Blog from the Boundary – vs Rushden & Higham 3rd XI, 14th May ’22

Hello my Lovelies! My bus pass got a good outing on Saturday, all the way to Higham Ferrers to see my boys play, on what was a glorious day.

The skipper won the toss and elected to field, much to the dismay of Jonny. Who, true to form wanted to bat first. With Craig Letty (debut) Tim Davies & Micheal Turney making their first appearances of the season.

The first 20 overs I couldn’t really make out much of the game, as the suns glare and heat made it difficult to fathom what was going on. What I do know though, is that the Rushden openers made a great start and batted at a good run rate for the first 20 overs, putting close to 130 on the board without loss. Jac, Rick, Tony and Justin getting no luck with ball, on what was definitely a batting track. Some mistakes in the field helped the openers, but also some great fielding at times from the Foxes, Michael “the giant” Turney, kicking the ball in the deep to stop a near certain boundary.

Then, there comes a moment in your life where you remember where you were when a special event occurs, Saturday was that day – that catch…

…A breakthrough came, the batsman seemed to be unleashing an unstoppable smash for 6, when beyond the bounds of possibility, Jon “The Salmon” Tiley, lunged to his right and caught, arguably, the catch of the season, if not the century. I could hear, from my now moist seat, Justin declaring his love for Jon. This sumptuous, stupendous moment in the match became the catalyst for the Foxes performance. A pure inspiration to his teammates. This will clearly go down in the annals of history for Grange Park Cricket Club.

After that momentous event, wickets began to fall, with Jac grabbing 3 wickets by cleaning the stumps out each time, and Rick also improving his figures by taking 3 wickets, one which was a great instinctive caught and bowled. The strangest thing happened during the latter overs though, “Craig” was credited with a lot of good fielding, Justin was caught wheeling round an empty pram, don’t worry though, I have left my details with the Rushden guys so they can return all the toys when they find them.

The Rushden innings ended on 209/7. With a. Special mention to their opening batsman Tony who notched up a nice 110 innings.

At Tea, my Foxes looked fairly baked from their time in the field. Jonny, again pointing out the skippers failure to bat first, but as play resumed the skipper was fully justified in his decision. Justin and Jac opened the batting, and my oh my did they put on a spectacle, Justin demolishing the bowling attack with a sumptuous 65, whilst Jac, started slowly, very much seeing himself into his innings and in the end playing some lovely strokes.

A break in play came when some naughty little gutter snipes decided to blow up several deodorant cans on the boundary. What is wrong with kids these days. Jonny and the skipper John came in and made notable contributions of 19 and 18 respectively, making the Foxes race to 211/3 from just 30 overs. Jac carrying his bat with a cracking 75 n.o.

I am impressed, another cracking performance from the Foxes. Man of the match Jon Tiley, but Jon modestly handed to Jac Poncelet.

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