Match 13 – Unlucky for Some!!

Headingley was buzzing; Europe’s Strongest Man at Headingley Stadium, Kirkstall Festival at Kirkstall Abbey and KECC’s 2ns XI at home to Ben Rhydding.

Tom Mileham was also buzzing pre-match with some very witty banter, although we later deduced he was potentially still inebriated!!

Ben Rhydding won the toss and chose to bat, KECC entered the field with enthusiasm and great camaraderie. Initial fielding was athletic and committed (Liam Mulligan taking a great 1 handed flying catch – unfortunately off a bump ball!), holding Ben Rhydding to 18 run for 2 wickets off 11 overs.

At this point, R Bolton and C Connor chose to dig their heels in and make an impressive partnership of 135. (The 3rd wicket, that of J Maguire, had fallen after a partnership of 43 with R Bolton but Maguire, despite being in for 13 overs, only contributed 4 runs.) Bolton finished on 114*, Connor made 64 although he was dropped by Ed Thirlwell off Sam Winter in the 35th over. The only real chance to get Bolton came in the 40th when Tom Mileham and Steve Watkins left an easy catch to each other. Rashers was awesome in the field, stopping g a certain 4 with his salmon-like leap on the boundary off Connor (How old is he?!?) – but it wasn’t enough to stop Ben Rhydding reaching 224-5 off their 50 overs.

Our innings opened like a steam train with Ed Thirlwell and Rob Caddy at the top of the order but a couple of carriages soon derailed. We lost Caddy (who’d been dropped in the 2nd over) to a catch in the 5th over for 11, with Rashers out for a golden duck in the 6th over – to be fair, it was a spectacular catch at slip by R Bolton. Ed was joined by Sam Winter for a stand of 24 before Ed was caught behind for 28. Sam Winter was “coupled” to Tom Mileham for a further stand of 23 before Tom was bowled for 20, prompting the question “who tries to cut a straight ball”?

The “conductor” boarded the KECC train but Liam was to be the 1st of Phoebe Graham’s 4 wickets when he was caught for 10. Sam Winter was bowled by Graham for 31 and despite Steve Watkin’s “stoking the furnace” with 14*, the final 4 carriages left the track for a combined total of 2 runs. Pierce Clarkson was bowled for 1, Tom Garmen was caught for 0 and Alex Durrans caught for 1 – who knew he was so late to start “swinging”?! His brother Chris Durrans followed Rashers down the yellow “duck” road and was caught for 0.

KECC were all out for 127 in 39.2 overs and now slip to 3rd in the Aire-Wharfe Division 2. Let’s hope new of a glorious win reaches me in Rhodes next week!!