TMG vs. Warninglid
A warm and sunny Warninglid was the venue for the second game of the Greys CC 2013 campaign.
The Greys batted first on what was a lively surface, and were going along nicely before losing their first wicket of the day for 31 in the 6th over, skipper Biff being caught behind for 6 attempting a nudge to the leg side off a ball that bounced more than expected. Biff was replaced in the middle by Alex Fenton while at the other end Jerry continued to take advantage of some short bowling, playing a number of excellent pull and cut shots before finally going for a pull too many to be caught at deep fine leg for 33. Fenton and Terry Burgess batted well together adding 15 to the total before the Greys suffered a setback losing both their set batsmen with the score on 80, Alex for 11 and Terry for 8. Alan Gallagher and Dave Hadrill then picked up the baton and took the score on to 117 before Dave was bowled for 7 in the 28th having shown some excellent timing and a solid defence. With only 12 overs remaining, Warninglid may have thought they had a chance of keeping The Mighty Greys scoring in check but the next man in was usual number three Del Covill, who proceeded to smash the bowling all around the park. 75 runs were added in the next 9 overs and the score had moved on to 192 by the time Alan was bowled for 39. Del continued on his merry way and with number eight Dave Day (6 not out) saw the Greys to a final score of 231 for 6 from 40 overs. Del ended up with 80 not out from a mere 35 balls, hitting 15 fours and a six.
As per usual Dave Day and Robby Hoare gave away nothing at the start of the Warninglid innings. By now the pitch had flattened out a little but both opening bowlers looked a threat. Somehow Dave failed to take a wicket despite some fantastic bowling, going for only 5 runs from six overs. Robby was better rewarded and extracted some extra bounce from the pitch to pick up both openers, caught behind by wicket keeper Jerry, ending with figures of 2 for 7 from 8 overs. Despite the high asking rate Warninglid showed little ambition, and once their number three had retired it seemed that they had little chance. All this changed once Warninglid number five D. Tingley came to the crease. He got hold of Ricky and Ian and moved swiftly on to 43 to make it look like Warninglid had a sniff, but Ricky held his nerve and induced a top edge that flew miles into the air only to be caught, to everyone’s surprise, by Alan at square leg. Everybody was so surprised in fact that Ricky managed to sneak off completely unnoticed, causing much confusion when we tried to restart the game. Eventually Ricky was relocated, tethered to the stumps to avoid further escape attempts and soon had another wicket, this time the opposition captain, with the help of a great catch from Del running to his left on the mid-wicket boundary. Ricky finished with 3 for 52 from his 8 overs. The Greys were not out of the woods however, as another onslaught followed from the opposition number eight. M. Church smashed his way to 51, with Ian taking the brunt of the big hitting and going for 44 from his 6 overs. The Greys needed his wicket so Del came on to bowl some leg spin, and soon had the dangerous Church stumped by Jerry. Del finished with 3 for 27 off his 4 overs and 4 balls, including an excellent caught and bowled.
In the end Warninglid were dismissed for 147 and The Mighty Greys had a fairly comfortable victory.
PSM winner, Alan for catching a huge skyer.