A muggy day at the Windmill saw the visit of newly promoted Risinghurst. Batting first the visitors were momentarily in trouble when Robert Peston asked a challenging question (anyone?) with the very first ball of the innings, a beauty of an outswinger that took a thin edge straight to Daire at 2nd slip. Those that know Daire well enough are well aware that he couldn’t catch a steel ball with a magnet, and true to form he shelled it and the visitors were away!
A few overs later another feathered edge from a Preston delivery was spilled from the teflons by the ‘keeper and the tone for the afternoon was well and truly set. Interrupted only by a sharp downpour, a dastardly dive from one the opening bats leading to some letter of the law stuff from the umpires resulting in the game being reduced to a 30 over per side, Risinghirst cantered to a score of 172-2. Manish Verma taking the two wickets to fall – one to the days Jedi, Rob How, who bucked the trend and pouched a skier at deep midwicket.
Skipper Rammy is still one shy of becoming our all time leading wicket taker, and had better learn to bowl at the stumps if he wants to break the record quickly as he’s not going to get too much help from the field on Saturday’s evidence!
The home sides’ reply started promisingly with an opening stand of 50 between Manny and Gerry, before Gerry ran himself out. At 70-2 the game was still on, however, three overs and a few rash strokes later this became 76-9 and our chances of winning were about the same odds as Leicester City were to win the premier league last August. Adey almost guided us to the respectability of 3 figures with a few elegant strokes late on, but we fell just short, and well beaten on 98-10.
- Man of the match: Manish Verma – taking the only two wickets and top scoring opening the batting
- Dunce of the day: Harry Romain – the second this has been awarded to a non-player, after leaving his sun roof open during a 30 minutes downpour. (close second Daire – dropping a catch off the first ball of the innings)
- Jedi Moment: Rob How – taking a skier that was in the air for a very long time