The sun was shining down on The Field of Dreams, #feelthelove was abounding in the team huddle and the headline I was expecting to write was about the ‘Return of the Rash’!

However, and I know Richard Ashworth won’t mind me saying this, you’d have been forgiven for not realising he was there (that’ll teach you to say you didn’t mind where you bat!). The bright lights that eclipsed all today were our 2 juniors, who took their opportunities and shone. Well done MVP Adam Hussain and the bowler (who proved more ‘miserley’ than Watty Pool CC) Tom Garman.

KECC won the toss and put Upper Wharfedale in to bat. Their opening pair J. Schindler and C. Slater looked to start well with Schindler knocking a 6 in the first over by Jamie Hinchcliffe. However the determined pacy bowling pairing of Hussain and Hincliffe set a great platform for KECC. Hussain took the wickets of both openers ending on figures of 2-18 from 6 overs. Hinchcliffe showed true determination when he caught the 3rd wicket off his own bowling with what was a truly incredible dive. Fielding in general was much better than last week, Tom Mileham diving around as he does and Dobson gained a fielding point after going in at silly mid off (and apparently polishing the ball well?! Last time I was told I’d polished something well it was in Barbados and …well, that’s another story!) Hussain nearly had the game polished off (excuse the pun) in the 28th over with a direct hit on the wicket to almost run out Lawn. In fact the only drop I remember was in the 30th over by El Capitan!

12 runs later and Steve (Trundler – again Pool CC) Watkins took the first of his first of his 4 wickets. The 5th and 6th wickets both fell, without any more runs being added, to Tom Garman in his 1st over which was a Double Wicket Maiden – way to debut as a second change! Garman and Watkins had to wait another 30 runs, whilst K. Clarke and T. Jeffries made a valiant stand. However the 2 ‘tricky to face’ bowlers took the next 4 wickets between them to end on figures of:
Steve Watkins: 4-40 from 9.1 overs
Tom Garman: 3-8 from 7 overs (Two 4s were scored off 42 balls – that’s it! Five maidens, one of which as I said was a double-wicket maiden!)
Nice to see what the Silver Fox and Young Pretender can do when unleashed!
With Upper Wharfedale all out for 105 from 31.1 overs it was an earlier tea than expected for Bev! Hope the baby is not as premature!

Kirkstall took the field with 68 overs to score the runs and the message of ‘take your time’! Ed Thirlwell continued his opening presence – with pads that almost fitted! He was joined by Adam Hussain , who has done extremely well opening for the U17s (congrats on the Yorkshire call up). The 2 of them put on 61 before Ed was out LBW for 17 in the 16th over. Adam was then joined by Sam Dobson, the two of them batted very sensibly to reach respective not out out totals of 46 off 71 and 24 off 26. The last ball of the innings on over 23.1 ran off for 4 byes to end the game with Adam narrowly missing out on his first 2nd XI 50.

KECC 2nd XI really wanted a chance to sing Happy Birthday today to celebrate Mark Deighton’s 30th and it’s nice to have had a genuine reason. I certainly enjoyed my bottle of fizz from Stu Marriot, hope he enjoyed playing for Kirkstall instead of scoring. Well done boys, keep it up next week.