Paddock Put to the Sword!
By MARTIN CAUFIELD
A 3rd consecutive win for the U17's sealed in dramatic fashion....
I'll keep this relatively succinct (google it if you don't understand the word!) as supposed to be working!!!
A cautious start on a dampish wicket again saw The Oak start slowly and for the 3rd consecutive game, hit the half way mark with the score under 40.
Walker and Hussain had gone cheaply, with Hussain adjudged to be run out - a tad controversial from my own excellent vantage point in the score-box where it was nice, warm and cosy - unlike on the field of play!
Anyway, in came R Waddy, confident and slighter taller than 5ft now apparently, although can't see it myself!
Smith, who's 51 not out last week was missed by both parents, attempted to emulate his feat by slogging ALL balls heading his way - but unfortunately, got a leading edge and was easily caught out for 3.
In came George "Silk Cut" Hargreaves and after a few craft drags, then made his way splendidly to the crease.
The fags obviously did the trick and he puffed his way to 35 not out, supported by Ryan (25) and then a professional job by Danny H with 1 not out in a 32 partnership with George.
Pinhead again scored his lovel boundary then attempted to slog a ball on his middle stump (bye bye) whilst Paddock old-boy Burrow went quacking off for a 1st ball duck.....
109-7 then and actually a competitive score off 20 overs; Fozzer Forest for some reason limiting the Paddock bowlers to 5 overs each - and he's our LEAGUE UMPIRE!!!! John - reported to Phil "not the ex Town goalie" Senior!!!
So to the Paddock innings - 2 early wickets from the impressive/accurate Smith led the boys (I think) into believing the game was won but they'd not reckoned on Ovais's cousin T Sajid digging in and together with a very impressive N Saleem, started the recovery. Sajid fell to the "one that turned" from Walker but Saleem marched on, ultimately retiring on bang on 50.
Other wickets fell and it was always touch and go, run rate mirroring the Oak's almost exactly as well as wickets having fallen.
An expensive over from Walker (the 15th of the innings) turned it Paddock's way and they plundered 17 off it, taking them to 77 for 4 off 15 (we were 66 for 5 off 15). It looked ominous with Ouness and Saleem at the crease but then Ouness fell to a run out and S Sajid departed for 1, caught superbly behind by the agile Hargreaves (this won't continue if the smoking does however!!!).
A few more tight overs then Paddock needed 20 off the last 3 but when Saleem retired on 50 exactly (taking a single rather strangely rather than trying for a big hit and refusing the single), 2 new batters in - and not in the same league.
Got to be added that there was some excellent fielding by the Oak with James Mills and Alex Maywand solid (apart from one small faux pas by Alex!) and even Burrows preventing an almost certain 4 with a long out-stretched arm (how long are his bl**dy arms??!!!!).
Paddock ended up 101 for 5, with Waddy superbly finishing our allocation of overs by only conceding 2 off it.
Another win and surely now full of confidence for the big test on Fri (weather permitting) against the mighty Meltham and their Fraine inspired team.
(so much for being succinct hey!)