Cup carnival culminates in cruel collapse.....
By MARTIN CAUFIELD
A much better return fixture against Mighty Meltham ends in defeat & @ 1 stage, a victory was on the cards - but vital wickets leave us 17 short..
The absence of motivator/manager MC actually appeared to the do the boys good on Friday's cup 3rd round game against Meltham and when I arrived, fresh from a p*ss up (at work's expense) in London, at 92 for 4 off 18 Meltham looked like posting a sub 100 total in 20 overs allocated for this cup game....
However, just as I entered the club for a nice San Mig, D Dyson started teeing off and the boys bowling deteriorated! So, 115 for 5 off 20; Ryan the pick of the bowling by far with 4 for 30, although a tad expensive in his last over - 16!!!
Pity his 3rd over had a 4 scored off it or triple wicket maiden would have been recorded!
LEARNING POINT - BOWL TIGHT, DON'T FORCE IT, STICK TO THE CORRIDOR OF UNCERTAINTY AND WICKETS WILL COME NATURALLY (allegedly!!!)
Not surprisingly, in fact quite boringly, Fraine got 52 and retired - quite a bl**dy good batter that lad, it has to be said although Pin Head apparently put down a v difficult to catch him out - learn from your father young Skywalker, I am the Jedi of catching (but nothing else!).....
For reference - and on a serious note - we were badly let down by a team member who had promised his availability, been picked for tonight's game (despite not showing at The Bridge) and repeated this tonight. Not nice. 10 men for 2nd time in 3 games. Am expecting an apology as unacceptable behaviour, whatever the circumstances.
So, on to the batting - we really did give it a go tonight and despite the early loss of Ryza, Ian and Ovais actually took us to (the book isn't quite accurate!) about 75/80 for 1 off 14/15 overs and definitely favourites to march on to the semis at this point; however the retirement of Ovais after a great knock of 50, then Silk Cut Hargreaves bowled for zilch meant number 5 and 6 in - 5 being Bradders and 6 Paul Hill.
Brad tried his best to tee off and push us on but really, it came down to 3 tight overs - and all of a sudden we needed 23 off 2 with the bowlers on top.
Two cracking fours didn't get us close enough and Hill went to Randhawa; young Meadows holding the fort for a few balls before falling on the last ball of the match to Garnie.
A pity as we'd done so much better and if Sir Geoffrey Walker had pushed on a little earlier, we may just have nicked it - but the bowling was tight and only Ovais really took it to the Meltham bowlers in fairness.
So, defeat hurts - but further words of wisdom:
AVERAGE TEAMS BECOME GOOD TEAMS BY PRACTISE, PRACTISE AND MORE PRACTISE - PLUS A 100% POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND MENTALITY - so bear that in mind you "net dodgers"!!!