It was somewhere between warm and hot (I dunno, ask the BBC) for the clash between Lindfield Cricket Club Sunday XI and the Harry Baldwin Occasionals at the weekend. The previous day Lindfield’s First XI did battle with Worthing Cricket Club and between them amassed 507 runs. The pitch was firm and looked likely to be favourable to the batsmen.
Never drinking again
We won the toss and did bat. I was sent in to open with Kevin and a century partnership was but a hairs breadth away until I was the first to depart to the first ball after (soft) drinks. A change of bowler (ex-Lindfield player Pat McGahan) and a lapse of concentration (not my first) meant I scooped up a dolly to Pat for the easiest caught-and-bowled chance imaginable. If it hadn’t have been my wicket I’m sure I’d have seen the funny side too.
Jake came in next and played breezily. He reached 37 in next to no time, with flamboyant shots including a six which took out a couple of tiles on the pavilion and possibly some guttering. One of their fielders, let’s call him ***insert name here*** almost came a cropper attempting to chase a ball down to the boundary by the pavilion, completely unaware he was heading at break neck speed towards a knee high brick wall. He clattered into it and I fully expected first aid would be required and yet he brushed himself down and got on with the game. Miraculous.
No let up
150 were on the board by the time Jake was given out lbw attempting a reverse and Chris on debut was unlucky to fall cheaply shortly after. This brought Will to the crease, who put on another 60 with Kevin to leave the opposition with 230 to chase down from 40 overs.
Tea was taken. The upside down apple cake deserves a mention.
And so to the response. Needing close to six an over was going to be an achievement but after an early breakthrough, their wicket-keeping captain, it became quite clear that the Harry’s weren’t going to play out for a draw. Nunn (sorry I only have surnames to go on) and Roger (he was at the crease long enough for me to hear it and remember his!) steadied the ship before the opener became the second to depart proceedings lbw. This brought Mr Strange to the crease, whose partnership with Roger was worth 141. Despite this the run rate was still up there but the game had turned from one we might win into one we could now lose.
Turn and burn
Peter did for both of them in the end, on consecutive balls no less, which left Pat to fend off the hat-trick ball after much baiting from his old teammates. Survive it he did (excuse my Yoda) and with young Tanvir he brought them within 16 of the target before being smartly run-out by Tony. This was nail-biting stuff by now. I’m not sure how many were required off the last over (is being in the deep a valid excuse for not remembering something that happened yesterday?), but it did go down to the last ball, with three required. They nearly got it to the boundary but had to settle for two which left the scores tied and a draw just about the right result from where I was standing.
Hugely entertaining, friendly cricket of the best variety.
Nathan Davidson, Lindfield Cricket Club Sunday XI, 07/06/15