This is my first Kirkstall match report so go easy on me, I’m still a novice at report writing!

I, for one, wasn’t expecting to make the journey to Follifoot after the forecast through the week. But, as they don’t usually prove to be totally accurate – and much to my dismay – we made the trip to Follifoot. We brought with us our wonderful cheerleader for the day, Lesley; able to do all the shouting I couldn’t from the box! Follifoot were third in the league going into the game and, with the top two clash next weekend, all points were to play for.

Follifoot won the toss and chose to stick us into bat. It all started out positively for Ed Thirlwell and Adam Hussain, especially Ed who managed more than 7 today for the second time this season (who knew that was possible!?). After 47 minutes at the crease Ed’s wicket fell, followed closely by Adam. After the openers fell, in stepped Sam Dobson, who reached the dizzying heights of 73, hitting his 50 off 66 balls and all in 86 minutes. He played well and deserved all the runs he got. Liam and Sam had a 91 partnership, the former achieving 35 before being bowled out. Credit has to go to D. Harrington, from Follifoot, for a 6 wicket haul – his final figures were 62 for 6 off 14.4 overs. Once Liam’s wicket fell the tail had a little collapse, only 14 runs on the board as the final 5 wickets fell. The final score was 227 all out.

So, Kirkstall came out to field with a solid score to defend and the mood was positive. As it turned out for a spectator/scorer it was an exciting innings to watch as it came down to the wire – the last over in fact. The latter overs were nail biting – good for a cricket match..!! S. Thompson had a brilliant innings hitting 112 runs – though Jamie Hinchcliffe ran him out in equally brilliant fashion. Another fielding note was Adam’s lovely catch to get Townsend out; his bowling was also nice and tight, as you come to expect from him.

The scores were neck and neck the whole way through Follifoot’s innings; we just couldn’t get through all the wickets (we got with them 8 down).

Because the scores were so close, and definitely when we lost, passions and tempers flared. I thought it might be too soon to make a joke out of Ed being blamed for the loss!

What were you thinking dropping that catch Ed?! Close games are a double-edged sword, winning and losing both bring with them positives and negatives.

Having only lost one league game before this this season, to Pool, we are sure to bounce back and what better than against Beckwithshaw next weekend!

Match report by Lara G

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