The bad omen was back this week and I’d love to say my spell as said omen was over but nope it lives to fight another week. Special thanks to Mileham and Thirlwell for pointing this out to me, you guys know how to brighten my day…!

We won the toss and chose to field first which proved to be fruitful for Teo Nistri who through lovely bowling gained our first deserved wicket. He bowled really well in his first spell.

In the midst of our bowling, almost as if it wasn’t exciting enough, a man strolled in and had a little lay down by the side screen as Tom Garman prepared to bowl. As he was shouted at to ‘move away’ he decided to roll away – I still maintain he must have been a little drunk. But he was value for money he only watched one over of cricket shouted that Deights had dropped two catches and left again! My favourite moment of the day/man after my own heart!

So today we decided to go through a little repertoire of animals suitable to describe Ed as – today we had ‘rhino’ and, a new one on me, ‘elephant’ – I wonder where we can take this next?!

We didn’t get another wicket until Liam struck in the 20th over to dismiss Cooper for 25 with Tom Mileham getting a lovely catch. Watty was next to make a breakthrough with a lovely LB decision going his way in the 28th over. He was given a bit of a hard time by the batters though. However, in stepped James Watson to stop the free scoring in its tracks. He bowled beautifully and bowled the quick scoring Harland who had punished Watty. Between James and Liam, and a little help from Teo in his second spell, they got the last remaining Pool wickets. Liam got two lovely wickets in the second over of his second spell to put us in a good position again, he was on course for a hat-trick but it wasn’t to be. James got a lovely double wicket maiden in the 41st over. He bowled so well and finished up with figures of 26 for 4 in 9 overs. Teo’s figures were 24 for 2 in 7.4 overs, Sam’s were 19 for 0 in 6 overs, Tom G’s were 13 for 0 in 6 overs, Liam’s were 41 for 3 in 10 overs and Watty’s were 32 for 1 in 3 overs.

Pool were eventually bowled out for 167 in 41.5 overs. We went into tea feeling pretty positive about the state of the match, the target was definitely reachable.

Tom Mileham’s excellent teas were raved about by both sides. His wonderful assistant Lesley should also be praised with her Desperados in hand! The scones were exemplary Lesley!!

Ed and Sam opened the batting and they, unfortunately, didn’t have the partnership that had been hoped, there were only 7 runs on the board before Ed was the first victim of the innings. With Ed now out, Paul came in all guns blazing and scored a quick 28 before being dismissed by Ollie Boggie. Mark quickly came in and was then caught for 0 – he was the first of 5 victims for Hewer; who had a lovely bowling spell today. Our batting was never steady and no one was able to get a decent score or partnership so we could make a sizeable dent in the score. I have to mention Watty and Liam who tried their hardest to stick around and impact on the score. But it wasn’t to be and we were bowled out for 106.

Little side note – I got James Watson confused with just about everybody else – it had definitely been a long afternoon by that point!!

We could have had that win but our batting let us down in pretty spectacular fashion and Pool has done the double over us this season. They can’t count to 6 though – in the midst of everything else going on they continually shouted to the umpire to find out how many balls were left in the over…It shouldn’t have wound me up but it did!!!

We can gloss over the post-match events because I told everyone who’d listen after the match all about it but I was not a happy scorer – I’m pretty sure I quit a couple of times afterwards!!!

Onwards and upwards and a trip to Upper Wharfedale awaits next week.