View from the Boundary

Alton v Burridge

On a cloudy but mild day, Rick won the toss and decided to have a bowl, at this stage we only had nine players, then ten shortly after.

For the first hour Alton seemed to be exploiting that gap in our fielding, especially their opening bat/wicketkeeper Janmohamed who looked as if he was set for a ton.

First wicket went to Nick McMurray – so surprised to see him back after his injury last week, honestly thought he would be out for the season; welcome back Gooba.

After 10 overs Alton lost their second wicket at 39, this brought a severe braking system to the scoring with the next 20 overs yielding just 50 runs. There was a period just before lunch when we put down seven consecutive maidens; it certainly had the desire effect, as there then was a period of 10 overs for 10 runs and one wicket; as a consequence there was a collapse of 5 wickets for just 28 runs. The thorn in their side was Sully White with his five wickets and one catch.

So their innings was wound up at 139 All Out, a most impressive outcome with some very good fielding and great bowling.

So set a target of just 140, which should have been a walk in the park, but we lost our opener Dan Hewitt without scoring. This was followed by a 2nd wicket stand of 66 between Jamie (39) and Joe (36), they actually looked as if they would knock the target off by themselves.

What followed can only be describes as a catastrophic collapse, whereby we managed to go from 73-1 to all out for 133, and this when because of our good bowling we were credited with a total of 66 overs to achieve our target.

We were to rue the fact that we managed to give them 17 extras, whilst they only gave us 2.

Apart from JCW and Jamie’s 2nd wicket partnership, the only resistance was from our emerging all-rounder Sully White, to whom I have given:-

Man-of-the-Match

Sully White