SPIN TWINS CONDEMN CAWTHORNE 2S TO HEAVY DEFEAT
By Ben Burnett
A couple of recalled spinners in FP n Duggy seal 6 points for the Swillers Second String.
There was a retro feel to precedings last Saturday, even before we had all sighted Paul Burluraux's shirt collection. With spin twins Dougie and FP back in tandem, Boggle thawed out from cold storage and David Wrigley recently returned to the club by freight mail from Copenhagen the seconds boasted an irresistible mixture of youth and experience.
The Keeling combo at the top of the order got the Swillers off to a steady start before the home umpire claimed his first two scalps of the season. John Keeling LBW off his bat and FP stumped for a duck. Captain Smee steadied the ship with his trademark combo of blocking bad balls and smiting sixes off good balls.
But wickets kept falling at regular intervals. It could have been worse but for some careless Cawthorne fielding: twice their outfielders suspiciously pulled up injured just at the moment they had dropped or refused a catch. Credit must also go for David 'Ceefax' Wrigley managing to distract the opposition with Championship goal-flashes at critical junctures.
When Andy Keeling fell just short of 50 the Oakers were precariously placed at 100/5, but responsible innings from Nathan, Dougie and some late blows from Nick got the score to a more than competitive 175. A late collapse saw the Oak bowled out in the 49th over, with Boggle and Jevan managing to register their first ducks of the season.
Tea was steady rather than spectacular. A nice potato salad and coleslaw combo, but a distinct lack of bread on offer. Home-made scones were the highlight.
The post-tea session allowed the bowlers to show off the hard practice they have put in over the Winter months. Brad Caulfield mixing his lengths up well with good use of the surprise beamer. Nick meanwhile was varying his run up to good effect, bowling some deliveries from 20, 22 or 24 yards. Faced with a batsman stood two yards outside his crease Nick responded with a spell of 10 no-balls, in a spell reminiscent of a very bad net the number three for Cawthorne was clean bowled twice and leg before all off no-balls, he top edged a six, played and missed pretty much everything else before finally being bowled for a third and final time again by Nick, who will be on for an individual season five-fer against that batsman in the return fixture.
The Oakers were hitting top gear, Boggle swooping round the outfield on any batsman foolish enough to contemplate a run while Wriggy practised the art of mental disintegration against the callow Cawthorne middle order. Captain Smee marshalled the troops effectively from the gully.
It was left to the spinners to polish off the innings, FP claiming four victims all bowled off-stump and Dougie chipping in with three wickets as Cawthorne subsided from 60/3 to 80 all out in a strokeless spell of 15 overs. A good day all round.