Holybourne vs Bentworth – 30th June 2018

Twas the last game of the first half of the season and reflection upon our performances to date was mostly positive despite a recent slump in form.

Today we turned up at the Holybourne Oval, an unsheltered bowl of baking heat, bushy brambles and bouncing variability, in an effort to get back on track.

Skip lost the toss and Holybourne elected to bat so all 11 of us converged in to our 5 person changing room to promptly change into our dazzling whites and our blue caps.

It was easy to see from the off that the pitch was variable in its bounce to say the least. Wickets fell early on as the top 3 were clean bowled by messr’s Thomas, Jones and the ever impressive Mini Hill who didn’t give the oppo a sniff and then subsequently took an excellent catch from an edge off Kens bowling.

Holybourne then hit back briefly with some swinging across the line in their biggest partnership which ended after Benny the Fish decided that he’d try a different line of attack around the wicket to the right handers and got an edge to the forever reliable Mr. Wield himself before trapping the next bat LBW.

By this point, debutant Kavit “Mowgli” Dixit had begun his spell of off spinners using the pitch expertly to generate turn and bounce to trouble the lower order and ended up with an impressive 3-17, including 2 wickets in his last 2 balls which meant that he has a hat trick ball the next time he decides to put back on his Bentworth whites!

Cue a short mention to New Ben who decided that in the absence of his keeping gloves he would not be satisfied with simply fielding. He ambled to the crease off a short run up for his first ball and…. wide. A second first ball of the over was bowled and… it pitched perfectly just outside off stump and… edged straight into the bucket hands of Mr. Yorke at slip – fantastic cricket all round.

Special mention to Robbie who stepped in for New Ben with the gloves and performed admirably on such a wicket, even braving the deed of standing up without a helmet!

With the first innings over in a flash and 96 the total to chase, we were due to bat before tea.

Skip and Yorkie strode out to bat in the unrelenting sun and got off to a great start with boundaries galore coming off the bat of Nick. There were plenty of intervals for ball finding duties in every corner of the ground as a result and also multiple new balls having to be fetched. Both openers expertly saw out the game with an impressive 100 run partnership in under 15 overs, Nick 62 NO and Yorkie 25 NO.

We enjoyed our exotic fruity tea and the end of the football in the sun. Onto the next match Bees!