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The skipper lost the toss and Wizzy were asked to bat, and after the early loss of Kenny, who watched helplessly as his defensive shot dribbled back onto his stumps, and Frank the batting performance was much better than in previous weeks against a consistently accurate Bognor attack. It was good to see Ricky occupying the crease and seeing off the new ball for a patient 29 and the middle order all chipped in. However, after getting starts none of them managed to build a big enough score to allow Wizzy to post a really large total. The highlight was a powerful innings by Morris (as he is now known) who was playing nicely with a mixture of defence and beligerent hitting until he fell for 36. Harry Sedg again occupied the crease and sadly found himself to be significantly faster than Jo Tucker as the latter was run out leaving Wizzy all out for 157. We had batted for 44 overs or so which given the last few weeks shocking displays was something of a milestone.
Tea was taken between innings - which caused a degree of celebration, and was treated as a major success by some of the side, and Bognor came out to bat. Nick Klein bowling of 2 paces bowled beautifully, allowing the skipper to set a 9 ;1 field and picked up the wicket of the dangerous number 3. Either side of that a run out by SCS - who is too modest as the reporter to describe its Jonty- esque qualities in full - and a wicket from Slow Tucker meant that Wizzy were applying pressure. 2 wickets from Joey trapping the other opener LBW and having the hard hitting "Morris clone" caught in the deep left Bognor 70 for 5 and a real game was on.
Two left handers were in and Harry Sedge bowled beautifully against them without getting a wicket and SCS had a go from the other end and after erratic start bowled some good balls that beat the bat - even clipping the off stump without the bails falling.
Bognor weathered the storm as Wizzy tried to attack the batsmen and a variety of bowlers were used to try to get the breakthrough before Slow Tucker returned and took 2 wickets. Finally young Ashmore hit the winning runs for Bognor - he had batted well - applied himself patiently and produced a match winnig performance.
The fielding of Sedgwick senior was a highlight all afternoon as was the rhetoric of the grey bear - Sedg was asked by his skipper to get a bit squarer to which Kenny pointed out that it was impossible for anything that round to fulfil that particular command.
A particular thanks must be paid to the Bognor team for their sportingness and fair play - it is nice to play cricket somewhere where when the keeper recognises the ground has been hit rather than the ball immediately damps down any appeal and where the whole team plays the game in the same spirit.
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What a sterange game
After Kenny stood in at the toss and lost it Middleton asked Wizzy to bat on a good pitch with a fast outfield. The opening attack of Middleton was accurate but apart from a little swing and the odd variation of pace it did not seem to show the threats, that the score book was soon to illustrate. The impressive Ball got Frank with one that moved away from him and then Nick Klein managed to leave his leg stump wide open after a promising first few balls and was cleaned bowled. A few overs later Dan V departed to the first ball of Houchen's accurate spell and then calamitously Kenny forgot that he should only run singles to the boundary and found himself short atteming a second. Ricky and Chris were also undone with Ball finishing with 3 wickets. 6 men back in the hutch, one with double figures and in most instances the batsmen giving their wickets away.
Harry Sedg and SCS managed to build a small partnership but just when it looked like Wizzy might have a chance of getting a toe in the game against one of the pace setters in the league - the skipper made a right old Horlicks of a straight one and another Wizzy batsmen returned to the pavilion with egg on his face. Harry carried his bat for 8 of 51 balls which was just what was required whilst the rest of the innings batted as abjectly as everyone else - Wizzy all out for 96 and yet again undone by failing to bat out the overs. Congratulations to Houchen for his accurate 4 wicket spell
It was so early in the afternoon that tea was not even prepared and so it was with a slightly fatalistic air that Wizzy returned to the field. Joe Tucker's first ball was hit crisply for 4 - the next for 2 and it looked ominous - but the slowest of slow balls fooled the opener who was clean bowled. The skipper, deciding that it must be a game for left -handed bowlers bowled himself and snaffled 2 wickets in his first 4 overs and suddenly a game was on. The impressive Nelmes had arrived and started to cart the ball all around the ground. Bowling changes were made and each brought success with Joey bowling a very accurate spell for his wicket and JP and Harry Sedg picking up 1 each.
