Hello my Lovelies, it’s great to be back, watching some cricket in the sunshine and seeing some familiar faces again! It was great to see young Jac, who was on time for the away game, but alas he forget his lunch, such was his concentration on getting to the right venue!
Where do I start! Away today at Dunchurch 2nds – That lovely Caribbean man John is the Skipper for the 2022 season and watching him from the pavilion gets my blood pumping (which incidentally helps with my gout!) He lost the toss though, which put the Foxes into bat first.
Justin and Jac opened the batting, they made a cracking start from the first 14 overs, providing a solid foundation to the innings. Then came the 15th Over and within 4 balls of the over Jac and Justin both hit dollies to fielders, registering 31 and 21 respectively. A great 56 partnership to start the foxes off. 56/2. The Skipper and Jonny then came into bat, some studious batting later and the pair hit their 50 partnership, right on that mark though, the skipper was caught in the field for 19. Anand came in to partner Jonny next, that partnership was not as successful lasting just the 7 balls, with Jonny getting caught in the field for a well-played 30. Anand finishing up with a quick fire 25, with some dodgy run outs thrown in (both involving Jon) with Rick, Jon, Tony and Dave adding 30 between them giving the Foxes total 164/7 from their 40 overs.
After Tea (well, most of the lads eating Jon’s food, and some rather enticing cakes from the opposition), the lads came out and bowled tremendously. Jac and Ricki opened the bowling and took only 19 balls for the first wicket to fall, great take from Jon off Ricki’s bowling (incidentally, has anyone seen Jon, I heard him saying he was lost??). 9/1. The first change in bowling came in the 11th over with Anand and tony following up the opening bowlers good work. A wicket a piece for the next pair, with Anand grabbing a catch off his own bowling and Tony forcing an LBW dismissal.
At drinks – Dunchurch were 35/3 off 20 overs. After drinks, Dunchurch had obviously had instructions to try and pick the run rate up due to their slow start and within 6 overs doubled their total to 77/3. David (Big D. I love this nickname, however, I do wonder why he is called this though) and Zubair came into to bowl a few overs, but it was when Jac and Anand came back into the attack that some wickets again began to fall. Jac forcing an edge for the skipper to grab from behind the stumps, and an audacious catch from Zubair off Anand’s bowling, which was met with wonderful exuberance based on his reaction to making the catch. Jac grabbed another wicket when Justin managed to cling on to one. 128/6 off 36 overs.
With 37 needed off 4 overs, Tony and Ricki were brought in to bowl the death overs. And my how they stepped up to the plate. Tony’s first over of the second spell brought him his second wicket of the game as the ball sailed straight to Jon for his second catch of the game. Tony and Rick managed to limit the chances for the batsman leading to Dunchurch finishing the innings on 149/7. With the Foxes winning by 15 runs.
A great start to the season. Well done lads