bowling with their usual rhythm and pace. Jon took three of the middle order, and Stoke Druid were really struggling.
Captain Jo brought on Will who bowled two very quick overs and two overs of spin. His wickets came from his slow overs but it was the pacey ones that really impressed.
Ed mopped the tail with 2 wickets in 6 balls, and it was all over.
Unsurprisingly, Will won Man of The Match, although it was a close vote, think Leigh got 1 vote (which would have been from Will).
Back to winning ways for the Olds Boys at last and the perfect preparation for the London tour.