Hassocks 1 year later, last year was something of a classic, batting collapses, rear guard actions on a par with Rorke’s Drift, and a pantomime villain, it had it all.
This year could never live up to it, especially as the villain has moved on to pastures new.
The match went something like this….
TMG’s loose the toss, and on a blisteringly hot day are unsurprisingly put in the field.
DD and Robbie H open the bowling and bowl tidily, disposing of the first 4 wickets in their opening 16 over spell, for the cost of 55 runs, not too shabby!
Included in these wickets was the comedy run out of Hassocks’ opener Molyneux, who standing at the non-stickers end, stood and watched as his partner lobbed the ball to Timmy Greaves at mid-on, he stood and watched Timmy drop the catch, and continued to stand and watch as his partner joined him at the non-strikers end, he stood and watched as Timmy picked up the ball, and then, and only then, thought about trying to make his ground, welcome back Timmy. It should be mentioned at this point that the run out/drop was even more calamitous given that Timmy called the catch, and it landed virtually on the Skippers toes, maybe one to over-rule Skip?
Next up to bowl were Ibu & Richie P, Ibu bowled as we have come to expect, with good precision, and variety, and was the pick of the bowlers. Richie bowled generally well but the odd mis-timed full toss, prevented any real pressure being exerted.
Chiefy followed Richie, and coming back from a longish break bowled like a total nobber and was carted mercilessly as he bowled long hop after full toss, the skip wisely pulled him off after 2 overs, this at least put a smile on Chiefy’s face.
Replacing Chiefy was Timmy, now one must remember that Timmy has not played for a long time, due to the new constraints of fatherhood, however, if we thought Chiefy was bad, that was merely the warm up act. Timmy struggled from the outset to find rhythm and in a 3 over spell bowled 5 full toss no-balls, one clearing Benny behind the stumps, and went for 33 runs. He did, however, take the wicket of Hassocks’ top scorer, Singh, LBW for 76, most of which were scored off him and Chiefy.
Ibu came off after an excellent 9 over spell with figures of 9-3-29-1, and was replaced by Chiefy this time coming down the hill. The change of ends (or the skip’s hand shandy) seemed to have done the job and he was a changed bowler, getting 2 wickets one of which a skier to mid on taken by Robbie H earned the latter the PSM.
Jerry came on for one over before tea and bowled his normal wicket to wicket, bowling at the stumps rubbish, it’ll never catch on.
Hassocks finished at tea 201 for 9.
The Greys openers, Jerry and Skip, cruised majestically to 65, and then Jerry bamboozled by a hard stare from the young Griffin lost concentration and was caught by Singh.
Time for a middle order collapse, 3,4,5, & 6 gone contributing only 12 between them. During this the Skip scored a well deserved half century, finally going for 66.
DD came out at 7 for a typically hard hitting cameo, (personally I felt the red codpiece was taking it a little too far) scoring a half century as well. Unfortunately the rest of the tail capitulated rather too easily, leaving DD stranded on 55, and TMG’s all out for 180.
So no fairy tale ending, but a good game, won by the better team on the day.