It was the first match of the second half of the season today and we headed to Colton for another sunny days cricket. We were graced with Liam Mulligan’s presence after a slight cock up by the first team over players!! He’ll have been glad he was playing after his bowling but more of that to come!

We won the toss and chose to stick Colton into bat. Things started out positively, Liam bowled a beautiful ball to bowl Rudd out in the third over. He didn’t stop there either gathering a six wicket haul and impressive figures of 48 for 6 off 13.3 overs. He had the best afternoon in the field. We had some good breakthroughs at important times in the match – Goddard was a good example of this, he was batting really well until a silly run cost him his wicket and we capitalised with a run out. Tom Garman bowled really well and looked very strong throughout his spell. Watty deserves a special mention as his bowling garnered the two run outs and he got his deserved wicket as well. I was once again a little shocked when Sam Dobson indicated he was about to bowl – I didn’t know it was another string to his cricketing bow!! So I was surprised when actually he did quite well and earned himself a wicket. Maybe this should just teach me to expect the unexpected!! If Deights can bowl I think anyone can!! There were a few misfields and dropped catches today but we capitalised on the chances we were given and ultimately we were rewarded; Colton were bowled out for 233. The total turned out to be a little higher than I think we would have liked but it was in no way unachievable and we had a lovely batting line up that on our day could catch the total no problem so it was a positive position to be in at tea.

So we went out to bat and things didn’t start out to plan as Rob Caddy was dismissed on his second ball for 0. The innings were slightly the Kris Parker show as he got a 5 wicket haul and caught 2 catches as well; his figures were 44 for 5 off 15 overs. Nevertheless we tried to soldier on and Ed Thirlwell had another excellent innings, he steadied our ship today when everyone around him fell. He ended up getting 53 deserved runs before being bowled out. Mark Deighton was batting really well with Ed – a lovely little Woodhouse throwback which I enjoyed – until he keeled over in pain after most of the balls bowled to him. I later found out his side injury from last week is giving him a lot of discomfort still. But he carried on and even hit a 6 before and after using his bat as a prop to ease the pain. Bless him and it’s all because he bowled an over, should have listened to me and we could have avoided all this!! Back to the game and things collapsed really until Tom Mileham came into bat and him and Watty had a lovely partnership going. Tom batted well and deserved a few more runs than the 21 he got. Despite our efforts we were bowled out for 157.

I love a little bit of cricket drama and I was rewarded with a couple of little flashes today:

One of which was a LBW decision that didn’t go our way to get C Brown out. Things got slightly heated afterwards we made the injustice clear to the umpire!! Drama situation number 2 was a heated little slanging match as Liam was dismissed. It ever so slightly put me off my scoring stride as I shouted ‘leave it’ out of the box! As soon as it happened I made a note of the incident for if I needed it for this report and all I wrote was ‘Liam hot headed’ maybe that was apt today?! Passionate we’ll call it.

We were out played today and that’s ok, definitely can’t win them all as much as we try. But our fielding was better today and that has to be a positive. If you think I’m a bad luck charm –in this spell of scoring I’ve just done 3 out of the 4 matches have been losses – then the good news is I have a week off next week and Lesley will be at the helm once again – hopefully it’ll be a win and the Lara curse will be given a week’s rest!!