A searingly hot summer Saturday brought BCC’s 6th full match of the season and with it their 7th wicket keeper – Mr. James Harding stepping in on this occasion at short notice.
And with it came an early chance to show off his batting thanks to a change of tactics from skip.
A flurry of early boundaries from Dr. Cole and James brought about a good run rate and set the tone for the innings before Coley was dismissed LBW. In stepped the chairman with his swashbuckling batting style and 8lb blade of willow and together with James put on a fantastic 81 run partnership for the second wicket until James fell 3 runs short of a deserved half-century.
Richard together with help from Nick and George set about putting us in a very commanding position going into the final 10 overs. However with the score at 226-5, the tail most certainly did not wag and an embarrassing collapse of 6-5 left the door open for Ashford Hill and their youthful looking team. There was a sense we may have left ourselves a tad short..
A note on the tea: ever improving, the return of coronation chicken a huge hit yet still no beef and horseradish!! A special mention goes out to the sumptuous jam tarts that lasted mere seconds and that delicious Victoria sponge, a very talented and experienced baker must have made that!!
Ashford Hill made a strong start, a number of boundaries from their opener with the incredible eye put us to the sword somewhat but man of the moment middle Ben pegged one opener back before Dr. C got the other, whilst complimenting the unyielding line and length from Mr. McGrath at the other end who completed 10 overs in a row in the 58 degree heat. It was the start BCC needed with a couple of quick wickets, just needed one more to really get into them…
The two bats at the crease slowly established themselves despite a couple of miscommunications when running between the wickets. A few fielding mishaps from Messrs Mitten, Hartley, Hill and Phillips ensured that the Ashford Hill bats knuckled down and kept up with the run rate throughout the overs. All in spite of some dogged fielding and tight bowling in the middle from Harry, Nick and Ben. The two Ashford Hill boys carried their bats (one with a hard fought century), eking every run by playing predominantly along the floor, giving our fielders no room for dropping catches!
A couple of 4 wides from yours truly in the penultimate over all but sealed their victory. Ben had a late, great LBW shout harshly turned away before the final blow.
Off to the sun it was, with 8 points in our pocket, to reflect and plan on how to secure our 2nd win of the season – on to next weekend to take on top of the league Silchester..
Author: Chef Ali Jones