At 48 for 5 - honours were even, at 73 for 6 we stood a chance - then at 84 for 6 Nelmes already past 50 was dropped in the deep. This one would have really mattered as the Middleton batting apart from Nelmes had made Wizzy Green look like a strong, patient and well ordered batting line up. Sadly, this was our last chance as Nelmes than moved his team past the winning total with an unbeaten 73.
Unbelievable - 16 wickets on a good batting track and 3 batsmen in double figures all day with Nelmes being the star of the show. It again showed the skipper that the difference between the top teams in the league and ourselves is discipline - hitting the spot whwen bowling and making sure a bowler has to get you out when batting. Next week we hope all these virtues are on display
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Middleton CC 1XI
A lovely sunny afternoon greeted Middleton to the Green and with Wizzy trying to continue their better run of form and competitiveness needing to add some welcome points too their fight at the bottom of the table.
Wizzy skipper won the toss and asked Middleton to bat first with the thought on attack and a possible 30 point haul.
Unfortunately for Wizzy skipper Monday, the 6 ball of the game saw him taken to hospital with a double dislocated finger diving to stop a powerful off drive, this now added to the pressure for the wizzy bowlers to perform.
Middleton opening pair added 57 for the first wicket before the confident Hansford was bowled for a well made 32, Wizzy struck again and now Middleton were 58-2 with the game coming back too Wizzy. South African Smith now came to the wicket and took the Wizzy bowlers to the sword. Smith and Burrows put on 84 very quick runs, being particularly harsh on anything loose. Burrows finally fell for 44 patient runs but now Colvin joined Smith and continued to punish the Wizzy attack. With many powerful shots, these 2 put on 90 for the 4 wicket and Middleton into a commanding position.
Smith went on to make a powerful 84 before he was out at 232-4, Colvin continued to try and push the score along but a flurry of wickets, including his own for a fine 47 saw Middleton declare on 238-7 leaving Wizzy 55 overs to chase the runs. The pick of the Wizzy bowlers was Napper 8.4-3-35-4.
Wizzys reply began badly with Dodd being out in the second over for 0 and the normal Wizzy re-build began. Napper and Hopkins put on 40 for the second wicket, both looking solid. Napper then fell for 22 and Hopkins soon after for 13 and Wizzy again were on the back foot. Edwards was at the wicket, and in need of some runs, and what a performance, ably supported by Self (19), Travena (20) they both put on great partnerships, with Edwards dominating a Wizzy win was on the cards. Middleton had gone very quiet in the field as they ponderered over their declaration.
Edwards finally fell for a superb 83 with a win in sight, another couple of wickets and again Wizzy were looking defeat in the eyes, however a final twist was maybe round the corner. Skipper Monday, having returned from hospital, made the decision to try and bat one handed and squeeze a possible win. He joined Sadler and with 44 runs needed from 8 overs these 2 proceeded to keep up with the run rate and claw their way towards a win. Hanley from his massive height got one to pop at Monday and hit him flush on his injured finger, but this only inspired the skipper to further dig in for the win.
With 2 overs to go Monday went for a straight boundary but one handed didn't have the power and was caught on the long off boundary with Wizzy 17 runs short. Sadler and Monday had batted with great intelligence to get close to an improbable win. Nikolai Smith was the pick of the Middleton bowlers with an impressive haul of 6-38.
Monday said after the game “ What a great game of cricket, they sportingly declared leaving us 55 overs to chase the runs, unfortunately we finished just shy. Alex batted superbly today and can hopefully carry that on for the rest of the season.”
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That's enough for the first day. Great job.
Have a glass of Wine.