Bentworth vs Crown Taverners, Saturday 1st July
A lovely, sunny Saturday in Bentworth meant that it was time for another crack at breaking the winless streak, this time against mid-table Crown Taverners.
It certainly appeared to be a game to chase runs down, with the plan being to put the opposition in, so over to Captain Cole… One lost toss later and Bentworth were sent into bat.
Openers Dr Cole and Trev got off to a steady start, with Trev in particular scoring trademark runs whilst literally throwing the bat. A solid platform (by Bentworth standards) was set, with over 30 runs on the board before the loss of the first wicket.
From such lofty heights, a middle order collapse of epic proportions (3 ducks in the top six from Messrs Hill, Mitten & Jones) followed, accompanied by lots of irritating chirping from one (sizeable) member of the opposition, with only ‘New’ Rich ‘BigBoy’ Daniell offering resistance with a fine, attacking 45. Only 3 batsmen reaching double figures tells its own story, and Bentworth were summarily skittled as soon as the scoreboard ticked over into triple digits.
And now, onto the thing that Bentworth do better than just about anyone – teas (or a late lunch in this case, as the innings was wrapped up in less than 2 hours). Plenty of egg sandwiches for Ken, plenty of Coronation Chicken for everyone else – all accompanied by an extremely moist and delicious carrot cake made by the Rt. Hon. Chairman.
In came the openers, led by our vocal friend, fresh from a visit to the Amazonian head shrinkers and a particularly large helping of tea and cake.
A very tidy, tight start from opening bowlers Ken and Coley was rewarded with the first wicket before 10 runs had been added – Ken being rewarded for some luckless bowling over the past few weeks with his first wicket for a while, caught behind expertly by a diving Rich D. This breakthrough put a spring in the step of the home side, all members of the fielding team bursting with confidence and anticipation – they couldn’t pull off a great comeback could they?!
In a word; no.
Despite more tidy bowling from the opening pair, further wickets eluded Bentworth, with a couple of half chances eluding Old Ben and Harry in the (Ben’s potential catch being lost in the sun, and the other being lost in Harry’s thumb). Rich H chipped in with some useful spin bowling towards the end (ie. the 14th over), trapping the opposition number 3 plumb in front, but that was as good as it got for the home side.
Special bowling mentions to Xander (who experienced his very own Steve Harmison moment by bowling his opening delivery to second slip – it happens to even the very best Xander!), and a brave showing from Harry who bowled with the by now blood stained ball following his spilled, slow-motion chance earlier in the over before.
Also, an extra special umpiring mention to Jezz, who, failing to learn from the Silchester umpire the previous week, decided that the best way to signal not out to a very dubious LBW shout was to raise his index finger in the air, prior to exclaiming “not out” in a panic whilst the opposition celebrated in disbelief!
Of course, as was written in the stars from the beginning, it was left to the oppositions most irritating player (he of the Donald Trump inspired stance – picture attached) to score the winning runs, moving to his inevitable half century with the final shot of the match.
Another weekend, and sadly another defeat for Bentworth. It’s onto Odiham & Greywell for our next stab at breaking the run of bad results.
Bentworth 100 all out; Crown Taverners 101-2 (won by 8 wickets)
Author: Dave M