The second team entertained Huby on a blistering hot day. Despite the intense heat and drought we had another good wicket prepared by Andy Jones.
After a warm up Captain Williams won the toss and elected to field. With a slightly depleted team and a man short in the field the omens we’re not great especially against a strong batting line up.
However, TABS unveiled a secret weapon- 13 year old Ollie Walsh opened the bowling and within a couple of overs had his first wicket, a simple catch for the captain at mid off. Huby attacked and by the first drinks break had amassed 81-1 despite some tight bowling the electric quick outfield and soaring temperature made it hard for the home side.
Perhaps it was something in the drinks prepared and served by Keren and Julie that encouraged the bowlers? Captain Williams snared four wickets, Andy Heaps two along with another by young Ollie Walsh and a wicket for Rowan and last minute stand in Mike Cole. Keeper Wilkins returned to form with three catches and a stumping.
Huby 172 all out. We swept the wicket, had tea and returned to bat.
With regulars away Pat Flannery opened with Dale Gibson who was the first to fall done by a quick delivery well caught low down by the Huby keeper. Flannery soon joined Gibson undone by pace. Riley senior and Mike Cole led the fight back. Boundaries were hit with ease once the opening bowler had departed – helped by regular wicket taker M Richardson being injured, we capitalised and pushed the score beyond 100 prior to Riley departing for 54. Cole was joined by Ned who batted sensibly adding 20 not out prior to Cole hitting the winning runs to the boundary- another top innings, 91 not out.
A seven wicket win and a massive 30 points in the bag. Thanks to Emma for scoring and Phil for umpiring in the heat, also to everyone who helped with the wicket, covers and general tidy up which is needed on a regular basis.
And England 🏴 won 2-0.