View from the Boundary

Bashley v Burridge

After last weeks below performance it was with some trepidation we went to Bashley the league leaders ground, hoping for some improvement. And boy did that happen!

On a beautiful sunny day in idyllic Bashley, our Tosser did his job and won the toss and invited the home team to have a bat.

For the first 10 overs there was no indication of the carnage to come, yes there were only 16 runs on the board, but hey there were plenty of overs to come then – the rot started; Nick McMurray (Gooba) removed the middle stump of the opening bat. At 29 runs Dan Stancliffe had their overseas star plumb lbw.

There followed a trail of new batsmen to the crease as the wickets just kept tumbling. At lunch Bashley did not know what had hit them with the score at 97-9.

Straight after lunch Dan removed their last wicket; one of the Bashley batsmen remarked to me that it was not fair that Gooba’s bowling gave them nothing to hit at – point of the exercise surely! The umpires were also very complimentary about his bowling, as he finished with astonishing figure of 5-37 in 18 overs.

As we had bowled them out in just 37 overs, this meant that we were allocated 83 overs to reach the target score; one hoped that this would not happen as a run rate of just over 1 run per over would have been akin to watching paint dry – this scenario was quickly dispelled as our openers set about achieving the target with the minimum of fuss.

Dan Hewitt scored 53 not out in just 38 balls, an incident in his innings is worthy of note; Dan had edged a ball to the slip and the catch taken, so Dan was walking back to the pavilion when the slip fielder called him back and said the ball had not carried, so well done Simon Watkins, nice to know there are some gentlemen left in the game.

Dan continued his onslaught cracking 10 4’s and a 6, whilst at the other end Jamie Richards appeared somewhat pedestrian with his 36 not out at a run-a-ball.

So after just 12 overs Burridge had achieved the target with no loss of wicket – a thumping victory in anyone’s book.

Overall it was a very good team performance, the fielding was good, and the catches were held. Can we do this every week – please?


Nick McMurray