16 May 2014 - Charlie Compton
We hosted a strong New Beacon side containing a few familiar faces last week in a 16 over thrash on a lovely summers evening at the Vine. Our specialist tosser Paul McMenemy won the toss and elected to bowl, and then was persuaded to change his mind by the Beacon captain, so we batted first.
To be honest my memory is a little hazy, having been on a stag weekend since the game, and I haven’t got the score book with me, so these are rough estimates. BT and Juddy opened for us, but the Beacon’s opening bowler was very useful and caused them problems from the start. I think BT went quite cheaply, but Juddy found the middle of the bat a few times and got to around 20. In spite of the Beacon spilling a number of catches, wickets fell fairly regularly and the Old Oaks jogging along at around 6 an over. Sykesy was the only batsmen to reach 25 I think. I fell to an outstanding catch, for the 2nd week running. We finished with 111 for 6, which always looked as though it would be tricky to defend.
The Beacon got off to a flying start, both openers scoring quickly. One of them retired on 25 and Taylor looked likely to follow him until he was undone by a late bowling change, Mike jones outfoxing him with one of his off breaks. The Beacon were well in control, needing only about 40 off their last 6 overs with plenty of wickets in hand. They managed to make a mess of it though, Tiley, myself and Minto bowled very economically and they still needed 25 off the last 2. Sykes nearly messed it up by taking a superb hatrick, which, had the scoreboard been correct would have brought the opener back to the crease spelling certain disaster for the OOs, but fortunately they still had one more to come. He struggled to get the ball off the square and the Beacon ended 15 short. There was a fair amount of head scratching from their side in the bar afterwards, they couldn’t work out how they had lost the game!
MOM – hatrick hero Ian Sykes