Sat 11th June – 5th XI v Burgess Park
With 1 point separating the teams at the start a close game was expected from a mid-table clash at DSG. Again a few changes and again a late pull out didn’t help preparation.
We won the toss and decided to bowl first in order to take advantage of the dampish conditions. Jamie Hall and Rehan Malik opened the bowling and kept the scoring under control. 2 early wickets for Rehan with good catches from Alan Edwards and Tim Brown. We were on top but from that moment a really good partnership by the Burgess Park opening bat and their number 4 slowly took the game away from us. David Hawes was not as miserly with the ball as usual and the skipper also went for a few although Tim managed to pick up a wicket. With only 4 recognised bowlers Tim turned to a few from Simon Jones and Mike Owen and although Mike took a wicket Burgess Park continued to raise the run rate. Rehan came back and took a 3rd wicket with a stumping for Shok and then Tim took the last wicket but overall we bowled and fielded badly. Burgess Park finished with a challenging 258 for 6.
We set off in reply with our top 6 (all of whom prefer to open the batting) facing two very good opening bowlers. Anthony Gaughan in his second game of the season looked well out of sorts and Shok soon followed. Although Alan Edwards had managed to take some fight to Burgess Park he was next out for 23. Jesse Johnson also went quickly to a good ball and we were 31 for 4. Not a good position. Mal Persaud and Simon Jones the tried to build a recovery. Neither could take the attack to the opposition and we got stuck not giving wickets away but not scoring any runs either. Simon was out for 8 and Mike Owen continued the cautious approach. At this point there was the only slight chance of a silver lining in the clouds – a big downpour brought the teams off and checking the rules we were praying for continued rain and an abandoned game that honestly we did not deserve.
The sun came out for the first time in the day and we went back out. Jamie Hall sneaked ahead of the skipper and hit a couple of fours. We managed not to be bowled out but ended up on 99 for 8 and a day that is best consigned to the history books.