A much improved bowling performance gives skipper heart for second half of the season
Wizzy were put into bat by Arundel and lost early wickets - with Rick and Nick being clean bowled by the impressive opening burst of the opposition skipper. Kenny batting with comendable patience waited for the right ball to be hit but drilled it point where he was caught and George was beaten by an absolute beauty - four batsmen in the hutch and not many on the board.
The skipper and Gregg Marshall tried to steady the ship and were starting to find fluency before the skipper was foolishly stumped to the left arm spinner - followed by a replica 2 balls later from his son - (is that a catastrophe of Calder Smiths or a cock up of Calder smiths - answers on a post card please)
The headmaster looked in fine from before edging to the keeper but the partnership of the innings was between Harry Sedge and Gregg and they pushed the score along well to near the hundred mark before Harry lost his discipline and skied the ball off the canny left arm spinner. A shame as there wwere many overs to bat. The tail was quickly dispatched and Wizzy were all out for 106 with Greg left high and dry on 51.
Wizzy,faced an uphill challenge and needed to bowl well - TJ bowled some goood stuff from the top end. Greg beat the bat from the bottom end and was unlucky on at least 3 occasions when the balll missed the stumps by the thickness of a coat of varnish. However after 3 overs he was feely fatigued - the policemans diet of 90 percent dunkin donuts must have taken its toll. This brought Joe into the attack -up hill and into the wind and he bowled beautifully. From the other end Harry and Joey both bowled well but the openers were riding their luck and wickets failed to fall. Eventually Joe got the break through and as so often happens three more wickets fell in rapid succession. A couple more edges landed short of fielders and eventually Arundel knocked of the runs - considering the small total and their position above us in the league we made them work really hard for the victory and the skipper was proud of the efforts of all in the field.
JP - umpiring this week - let it be known that there were two LBW decisions he would have given if the bowlers - or anyone else for that matter had appealed with conviction (or at all) - this would have got rid of both the obdurate openers with the score in the 50s and could have made a real difference - that is something we need to make sure we rectify in the next match.
s hope this is the turning point and we can start now to get ourselves into more matches in the second half of the season