Sorry for being on hiatus for a year, I came to watch a few times, but I kept falling asleep in my chair!
So a new season, a new start, a new skipper, and quite a few new faces, plenty of opportunity to sharpen my tongue…
New skipper pinny won the toss and elected to field, with 9 players it was a bit of a risk but the pitch looked a little on the damp side and perhaps it might do a bit. Pinny opened up at one end, with young Ollie Holmes (Craig still claims it’s winter) at the other. Pinny kept it tight, starting where he left off last year, Ollie bowled well, picking up the two openers in between the snow, hail and rain showers, I n possibly one of the coldest starts to a season ever!
For some reason pinny entrusted ali g with the ball, some misplaced trust, the ball disappeared to all parts… Well, the batsmen enjoyed it at least, we then saw Ricki (aka the Bombay express) and tiger tone develop a nice little bowling partnership, with tony picking up 4 wickets. A few went down in the field tony, pinny and Justin all culprits, but in truth none of them were easy chances. St Michaels ended up on 150 for 8, tony the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 19 from his 8 overs, honourable mention to new recruit Ollie who took his first wicket for the club in his two overs.
So to the first grange park innings of the year, stu and Justin took the job in their stride and started steadily, 28 off 10 For 0 and GP were positioned nicely, another 10 overs passed and with some decent bowling from the oppo saw Gp at 45 for 1, with stu departing for a steady 9.
kallum and tony came and went for not very many bringing the skipper to the crease, as is normal the scoring rate quickly ramped up, but equally as expected is for that to come to a premature end, pinny missing a straight one for 13. The remainder of the innings ticked along, Justin made a nice 50, a great start to the season, Ricki and Ollie d tried to help and contributed 5 and 6 respectively. Once Lewis p fell for 0 the grange park innings came to an end 104 all out (8 wickets), 47 off the winning mark.
There were lots of positives to take from the game, the bowling (except ali) and fielding was very goo, and with a couple of extra men I think you would have been chasing 130-140. The batting was solid, if not explosive.
player of the match – tough decision between tiger and Justin, but Justin probably squeaks it for sticking around on a sticky wicket.
moment of the match – new recruit harjinder pulling up with a hammy in the first over back after a hail storm – it’s just not cricket!
good effort boys, I expect to see even more from you next Sunday!