Southwark Park CC vs Wingerworth CC
It rains almost constantly through the previous night and the morning before the game causing the chairman of the home team, following consultation with the captain, to call the game off. This proves to be a little premature as the opposition, coming all the way from Derbyshire are nearly in London and determined to play come what may, so the fixture is hastily reinstated and we make our way to the ground. It is still drizzling, cold and the ground is more than a little damp. However, we belatedly make a start with ten players for the home side against nine for the visitors.
We win the toss and bat with Jon, who has pride and bragging rights to play for against his old team, and new player Sam opening. Runs flow and Jon has soon made 51 including six 4s and three 6s before he retires having avoided the derision of his mates from up North. Sam plays in a more circumspect fashion but rotates the strike well running singles hard. Charlie comes in at three and makes a quick 40 with six 4s and two 6s before being bowled by J Grant. Meanwhile Sam, having played himself in, cuts loose hitting four 6s in an over before retiring for 53.
Poor Paul, in his first innings for the club gets a golden duck bowled by J Grant bringing Adam to the crease. He makes 21 before the visitors finally catch one from him again off the bowling of J Grant. Tom then comes in at six making 15 before being bowled by E Grant. He is followed by Martin who gets a duck, caught off the bowling of J Stanley. This leaves Dan and Shak to try to reach 200 off the allotted 30 overs. However, they fall short as Dan makes 3 not out and Shak fails to complete a fairly easy two and is consequently run out for 1 and we finish on 194 for 6.
The visitors begin their reply and we start with spin at both ends as we open with Shak and Richard who gets a wicket in his first over as Jon catches J Grant off his bowling for 5. They soon recover and put on a very hand second wicket partnership as E Grant and number three batsman Haw both retire with 50s. Numbers 4 and 5 continue with rewards for the hosts few and far between and the game beginning to slip away until Martin bowls M Grant for 28 and shortly afterwards Paul runs out Holmes for 6.
By now the run rate has slowed considerably and with the visitors still requiring 24 off the last two overs we feel that we are well in with a chance of winning. In an interesting piece of captaincy, Paul is given the ball for the penultimate over to bowl his first for the club. In what can reasonably be described as a horror show of a bowling performance, he struggles to find his length and concedes eighteen off the over being hit for three 4s and a 6.
The balance shifts again and the visitors now only require 6 to win off the last over. Charlie bowls it and the tension is almost unbearable. The first ball is a dot; 6 off 5 needed. On the second they get a single; 5 needed off 4.The third is another dot; 5 to get off 3. On the fourth ball they get another single to mid-off where Martin pulls off a potentially match winning diving stop to save a certain boundary; 4 needed off 2. The fifth is another dot and they now need 4 to win off the last ball. Charlie continues to keeps it tight and they only manage another single to mid-off where Martin makes an easier but no less vital stop and we've done it! We pull off the tightest and most thrilling victory in the club's short history to win by 3 runs!
It's a thoroughly enjoyable game despite the weather and Jon is man of the match for his quick fire 50 and for the only catch we take in the visitor's innings.