There was a fair bit of rain throughout the day today. We were in and out more times than the Hokey Cokey!
Everything was going smoothly until Paul Bennett decided to try and take out the umpire before he’d had a chance to give a decision!
We won the toss and batted first. We had the very worst of the conditions – the weather improved throughout the day and by the time it came to Illingworth’s innings it’d stopped raining.
We started in the rain and lasted a whole two overs before it was decided it was too rainy – bit optimistic we’d last when we started in the rain! That just signalled the beginning of the game being very stop start although at first that didn’t deter us as Ed Thirlwell and Micky Missett started off well.
After a couple of rain delays it took its toll on us and both Micky was dismissed for 12.
Paul came in and he and Ed quickly amassed a 50 partnership, however, they were both dismissed in quick succession for 36 and 45 respectively. Liam Mulligan and Mark Deighton were in next and Deights batted well – despite being hit in the balls – and ended up with 35. We had a little collapse from here on in and ended our innings on 162 for 9 after 32 overs.
After some confusion we gave Illingworth 38 overs to reach our target (clearly we were still very confused when we agreed to this!)
After an infamous Kirkstall Huddle things started off very well for us with Adam Hussain getting the opening pair out within the first 6 overs, Smith hit the ball straight down Chris Durran’s throat for a lovely catch. Adam bowled really well he was brilliant in his first spell – so destructive – gaining 4 of our eventual 7 wickets in the first 12 overs of the match. Micky also bowled well – this time in his second spell – and got the final 3 of our 7 wickets, 2 catches and an LBW shout.
However, this was not enough and we let Farrell Smith and Thompson get 76* and 61 respectively and they effectively led their team to victory. They batted well and took all the opportunities given to them unlike us. There was understandable frustration with not getting either of these two out, especially with the start we’d had.
Adam’s figures were 4 for 31 off 7.2, Micky’s were 3 for 33 off 6. Mark Hodgson (Notorious P.I.G – which is my favourite thing said today and is all I’ll call him now!) had a lovely spell in which he really deserved a wicket but it wasn’t to be.
The rain put us off a little bit today – we didn’t have a clear grasp on the number of overs we had to bat in – but equally we were 9 down when we declared so the extra couple of over we could have had may not have made much of a difference. That being said we had a slight bowling & fielding struggle and suffered. But onwards and upwards I’m not scoring next week so you’ll probably win! I reckon I’m a bad omen these days! Sorry!